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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

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

2012's Best Duck and Dog Pumpkin Carvings

Ducks Unlimited held a DU logo pumpkin carving contest for Halloween and the results were, well, amazing.

November 02, 2012

Hunters Help Delay Vote on Calif. Anti-Hound Bill

The California Assembly Appropriations Committee was all set to vote on SB 1221, which would outlaw the tradition of hunting bears and bobcats with hounds. But the huge crowd that showed up for the hearing, plus the immense financial impact that the bill would have on California, put the vote on hold for further consideration. It's estimated that about 300 people—most of them concerned hunters—packed the room, and dozens chose to testify. When the bill comes up for a vote late next week, let's hope the committee members recall the strong opposition to SB1221 displayed by hunters.

August 14, 2012

What's Your Dog Thinking? Dog Brain Scan Revealed

I doubt anyone who's owned a dog hasn't occasionally wondered what the dog is thinking. Dogs are an emotive species, with ample facial muscles to show fear, anger, excitement and even joy (have you ever owned a dog that smiled?). There are, of course, trainers who run into trouble when they too closely assign human emotions to their animals. Dogs don't entirely mirror us with their thoughts and emotions. They're dogs. Remember that.

May 10, 2012

AKC: 2011 Was "Year of the Setter"

The American Kennel Club (AKC) releasted its annual list of most popular breeds. There's no news regarding the top dog—the Lab reigns supreme for the 21st straight year—but check out this list of setters on the move:

March 05, 2012

NPS Ranger Tases Man Walking Dogs Off-Leash

I've been known to flout a leash law or two (just ask my dog), but after reading this story I might just fall into line.

February 01, 2012

Meet a Dog with World-Record Ears

As a Denver Post writer quipped, here's a dog that's "all ears." In fact, owner Jennifer Wert of Boulder, Colo., says Harbor, an 8-year-old black and tan coonhound, had to grow into them.

September 12, 2011

"Invaluable" Lab Trained to Fetch Beers

What's the only thing better than a dog that fetches ducks? One that will go get you a cold beer!

June 27, 2011

Why We Love Dogs

It is said that you should never insult a man’s gun or his dog. I think further emphasis ought to be on the dog. Insult a gun in the presence of its owner and he will be mildly offended. Insult his dog and you better be prepared for a roll in the dirt.

May 25, 2011

Man Trains Dog to Bite Woman During Arguments

When my fiancé nags me voices her opinion on a domestic issue, I like to respond with logic and reason. For instance, yesterday she pointed out the disproportionate amount of time she spends cleaning the apartment, and I argued that gun cleaning should count.

January 14, 2011

Former Spouses Fight for Custody of Chocolate Lab

A divorcing Canadian couple who apparently share a very special kind of hate decided they couldn't agree on custody of their chocolate Lab without a judge's assistance. I say special kind of hate because, for one thing, they went to court over a dog and, for another, the judge wrote that "a high degree of animosity exists between the parties." Clearly. Talk about a serious commitment to ensuring your former lover's continued unhappiness.

January 05, 2011

It's Official: Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats

An Oxford University study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences settles an age-old argument: Dogs are indeed smarter than cats. The study suggests that animals benefit intellectually from interactions within a peer group. Over time, social species develop greater mental capacity than animals who prefer to go-it-alone.

November 29, 2010

Attention Purina: I Am For Sale

Purina has a long history of sponsoring field trials, hunt tests, NAVHDA events and other gundog games. It's proven to be a very strong marketing plan—support the hunting community, get dog owners to try the product and in turn sell dog food. One thing Purina has never done, however, is sponsor an individual dog.

August 19, 2010

A Dove Season Danger: Avoiding Canine Heat Stroke

With one of America's greatest outdoor traditions almost upon us—the opening day of dove season—it's the perfect time to review the prevention and symptoms of canine heat stroke. Every year a few dogs suffer its effects, usually due to the negligence of their owners.

August 16, 2010