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Effects of Extreme Weather Patterns on Hunting
Effects of Extreme Weather Patterns on Hunting

There’s a lot of talk about the unusual and extreme weather caused by the El Nino weather patterns and the effects it will have on the deer and other wild game populations for next hunting season. Because deer and other wild game are affected by unusual high or low temperatures and the winds and precipitation that come with these irregular patterns it might seem that we should be concerned. Many of us across the United States experienced record high temperatures this past Fall and some of us, especially the Northeastern United States experienced record lows, and unusually high amounts...

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What Is Shed Hunting All About?
What Is Shed Hunting All About?

If you have heard of shed hunting but, aren’t real sure exactly what it is, you aren’t alone. Most hunters are excited to try new things, especially with their hunting dogs and shed hunting will not disappoint those dog enthusiasts who want to have a lot of fun and gain some knowledge of the land they hunt along the way. However, anytime something new is introduced into the hunting world, we hear plenty of questions and complaints. Shed hunting dogs are no different. So let’s shed some light on the subject. What exactly is shed hunting? Shed hunting is ba...

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Take Advantage of Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days
Take Advantage of Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days

The 2016 North Carolina Youth Waterfowl days are February 6 and February 13. The youth must be 15 years of age or younger and accompanied by a properly licensed adult. The youth waterfowl days can be used to hunt ducks, geese, brant, mergansers, coots and tundra swans however, the youth must have a valid permit in order to hunt the swans and geese. The Benefits Even though it certainly isn’t necessary to wait for youth day to take a kid hunting, youth hunting days can have be...

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Do I need a Remote Beeper Collar?
Do I need a Remote Beeper Collar?

If you ever hunt with a remote beeper you won’t want to go back to any other way. Using an audible sound to keep track of what your dog is doing in the field isn’t a new idea, for years hunters have tracked their dogs’ activity with bells and the modern beeper does not disappoint. There are features that a beeper has that can make the hunt not just more enjoyable but, practical as well. A beeper collar can become to its’ fans as essential as a baby monitor does for your baby. The remote beep...

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Teaching Your Dog To Sit
Teaching Your Dog To Sit

Training your dog to sit is more about teaching self control than anything else. Sit is a command that can pretty much be paired with most other commands once it is perfected but, can essentially be one of the last commands you teach, especially to a hunting dog. If you think about it, you don’t want your pointer to “sit” at the end of a whoa command, so teaching him to sit first, might interfere with other commands you are attempting to teach. However, the order that the sit command is introduced isn’t really that important as long as you spend the time to train her...

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The Ultimate Puppy Searching Experience
The Ultimate Puppy Searching Experience

There is no magic formula for picking the perfect puppy. Although, there are plenty of satisfied hunting dog owners that have put no thought or planning into choosing the right dog, being fully prepared for a commitment like this one can only be in your favor. There are just so many factors to consider when making the final decision. So if you want to create the ultimate puppy searching experience there are a few rules of the trade that you can follow to make your decision much easier and increase your chances of finding an accurate fit for you and your hunting needs. Keep in mind, hopefull...

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Using a Training Collar for Anxiety in Dogs
Using a Training Collar for Anxiety in Dogs

It seems almost contradictory to correct a dog that suffers from anxiety with a training collar but, training with an e-collar can have a positively calming effect and can build trust between you and your dog. Whether you are trying to quiet an over excited hunting dog or are trying to settle an anxious or nervous family dog, using a training collar can help create security for your dog because she will learn to look to you for direction when she faces uncertainty. As most of us alr...

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Choosing The Perfect E-Collar
Choosing The Perfect E-Collar

Whether you are scouting the market for your first e-collar or you are upgrading an outdated e-collar it can seem somewhat frustrating to sift through the many details and features. The perfect e-collar for you is basically as simple as figuring out what you want to accomplish. There might be bells and whistles on some training collars that you have no use for or there might be a feature that you never thought you needed until you realized it was available. For example, If you will be using your dog for upland hunting you would want to make sure your e-collar includes an audible beeper. To ...

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First Steps in Puppy Training
First Steps in Puppy Training

If your dream of dog ownership has just been fulfilled you might be a little overwhelmed by what to do now that you have him home. You might ask how something so cute can do so much damage in such a short time. If you walked outside for 10 minutes and he destroyed your shoes or the rug or pretty much anything he can got his razor sharp puppy teeth into then you might be throwing your hands up. Don’t worry, with patience and consistency you can tackle that little razor-sharp toothed monster. Create a Safe Puppy Zone First, and most importantly, for your new puppy&rsqu...

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Flu Season and Your Hunting Dog
Flu Season and Your Hunting Dog

What you need to know about flu season and your hunting dog.  In today’s virus, ridden world there is everything from the swine to the bird flu out there waiting to attack at a moment’s notice. Everyone knows that they should beware as humans can certainly catch them. What many hunters don’t realize is that the flu doesn’t always attack humans; it can get to your beloved hunting dogs as well. With that being said, read on below to learn what you need to know about this year’s upcoming flu season and how it could affect your ...

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Puppy Retrieving: Getting Started
Puppy Retrieving: Getting Started

Having a new puppy is always exciting and fun. If you intend to take them hunting with you once hunting season starts, it's important to start training as soon as possible. Puppy retrieving should be a great experience for both you and your pup, and here’s how to get started. Stay Focused In order for your puppy to learn correctly, both of you must be engaged with one another with minimal distractions. Focus on one thing at a time. Make your puppy want to retrieve through love and praise. Calling By Name Calling your dog by its name is one of the fu...

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8 Myths and Misconceptions about Retrievers
8 Myths and Misconceptions about Retrievers

Retrieving consists of lots of practice, dedication, and consistency. Even the best of retrievers need to have ongoing training. Many people believe there are certain techniques and procedures that should be used in the art of retrieving. Here are some myths and misconceptions about retrievers. 1.  Just because a retriever is purebred and is very valuable or expensive, doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to be the best of retrievers. Yes, they may come from a long line of professionals, but excellent breeding can only go so far. Dogs need ongoing training in order to ...

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Preparation for Hunting: Boats, Decoys, and Calls
Preparation for Hunting: Boats, Decoys, and Calls

Hunting always comes sooner than you expect. In order to get your dog ready for hunting, remember to spend some time doing specific training. Here are some ways to prepare your dog for hunting using decoys, boats, and calls. Exercise Spend some time each day making your dog sit and stay. Walk a certain distance and make him come to you. Do this repeatedly at different distances to reinforce the mentality he should have during hunting. Practice Next, have him stay as you throw decoys. It’s important for him to be obedient and listen to your command b...

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Training Your Hunting Dog: Steadiness and Trust
Training Your Hunting Dog: Steadiness and Trust

Training any dog takes plenty of patience and commitment. However, these two things become even more important when you are training your hunting dog. This is the dog that will be not just a companion, but also a helper. You want to be sure that when you take them on a hunting trip, they know exactly what to do and how to behave. However, you also want them to not be afraid. They need to trust you when they hear the sound of the gun, and stay calm. Here are some tips to help when training your hunting dog. 1. Use an E-Collar There are a number of different types of ...

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Four Tips for Training Your Dog for Life
Four Tips for Training Your Dog for Life

Dog training is not always as simple as it would sound. You have to not only find a technique that works but also be consistent in using that technique. In addition, you have to know whether or not the technique is actually working or if your dog is simply getting a treat out of the mix. Aside from the worries and the uncertainties, however, you will find that there are some tips that you can follow to be sure that your dog is retaining his training and learning what you want him to learn. 1. Be generous with affection and treats Positive reinforcement will go a long way i...

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How to Properly Socialize Your Dog
How to Properly Socialize Your Dog

Animals are not necessarily instinctively social, though you may get lucky and find one that is. More often than not however, you will have to train your dog how to act and react when in the company of other animals and humans, especially if they are skittish. Whether you are socializing a puppy or an older dog, there are certain techniques that can help make the process simpler and more effective. When to socialize your dog Socialization of your dog is best accomplished when they are puppies, but this is not always going to happen. They may have been sick as a puppy and t...

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Tips for Curbing My Dog's Separation Anxiety
Tips for Curbing My Dog's Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety in dogs can come in several different forms and levels, just as it can in humans. This means that you may have to tackle your dog’s anxiety in a different way than your friend or neighbor had to tackle theirs. Fortunately, there are some basic tips, though, that may prove helpful to you, though you may have to tweak them to fit your abilities and your dog’s needs. Complete obedience training While it may sound unconnected in some ways, there seems to be connections between a dog’s separation anxiety and the training that they have recei...

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Four Travel Tips that Will Keep Your Dog Happy
Four Travel Tips that Will Keep Your Dog Happy

When traveling with your dog, there are a handful of things you can do to keep him comfortable and happy as well as make life easy for you along the way. Traveling by yourself can be stressful enough without the added worry of your dog’s needs. To help you keep your dog happy and reduce your own travel stress here are four travel tips. Do your research before you go It is extremely important that you check out pet policies and regulations before you travel. Airlines, hotels, rental cars, and the like all have their own policies when it comes to what animals (if any) ...

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My Dog Has Fleas! What now?
My Dog Has Fleas! What now?

With the rising Summer temperatures here in the south comes the humidity and unfortunately with that combination also come fleas. These hateful little parasites who spend their time eating our dog’s blood are a very common problem this time of year. Some of the warning signs fleas leave behind can help you catch the attack early. If you notice dark droppings in your dog’s fur or bedding then that is the flea’s droppings (which the larvae feed on) or you might notice tiny white flea eggs but, they are much harder to see. If your dog is suddenly licking or biting and...

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Limber Tail Syndrome: Why is my dog's tail limp?
Limber Tail Syndrome: Why is my dog's tail limp?

Learning how to recognize, prevent and treat limber tail syndrome, a condition that affects many sporting dogs can make dealing with Limber tail a fairly easy process. Limber tail syndrome is actually just an injury to upper muscles in the dog's tail. However, it is very uncomfortable and painful for your dog. Limber tail usually does not begin to bother your dog until several hours after the injury. Often following a day out in the field or other strenuous exercise is when the condition begins to rear it’s ugly head. Limber tail is almost impossible to recognize until several...

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