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Heartworm Disease:  Signs and Prevention
Heartworm Disease: Signs and Prevention

No one wants to hear that their beloved pup has heartworms. Heartworm disease is a very serious and potentially fatal disease. However, if we educate ourselves we can hopefully save someone from having to go through this heartbreaking diagnosis. So what exactly are heartworms? Heartworms are parasites that infect your dogs’ heart and surrounding areas. The parasite comes from an infected mosquito which inturn bites your dog and injects the dog with the heartworm larvae and if your dog is untreated can d...

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Breed Highlights: Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Breed Highlights: Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Just as at home in the water as it is on land, the Chessie, as it is often called, is an astounding waterfowl retriever. Originally called the Chesapeake Bay Ducking Dog because of it’s unusual origination. Apparently, in 1807 an English ship wrecked off the coast of Maryland. The crew and it’s cargo, including two Newfoundland puppies were rescued and either given or traded, depending on which story you hear, to the Captain of the rescuing ship, the Canton. The two puppies turned out to be exceptional retrievers and were named “Sailor” and “Canton” by th...

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Slow and Easy Gun Training
Slow and Easy Gun Training

Gun training is very different from regular obedience training. It is critical that you teach it early because you can’t work backwards. Gun training isn’t a behavior issue it’s a part of introducing your hunting dog into an artificially engineered area of the hunting environment. When to Begin So Gun Training is Most Effective If you are starting with a young pup then it’s going to be simple. If you or someone else has already created a gun shy dog then it will be a little more involv...

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The Amazing Dogs of the Iditarod
The Amazing Dogs of the Iditarod

The 2015 Iditarod, “The Last Great Race,” started on Saturday and the restart from Fairbanks, Alaska is today. The Iditarod dog sled race is the ultimate testament to the abilities and strengths of around one thousand canine participants. The amazing working dogs that make the cut are known as some of the toughest canines in existence. Each team can start the race with around 16 dogs but, must finish the race from Anchorage to Nome with at least 6 dogs. Dogs that can’t make it the whole way are dropped using an ela...

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To Breed, or Not to Breed
To Breed, or Not to Breed

Even though most professional breeders have their own rules, what about us dog owners who aren't running a full-scale kennel? When deciding whether to breed your dog or not, it's important to consider the level of commitment it will take. Breeding your hunting dog, or any dog for that matter, should always be thoroughly thought through. Do you have the time it takes to take care of the puppies? Do you have the funds it takes for veterinarian visits for the puppies or if by chance an issue arrives before, during or af...

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Most Popular Hunting Dog Names of All Time
Most Popular Hunting Dog Names of All Time

What’s in a hunting dog name? What’s in a name, you might ask? Well, apparently a lot more than you might expect. We name our children after notable relatives and our favorite movie stars and sometimes it appears that we just go with something rather odd in order to create a uniqueness that outdoes the other kids in their play group. But, what about our dogs? Especially our hunting dogs? You think you may put a little more panache into our dogs’ names simply because Fido won’t be teased, so if...

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Utilizing Prey Drive For the Sporting Dog
Utilizing Prey Drive For the Sporting Dog

What exactly is prey drive? A sportdog that has a strong prey drive can easily be one of your strongest assets out in the field. Prey drive is defined as the instinctive and natural propensity to find, pursue and capture prey. Many experts agree that most genuinely, driven dogs are just born with it. So therefore working with a breeder to determine which puppies have the genes of either a dam or a sire that has a strong natural prey drive is the best place to start. But, just as in human personalities some of us are ...

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The Importance of Taking a Hunter Safety Course
The Importance of Taking a Hunter Safety Course

We can learn a great deal from our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, who was an avid hunter and conservationist and who once stated, “Defenders of the short-sighted men who in their greed and selfishness will, if permitted, rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination of all useful and beautiful wild things sometimes seek to champion them by saying ‘the game belongs to the people.’ So it does; and not merely to the people now alive, but to the unborn people.” Roosevelt, like many hunters before us took the initiative to learn ethical hunting an...

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Teaching the "Stop" Command
Teaching the "Stop" Command

To properly teach the stop command you must first realize the importance of this essential action. It is probably the most important command you can teach your dog whether he is a sport dog or just your family pet.  The stop command, among many other uses, could save your dogs’ life.  Properly teaching your dog to stop could also determine whether you win or lose in a field trial.  Of course, the main purpose and the most frequently used reason to properly teach this command is because a happy dog is one who works for you, not running around without cause becoming an un...

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Breed Highlights: German Shorthaired Pointer
Breed Highlights: German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is widely considered one of the best all-around dogs.  They were bred under a very strict, almost harsh, selective process in Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, almost entirely for their biddability. Early dogs selected for breeding were often chosen if they were willing to sacrifice themselves for the trainer.  In more recent years under a kinder, more compassionate process the German Shorthaired Pointer has been bred to improve stance, style and nose paving the way for an introduction into the AKC stud book in March of 1930. Then qu...

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Proper Conditioning for Your Cold Weather Dogs
Proper Conditioning for Your Cold Weather Dogs

Conditioning your hunting dog for winter starts long before the cold weather begins. A well educated dog trainer doesn't wait until just before hunting season to get his dog into shape for the winter. In the intense heat of August most hunters are more focused on their dogs overheating, not freezing to death. However, keeping your hunting dog healthy under all weather conditions requires much more thought and preparation than most realize. The proper exposure to the elements can strenthen the barrier between dogs and ...

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Tips for Crate Training a Puppy or Older Dog
Tips for Crate Training a Puppy or Older Dog

If you just bought a new puppy or have an older dog that needs a safe and comfortable environment to call its own, then you should consider crate training your dog. Other than making a great bed for him to snuggle down in for the night, there are quite a few reasons dogs and their owners desire the crate method of training. For example, sometimes its necessary to manage your dog when you are unable to monitor him. Using the crate can prevent dangerous or destructive behavior like chewing on power cords or those brand new pair of shoes. Having a crate will also offer you a safe way to i...

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A Bit About the AKC Sporting Dog Group
A Bit About the AKC Sporting Dog Group

The American Kennel Association groups dogs into categories based on certain common criteria. One such group is the Sporting group. The Sporting group includes pointers, retrievers, setters and spaniels. Sporting dogs are the smartest of the canines. Sporting dogs were developed and bred to help man hunt game, such as birds and waterfowl, sometimes simply for pleasure or “sport” hence the term Sporting group. Several breeds evolved from this group and each has its own qualities that have proven to...

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Holiday Hunting Dog Traditions This Season
Holiday Hunting Dog Traditions This Season

During the holiday season traditions come alive. Beyond the mainstay traditions of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, there are other, more particular family or personal traditions. For example, some families have a tradition of gathering together for annual holiday events, or attending a midnight Christmas service at church. You may have your own personal tradition on New Year’s Eve night. Around here, there is a tradition of collard greens and black eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck in the coming year. It seems as though it’s a time for reflection, fa...

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Hunting Dogs: How to Choose the Right Puppy
Hunting Dogs: How to Choose the Right Puppy

A critical step in choosing a hunting dog is knowing what kind of dog you want. No, not the type of breed you are looking for, you probably already know that, but what “kind” of dog you want. Obviously this is referring to temperament and behavior. Temperament refers to the dog’s nature, and how it affects their behavior. Behavior is defined as observable activity, essentially, what the dog does based on its temperament. You could combine the two to describe the dog’s personality. This critical step in choosing your dog can make or break you. ...

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Last-Minute Gun Dog Stocking Stuffers
Last-Minute Gun Dog Stocking Stuffers

Finding the right gift for your hunting dog enthusiast this Christmas may seem like a daunting task.  You may think that they have every hunting dog piece of gear under the sun, and you may be right, but whether new to the field or a seasoned professional trainer, here are a few last minute stocking stuffers that any gun dog owner can’t get enough of. ...

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Recall: Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called
Recall: Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called

One of the most important training objectives every dog owner should master is teaching your dog effective recall… In other words, to come when called. If you want your dog to have a safe off-leash experience he must have a reliable recall. For all of the obvious reasons, such as avoiding accidents and danger but, also for the purpose of enjoying your dog’s company in any environment. First of all, before you start to train your dog you need to understand that your patience and persistence are the keys to accomplishing the desired result. Your dog often wants to please ...

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Petsafe Wireless Pet Fence Video Introduction
Petsafe Wireless Pet Fence Video Introduction

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: “Hey, this is Derrick with Sporting Dog Pro. Today we’re gonna take a quick look at two of our best wireless fence containment systems, the Petsafe Stay & Play Wireless Fence, and Petsafe’s PIF-300. With proper training, both these systems allow your dog to stay in the yard in a projected circular boundary without having to bury any wire like you would with a ...

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DT Systems H20 Plus Remote Training Collars Review
DT Systems H20 Plus Remote Training Collars Review

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: “Hey, this is Derrick with Sporting Dog Pro, and I want to take just a few minutes and talk to you about DT Systems H2O Plus series remote dog trainers. This particular version is the 1850, considered to be the upland version because it also includes a beeper attachment bolted onto the collar--audible up to 450 yards with locate, run/point, and point only auditory functions. This uni...

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Garmin's Alpha 100 GPS Tracking Collar Video Review
Garmin's Alpha 100 GPS Tracking Collar Video Review

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: “Hey, this is Derrick with Sporting Dog Pro. Gonna take a minute today and show you Garmin’s new Alpha 100 combination tracking and training device. This simple to use device has revolutionized the way we hunt, track, and now train our dogs. This system allows you to add up to twenty collars at one time. It allows you to know where they are all at, we’re they’ve all been, w...

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