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FEBRUARY TRAINING TIP

Posted by on 2/1/2020

Now that the fall hunting season is ending, I thought I would make some suggestions for the off season. Remember, our dogs are bred and born with hunting instincts that are ever present. They just do not turn them “on and off” like a light switch. The following are some activities for you to consider:

   1. This is a good time for a trip to the vet for a thorough checkup. I schedule my dog’s annual health exams this time of year just for that reason.

   2. Continue with a good exercise program. Long walks and frequent runs will keep your dog and you in shape.

   3. Take them on preserve hunts. Upland hunting preserves are usually open through the month of March.

   4. Join a sporting dog club. Many have access to training bird sources. Frequent bird contact keeps your dog’s senses sharp. Also, you can develop new friendships and learn of more good hunting areas.

   5. Spring field trials and hunt tests are an excellent way to not only keep your dog in shape, they keep those hunting instincts alive as well. They are great way to improve your dog’s performance in the field.

   6. Keep up with those yard training drills. Frequent repetition is a key factor in training.

   7. Now is the time to work on those problem areas that crept in during the season. Frequent training keeps both you and your dog sharp.

We hope you have an excellent spring and summer! Stop by again next month for another training tip.



C J , Shawnee,  &  Duchess         

JANUARY TRAINING TIP

Posted by on 1/1/2020 to Training Tips

Wow! We are entering the last month of the upland bird hunting season. As we get older, the calendar speeds up and our body slows down. Oh, how we wish we could reverse that process. No such luck!

Since January is traditionally the coldest month of the year, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss the effects of extreme cold and winter weather conditions, not only on our dogs, but us as well.

HYPOTHERMIA

It occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat. The normal range of body temperature in dogs is between 101 and 102.5 degrees F. In humans the range is 97.6 to 99.6 degrees F. When the body heat consistently falls below that range, hypothermia can occur. It can go from mild to severe depending on how far below the normal range.

Possible Causes:

             Constant exposure to wind chill in freezing weather especially if raining or snowing

             Exposure to cold or icy water conditions

Symptoms:

             Shivering

             Weakness

             Stiffness

             Stupor or incoherency

             Unconsciousness or coma

Actions to Take:

             Warm your dog or yourself up

             Return to your vehicle

             Build a fire to produce heat

             Vigorously rub your dog all over with a dry towel

             Wrap yourself and/or your dog in a blanket


Getting out of the cold or extreme conditions as quickly as possible is paramount. Hypothermia can cause damage to internal organs because adequate blood flow is not maintained.

Remember, your dog will keep on going no matter what the conditions may be. It is our responsibility to watch out for their safety.

Stop by again next month when we will discuss how and what to do during the off season. Until then, have a Happy New Year and a great 2020!

Regards,


C J , Shawnee,  &  Duchess         

DECEMBER TRAINING TIP

Posted by on 12/1/2019 to Training Tips

We all love to see a dog that retrieves right to hand . . .

NOVEMBER TRAINING TIP

Posted by on 11/1/2019 to Training Tips

This month we are going to add retrieving to the Staunchness on Point training drill. It will be used as a reward when your dog executes staunchness on point without breaking point or creeping on point.

Set up the scenario as described in the last few months tips. Once the dog establishes point, release the bird, fire the starter pistol and keep the dog from chasing (on check cord). Then lead the dog 180 degrees away about 20 yards. Command WHOA and MARK, toss a frozen bird and then command the dog to fetch. I use the dog’s name as a release command. You can also use a whistle command as a release to retrieve.

Remember, do not give the retrieve reward if the dog falters in any way on staunchness. Soon your dogs will learn that in order to get their mouths on birds, they must be staunch on point.

This is a great drill to start training your dog to be steady to wing and shot. Please stop by again next month for another training tip. The upland bird hunting season is now underway. May it be a rewarding one for both you and your dog!

Regards,

C J, Shawnee, &   Duchess


OCTOBER TRAINING TIP

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. . .

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