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Posted by on 10/1/2019

This month we are going to continue with our staunchness on point training by adding gun fire and the use of game birds to the mix. First, we will talk about adding gun fire to our staunchness training. You have already exposed your pup to gunfire in your preliminary yard training. (If you are reading this “tip” and have not introduced your dog to gun fire, please go to our archives to March 2014 “Tip of the Month”. Here we discuss properly introducing your dog to gun fire and preventing gun shyness).

You will set up the staunchness drill we discussed last month again using pigeons (homers or feral). When the bird is released from the launcher, fire a blank from the training pistol. You are teaching the dog the proper hunting scenario; point, flush and shot. Your dog is on the long check cord, hold him and let him watch (mark) the birds flight away from him/her. Remember, the dog has learned, from our fly away and previous staunchness drill, that he cannot catch the bird. However, the dog will no doubt regress to want to chase. Thus, the importance of the check cord you hold so he cannot do so. At this point we are beginning to teach steadiness to the wing.

Pigeons are a great bird to use in training, especially in initial staunchness training. They are plentiful and economical in comparison to purchasing pen raised game birds. However, we want our dog to learn about the characteristics of game birds. Therefore, after our dog has mastered this drill with pigeons, we can substitute pen raised quail or chukars. It is important that your dog establishes point and holds it consistently before going to game birds. We do not want the dog to be able to rush in and catch the bird upon the flush thus the continued use of the launcher and check cord.

Stop by again next month as we will add the retrieve to our staunchness on point training. See you then.

C J, Shawnee &   Duchess


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Well the hunting season is starting with the opening of dove season and prairie and mountain grouse in some states. . .


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This month we will start our series on field training pointing dogs. . .


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We have come to the fifth and last lesson of the five lesson program featured in Paul Long’s book, “Training Pointing Dogs”. . .

5 Ways to Show Your Dog How Much You Love Them!

Posted by Hayleigh on 6/5/2019 to Events

Dogs express their love in many ways; kisses all over the face, a wagging tail, and cuddles, lots of cuddles. We all love our pets, but many of us only see them when we come home from work or on weekends. This leaves very little time for us to express to them how we feel about them. Pet Appreciation Week is from June 2nd to June 8th and here are 5 ways to show your dog some extra affection!

1.  Take them to the dog park! Some dogs may be deprived of socialization which can cause them anxiety in other social situations. Relieving your pet of their built-up energy at a dog park may allow your pet to become more sociable and make new friends! You can find a list of reputable dog parks around you with a quick google search. For dog parks in the Denver area click here!


2. Bake them a doggy-friendly cake. Yes, a cake. Find recipes online for dog-safe cakes and mixes that you can buy premade! This will let your dog enjoy a delicious treat and allow you to bake with unlimited love for your pet. Check out this link for some good-looking dog-friendly cake recipes!

3. Learn how to better communicate with your dog in their own language. There are many resources online to teach pet owners how to better communicate with their pets. It can help bring you closer to your pet and possibly change some negative behaviors too! Check out “5 Ways To Tell Your Dogs You Love Them In Their Own Language”, for more tips on how you can communicate effectively with your pet.

4. Pamper your pet with a grooming. Being covered in fur can’t be easy, give your pet a bath and trim their nails. You might even feel better afterwards too! The American Humane Organization says that matted fur can be harmful to your pet’s health and even cause skin infections. Keeping your pet feeling fresh can help them feel loved and taken care of.

5. Finally, keep your pet healthy with a daily supplement to support their immune system and overall health! Daily Dog is a great example. Daily Dog has 21 key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. It is beef-flavored and can be given like a treat. To check out Daily Dog click here.


These 5 things can help you show your pet extra appreciation this week! For more information on keeping your dog healthy and active visit Zoomdog Supplements today!


• (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-parks-and-recreation/parks/city-parks/dog-parks.html

• Grooming Your Pet. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.americanhumane.org/fact-sheet/grooming-your-pet/

• Daniels, E. (2018, February 08). 15 Dog Cake Recipes for Your Fur Baby. Retrieved from https://www.personalcreations.com/blog/dog-cake-recipes

• 5 Ways To Tell Your Dogs You Love Them In Their Own Language. (2017, July 02). Retrieved from https://iheartdogs.com/5-ways-to-tell-your-dogs-you-love-them-in-their-own-language/