Keeping your dog in shape year-round is important, but proper conditioning is only half the equation.
The following items can help you be proactive in taking care of your dog and ensuring against disasters—large and small—in the field and at home.
The worst thing that can happen to your dog may depend on what you fear the most.
When it comes to travel, you wouldn’t let a child ride in your vehicle without a seatbelt, so why would you let your four-legged best friend lurch around without protection?
A hunting dog performs better when it’s in shape. But what exactly does “in shape” mean?
The latter is captured well here in the second part of nearly an hour of video showing Jason Carter teaching steadiness—a crucial skill for any “finished” pointing dog worthy of the term.
If there are any short films that tell the story of a hunting dog better than this one, we’d love to see it.
A Young Man Learns to Love Bird Dogs
Regrettably, well-known guide and trainer Web Parton is retiring. So this piece is not a recommendation of a trainer but an indication of what to look for in a snake-avoidance clinic: above all a trainer with a feel for dogs as individuals and a willingness to invest time in their education.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to finding the “right” range. The only question is: What’s right for you?
Top pros have refined their understanding of just how early well-bred retrievers can take on training tasks.
Effective training is a continuous, cyclical progression involving planning, teaching, revisiting established skills and evaluation. — Mike Stewart