There’s No Such Thing As ‘Birdie Powder:’ Part 1

Many years ago, when I first started training dogs professionally with Tom Dokken, I can remember having trouble with a dog in a Bird and Gun Introduction program. I looked at Dokken after all of these attempts and asked if he had any other suggestions. He looked at me and said, “Birdie Powder!”

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Winter Activities With Your Gundog

The winter months here in the Midwest can be a long, cold, and often boring time for most anyone. Going to work as the sun is rising and getting home as it is setting, starts to take a toll on everyone. One family member that often gets overlooked throughout these months is your gundog. Here are some tips to help it get through the winter months.

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Colten & Jack’s First Duck Hunt: A Day Of Memories

When you think of duck hunting for the first time, is there someone or
something that pops into your mind right away? Maybe it is your dad or a
certain buddy that you hunted with, or possibly another mentor or relative? It
could be the image of ducks landing in your decoys or a shot you may have made
during those early years.

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Buying A ‘Started’ Dog

Buying a puppy can be a fun and exciting thing for any hunter. Puppies are
always very cute and tend to always sell themselves. However, puppies do
require a great deal of time and energy to train. In today’s busy world, a lot
of people do not have the time to dedicate to it. This is when buying a
“started” or fully-trained dog may be an option for that person.

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A Gundog’s First Few Months

There are some important steps to take during the first few months of your
puppy’s life. By taking these steps sequentially, you will ensure that
your dog will have the qualities that you expect both in the field and at home.

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Hunting Snows: A Great Dog Training Technique

Being an avid waterfowl hunter, a true sign of spring for me is seeing ducks and geese on the move after the long winter. When
birds fly over as I am out training dogs, all I can do is wait in anticipation for next fall. It’s depressing for both me and the dogs. However, there is one thing that can help this ailment in spring — chasing snows!

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Starting A Kennel In Today’s Market: Part 1

If you are a dog enthusiast and are thinking about opening your
own facility, there are a couple of options that you can pursue. Another reason
someone may consider starting up a kennel business is that with the downturn in the economy here in late 2008, more people than ever are being displaced from their career choice, and are forced by the market to do something else. Here’s how to get started in the dog kennel business.

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Does Your Dog Need A Remote Collar?: Part 2

In Part 2 of this article, we will look at how to properly introduce your dog to a remote collar. What I always tell people who purchase a collar for a dog who has never had one before, is to put it on the dog for at least a week without turning it on. Then, run-through all the drills and retrieves you have been previously working on with the remote collar in the "off" position, so that your dog gets used to wearing it. And there’s more… .

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