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APRIL TRAINING TIP

Posted by on 4/1/2020

The next few weeks are going to be trying times for all of us, including our dogs. Keep in mind that dogs are very routine oriented. So, try and maintain your and your dog’s daily routine as much as possible.

This is a good time to work on those yard training drills that seem to be less emphasized once advanced field training has begun. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Does your dog hesitate or at first ignore you when called either verbally or by whistle? Sharpen up his/her response to re-call (come or here).
  • Work on healing. Off lead as well as on lead. Your dog should not pull ahead, cross in front or fall behind when walking in line or in turns. 
  • Does your dog retrieve directly to you? If not, you can sharpen those retrieves, even to hand. This will ensure that no bird is lost in the field due to sloppy retrieving.

Just getting your dog out for a good daily walk will be beneficial to not only your dog, but to you as well.

Hopefully, the restrictions to our daily lives will not be long enduring. In the meantime, let’s make lemonade out of this lemon by enjoying time together with our “best friends”.

See you again next month,

C J, Shawnee & Duchess

Coronavirus Update

Posted by on 3/20/2020 to General

Valued customers and retail partners,

Please rest assured that we have taken precautionary measures to ensure our business continues with as few interruptions as possible. At this time, we are in full operation and our inventory levels are normal. Customer service is available during our regular Monday-Friday business hours. Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions.

Stay well!
Team ZoomDog

MARCH TRAINING TIP

Posted by on 3/1/2020 to Training Tips

Springtime is when many folks decide to get a new gun dog pup. . .


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         
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