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4 Great Ways to Shoot Your Dog

Posted on Sunday 21st May 2023 08:50:35 AM

Karl, a German shorthaired pointer, zig zagged his way through the humid, early season corn maze. These South Dakota stalks stood tall, taller than even an NBA center, and if a bird flushed up it’d make for tricky shooting. To harvest a bird over a point, Karl’s owner knew he’d need to get out to the edge. When there was an opening he headed west, and stopped where the last row of stalks met the winter rye.

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Nutrition’s Role in Supporting Your Sporting Breed Puppy’s Immune System

Posted on Sunday 14th May 2023 08:45:36 AM

A sporting breed puppy’s exposure to the natural world can occur early in life, and frequently. Introduction to the woods and waters in which they will eventually work is important for future training. However, these environments often contain pathogens that can challenge a young puppy’s immune system. Selecting a nutrient-dense diet with prebiotics and a fortified antioxidant complex can help support a puppy’s developing immune system and natural defenses. A strong and functional immune system helps a puppy’s body identify and address potential pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

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Intro to Gunfire

Posted on Sunday 30th April 2023 05:31:12 PM

As bird dog owners, we all anticipate shooting birds and watching our dogs fire off into the water, chasing after the fallen greenhead. But, we need to take our time; when they are young pups, we need to be careful of just how we first expose them to gunfire.

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Fly Management Plan by Steve Snell

Posted on Sunday 23rd April 2023 07:08:38 PM

I had a customer last week who was having trouble with a Fly Trap. It wasn't catching the flies that were around his dogs. Come to find out, the trap he used was designed for house flies, but he had biting flies. When I told him that was the problem, he responded, "No, sir, a fly is a fly is a fly." Well, that's not true.

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How To Support Joint Health in Your Sporting Dog

Posted on Sunday 16th April 2023 08:36:26 PM

When we think about the longevity of our hardworking sporting dogs in the fields and blinds, joint health is often a point of concern. They run hard in a variety of conditions, they jump over logs or stone walls, and they twist and turn their way through fields and covers. Those aggressive movements can put a tremendous amount of stress on their joints.

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Old Friends

Posted on Sunday 9th April 2023 08:39:02 PM

Your four legged friend is more than a hunting tool, but friend and family member. Even the hardest of souls crack when it is apparent that their hunting dog is slowing down and entering their final chapter. Growing up we had English Springer Spaniels and chocolate Labradors; chasing Valley Quail and waterfowl through the hunting seasons in the green Oregon valleys. During our Springer Jennifer’s final years, arthritis took hold but her drive to go hunting never diminished. She made sure she was always near the truck when it was time to go on any early morning, that short docked tail wagging furiously in her attempts to jump on to the tailgate, but ultimately not able to make it. The arthritis kept her short legs from making the jump despite repeated attempts that used to be effortless. Her eyesight was failing as well but her nose for flushing pheasants and tracking greenheads led the way.

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How Much to Feed a Sporting Breed Puppy

Posted on Sunday 2nd April 2023 08:23:02 AM

Puppies are a lot of things. They’re curious, they take a lot of naps, and when they wake up they’ve got a tremendous amount of energy. They’ve got powerful appetites and are always on the lookout for the next meal. But there’s more to feeding a puppy than filling up a bowl with kibble.

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Posted on Sunday 26th March 2023 08:10:53 PM

“Where there is wealth there is envy.”

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When and How to Socialize a Sporting Breed Puppy

Posted on Sunday 19th March 2023 08:12:49 PM

Socializing puppies when they’re young is key to building strong and confident adult sporting dogs. Puppies need to learn about everything, which includes the environments in which they’ll live and work, people, other dogs and animals, and routine care. Read on for some tips on when and how to start socializing your sporting breed puppy.

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Should Your Sporting Dog Shift to an Off-season Diet?

Posted on Sunday 5th March 2023 08:47:27 PM

Sporting dogs burn a lot of calories during the hunting season. To support their elevated nutritional needs, savvy handlers feed them performance kibble. Off-season nutritional needs are often different, and that’s why many handlers shift a dog’s diet to one with lower amounts of fat and calories.

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Catching Their Stride

Posted on Sunday 26th February 2023 08:01:52 AM

A quick internet search or a trip to your local bookstore will unearth hundreds, if not thousands, of articles and books that offer step-by-step instructions on what to do when you bring home your puppy. You will find instructions that break down every step of training a gun dog. Sadly, you will also find even more articles that you may want to avoid reading about those final hunts and the last moments hunters have spent with their faithful hunting companions before they cross over to the big hunting land in the sky.

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Can Sporting Breed Puppies Eat Adult Dog Food?

Posted on Sunday 19th February 2023 07:11:56 AM

Sporting breed puppies are bred and trained to work. As a result, they have very different nutritional needs from those of a future house dog. Puppy formulas are typically more nutrient dense when compared to most adult formulas, to meet the demands of growth. However, it is not uncommon for sporting dog owners to utilize a performance formula or an “all-life-stages” product for their sporting breed puppies. These formulas are usually more nutrient dense and, in theory, sufficient to support the growth period. However, there are other nutritional options available today specifically designed for active puppies that may offer advantages that help promote a solid nutritional foundation for future performance.

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A Dog Day Morning

Posted on Thursday 9th February 2023 05:34:28 PM

A season opening morning for young or experienced hunters alike can bring nerves of excitement. Add to the mix your dog’s first duck hunt and you aren’t going to get any sleep! Reasonable expectations and setting them up for a successful time afield is the only way to make sure you’ll both sleep soundly at night.

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A Lost Dog

Posted on Wednesday 1st February 2023 05:49:35 PM

It was July 15, 2003 and Billy Culp was fixin’ to turn loose for a workout his first green derby of the season. He was training this year on a new place just east of Lignite and south of Route 5. There were twenty pointing dog trainers working within a forty-mile radius of Billy , two hundred or more in the state, some serious pros, some serious amateurs, some just guys with a dog or two and a pickup truck.

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How Nutrition Supports Trainability in Your Sporting Breed Puppy

Posted on Sunday 29th January 2023 09:08:12 AM

Sporting breed puppies have a lot to learn. Nutrition that fuels healthy brain function and learning supports a puppy’s ability to master a variety of tasks. Puppy diets that contain clinically proven levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) can provide a training edge.

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