5 Tips To Help Avoid Injuries With Your Gundog
5 Tips To Help Avoid Injuries With Your Gundog

One of the most important things to remember when hunting and training a gundog is that when your dog is healthy he will NOT know when to quit, meaning he will push himself to the brink of disaster if allowed to. Here are some tips to help avoid work related injuries. Slow and Steady...

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The Benefits of A Routine Training Regimen
The Benefits of A Routine Training Regimen

As with all athletes, your gundog needs a routine training regimen. There are several components that should be included in your dog's routine that might be slightly different from the regular house or yard dog. Conditioning, training, and proper nutrition should all be incorporated into your ...

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Four Simple Rules About the "Drop" Command
Four Simple Rules About the "Drop" Command

Training your dog to drop and deliver to your hand is important for training any hunting dog but it is an ESSENTIAL command for your retriever or bird dog. Even though teaching the drop is considered by many to be one of the last steps in the whole training process, it needs to be understood an...

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How Does Your Hunting Dog Learn?
How Does Your Hunting Dog Learn?

One of the key principles for understanding your dog and for being a successful trainer is to educate yourself on how your dog actually learns. The earlier you understand the way your dog learns the better off you will be. Just like a young child learns from curiosity, so does your dog. The more...

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Do You Have What It Takes To Train Your Dog?
Do You Have What It Takes To Train Your Dog?

The best way to figure out if you have what it takes to properly train your dog is to simply start. However, educating yourself beforehand and knowing what to expect can save you some frustration. For most dog owners the desire to train your own dog begins before you even bring your pup home from...

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Casual Gun Dog Training
Casual Gun Dog Training

Training begins the day you bring your new pup home. There are many different standards for formal training that will vary from trainer to trainer. Formal training is necessary and serves a great purpose. However, if you begin your dog’s life with casual training during the off season or befor...

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Sporting Breeds For Therapy
Sporting Breeds For Therapy

When it comes to therapy dogs some of the top trainers agree that the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever are at the top of the list. While most any breed can be used for therapy, typ...

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Stopping Dog Aggression Early
Stopping Dog Aggression Early

Most aggression in dogs could have been prevented if dealt with swiftly and early. Some dogs were just born to be at the head of the pack and even though domestication has bred out most of the wild behavior, wolf like aggression can still linger. Most puppy litters will have an alpha puppy that...

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Bird Hunting Dog Etiquette
Bird Hunting Dog Etiquette

For many of us the opening day of dove season is a social hunt. For lots of folks I think opening day might be the only day they dove hunt all year. It is often associated with pig pickin’s (a Southern thing) and all sorts of other meals that bring people together. Again, it’s a celebratio...

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Dove Hunting Season Dog Safety
Dove Hunting Season Dog Safety

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the first year's hunt, however, now’s the time to go ahead and set the tone for a well behaved and well cared for hunting dog. For most states, the beginning of September marks not only the beginning of Mourning Dove season, but it also serves ...

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Gathering All The Dog Training Equipment
Gathering All The Dog Training Equipment

Before you begin the process of training your dog or puppy, you will need some basic equipment to make the process easier for both you and your dog. Figuring out what works for you can be quite overwhelming when there are so many dog products available now. Rewards During the tr...

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Dog Training Do's and Don'ts
Dog Training Do's and Don'ts

Training your dog can be a fun and enjoyable activity as long as you stick to a few basic do’s and don’ts. DON’T Don’t train your dog when you are under stress or if you are angry. If you are impatient with your dog he will know it and th...

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Tips For Training An Older Dog
Tips For Training An Older Dog

The age of your dog can often affect how you should train him. The elements are the basically the same but, the process can be longer and more difficult. Follow these few simple tips and you will have a well trained older dog in no time. Patience:  No ma...

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Eight Training Tips For Giving Your Dog Any Command
Eight Training Tips For Giving Your Dog Any Command

One of your goals as a dog owner should be to help your dog become successful during his training. One of the main ways your dog secures his success and happiness is by pleasing you. Avoid Confusion: To avoid confusing your dog and make sure you are consistent. Any command or sp...

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Using a Check Cord for Training
Using a Check Cord for Training

Whether you training pointers, retrievers or any other kind of hunting dog you can benefit from using a check cord. Most trainers consider it the most important tool they own. While most training tools come with e...

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Developing A Standard In Your Dog Training
Developing A Standard In Your Dog Training

When you begin training your dog whether it is for obedience, retrieving or hunting, one thing remains the same, if you give, he will take. Developing a standard for each command will make all the difference. There is nothing quite as frustrating as having a dog who won’t listen or having a...

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Training Your Hunting Dog to Leave Snakes Alone
Training Your Hunting Dog to Leave Snakes Alone

Growing up I have a vivid memory of my dad’s favorite hunting dog, King. He was mostly white and stood taller than all the other hounds in the pack. He was strong and stately and I guess that’s how he got his name, however, that isn’t the reason King stands out in my mind. King ...

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Training Your Beagle to Hunt Rabbits
Training Your Beagle to Hunt Rabbits

There are numerous proven methods to train a Beagle to rabbit hunt. The best method is the one that you use and stick with. When it comes to training a beagle pup, start with the most determined pup because determination is the best quality in a Beagle and the most useful training tool. As with m...

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The Training Benefits of Using a Bark Collar
The Training Benefits of Using a Bark Collar

Bark collars are excellent at correcting your dog’s nuisance barking but, let’s consider the bonus training benefits that come along with using a bark collar. The most distinguished hunting dogs have a few things in common, no matter the breed. They often stand out because they have a...

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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&rs...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 exa...

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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 fr...

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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 ...

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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...

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Teaching Your Dog the "Down" Command
Teaching Your Dog the "Down" Command

After properly teaching the "stop" command, one of the next important steps in training your dog is to teach the down command. The down command is basically...

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How to Gun Train your Hunting Dog
How to Gun Train your Hunting Dog

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 environmen...

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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 p...

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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.&n...

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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 freez...

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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 t...

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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 ...

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