Foot Pad Injuries and Treatment

Our brittanys are hard charging dog all year long, but during hunting season, we notice it even more. Their hunting drive is so strong, they often come out of  the field with injuries. We often encounter briar and cocklebur patches, and the dogs don't hesitate when they scent a bird or are on a retrieve. Paw pad injuries are not as common as you would think, but they do happen. So you notice your hunting dog limping in the field, what do you do? First inspect the foot and pad. Is there a [Read More]

Nail injuries – torn and split nails

Toenail Injuries in Hunting Dogs Toenail injuries are very common in dogs. All dogs, not just hunting dogs. A dog can just as easily tear a nail on the carpet or a chain link fence as he can in the field. Dog nails are very sensitive (just like our own), especially when there has been a trauma that exposes the quick, the area that contains the blood vessels and nerves. Often times, torn or split nails heal well on their own. It pays to keep a close eye on them as intervention can be [Read More]

First aid kits for hunting dogs

Hunting season will be here before you know it, and now is a good time to check out your dog's first aid kit and make sure anything you used last year has been restocked (or get one together if you don't have one). There are several pre-packaged first aid kits for sporting dogs, but you can also make your own kit. A good hunting dog first aid kit should at least include the following: Gauze First Aid Tape Sports Wrap or Ace Bandage Tweezers and needle nose pliers Toenail clippers [Read More]

Fetch ’em up

Henry works on blind retrieves

Some dogs have a natural retrieve instinct. Some don't. Most hunting breeds fall in the natural instinct category. We start fetch training early and on a lead. And we practice. All year long. Even with our trained dogs, we keep sessions short (less than 10 tosses per session per dog). As with any dog training, it's key to set your dog up for success. Don't expect your dog or pup to pull off flawless retrieves at a dog park, there's likely too many distractions. Start training in a smaller, [Read More]

Training your hunting dog to drink water

It may sound silly to some, but I'm sure many of you have hunted with a dog that won't stop to drink water in the field. Here are some tips on keeping your hunting dog hydrated in the field: Train your dog at home - If you're going to use a collapsible bowl or water bottle in the field, introduce it at home first. It can help to use a command. We say "Drink up". Add a couple of pieces of kibble to your dog's water bottle. The water will get a little cloudy, but that added smell and taste [Read More]

Off season workouts

It's not always hunting season, but it's important to keep your dogs in shape year round. We often take our dogs to the beach for running and swimming. Sometimes we take a four-wheeler for them to run with, other times we go on foot. Either way, a tired hunting dog is a happy hunting dog. [Read More]