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Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • Dove Hunting, Dogs, and Heat Exhaustion.... It's no joke!

    As a Pro Trainer in Texas with an always hot dove season I receive numerous stories from friends and clients about the heat stroke in working dogs. A few years ago I developed a sermon I preach to any of our CCR dogs going home and this is what it entails.

    Dove hunting and dogs

    First I'd like to cover conditioning: Consider that in Texas dove season opens Septemter 1st with temps ranging in the 90's by 10 a.m. If your dog has been siting in the a/c all summer he is not accustomed to the heat. (Think of the feeling you get when you step out of the cool into the heat) even if your dog is kept outside he still needs exercise. Now, I'm not saying throw your dog outside all day in the heat or train at the hottest time of the day. Proper conditioning includes running marks and maybe a few blinds in the am or late evening (prime hunting times) you can even take him for walks or runs early and late during the week. Make no mistake gun dogs are athletes and must be kept in condition to preform properly. If your not sure what to do in a training aspect of throwing marks contact your local pro (most will allow you to come train for a morning) or join a local retriever club with like minded people that like to help.  If you are busy and short on time most pros offer pre season tune ups.

    Next, lets discuss the signs of heat exhaustion. Early signs can be but not limited to, heavy panting, deep red gums, swelling or curling of tongue, as symptoms worsen you might see swelling of gums, excessive drooling, panting with more of a rasping gasping sound. When you see any of these its time to take action immediately. If you see the dog start to stumble, lay down, or collapse the situation went from dangerous to critical! Ok, so what do you do???  If you see signs first response should be shade and water, let them drink, and rest most early cases this is plenty, if dog can't cool down start wetting them down with ice chest water, head , behind ears, pits, and paws, alcohol is always colder than water (keep that in mind, rubbing or drinkable) put them in the front seat and blow the a/c. If you see severe symptoms do the above and rush to the vet! Keep in mind this is deadly and deadly fast, most people don't realize however that even a mild heat stroke causes side affects. Major organ damage can occur a few days later, and dogs with a significant heat stroke become more prone to them in the future. Another thing to keep in mind a stock tank in Texas in September is likely  80 degrees, not much of a cool off! I hope this helps you and your hunting buddy stay safe and better enjoy your hunting adventures.

    Written By: Professional Dog Trainer JC Strange

    Cripple Creek Retrievers, North Texas

    If you are planning on dove hunting a need a few training tools to get your dog ready check out a few of our best sellers:

    Dove Training Retrieving Dummy by Dokken Dead Fowl Trainer

    Dove Training Scent by Dead Fowl Trainer

    Hunting Dog First Aid Kit

  • Does Nutrition Matter For Your Hunting Dog?

    Hunting Dog Health- FoodCorn, wheat, soy, chicken beaks, intestines, feathers, feces… do these sound like ingredients that your hunting partner can thrive on?  Not at all!  We will start with saying that dogs are carnivores, therefore; they should be eating meat, not loads of grains!  The three main grains that you want to keep out of your dog’s food are corn, wheat, and soy.  Dogs cannot process these ingredients.  They oftentimes produce shedding, itching, dry skin, hot spots, ear infections, eye drainage, throwing up, diarrhea, and allergies.  Consuming grains can also make your dog become overweight.  These things don’t just happen overnight.  When you feed a low quality food without all of the nutrients you dog needs to prosper, it slowly wears them down and their body systems start to deteriorate.

    How do you know what to feed?  The main thing you want to look at in a food is the ingredient list.  The ingredients are always listed in descending order by weight.  You always want your first few ingredients to be specific meat or meat meals such as chicken meal, duck meal, or salmon meal.  If it is listed as meat meal with no specific protein source, you want to stay far away from it because you have no idea what they are using.  The other fact that you need to be cautious about when picking a food is it containing animal by-products.  These are simply the parts of an animal that are of such low quality they are rejected for human uses.  They can be beaks, feathers, hooves, skin, feet, undeveloped eggs etc.  Other things to check for in your food are chemicals preservatives (BHA, Ethyoxoquin etc.). These are known carcinogens.

    Healthy Golden RetrieversThe surprising fact in the pet food world is that a lot of the very well-known name brands are absolute garbage.  Just because a company can put on an awesome commercial, does not mean that they produce a quality food (Despite what their commercial may say).  If you can, stick to an all-natural food made in the USA or Canada.  Big box stores and grocery stores are not the place to get your pet food.  Seek out somewhere that carries all- natural and grain-free options.

    The actual purchasing of a higher quality food may be a little more expensive, but dollar for dollar it actually ends up being the same price or cheaper per serving then a low quality food.  You will not have to feed as much of foods that are loaded with the protein, fat, and nutrients that dogs need.  Your hunting pal will be utilizing the majority of the food, so he won’t have to eat as much.  For the same reason, he will also have a lower stool volume.  You will ultimately have lower vet bills because your dog is getting all of the correct nutrition that he needs to be a healthy member of your family.

    We have just touched on a few things that are important in choosing a quality pet food for your working dog.  Go take a look at the ingredients in your dog’s food and see if any changes need to be made.  A simple switch in dog food can help your dog live a healthier, more energetic life.  It may also make problems that seem impossible to fix like reoccurring ear infections just disappear.  Nutrition is very important and plays a large role in the well-being of your working dog.

    By Bre Krueger

    Professional Dog Trainer

  • 5 Dog Breeds For Homes With Children

    Every young child gets to an age when they start asking for a dog. It is a great idea for many reasons. Having a pet teaches a child responsibility, and compassion. The bond that forms between a child and a pet encourages trust, and self esteem. They help get kids up off the couch, and encourage an active lifestyle. A pet provides unconditional love and companionship to a child, which helps with their emotional stability and growth.

    If you are considering heading to the animal shelter or breeder, it’s a good idea first to consider which breeds are usually a good fit for homes with children. There is no guarantee because breeding is only one aspect of a dog’s temperament.


    The Beagle was originally bred as a hunting dog. They are a good fit in homes with active children. They love to play ball and rough house with kids, always ready for fun and games. They are friendly and gentle with cheerful dispositions. Teach kids not to bug this dog while it’s eating, they don’t always tolerate anyone, even their best friends, getting near their food dish. They normally get along well with other pets. They shed a lot, so they need to be bathed and brushed frequently.

    Golden Retriever

    This breed has the patience required for living in a home with small children.  They need a lot of exercise, so they will be a terrific companion for children who love to run and play outdoors.  The Golden Retriever is a lovable, loyal dog, and is usually quite smart.  It is a bigger dog but is not aggressive, except when seeking affection.  They are easily trained and well mannered, which is why they are used as service dogs.  They often get into trouble when left alone, they need supervision, just like the kids do.  They are overly friendly so they don’t make good watchdogs.

    Bernese Mountain Dog

    This gentle giant is known for its’ love of children.  They are slow to mature and retain their puppy behavior for longer than many other dogs.  They are easy to train, intelligent and good natured. They make good watchdogs though they aren’t overly aggressive.  They are generally good with other pets.  They range in size from 80 to 120 pounds so they are certainly not a lap dog.

    English Bulldog

    Considered to be one of the gentlest breeds, the English Bulldog is affectionate, and loyal.  They are very energetic as puppies but slow down as they mature, and don’t require a lot of exercise.  They do need a lot of attention and love to play.  They are like cartoon characters the way they snort, snore, slobber and drool.


    Boxers get along really well with children and have a lot of patience.  They are happy, friendly, very loyal dogs that love to cuddle. They are playful and intelligent with a sneaky streak.  They are easy to train though they tend to be a little stubborn.  They need a lot of attention and exercise, and tend to be quite boisterous so small kids will get knocked down, but not intentionally.

    Written by Jaqueline Borini

  • Congrats- Puppy Picture Contest Winners!

    The team at EverythingGunDog.com has been hard at work over the last month promoting our hunting dog puppy picture contest, which is one of the best kinds of contest we run because, who doesn't like looking at tons of puppy pictures?  It was hard for our team to get any work done with awesome pictures being submitted everyday!  It was amazing to see all these hunting dogs in the making, there is certainly going to be some great dogs out of this groups!

    We also want to thank all our customers and visitors to the sight that voted for their favorite picture, that sure made the voting of the best a lot of easier!  We were amazed to see over 204 puppy pictures submitted and thousands of likes and comments posted on our Facebook Page about the pictures. It was exciting to see the public weigh in and make their voices heard.

    Top Selling Puppy Training Products:

    After much contemplation and discussion we had to ultimately select 3 of the best pictures, and trust me it was not easy!  So without any further a-do here they are:

    1st Place:
    Weims in a basket

    2nd Place:

    3rd Place:

  • New Professional Dog Trainer On Staff- Welcome Bio Bre Krueger

    reddi hunt testI was lucky enough to be brought into the wonderful world of dog training at the young age of 11.  I started working with a pro trainer at his kennel doing the grunt work.  By the time I was 13, I was doing a lot of the obedience and young dog training, and I also started running AKC Hunt Tests.  When I was 14 is when I fell in love with working with dogs.  The trainer that I had been working for gave me a very well-bred field golden with a lot of potential.  It was my job to train and get her ready for competitions.  He was there to help, but it was mainly on me.   I really started getting into training and working with my puppy (Amber).  I built a bond with this dog like no other.  She not only became my best pal, but she was my hunting buddy, and really the reason for me becoming a dog trainer.   Amber and I trained with many different people, and in many different avenues of competition including: Hunt Tests, Upland, Dock Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Field Trials, Obedience, Agility, and as of recently Shed hunting.  I really acquired a lot of training knowledge working with her.

    When I was 16, I started offering in-home obedience and hunting training.  My business took off.  I always had 6-8 dogs in training.   I started giving all sorts of training demos at schools in the area.   I also got into different competitions quite heavily.  I kept a puppy out of Amber and continued to train my own dogs also.  I also started teaching group obedience classes at different training and boarding facilities in the area.

    dock dog picAfter high school, and some business courses, I decided to open a small natural pet supply and grooming shop in Winneconne, WI.  I made the decision to put training on the back burner while I got my new business up and rolling.  Taking a break from training lasted a whole month.  I started getting calls from someone that really wanted his new lab puppy trained for duck hunting.    He was very set on me training his dog because he didn’t want to have to send her off to a kennel for training.  Long story short… We got her into training, she became a star pupil that I really had fun running, testing, and training with.  We became great friends and training buddies, and I started right back into training hard core.

    As of lately, I work at the shop in the mornings and train in the afternoons and evenings.  Amber is 10 years old now, and living the high life fetching ducks, flushing pheasants, and finding shed antlers.  My younger dogs and a lot of my client dogs are training and competing in Hunt Tests, Field Trials, and Shed Trials.  I run a few training groups, and take part in a few others working with all sorts of great trainers.  I really have a passion for working with dogs.  I am excited to become a part of the team at Everythingsheddog.com and Everythinggundog.com!

    pheasant hunting  training lilly

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