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Gun Dog September 2018

Gun Dog Magazine is the best magazine for hunting enthusiasts who are owners of retrieving breeds. Each issue is guaranteed to be filled with useful information devoted to you, your dog and the sport of upland bird and waterfowl hunters.

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hot times

We’re having a heat wave, A tropical heat wave, The temperature’s rising, It isn’t surprising… “Heat Wave,” Irving Berlin IT’S MID-JUNE as I write this and for the past month or more, much of the country has been experiencing record-breaking temperatures. I live in Iowa, where we know the summer is going to be hot, but we started hitting the mid-to upper 90s with corresponding high humidity—what Iowans call “state fair weather”—back in May…and the state fair takes place in August. In other words, we’re undergoing one heckuva hot summer here in the Hawkeye State, and many of you probably are, as well. I’m not a meteorologist but if I had to make a prediction, I’d bet the opening days of many of our bird seasons are going to be hot. Which means…

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Praising Poodles IWANTTO thank you for publishing Tony Peterson’s excellent article, “An Unlikely Bird Dog,” in the June/ July issue. I own and hunt with a standard poodle named Prinz (shown at right). I think my dog is one of the more versatile dogs you will find. He has a lot of drive, especially when working in the uplands bouncing through tall grasses and rough terrain; he goes into overdrive and it is really something to see. He has a great nose and locates the game easily. He is also a very good duck dog and loves to retrieve. It was a little more challenging to train him to be calm and stationary in the duck blind, but it is do-able and improving with time and gentle but firm training. In the…

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photo submission guidelines

Please send digital images by e-mail to (joseph.genzel@outdoorsg.com), or through online archives, such as dropbox.com or hightail.com; or they may be submitted on disc to: GUN DOG MAGAZINE Attn: Snap Shots 2 News Plaza. 3rd Floor Peoria, IL 61614 • Most modern phones and digital cameras take excellent quality photos, but please make sure your phone or camera is set on the highest quality resolution available—consult your manual. We reserve the right to reject digital images that aren’t high enough in quality to reproduce well in print. • Our minimum size requirements for images are 5" x 3" at 300 dpi, or 1500 pixels by 900 pixels. Again, consult your manual. Submission does not guarantee publication. • And finally...please submit no more than two images, and include your dog’s name, age, breed and any additional interesting details,…

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DIGGS, my Airedale Terrier, at 3 months, retrieves his first chukar. — Stuart Eavenson, Troy, Michigan BLUE (our 6-month-old Gordon setter pup), SUTTER (a 10-month-old golden retriever) and their buddy were photographed at Lake Washington, Seattle. — Brenda Horat, Seattle, Washington This is BIRDIE, my 1-year-old Labrador retriever and my first gun dog. — Michael Powell, Milton, Florida This is MOLLY B, a black and white GSP. Thanks for such a great magazine! I wish I had a subscription about five dogs ago! — Christopher Reynolds JAZZ, a Llewellyn setter, and CHARLIE, a springer spaniel, hit it off after meeting each other for the first time. Jazz and Charlie live in Colorado and will be in the fields this fall. — Randy Clark, Brighton, Colorado I love this picture of our Boykin spaniel, SADIE, working out in the water. She…

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four steps to whoa

THOSE OF YOU who have been reading this column for a few years (I know it’s been tough, but somebody has to do it), know that I’m a fan of broke gun dogs—steady to wing, shot and fall--although I’m always careful to hedge my enthusiasm by stating that dogs that are steady only until the shot are, for most hunters, a perfectly acceptable alternative. But regardless of which way you go, you have to train the command “whoa.” Whether you train it first, as I do, or second, after your dog has been trained to recall to voice and whistle commands, doesn’t really matter. Before you take your pup into the field, he has to know the command and obey it. Here’s how to get him there. STEP ONE Put your dog…

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safety first!

TO BE HONEST, it’s amazing that more upland dogs don’t get injured in the field. When I watch a good dog bust through cattails for pheasants or tear through the northwoods in search of a grouse, I’m in awe. They go full bore through a world full of potentially dangerous critters and inanimate objects, and almost always come out unscathed. Unfortunately, every once in a while your dog is going to tangle with a raccoon or a porcupine or run head-long into a barbed-wire fence. An injury might even occur from a tiny weed seed that finds its way into your dog’s eye. Or maybe someone is running a few leg-hold or conibear traps on the public ground you’re hunting? Then there is the reality of nearby traffic, irresponsible hunting partners ground-pounding…