Know-How: Keep Your Gundog Calm and Collected

by
posted on December 11, 2019
know-how-calmthatdog_lead.jpg

Stay calm. Stop whining, stop barking, stop shaking, drop the squirrel, back away from that cow pie and nobody has to get hurt.

Not to be too Hollywood here, but if your hyperactive dog is driving you nuts with its over-the-top drama and excitement, you might want to investigate the latest in canine care—calming care. As in “calm down!”

We’ve all seen overly excitable hunting dogs in the field. Pointers that bark non-stop on the road to the hunt. Labs that whine and chatter their teeth incessantly in the blind. Worse are the hyper or fearful dogs that tear up the house, the kennel, the travel crate …

Regardless of the exact hyper behavior, it does neither the dog, the owner, or the guests any good. So calm down Rover. But how?

Via the magic of modern chemistry. Seriously, while there are such things as anxiety coats, snuggle toys, security blankets and “safehouse” kennels, drastic dogs demand drastic measures, and chemicals could be it. Other than the “doggy downers” joked about on Saturday Night Live skits back in the Belushi era, I had no idea there were over-the-counter dog calming agents until I received a sample pack of Purina Pro Plan Calming Care. That got me to researching, and I discovered a confusion of similar products. They contain a variety of ingredients: pheromones, B-vitamins, chamomile, magnesium, ginger root, probiotics, and L-taurine and L-tryptophan. (Isn’t that what’s in turkey that causes that infamous Thanksgiving afternoon nap?) Heck, there’s even one calming mix made with hemp, as in marijuana, though there is no active THC in it.

So does any of this stuff work? Most brands cite veterinarians who claim it does, but I doubt they’ve done any double-blind studies. Still, anything’s worth a try. I’m going to feed my setter Purina Calming Care this fall to cure her excessive drooling during car travel. Who knows? It might do the trick.

Latest

Anaconda 4 Inch
Anaconda 4 Inch

#SundayGunday: Colt Anaconda 4"

American Hunter Editor in Chief Scott Olmsted was on hand in December at Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Ariz., when Colt introduced its four-inch-barreled Anaconda.

New for 2023: Remington Premier Long Range in PRC Chamberings

Featuring Speer’s revolutionary Impact bullet, Remington has now announced three new PRC loads that will be available in late 2023.

Beretta Launches A300 Ultima Turkey Shotgun

Beretta has announced the launch of a new turkey-hunting shotgun—the A300 Ultima Turkey.

Winchester Awarded U.S. Army NGSW Ammunition Production Contract

Winchester, the largest manufacturer of small caliber ammunition for the U.S. military, has announced that the U.S. Army has awarded the company a contract to manufacture, test, and deliver 5 million 6.8mm Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) cartridges.

How to Build a Home Butcher Shop

Any space including a garage, shop or storage shed can be turned into a game-processing center. Learn about hoists, knives, vacuum sealers, grinders and dehydrators you need to build your own butcher shop.

Head to Head: .348 Winchester vs. .358 Winchester

Between the .348 Winchester and .358 Winchester, which cartridge is the better all-around choice for the hunter? Contributor Philip Massaro examines the pros and cons of each.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.