Archive for hunting dogs

How to Winterize Your Bird Dog

December is approaching, which means frigid temperatures and snowfall aren't far behind. It's important to ensure your bird dog is properly groomed for a day of trouncing through the powder

November 18, 2014

Study: More Fat, Lower Protein Boosts Dogs' Sense of Smell

Conventional wisdom has long dictated that performance dog food formulas—which experts recommend for active gundogs—ought to contain a high ratio of protein. But has a new study debunked this age old belief?

October 10, 2014

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

These Dogs Swallowed Amazing Objects in 2014

Every year the Veterinary Practice News holds an X-ray contest called "They Ate What?" The rules are simple: Animal hospitals compete to see whose patients swallowed the most bizarre objects of the year, as proven by radiographs. The photo results are priceless.

September 19, 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

One Dog to Rule Them All

If you haven’t the space, finances nor stamina to keep two hunting dogs—one that points, and one that flushes and retrieves—then get in line for a versatile hunting dog.

August 14, 2014

SportDOG: Good Reasons to Crate-Train Your Hunting Dog

Crate-training your puppy should be one of his first obedience lessons. Do you crate-train your dogs? Why or why not?

August 11, 2014

Is Ice Water Deadly For Dogs?

You may have seen the email chain that went viral recently, warning dog owners that ice water—or even very cold water—is deadly to dogs when ingested. Is it true? The BullShooters had no choice but to investigate.

July 24, 2014

Flush to Retrieve

There are certain dog trainers who discourage their retrievers from flushing birds. That sounds like the waste of good potential to Ron Spomer.

July 22, 2014

Spanish Hunting Dog Has Green Puppies

Aida Vallelado Molina of Laguna de Duero, Spain, has delivered many litters of hunting dogs, but none with such shocking results: On June 3, her dog had a litter of five puppies, two of which were the color green.

July 21, 2014

5 Reasons Life is Better with a Dog in the House

Just a generation ago, the prevailing wisdom was that "Dad's hunting dog" belonged outside, in a kennel. That mindset has largely changed in recent years, and Kyle Wintersteen firmly believes the development is a turn for the better.

June 02, 2014

Veterinarians Explain 10 Strange Dog Behaviors

Ever wonder why your dog chases its tail, walks in circles before lying down or just plain won't quit staring at you? The pet health resource website Vet Street has posted explanations to these and other strange dog behaviors.

May 23, 2014

Training More Than a Bird Dog

Upland and waterfowl seasons are open but a fraction of the year—so, what do you do with your faithful gundog during the 9 or 10 months when you aren’t hunting? A dog bred to hunt ought to hunt, of course, but he doesn’t necessarily need to fetch birds to be happy. Kyle Wintersteen offers a few suggestions on how you can keep your favorite hunting buddy occupied in the "offseason."

May 05, 2014

Home Intruder Turns Out to Be Hen Wood Duck

Melinda Costanzo of North Reading, Mass., was sleeping in on a Saturday morning when loud noises downstairs awakened her. It didn't turn out to be quite what she thought.

April 14, 2014