I’ve always felt that picking a dog name was an important part of the puppy training process. Much like naming your children, a dog name will follow your dog around her entire life. It needs to be perfect and fit the dog’s personality. I don’t mind picking out a name before I’ve picked up a pup, but I reserve the right to change it within a week or two. I want to make sure it fits the dog. I also want to hear it out loud a good bit. Is this a name that I’m going to enjoy saying and hearing the next 10 to 12 years? I had a pup … [Read more...] about Naming Dogs
What is a nice way to ask if your collar is turned on? We are in the customer service business. We spend a good bit of our time helping folks pick the right products and troubleshooting product issues. It takes a certain level of patience and skill. Our staff is good at it. I ran that particular department for years. I have no idea the number of calls and issues I’ve helped folks solve. It’s a bunch. One of the most common problems we would run into was a customer calling in and having an issue with a remote training collar not … [Read more...] about What Color is the Blinking Light on the Collar?
I grew up quail hunting on public and private land in Mississippi. The majority of my hunting was on International Paper land. In the 1980s you could buy a permit that allowed access to thousands of acres of timberland. IP was cutting timber for paper so their harvest rotation was pretty quick. Once it was clear cut, they would roller chop it, burn it and replant it in pines. The burning and the soil disturbance created the quail habitat. A good cutover was tough hunting but the quail lived there for at least three years. If the soil was poor … [Read more...] about Every Trip Hunt a New Piece of Ground
I usually run two dogs at a time. I like big running, independent bird dogs. That can be a problem when the bird numbers are low and they have to stretch out to find them. You can have dogs hundreds of yards away going in the opposite direction. GPS collars have changed the way we hunt. Most of the change is good. My dogs don’t really get “lost.” Sure they can be a long way out, but you know where they are the majority of the time. You also get pretty confident that you can find them no matter how far they run. It’s just a matter of getting … [Read more...] about Some behaviors of a “lost” dog and that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when a dog that’s lost “goes on point”
There was a time when I was running four collar straps on my bird dogs. Each dog would wear an ID collar, an Ecollar, a beeper collar and a telemetry tracking collar. This would have been between 1992 and 2007. There were a lot of jokes about breeding dogs with longer necks. Folks were always concerned about how much weight was on the dogs neck and the stress that it placed them under. At times we could get it down to three straps by combining the Beeper and the ecollar. I even experimented with combining the tracking collars with Beepers … [Read more...] about Em and The Logging Chains
I grew up running two at a time. I’m not sure if this came from our field trial background or if it was the normal thing my dad did prior to me starting to hunt. Maybe it was from the two of us hunting together and we were each responsible for keeping track of “our” dog. This was back in the day before tracking collars and it was long before we ran beepers. We used bells to keep up with a moving dog and you had to know where he was last if you wanted to find him on point. These kids have it so easy with their fancy GPS tracking units!! In a … [Read more...] about How Many Bird Dogs Do You Run at the Same Time?