Archive for bird dog

HAVA Extends Deadline of "Adopt Fritz" Veterans Contest

Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) has extended the deadline on its "Adopt Fritz" essay contest.

May 16, 2014

Veterans: Enter HAVA's Contest to Win Fully Trained Bird Dog!

If you're a veteran or active service member of the Iraq and Afghanistan era, here's your chance to win a fully trained German shorthaired pointer courtesy of Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA).

May 02, 2014

Champion Bird Dog Helps Heal Trainer's Heart Condition

One of the country's foremost field trial competitors has revealed to Yahoo! Music why he credits bird dogs with saving his life.

March 10, 2014

The Real Story of America's Retriever

New discoveries separate fact from fiction regarding the history of the Chesapeake Bay retriever.

October 07, 2013

Bird Dog Road Trips

Your destination hunting adventure includes your gundog. A doggy road trip can be quite intimidating indeed. So what should you do? You’ll both have a great hunt if you use this advice to plan ahead.

September 25, 2013

Member's Hunt: Kidnee's First Bird

With a new kidney, and a new bird dog named Kidnee, the road to recovery didn't seem so bleak for NRA Member Jack G. Jones.

September 12, 2013

Dog Food for Working Dogs

Is your dog eating right for your hunt? Ron Spomer shares some insight into what you should be feeding your gun dog.

September 06, 2013

England Will Require Dog Microchips by 2016

On occasion even a well-trained dog can wander off for a while during a hunt. It's happened to me. I'll bet it's happened to you. So, having a veterinarian implant a microchip into our animals—a simple, vaccination-like procedure that enables dogs to be quickly identified and returned—may not be such a bad idea. However, I think doing so should be strictly at the discretion of individual dog owners.

February 19, 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

Puppies Inspire Our Irrational Optimism

When a young boy hits a baseball off a tee for the first time, not even the most positive-thinking father declares him a future major leaguer. At least not without intending jest. At best, the kid showed an ounce of potential, but concluding he'll be a world-class talent? That's crazy. Yet isn't that exactly what we do when our puppies fetch a ball or dummy for the first time?

February 07, 2013

When Housetraining Goes Awry

Please pardon my grammar if it's even more off than normal today, but I'm a tad frazzled. For the past 48 hours, I've been engaged in an activity that's both joyous and scream-into-a-pillow frustrating: housebreaking a dog. And I bought not one, but two springer pups. As if I thought one would be just too easy.

January 21, 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

Lion Country Supply Bird Dog Trainer 800

The redesigned Bird Dog Trainer 800 offers a lightweight, waterproof design and comes with a host of accessories.

December 05, 2012

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

British Army's Spaniel Awarded Posthumous Medal

We all have our favorite breeds, and many times we're especially proud of the versatility they offer. At one time most dogs were fairly specialized, but these days the same dog can point quail, fetch ducks and even hunt down predators. Their noses and intelligence are also far more developed than what early breeders probably could've imagined.

October 31, 2012