Tips on how dogs (and you) should behave in the field
Probably one of the most important things a gun dog owner can do before a hunting trip is to discuss his or her dog approach and field manners with their potential partners.
Nothing can ruin a hunting trip faster than a companion who doesn’t have a clue about hunting courtesy or a dog that doesn’t respond to commands.
Upland game hunting can be a pretty aggressive sport, so we all need to critique ourselves about how our manners are in the field; it reflects directly on whether we have a good time or a bad time.
If you can talk with your partners before the hunt, you might be able to screen a problem before you get into the field. I think weekends are too sacred to be screwed up by having hunters or dogs misbehave in the field.
One of the most important things for a gun dog owner to remember when hunting the upland opener is that dogs can be extremely vulnerable to heat exhaustion or heat stroke on days when the temperature is in excess of 60 degrees.
The No. 1 priority is for dogs to have shade and water., and hunters should plan their hunts around the dogs getting water.
If an owner knows that water will not be available on a walk, he should carry a small water bottle to keep his dog refreshed.
Before the season, it’s not a bad idea to shave longhaired dogs to keep them cool.