Everyone faces the urge to get that new puppy into the field as quickly as possible. While it is true that early and repeated exposure to birds and the various stimuli that a dog experiences while afield is almost always a net positive for a young dog gun fire is one instance where slow is almost assuredly always better. Some people might argue this point but we believe that … [Read more...] about Gunfire and Your Pup…
As most of the public upland hunting seasons begin to wrap up and we progress through the end of the preserve hunting season we all tend to start to get cabin fever waiting for warmer weather. Our dogs get lazy and fat, the gear gets packed away until next year. This year I'd like to suggest an alternative to putting your pup on the bench until the weather warms up. Early … [Read more...] about AKC Hunt Tests – Do Your Dogs Measure Up?
It's starting to get pretty warm out there. You've had plenty of time to let the fond memories of the past season sink in. Take a moment and think back one more time of those crisp mornings and great bird work pup put in. Ok, so maybe it wasn't ALL great. You know what I'm talking about; a creep and a busted bird here, a repeated command or two there. Most of us tend to … [Read more...] about Summer school is in!
So you've entered your first AKC pointing breed hunt test. It's time to show and prove that your pup is progressing into a budding bird dog. Are they ready? More importantly; are YOU ready? Entry fees seem to go up each year making entering these tests quite a gamble to chase paper with your hunting buddy. A couple of us here at Bird Dog Life spent this spring getting some … [Read more...] about Hunt Test Tips – AKC Junior Pointing Dogs
That's right... Hunting season has been over for months. The snow has melted and everyone is itching to get outside. What better way to enjoy some nice spring weather than to take your dogs hunt testing? A couple weeks ago we took both Bo and Raven to the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Illinois AKC hunt tests at the Des Plaines state fish and wildlife area. Both dogs … [Read more...] about Hunt Test Season is in Full Swing!