Essential Items for Your Sporting Dog
At HuntEmUp we know that the bond between a sporting dog and owner is a special one. Countless hours of training and time spent together creates a unique working and personal relationship. When you commit to taking on the responsibilities of owning and training a dog for sporting purposes, there are additional supplies that can make your life, as well as your dog’s, easier. Listed here are five necessary items for your sporting dog.
Owners of sporting dogs need a kennel that can stand up to the wear and tear of transportation and field use. A crate is the safest place for your dog during
travel, and you should look for a design that can be tied down in the bed of a truck or cargo area. When you are in the field, the kennel is the safest place to put your dog in case of emergency or when you need to contain your pet. The Ruff Tough Kennel is perfect for sporting dog needs, as it is stackable, can be tied-down, and is one of the most durable on the market.
No matter how well-trained your dog is, letting your pet out of sight can be stressful. Even the most trustworthy dog can get turned around in the field, leaving the hunter searching for hours – or even days – until the trusty companion finds his or her way home. A GPS tracking collar eliminates this risk by updating the owner of the dog’s location in real time.
Dokken DeadFowl Trainer
If you are training your dog to retrieve waterfowl, this training tool is
indispensable. Dokken DeadFowl trainers are available in a variety of duck and goose styles. This dummy has the same look and weight of a real bird, and teaches your dog proper handling. The body is made of soft foam that can be injected with scent, while the head and feet are comprised of hard plastic. This design ensures your dog only picks up the bird at the body. To discourage violent shaking, the head of the trainer is free-swinging, and will give your dog a sharp rap on the nose if he or she shakes the dead fowl replica.
Sport dogs require clear commands that can be heard from a great distance, no
matter the weather conditions. A training whistle fulfills these requirements. You can use a whistle to train your dog commands such as recall, stay, heel, etc. by simply overlaying the whistle tones during training. A single, clear tone that can be heard across the field – like the one emitted from the Answer Whistle – will save you time, and breath.
First Aid Kit
Every dog owner should have a first aid kit handy, particularly anyone who takes his or her dog for outings into wooded areas far from town. You should always be prepared to stabilize injuries or illnesses such as dehydration, broken bones, cuts, scrapes, thorns, or puncture wounds. The Field First Aid Kit has everything you need to address any emergency situation, as well as a handy field first aid guide.