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  • July 19, 2011

    Understand the Pedigree Bottom-Line Theory Before You Pick Your Next Pup-2


    When it comes to selecting a good hunting dog, everything depends upon bloodlines. Finding the best line of dogs with proven genetics and the disposition you want is most greatly influenced by the dog’s sire and dam.

    Too often today it seems that more emphasis is placed on the sire’s accomplishments and lineage. While selecting a sire with titles, hunting experience and a decorated pedigree is important, the dam’s genetics, disposition and pedigree are just as important, if not more so.

    There’s a theory out there, one that I like to keep in mind when looking at pedigrees, which says the bottom line of a dam’s pedigree is as important as anything in your dog’s genetic history. And it makes sense.

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  • July 11, 2011

    Simple Fixes for a Cleaner and Safer Dog Kennel-3


    If you have a hunting dog that resides in a kennel outside, keeping it clean can sometimes prove difficult. Concrete flooring combined with a septic system can make waste disposal and kennel hygiene easier but not foolproof. While a spray of the hose can clean your pet’s living quarters, it's where and how you place their bed and food and water bowls that makes all the difference.

    In visiting professional trainers’ kennels, including Tom Dokken, Dan Hosford and Sharon Potter, I’ve noticed a few similarities in how the containment systems are laid out.

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  • July 5, 2011

    A Response to Gizmodo's Attack on 'Shock Collars' for Dog Training-13


    It seems the Garmin purchase of Tri-Tronics has sent shockwaves not just through the dog-training world, but more mainstream media outlets are asking questions, too. Jesus Diaz, a tech writer at Gizmodo, and Anna Jane Grossman, a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy and a pet-level-trainer for New York City dwellers have turned their scorn upon e-collars – and in doing so have espoused their ignorance of the devices and the training surrounding them. It appears a lack of knowledge really is bliss.

    In the Gizmodo blog, Diaz makes statements that undeniably prove his ignorance of e-collars, or shock collars as he refers to them. Here’s a taste:

    “[Shock collars,] You know those things: Push button, electric charge makes your dog suffer, dog does something.”

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  • July 1, 2011

    Garmin Purchases Tri-Tronics: Dog Trainers Seek Answers-5


    It was announced this week that the GPS giant Garmin bought the small yet popular e-collar company Tri-Tronics. The seemingly innocuous event has sent shockwaves through the dog world and beyond.

    Speculation and fear of the unknown is growing on some field-dog training message boards, and some loyal Tri-Tronics users are forecasting the doom of an industry leader.

    There are two questions everyone interested in the topic seems to be asking: What would Garmin want with Tri-Tronics? And why would Tri-Tronics sell?

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