Game Recovery Dogs…not as difficult as you might think?
Over the years, I’ve written a pretty good number of articles on “developing deer dogs.” More specifically, a dog that helps in pursuit of big game and more often than not, that big game is the whitetail deer. So, what is a “deer dog”? This used to be a pretty common question, although in recent years the understanding is seemingly growing as much as the popularity. Continue Reading
New Dog or Puppy … Where Do I Start?
By Jeremy Moore
The answer is easy – in the beginning. Not only is it the best place, it is the only place to start when talking about training a dog. It makes logical sense, yet the question “where do I start” is often one of the most common I receive. Continue Reading
THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
It is very important to know that your furry best friend does not necessarily enjoy the extreme heat this time of year. How hot is too hot you might ask. Anything over 70 degrees in the direct sunlight may cause your dog to overheat. Dogs with longer, thicker coats, black in color, dogs that are out of shape, or overweight have better chances of overheating. It is our duty as good pet owners to make sure our dogs are in a ventilated crate or dog carrier with good air movement. If your dog needs to be outside in this kind of heat, placing them in the shade is best. I like to train in areas where there is a big tree that will keep me out of the direct sunlight. The direct sun has a lot of power that really makes a hot day a scorcher.
Raising dogs…slowing down speeds things up
By: Jeremy Moore
As a professional dog trainer, I’ve been able to work with various breeds of a large number of dogs over the years, ranging from 7 week-old puppies to dogs as old as 10 years or more. I strongly believe that one of the only ways to get better at anything, whether you’re talking dog training specifically or life in general, is to put in the work. And more times than not, the whole “work” part is where things start to get hard! Thankfully, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to put that work in when it comes to the dogs. And, consequently, I know I have gotten a lot better as the years passed. As I have personally improved, the dogs have mirrored that improvement as well. Today, I can say with strong confidence that when I have a chance to work with a puppy or dog, I will be a positive influence on them and my hope is they are better off because of it as well. Continue Reading
Color Contrast in Training
There are No Grey Areas
By: Jeremy Moore
Chances are, if you look outside this time of year, you are going to see white, a lot of white. In our home state of Wisconsin, deer seasons have come to an end for the most part and we are moving on to the next season of outdoor activities; most of which include ice and or snow. These are also the kind of conditions that make most professional dog trainers load up their trailers and head south. But for trainers and dog owners like myself, these are the conditions I look forward to during those potentially hot, humid months of June, July and August. Continue Reading
Puppy VS Started Dog
By: Jesse Dieckmen
When it comes time to look for your next best hunting companion, the question you must ask yourself is, “Do I get a pup, started, or finished dog?” Depending on your situation there are both pros and cons to each. Whichever way you decide to go, there are some questions you should think about. Let’s start with looking for that cute, cuddly, and vivacious puppy. Continue Reading
Handling a Dog in the Pheasant Field
By: Jesse Dieckman
How many of us have heard someone at a distance yelling at their dog? The loud commands that they might be yelling range from; NO! Come! Here! Sit! Get over here NOW! A two worded dog’s name combines into one, for example, John Wayne is now JohnWayne. This experience is one that all hunters with dogs or being on a hunt with dogs have likely had happen at some point in time. Or, maybe we were the one doing the yelling! Continue Reading