I tend to be a suspenders and a belt kind of guy. I like to have a good Plan B or backup just in case something happens. No surprises for me. If something can go wrong, it will go wrong. Especially on the road. I carry a few “back up” dog collars. It’s rare that I need them but a dog collar is an important part of my gear and I need an extra one in case a few things happen. It’s rare that a collar fails. It can happen but it’s not common. It’s more likely that another dog is going to chew that collar off your dog. Good to have a … [Read more...] about The Backup Dog Collar – Why I Carry a Spare Dog Collar with Tags
One of the great advantages of gps for pointing dogs is the ability to locate all dogs on the ground as you are walking in on a point. Knowing the location of every dog before you shoot on a covey rise is a great way to make sure an unfortunate accident doesn’t happen. There are many dangers in the life of a pointing dog. Accidental shootings are one of the most horrible. It’s not that uncommon that we have dogs on point but not every dog on the ground is involved. As we approach the dog on point, we are able to locate every dog using … [Read more...] about Dog locations as you go in on a point
I think I’m pretty open minded when it comes to pointing dogs. I’ve had a few posts about my Setter, Cowboy, and I want folks to understand that I’m not against long haired dogs. My first memory of any dog in our house was a setter named Bit. She’s the first dog I got to hunt behind. My dad started with Brittanys back when they were still considered a “spaniel.” We had some of the best I’ve ever seen and he loved them over all other breeds. I always wanted an English pointer. I got Em when I was 30. She was the best dog I’ve ever owned. … [Read more...] about Open Minded on Pointing Dogs
I had an opportunity to quail hunt on a rare property in Mississippi today. We don’t have many places in the state that are actively working to have huntable numbers of wild quail. It’s expensive, demanding work, with no end in sight. Everything is against you and success can be fleeting. And like many of my opportunities , it’s really my dogs that get the invitation. Much like quail, bird dogs (with wild bird experience) are also rare in this part of the world. I’m just their driver. I don’t mind holding that position. Again, it’s a … [Read more...] about Charge Your Gear Every Night
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?