Gundogs: Patience Pays
At some point we all face a recalcitrant dog that just won’t do what it is commanded to do. At these times it’s critical to distinguish mistakes from willful disobedience.
Gundogs: Handle First, Hunt Later
The simple truth is too many hunters are too wrapped up in the fun of the hunt to pay full attention to dog handling. So the following advice is directed more toward you and me than our retrievers.
Gundogs: Killer Grass
Grass kills. Dogs. Maybe yours. And we’re not talking medical marijuana here.
Veteran Advice for Rookie Dogs and Dog Owners
Hey Pup, I hear you’re finally going hunting. About time! Here's some sage advice to consider.
Gundogs: Take a Summer Swim
The dog days of July and August are a misnomer. Hunting dogs need action, but it’s too hot for exercise. Neither old Drake nor young Lady can afford to vegetate now. Hunting season is just around the corner. In a month or two they’ll launch all-out assaults on fields and meadows, woods and waters. How do you get them in shape for that without killing them?
Gundogs: Take Your Pup to the Range
A great way to get pup acclimated to gunfire is to take him on frequent trips to the clays range.
Gundogs: Prime Your Pup
A new puppy is spring incarnate, joy overflowing and trouble down the road if you don’t direct it along the correct path.
Sleep Like a Dog
There’s nothing wrong with letting your hairy hunting partner enjoy the warmth and comforts of the indoors, but there is something wrong with not training her to sleep equally comfortably and confidently outdoors.
Gundogs: Massage And More for Dogs
At the risk of being called a New Age charlatan, Ron Spomer recommends you give your hunting dog massage therapy.
Gundogs: Fat is Where It’s At
We’ve all been there. Opening day. The sun is shining, birds are calling and our over-eager dogs are racing through the cover, thicket to thicket, horizon to horizon, sucking air, searching for scent. They point. They flush. They fetch. They collapse. It’s not even noon and they act as if they’re on their last legs because—they are.