Gun Dog Tips

Add a Whelping Box to Your Indoor Doghouse

A whelping box does not have to be an individual box in your house, basement or garage, where constant attention to cleanup duty makes having a litter of pups a burden on your hectic daily lifestyle. The design I am going to show you works extremely well for our lifestyle because we are not home […]

Puppy Bedding From Shredded Newspaper

Maintaining the whelping box and providing a clean and healthy environment for a new litter of pups can be a chore. When my dogs whelp I make sure the mother is comfortable in her new home. The mother sleeps in the box for at least a week prior to whelping. My Lab’s litters are born […]

Puppy Growth It’s Like Clockwork

If you have ever had a bitch with a litter of pups, you probably noticed that on certain days the pups’ level of physical and mental development changed dramatically, that is, eyes opened, first steps were taken or noise awareness occurred. Mother Nature has developed a time clock for growth of our dogs. Over the […]

When Puppies Are Orphaned

The joy you feel when a litter of puppies is born can turn to heartache when the mother dies due to the stress and complexities of giving birth- or becomes too sick to care for her litter. It can happen to any dog. It happened to one of mine after fifteen years’ experience with healthy […]

Dog Energy Snacks Key to Canine Stamina

We have all seen a dog break down because of heat exhaustion or general over work. Those three or four day hunting trips that create such wear and tear on your dogs that they sometimes loose 20% of their body weight. We have read about the problems of giving a dog a midday chocolate snack. […]

Energy for Hunting Dogs

Diet and nutritional supplements are crucial to keeping a dog from running out of gas during lengthy hunting trips Most dogs, no matter how fit, will run out of gas on those three- and four- day hunting trips- if their diet isn’t properly supplemented with something that’s high in fat and protein. Sabin, Minn., dog […]

Treating An Injured Dog

Try these tips out when your buddy gets into trouble People usually don’t like to think about unpleasant things, such as illness or injury. It’s just their nature. But in the case of a sick or injured dog, it’s better to have a game plan before the first hunting trip of the season than to suffer […]

The Fundamentals

It all starts with sit, stay, heel, and come commands With the grouse season just around the corner, the most important thing a trainer should remember before turning to real birds is that the dog must know the basics—sit, stay, heel, come. The dog has to have fundamentals down, I can’t emphasize that enough. They […]

Getting Started: A Pedigree

Evaluating a good gun dog begins with a Pedigree that explains a dog’s ancestry. What you see is what you get doesn’t necessarily hold true for dogs. Just by looking at a dog, even the keenest veterinarians and trainers can have difficulty critiquing a dog’s physical characteristics or potential problems it may develop in the future. That is why a pedigree is so important when […]

The First 12 Weeks

The early stages of a puppy’s development will have a lasting impact—so a breeder’s litter management is crucial. A new puppy is a lot like a new baby. Both are very impressionable, and generally what they see and hear in the early stages of their development will have a lasting effect. That’s why it’s important […]