Archive for gun dogs

Start Pups Right

Ron Spomer shares a few tips that will put any puppy on a path to a long, successful and injury-free career in the field.

September 30, 2014

10 Exercises to Help Minimize Gundog Injury

If you're regularly hunting with a canine companion, it's important to keep him healthy and fit.

September 12, 2014

Pointing Out a Good Bird Dog

If you love to hunt upland birds like pheasants, grouse and quail, there are some dogs that could give you a few pointers—quite a few.

September 05, 2014

Cool It

Every year some unaware hunters—both human and canine—keel over from heat prostration. Many of them die. It isn’t necessary. Dave Campbell explains how to keep your favorite hunting buddy safe this season.

September 02, 2014

Mind If I Brag On My Puppies?

Kyle Wintersteen's been working hard to bring his pair of pups along—and now it's time for a little bragging.

September 06, 2013

AKC to PETA: Stop Killing Dogs

The American Kennel Club has issued a letter demanding that PETA stop killing the dogs that it purports to protect.

August 06, 2013

Best-Dressed Hunting Dogs

Forget the knitted sweaters and red bandanas; think protection, not fashion, before saddling any hard-running field dog with garments.

August 06, 2013

Did You Know: Hunting Dogs Dominate State Breeds

Only a handful of states across the nation have named official canine representatives, but there seems to be a common thread among those that do: they have a habit of choosing breeds that have ties to hunting.

May 28, 2013

Labrador Retriever Remains Americans' Top Dog

No surprise here: For the twenty-second consecutive year, the Labrador retriever is the most popular dog in the United States, according to American Kennel Club (AKC) registration statistics. Here's the breakdown of 2012's most popular breeds and how that compares to 2011:

February 15, 2013

SportDog Bird Launcher

Remember the days when dog trainers triggered their loud, clunky bird launchers by tugging a string? The technology of sending a pigeon or quail aloft has vastly improved, and a new bird launcher by SportDog Brand is on the cutting edge. It's quiet, it's reliable and it's triggered by a remote transmitter from up to a half-mile away.

January 15, 2013

Late Dog Leaves Gift of 10 Puppies

There's a popular sentiment among human beings that "everything happens for a reason." Some believe a higher power is at the wheel, yet even the occasional atheist will acknowledge that life can sometimes seem engineered. All I know is there have been some incredible coincidences in my life—some happy, some sad, some a little bit of both—that my heart tells me were more than just chance.

November 09, 2012

Letter to a Dog

Dear Freedom,

A friend of mine says good dogs and bad pheasants both spend eternity in the same place. If that’s the case, then I’m sure you’re giving those roosters hell.

October 19, 2012

Gundog Operating Manual

There's some assembly required when it comes to equipping your gundog for the season. Here are a few recommendations.

June 18, 2012

Photos: Coonhound Really Knows How to "Stay"

As J.R. Absher of The Outdoor Pressroom put it, Maddie the coonhound has "refined the meaning of 'stay'." Since acquiring Maddie from the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Atlanta, Ga., owner Theron Humphrey has photographed her in a variety of, shall we say, interesting places—inside a tractor tire in Cedar Creek, Texas, atop a traffic light in Austin, Texas, on a bird house in Lawrence, Kan., and even above a basketball rim in Des Moines, Iowa, to name a few.

March 19, 2012