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Monday, July 14, 2014

Gun dog training equipment demonstrations, product features and benefits, segmented product categories, consistently uploaded content and full integration between the dogs unlimited channel and the dogs unlimited website; everything needed to make your good dog better.

Dogs Unlimited is once again on the leading edge when it comes to marrying gun dog training information and the internet with the addition of the consumer oriented Dogs Unlimited YouTube Channel. Here are 5 reasons why every gun dog owner will find this channel essential in helping them train their dogs.

1. The Dogs Unlimited YouTube Channel is focused on offering viewers How To and product demonstration videos geared to making their dog training easier and more effective. Viewers are able to see how a product performs under actual dog training conditions.

As Alan O Davison, owner of Dogs Unlimited, says, "When appropriate, we demonstrate our products in the environment they'll be used. For example, if we're demonstrating what different size whistles sound like, we do it outside where the customer gets a true understanding of how it will sound when they use it on their next training day or hunting trip. It's not as convenient as doing it in a warehouse but we think we're doing right by the customer when we make the extra effort."

2. Video allows for a more thorough presentation of product features and benefits. Pictures and descriptions are good but a video shows the product in action where specific features are demonstrated for the viewer. Dogs Unlimited's YouTube Channel offers many videos that explain in depth product features and benefits that are not readily apparent but will make a dramatic difference when it comes to gun dog training.

3. Segmented into categories--otherwise known as playlists--to offer viewers a more specific search option, the Dogs Unlimited YouTube Channel mimics departments on their website to make finding what the viewer is looking for easier and more intuitive.

Davison continues, "We know our customers are sophisticated and want the most relavent information they can get when it comes to deciding what gear they want to use, and our new YouTube Channel gives them an opportunity to quickly find that information. We don't want to waste our customer's time."

4. Dogs Unlimited is continuously updating its YouTube Channel with new and relevant video content creating more opportunities for viewers to find the information they need. Whether it's new product information or bird dog training tips and tricks, new video content that makes a difference to a gun dog owner is what separates Dogs Unlimited from their competition.

YouTube also makes it very easy for viewers to receive this new uploaded content by allowing them to subscribe to a channel which in turn feeds videos to their email inbox or YouTube account. Subscribing also gives channel owners like Dogs Unlimited the opportunity to determine the level of interest in the videos they've produced and to make adjustments to the types of videos they produce in the future further enhancing the viewer's experience.

5. For people who watch a video and are interested in getting more information or perhaps purchasing the featured product, YouTube has made if very easy for the viewer to get to the Dogs Unlimited website. At the end of almost every video there are buttons embedded into the video that offer the viewer the ability to Click to Buy and Subscribe.

Davison says, "The folks who want to get to the product page on our website after viewing one of our videos no longer have to search for our website name, put it into their browsers address bar, and finally look around our website until they come upon the product they're looking for. YouTube has allowed us to embed into our video the ability for the viewer to simply click on a button and immediately be sent to the product information page on our website. It's simply fantastic for everyone involved."

Dogs Unlimited is committed to making the best, most relevant videos on everything from the items they represent to time tested training methods that will help viewers get the most out of their gun dog training and hunting experience.
Monday, July 14, 2014

With a completely new feature not seen before on electronic dog training collars, the new PRO 550, PRO 70, and PRO Trashbreaker by Garmin, powered by Tri-Tronics proven technology, are designed to meet the increasing demands of professional and serious amateur dog trainers.

Dogs Unlimited is excited to introduce 3 new products from Garmin that are sure to light a spark in the world of hunting dog trainers and dog training enthusiasts.

The recent purchase of Tri-Tronics by Garmin has ushered in a new lineup of advanced electronic dog training collars. These three new collar designs--the PRO 550, PRO 70, and PRO Trashbreaker--are based on Tri-Tronics' iconic Field and Pro Series systems, and use proven Tri-Tronics technology. But Garmin has added its own twist to make them an even better dog training tool than their predecessors.

A new feature that Garmin has added to this class of dog training collar is the built-in BarkLimiter, a no-bark collar built into the Dog Device collar itself. The BarkLimiter is activated by the Dog Device and features Autorise technology which automatically adjusts to the appropriate correction level to help stop unwanted barking.

Alan O. Davison, owner of Dogs Unlimited comments, "Garmin just upped the ante with its recent introduction of these three dog training collars. It's absolutely ingenious of them to include the BarkLimiter. It's something that our customers have been asking for. When it comes to their customers, Garmin listens."

While similar in appearance, these electronic dog collars are actually very different in their overall functionality to the user. Below is a brief description of each collar's features:

PRO 550 - 1 mile range, train up to 3 dogs at once, total of 21 levels of momentary and continuous corrective stimulation, vibration and tone correction, the ability to activate available accessories from the transmitter, and an LED Beacon Light on the Dog Device that can be seen up to 100 yards.

PRO 70 - 1 mile range, train up to 6 dogs at once, 6 levels of continuous corrective stimulation, tone correction, and an LED Beacon Light on the Dog Device that can be seen up to 100 yards.

PRO TrashBreaker - 4 mile range, train up to 9 dogs at once, 6 levels of continuous corrective stimulation, tone correction, and an LED Beacon Light on the Dog Device that can be seen up to 100 yards.

Garmin is always on the cutting edge of whatever they do, and electronic dog training collars guarantees to be no different. Proven Tri-Tronics technology and the addition of exciting new features show that Garmin is serious about taking electronic dog training collars to the next level of performance.
Monday, July 14, 2014

Life's made easier when these 5 items are introduced into the home - Dog Door, Automatic Dog Waterer, Dog Gates, Outdoor Dog Bed and Flea & Tick Applications.

Dogs Unlimited has come up with a list of 5 items that are guaranteed to save time and make living with dogs more enjoyable, especially during the summer months.

1. Dog Door. A dog door is one of the most life altering items that can be installed in a house that will have an immediate impact on time savings. No more trips to the back door to allow entry and exit, installing a quality dog door gives the dog the ability to come and go at will.

2. Automatic Dog Waterer. Once installed, an automatic dog water dish will be a time saver each and every day. No more daily rinsing and filling a water bowl. As Alan O Davison, owner of Dogs Unlimited says, "An automatic dog waterer is an absolute time saver. Once hooked up to a water source, either plumbed directly into a water line inside the house or outside attached to a faucet, having an automatic dog water bowl is the way to go."

3. Dog Gates.Summertime sees an increase in social entertaining and utilizing a dog gate to keep them out of certain rooms or locations can save time and energy. This simple barrier can help save time all summer long.

4. Outdoor Dog Bed. These types of dog beds can be a huge time saver during the summer. No more moving dog beds into and out of the house. Davison says, "Most outdoor dog beds are designed just like outdoor furniture cushions; they're made to handle the elements. Keeping one on the back porch all summer long is easy and convenient."

5. Flea & Tick Applications. Most dogs don't spend their entire lives inside, they venture outside and come into contact with unhealthy fleas and ticks. Dogs treated with flea and tick repellant on a regular basis will be free of these disease carrying insects. No trips to the vet, a definite time saver.
Monday, July 14, 2014

Gun Dog Training Knowledge, Training Consistency, Mix Things Up, Change Training Birds and Train on Wild Birds. All of these will help you keep your hunting dog steady and ready for the next hunting season.

You'll be amazed at the payoffs in keeping your dog steady when they become mature hunting dogs.

The folks at Dogs Unlimited have been training their own pointing dogs for decades and they have come up with 5 ways of keeping your hunting dog, pointer that is, steady to wing and shot.

1. Gun dog training knowledge. If you are new to gun dog training Alan O Davison, owner of Dogs Unlimited, highly suggests taking a hunting dog training seminar from a reputable hunting dog trainer like Rick or Ronnie Smith of HuntSmith, Jon Hann of Perfection Kennels or Ben Garcia of Hideaway Kennels. Their ability to pass along years of knowledge is invaluable and starting a dog with a solid foundation of knowledge will help guarantee success in the future.

2. Training Consistency. Consistency in your training program is a must. As Davison says, "If you have attained the knowledge on how to train your gun dog the next best thing you can do is to do that training consistently. Develop a training program and stick to it especially in your dog's younger, more formative years. You'll be amazed at the payoffs in keeping your dog steady when they become mature hunting dogs."

3. Mix Things Up. What you experience under actual hunting conditions is never the same so try mixing up your training sessions to give your dog a new look. Don't always use a single bird, try multiple bird flushes to keep your dog excited but steady at the same time. Don't always use the same objectives when training and if at all possible try to train on different grounds. Dogs react differently to different locations and mixing it up will help immeasurably.

4. Change Training Birds. Most folks who train gun dogs will use homing pigeons because they are inexpensive and a renewable resource but if you want to keep your dog excited and steady in the field they need to be exposed to the game birds they will be hunting. As Davison says, "Before the hunting season we'll start using quail or pheasants in our training. Our dogs steady up nicely and we see a transition when the season starts. Nothing like the addition of real game birds to help us have a successful hunting season."

5. Train on Wild Birds. This is the ultimate when it comes to hunting dog training and keeping them steady. If you're fortunate enough to live or can travel to an area that has wild birds available, train on them during the late summer and early fall. Your pointing dogs will become incredibly familiar with them and when the season starts the only thing that changes is you and the shotgun your carrying.

So, if your looking for a better, steadier pointing dog consider the above to help you and your gun dog have a more successful and gratifying upcoming bird hunting season.
Friday, July 11, 2014

Regardless of the bird, terrain, or weather conditions you prefer while hunting, getting your dog ready for the field is a necessity. Electronic dog training collars, when used correctly, can be a wonderful tool for preparing your dog for bird hunting season.

While there are a variety of advantages to training your dog with e-collars, improper use of the product can have disastrous results. Use these tips as a starting point.

Tip #1: Timing
Perhaps the most important variable in the e-collar training process is timing. As with any method of training, giving correction promptly and repeating instructions if the dog has failed to follow a command is a necessity.

Tip #2: Positivity
You want your dog to enjoy his job, so remember to maintain your positivity throughout the training process. Use lots of encouraging praise and be sure to reward good behavior. If your dog seems to cower when wearing the collar, you’ll know you haven’t given enough encouragement.

Tip #3: Tightness
When placing the collar on your dog, be sure to leave enough room for two fingers to fit flat between the neck and collar. Remember that the collar should not be loose enough to rotate around the neck.

Tip #4: Water
When your dog is in the water, be careful to not go overboard with electronic dog training collar stimulus. Most experts recommend using a lighter nick, in these conditions, to get the desired results.

Tip #5: Adjustments
For some breeds, the standard stimulus will not be strong enough to get the desired results. In these cases, you may try replacing the short contact points with longer ones that are included in the package. If your e-collars seem to be ineffective, speak with a professional about the adjustments that need to be made.

Remember, when you’re training your dog with the help of e-collars, it is important to give the process time. These products should not be used as a quick solution; time and attention still need to be dedicated to your dog’s training. Try working the dog with a short check cord to begin with, and then incorporate the collar after he’s learned some basic commands. With time, your dog will begin to understand what is expected of him—and, before you know it, you’ll both be ready for the field!
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Conditioning your dog to the sound of gunfire is crucial in training them to hunt. However, if done incorrectly, there is no way of going back and starting over. Some dogs are naturally more timid and skittish, while others have a better temperament for loud sounds and hunting. Consider this factor before you get a dog that you plan on taking hunting with you.

The younger your dog is, the easier it will be to train them to be comfortable with loud sounds. The key to conditioning your dog to the sound of gunfire is steadily increasing their level of comfort with it and from there, moving into making the sound of gunfire excitable.

Before you begin conditioning your dog, please make note of this: DO NOT ever fire a gun near your dog by surprise – Especially while they are eating. Do not expose your dog to loud noises suddenly, such as fireworks or by taking them to the shooting range.

 

How to Condition Your Dog to the Sound of Gunfire

 

1. Gradually increase your dog’s level of comfort with loud noises – If you notice that your dog seems frightened by the sound of thunder or other loud sounds, it’s good to take advantage of this time to train them that loud noises arenot necessarily scary. If you act frightened, your dog will feel frightened too. However, if you act calm and happy and pet your dog, your dog will grow to understand that loud noises are not always scary. This does not mean that you should coddle your pup—just act as though everything is fine.

 

2. Introduce them to the sound of an actual gun – This is a process, and you will need at least twopeople. While one of you tosses the bird, the other will fire the gun into the air from a distance. Your dog will retrieve the bird and bring it back to you. Repeat this process over and over and over until, much like Pavlov’s dog, your dog will liken the sound of gun fire with the fun of fetching a bird.

 

3. Now, ever so slowly, inch closer –You can’t go through this process too slow, but you can easily go too fast! As mentioned above, avoid shocking your dog. Don’t try to rush this process, as your dog has to feel mellow and safe for it to work. When your dog seems to have grown comfortable with the gunshot from one distance, move a little closer and start again.

 

Tips for Going Gradual

  • Start with a small gun like a .22 blank pistol and fire it 200 yards away. Gradually move in a few yards at a time.
  • Move to a larger gun, like a 20 gauge shotgun. Fire the gun into the air from 300 yards away and gradually move in closer after several rounds.
  • Finally, move to a 12 gauge shotgun. Rinse and repeat. Fire several rounds, while tossing the bird. Starting at about 300 yards, only moving a few yards closer at a time.
  • Never get so close to your dog with the gun that the report could hurt its ears. Remember, their hearing is much more sensitive than that of humans.

 

Your dog should become very accustomed to hearing the loud sound of a gun, while also enjoying the hunt and fetching the birds.For any questions, or for more information on training your hunting dog, please give us a call at 800.338.DOGS today.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Dog training blank pistols come in all different types and calibers.

If you aren’t familiar with blank pistols­­­—or any other kind of firearm—it can be difficult to know what to buy and why.

Most blank guns for dog training fire 209 Primers, .22 caliber or .32 caliber blanks. They are not interchangeable. You can’t fire .22s in a gun made to fire .32s. You can’t fire 209s in either one. You must buy the type of ammunition that fits the gun you have.

Here’s why:

Besides the size of the cylinder chambers, .32 blanks are center fire ammunition. This means the hammer of the pistol hits the center of the round. 209s are also Center Fire. .22s are rim fire which means the hammer strikes on the rim. (We know there are inserts out there that allow you to fire different ammunition other than what your gun was made for, however, doing so will void your manufacturer’s warranty, not to mention, you are putting yourself at risk firing something explosive in your hand that is not designed that way).

The General Hierarchy of Bang:

.32 caliber: Loudest
209 primer: Middle Range
.22 caliber: Softest

Within the .22 caliber range, however there is a hierarchy of its own:

Acorn Crimps: Very soft pop. Useful for introducing a puppy to the gun. Not generally allowed in competition, as they do not demonstrate that your dog is not gun-shy.

Regular Crimps (clean): Louder report; sometimes allowed in events like hunt tests and some field trials. A good all-purpose training blank.

Black Powder: The loudest .22 report, coming close to the 209. Most competition events allow them because of their loud report.

Bang Economics:

209 Primers are far and away the least expensive blank ammunition among these three. At the time of this writing, $10.95 will get you 100 rounds of 209s. .22s will cost you $19.95 for 100 clean or 50 black powder rounds and $25.95 for 100 acorns. .32s are going for $49.95 for a box of 50.

Dogs Unlimited has a great assortment of blank pistols that are designed to fire the blanks that we sell. BUT BE AWARE of the type of ammo you are purchasing and make sure it matches up with the pistol that you’ll be using. And when competing in performance events it’s always wise to check the organizations rules and requirements for the type of blank to be used.

As always, our goal here at Dogs Unlimited is to help you Make Your Good Dog Better.
Thursday, May 15, 2014

"All I wanted was a hunting dog..."

I hear this a lot when out at sporting dog performance events and it usually comes from someone who'sbecome totally ingrained—and perhaps successful—in their competitions. And this is a good thing.

I say this because I personally went down a similar road and am better for it. My first "hunting dog" was a very independent Weimaraner who excelled immediately, though in ways that I could not predict.

I wanted a hunting dog and I wanted to get us both trained, but had absolutely no idea how to do that. So my puppy's breeder, Susan, suggested that I come out on weekends to do some training with her and her husband and a few other folks.

It was great. I was training my hunting dog and myself at the same time.

What I didn't expect was that my puppy was turning heads and I had no idea why. That's when they told me about AKC Hunt Tests, Field Trials and American Field Horseback Trials. It was all pretty overwhelming, but my puppy was happy and I was having a great time. Long story short my "hunting dog" went on to win the WCA National Derby, win and place in many local, Regional, and National competitions and finally won the Weimaraner Club of America's National Amateur Championship. And in between I was able to do a lot of great upland bird hunting with what turned out to be an exceptionally well trained bird dog.

My point is that sporting dog performance events extend the amount of time and absolute enjoyment I am able to have with my hunting dogs. If you are so inclined, I truly suggest you give it a try. There are many different kinds of tests and competitions out there and all of them hold a specific appeal to different people.

FOOT HANDLING If you want to stay as close to foot hunting as possible you may consider the following organizations:

*NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association), a nonprofit corporation whose "purpose is to foster, promote, and improve the versatile hunting dog breeds in North America.

*NSTRA (National Shoot To Retrieve Association) was "founded by a group of dedicated bird hunters looking for a way to extend the fun they enjoyed with their bird dogs after their season ended." They are best known for their field trials that are run under hunting conditions.

*AKC (American Kennel Club) Hunt Tests are a great venue for folks who have hunting dogs and want to be introduced to performance events. Each dog is judged on it's own merits (judged against a Standard) as opposed to how it does against a field of other dogs.

There are many other organizations that offer upland bird hunting competitions that are excellent and offer a great way for you to extend your hunting season, your dog training and your overall upland huntingexperience. Check into:

*United Field Trialers Association
*National Bird Hunters Association
*North American Gun Dog Association
*National Bird Dog Challenge

There are many more organizations out there but these are the major players.

If you're competitive and like to challenge yourself, your breeding program and/or your gun dog training ability in a different environment, you may want to look into

HORSEBACK HANDLING

*AKC
*American Field
*AFTCA

These offer great venues all over the United States for exhibiting class bird dogs using horseback as a means of conveyance over the course. The bird dogs in these events typically run larger than the average hunter desires but that's one of the traits that makes participating in these types of competitions fun and exciting. There's something about seeing a dog do what they were bred for, with impeccable manners and style, covering a tremendous amount of ground and sometimes over great distances.

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I can tell you from personal experience that each of these events are exceptionally rewarding in what they have to offer:

*Training advice from folks who have done it for years
*Camaraderie with like-minded people who love their dogs
*Competition against a standard or against a field of other well bred and well trained bird dogs.

Ultimately it's the quality time you get to spend with your dog, watching them do what they were bred to do using their innate abilities along with the learned lessons of a good trainer. And time in the field and the reward of being successful regardless of how you measure that success.

I have been fortunate to have had some good dogs over the years and have enjoyed them in one way or another during sporting dog performance events and in the field hunting our favorite upland birds of the day. Not everyone takes a similar path and certainly life has a way of pulling people in one direction or another, but being involved with your dog year around is better than the few weekends you may happen to get during the hunting season. So if you want to extend your hunting season, enjoy time with the family and your dogs, and be introduced to new and interesting people then perhaps one of the organizations listed will be worth while for you and Your Good Dog.

As always, our goal here at Dogs Unlimited is to help you Make Your Good Dog Better.
Thursday, April 24, 2014

An excellent venue to showcase the talents of your well bred and trained bird dog. Horseback field trials have been in existence since at least the 1870's and were reported on in newspapers and magazines similar to the way major sports of today are reported.

I was introduced to field trials in the early 1990's and soon learned that it was the venue that I wanted to participate in with my hunting dogs. While often told that field trial dogs would run too "big" to be a good hunting dog, I soon realized this was not necessarily the case. If trained well, my dogs would soon learn that when I was on foot they should stay close and when on horseback they could range as far as they needed. My dogs are required to pull double duty when it comes to field trialing and hunting and I wouldn't have it any other way. Participating in field trials extends the amount of quality time I spend with my dogs in training and competing.

When training a mature dog for horseback field trials it's an absolute necessity that they be a completely finished broke dog. Meaning:

*They're broke to wing and shot (and the fall for those breeds that are required to retrieve)
*Must honor their brace mate's point
*Must stop to flush when presented with that situation

They must do all of this flawlessly if they're going to be considered for a placement. Additionally broke dogs have to be able to apply themselves to the available cover intelligently and, of course, they must be able to find birds, because in the end, that's what it's all about.

Traditionally, horseback field trials are run under either American Field or American Kennel Club (AKC) rules and procedures (though there are clubs that will duel register their events under both of these clubs). For the most part, each entity is looking for the same basic attributes in their participants; but there are subtle cultural differences between the two clubs. Most notably is terminology and expectation when it comes to broke dog stakes.

In AKC, these stakes are listed as Gun Dog and All Age.In American Field they're known as Shooting Dog and All Age.It's understood that the American Field style of dog will be more independent and run bigger than their AKC counterparts.

So What's the Difference?

Using a broad definition, Gun Dogs and Shooting Dogs will be more dependent upon the handler when it comes to working the course and will handle kindly. They will also apply themselves much more thoroughly to the course than All Age dogs by seeking out individual objectives (likely places to find game birds) and hunt them thoroughly and move systematically.

On the other hand, All Age Dogs take a different approach. Their pattern is much more sweeping when it comes to the course and the objectives on the course. Because of this type of pattern they're also expected to be more independent and range farther from the handler than a Shooting Dog or Gun Dog may. Click here to listen to a podcast that gives a great explanation of the characteristics of a true All Age dog.

The two other classifications of dogs in a field trial are based on age requirements. They're known as the Puppy and Derby, and are really devoted to the potential of a given dog. They don't have to exhibit the finished skills and knowledge you'd expect in a broke dog, but they must show the innate qualities that will make an exceptional bird dog.

Finally, most horseback field trials have stakes that are designated either Open or Amateur. Simply put, professional bird dog trainers and handlers can only compete in Open Stakes while amateur's can compete in both Open and Amateur stakes.While this is a general overview of horseback field trials, there is certainly more that could and probably should be explained. If you're interested in finding out more about these types of competitions I would strongly suggest that you go to either

http://www.akc.org/
http://americanfield.villagesoup.com/
http://www.aftca.org/

They will be more than happy to introduce you to a local club in your area. There you'll find people who will be happy to take you under their wing and show you what they truly love about this incredible sport.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring is finally here and most folks are looking to get out and get some work done with their dogs. For some it's just the opportunity to spend quality time with their Good Dog while for others they have some performance events on the horizon like field trials and hunt tests. I'd like to talk a bit about training and some of the tools we use to get our dogs to look the best they can while they're on point.

When setting up our training course, we first determine what we want to accomplish with our dogs—what holes do they have that we feel we need to address. It may be stop-to-flush, honoring or just putting a bit more style on their point. Certainly there are many more, but this article will just address stop-to-flush and a staunch point.

Once we've decided what we want to accomplish, we look at the TOOLS that we have to get the job done and how we want to use those tools. The four items that are constantly in use when I train are the Tip-Up Bird Releaser, a Remote Bird Lancher, the Higgins Bird Releaser and an E-Collar. (The NEW SportDog Launcher is now in stock!)

As an example, when working on Stop to Flush, I use a remotely activated Bird Launcher or Higgins Releaser in conjunction with a Tip-Up Bird Releaser, or two, all placed in an area that's a likely bird objective and all within five to 10 feet of each other. Understand that the dog I'm working has had the basic stop-to-flush work done and now I'm expanding his knowledge base.

*I'll have the dog come into the area and remotely launch the bird when the dog will clearly see the launch. If I've done may foundation work correctly he'll stop and watch the bird fly off.

*Now comes the fun part, I'll walk into the area of the flush and kick around, building anticipation in the dog, and then step on the Tip-Up Bird Releaser to release another bird. For some dogs who have not experienced this, the flight of another bird may be more than they can handle so they may break. Once again, a great training opportunity.

*In the end, what I'm trying to do is get the dog to think about what's going on and what they'll need to anticipate in the future when they run into this scenario.

The other benefit is that your dog will always anticipate a multiple bird flush and thus their style will very rarely let down. Something a judge really likes to see.

It's often very easy to distinguish between those dogs who have been trained using single birds and those who have been introduced to multiple flush scenarios. What I see from a dog that has only been trained on single bird flushes is that once a bird has been flushed, the dog tends to start loosening up—the head swivels and the tail drops and usually this happens right after the bird has been flushed.

Those dogs that have been trained using multiple birds always seem staunch and attentive, nice style and anticipating the next bird to pop. I've been to trials where this has been the deciding factor between first and second place which is why I'm a big proponent of setting training courses that consistently use multiple bird scenarios.

In my opinion, this type of training is also great for those who prefer to simply hunt their dogs. More often than not the birds you're hunting are covey type birds and training for the multiple flush scenario will only add to the satisfaction of your hunt with a dog who will anticipate and handle the situation.
Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring is finally here and most folks are looking to get out and get some work done with their dogs. For some it's just the opportunity to spend quality time with their Good Dog while for others they have some performance events on the horizon like field trials and hunt tests. I'd like to talk a bit about training and some of the tools we use to get our dogs to look the best they can while they're on point.

When setting up our training course, we first determine what we want to accomplish with our dogs—what holes do they have that we feel we need to address. It may be stop-to-flush, honoring or just putting a bit more style on their point. Certainly there are many more, but this article will just address stop-to-flush and a staunch point.

Once we've decided what we want to accomplish, we look at the TOOLS that we have to get the job done and how we want to use those tools. The four items that are constantly in use when I train are the Tip-Up Bird Releaser, a Remote Bird Lancher, the Higgins Bird Releaser and an E-Collar. (The NEW SportDog Launcher is now in stock!)

As an example, when working on Stop to Flush, I use a remotely activated Bird Launcher or Higgins Releaser in conjunction with a Tip-Up Bird Releaser, or two, all placed in an area that's a likely bird objective and all within five to 10 feet of each other. Understand that the dog I'm working has had the basic stop-to-flush work done and now I'm expanding his knowledge base.

*I'll have the dog come into the area and remotely launch the bird when the dog will clearly see the launch. If I've done may foundation work correctly he'll stop and watch the bird fly off.

*Now comes the fun part, I'll walk into the area of the flush and kick around, building anticipation in the dog, and then step on the Tip-Up Bird Releaser to release another bird. For some dogs who have not experienced this, the flight of another bird may be more than they can handle so they may break. Once again, a great training opportunity.

*In the end, what I'm trying to do is get the dog to think about what's going on and what they'll need to anticipate in the future when they run into this scenario.

*The other benefit is that your dog will always anticipate a multiple bird flush and thus their style will very rarely let down. Something a judge really likes to see.

It's often very easy to distinguish between those dogs who have been trained using single birds and those who have been introduced to multiple flush scenarios. What I see from a dog that has only been trained on single bird flushes is that once a bird has been flushed, the dog tends to start loosening up—the head swivels and the tail drops and usually this happens right after the bird has been flushed.

Those dogs that have been trained using multiple birds always seem staunch and attentive, nice style and anticipating the next bird to pop. I've been to trials where this has been the deciding factor between first and second place which is why I'm a big proponent of setting training courses that consistently use multiple bird scenarios.

In my opinion, this type of training is also great for those who prefer to simply hunt their dogs. More often than not the birds you're hunting are covey type birds and training for the multiple flush scenario will only add to the satisfaction of your hunt with a dog who will anticipate and handle the situation.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I've always been intrigued by folks at trials or hunt tests who say something like, "My dog broke because someone in the gallery was talking..." or "The judge was crowding my dog so he took steps..." or "The bird was right off his nose that's why he broke...". Perhaps their dog is too green to be in the stake they're competing or maybe they just haven't been trained to deal with this type of pressure. The former is just an issue of wanting to get a dog into competition before they're ready, sometimes we just can't help ourselves and we want to show everyone how well our training is coming. The latter is something entirely different. In an attempt to make sure their dogs are completely broke to wing and shot some trainers only train under "perfect" conditions - there is no outside or unusual influence introduced to the dog during training that will simulate the increased pressure a dog will experience during competition - so that during a trial if anything out of the ordinary happens then everything breaks down.

When I started training my first bird dog Charlie Williams told me something that will be with me forever - "Don't subject your dog to anything in a trial or hunt test that they haven't already experienced in training." A classic example of this is when a first time competitor enters their dog in a horseback trial Puppy or Derby stake and instead of walking their brace someone has convinced them to ride a horse. Typically what you see is that after the breakaway the dog returns trying to find their handler where they have always seen them, on the ground walking, only to find them sitting on a horse where the dog has never seen them before. Surely the dog is confused and doesn't perform their best and the new handler is frustrated.

Training your gun dog to accept all types of wayward stimulus is the key. Certainly you have to get the basics down and get your pointing dog through the foundation elements of being broke but once this has been accomplished the introduction of outside influences needs to be addressed. Whatever has been seen in competition should be introduced during training. During our training sessions we usually have 4 - 5 people walking with us and observing while we're training. We encourage them to talk, make noise, laugh and carry on. And we as the handlers will often add our own comments, gestures and antics as well. We'll go so far as to step over the dog's back when they're on point, toss birds at their face, sides and from behind, even blow a whistle. Anything we can think of that will create added pressure and perhaps something that they may face during a trial or at a hunt test. If during any of this the dog breaks or otherwise "messes up" we are there to do a correction to let them know that they need to be broke no matter what is going on around them.

Certainly all dogs have their holes (things that will mess them up and get them excused from a stake during a trial or hunt test) but if you can eliminate as many of these as possible and especially those that you can train for I'm all for it. Your dogs will be better for it and you'll have more success in the field. Besides, you don't want to be that person who always seems to have an excuse as to why their dog got picked up and it was always someone else's fault.
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sometimes a product comes along that just requires a video over a picture when describing exactly how it works and the Higgins Remote Bird Releaser is one of those products.

The Higgins Remote Releaser has a universal electronic releaser mounting system that will allow it to use any of the commercially sold electronic releasers from companies like Dogtra, DT Systems and Tri-tronics.

In this video we show the Higgins Remote Releaser during a hunting dog training session. The Higgins Releaser opens silently and does not toss the bird up into the air. Once the box opens the bird is able to move out of the box at their own pace. They may take flight immediately or slowly walk out of the box.

This type of releaser allows the dog trainer to set up a variety of training situations that meet the needs of the dogs they are training.

Check out the video to see the Higgins Remote Bird Releaser in action.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Striving to continually meet our customers requests for information regarding roading hunting dogs, Dogs Unlimited has produced a video describing hunting dog roading techniques. These techniques can help in getting your hunting dog in top condition.

Roading a dog can happen a couple of ways though with an ATV or off of a horse are the most common. When using an ATV different roading methods can be used to get your dog ready for the hunting season. "Traditional roading" is done by driving the ATV at a slow enough speed that requires the dog to continuous pull on the roading harness though fast enough to have them running.

What we refer to as "Free Roading" is when the ATV is traveling at the same rate of speed as the dog. When doing this type of roading there will be no pulling resistance and the dog will be setting the pace.

The traditional roading method is used by professional dog trainers because they often road multiple dogs, up to 8 - 10, at a time and rarely do this many dogs run at the same pace virtually eliminating the possibility of free roading.

We use both methods while conditioning our dogs prior to the hunting season. It changes things up for the dogs and they don't get bored. We look at it as cross-training.

Check out this video and get some great information on getting your dog ready for the upcoming hunting season.
Monday, July 22, 2013

Dogs Unlimited is always on the lookout to bring additional information to our customers and after many requests concerning exactly how the FieldKing Bridle Leather Jaeger Lead works, Dogs Unlimited has produced a video to show all the great options this lead has to offer.

We show the classic Over-The-Shoulder option and then the many standard lead versions. The ability to change from Over-The-Shoulder to a standard 9' lead with a hand hold loop and then instantly make it shorter is a great feature to this Jaeger Lead.

Additionally, the FieldKing Bridle Jaeger Lead can be used as a dog tie out. Easily wrap the end around a fence post or a tree and your hunting dog now has its own space and you have yours. We do suggest that you keep an eye on your dog, chewing through the lead is a distinct possibility.

Check out the video on the FieldKing Bridle Leather Jaeger Lead and get great information on its many uses.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"Known for their quality, FieldKing branded products include a vast array of huning dog training supplies and highly durable leather dog collars, leads and leashes."

Dogs Unlimited has recently introduced the FieldKing brand and is looking forward to its success within the hunting dog community. And while most of the FieldKing line of products is specifically designed for the training and care of hunting dogs the dog collars, leads and leashes are of the quality that would benefit pet owners as well.

Says Alan O Davison, owner of Dogs Unlimited, "We are very excited about the introduction of the FieldKing line of products to our upland bird dog training customers. These products have proven themselves to be valuable training tools in a gun dog trainers pursuit of a quality gun dog."

Products like the FieldKing 20' Check Cord, the FieldKing Game Stewards Bird Bag, and the FieldKing Your Third Hand are just a few of the products that are used consistently to train upland hunting dogs to become the best bird dogs they can be.

Professional bird dog trainers, field trialers and serious amateur hunting dog trainers require their dog training tools to be the absolutely best and FieldKing keeps that promise. With decades of experience FieldKing products have proven themselves to be the choice for those who need durability.

Davison says, "While most folks will know the products this is their introduction to the FieldKing brand. We are looking forward to building on the qualities of these products with the FieldKing name, qualities like long lasting durability, strength, visually appealing and those innate qualities that have made these products "best of breed" within our industry."

Dogs Unlimited is located in Hudson, Colorado and has been selling hunting dog training supplies and upland hunting equipment since 1971. They're known for their innovative product offerings as well as the best quality products from the most well known and respected hunting dog equipment manufactures in the world.

If you would like more information on Dogs Unlimited or the FieldKing Brand please visit Dogs Unlimited's website at http://www.dogsunlimited.com.
Monday, July 15, 2013

Dogs Unlimited is set to release their new 2013 - 2014 Big Book Sporting Dog Catalog featuring hunting dog training supplies and upland bird hunting equipment.

Dogs Unlimited is gearing up for the release of their new 2013 - 2014 Big Book Sporting Dog Catalog due to hit mailboxes in July. Their catalog is filled with hundreds of items for training upland hunting dogs including the pointing breeds, retrievers and flushing dogs. And their catalog just doesn't include products for dog training, there are many items for the upland hunter that will make their trips to the field rewarding and exciting.

In business since 1971, Dogs Unlimited has been at the forefront of the bird dog training world with their introduction of many products over the years, many of which are now staples within the industry. From the FieldKing Game Steward's Bird Bag, which comes in three sizes, to the FieldKing "Almost Famous" 20 Foot Check Cord with its stiff solid core that prevents whipping and tangling, Dogs Unlimited has developed many innovative products for the bird dog trainer.

Says Alan O. Davison, owner of Dogs Unlimited, "From day one, way back in the early 70's, we've been focused on our passion and the passion of our customers for quality hunting dog training and the products that will make that training successful and rewarding. It's why our tag line is, 'Make Your Good Dog Better.' "

The folks at Dogs Unlimited not only sell the best hunting dog training products available, they are also heavily involved in many aspects of their industry. Each year Dogs Unlimited contributes many thousands of dollars to field trials, hunt tests and hunters, giving back to the community that is so committed to their dogs and the activities that go along with them.

Alan O. Davison, an avid upland bird hunter and horseback field trialer himself has been deeply involved in this community for years. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of an AKC sporting dog club as well as a Trustee and President of their Foundation. Additionally he has been involved in horseback field trials at all levels, including being the chairman of 3 National Championships and winning a National Amateur Field Championship.Says Davison, "I love competing at a high level because it lets me know where my training program stands in relation to others that like to compete. Then I get to take my field trial dogs out hunting and let them hunt the way they were bred--we like them to run bigger than most. But I'm confident in our training and that they--and the birds--will be there when we catch up to them. It's truly a great sight to see a fully finished gun dog work a field, pin a bird and then make a successful retrieve. Absolutely rewarding."

Dogs Unlimited sends out one catalog a year, usually in July just as the upland training season gets underway. If you would like a free catalog go to the Dogs Unlimited website and sign up.

Located in Hudson, Colorado, Dogs Unlimited LLC has a long history of supporting local, regional and national upland hunting, field trialing and waterfowl hunting organizations donating thousands of dollars each year in support of those passionate about their outdoor pursuits.
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dogs Unlimited introduces the NEW Garmin Delta and Delta Sport utilizing proven Tri tronics technology.

After purchasing Tri tronics a little over a year ago, Garmin is now coming out with their new line of hunting dog training collars and first on the market is the Delta and Delta sport. These are replacements for the Tri tronics Sport Series electronic dog training models that have been a staple of Tri tronics for years.

Says Alan O. Davison, owner of Dogs Unlimted, "These new Delta collars are soon to be a "must have" in the hunting dog training market. Also, Garmin has added a new wrinkle that will make the Delta Sport uptimum for a segment of the market - not only is it an electronic training collar but they've combined it with a BarkLimiter."

These new collars are just the beginning for Garmin when it comes to electronic collars. They will soon be winding down Tri tronics as a brand and converting a select group of electronic collars to the Garmin brand.

Says Davison, "I fully expect Garmin to reduce the overall number of electronic collar selection when compared to Tri tronics but if the Delta is any indication we will see new and innovative products taht will greatly satisfy the hunting dog training market."

Expect to see a continued rollout of new Garmin branded hunting dog training products in the near future.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dogs Unlimited hosted the HuntSmith Intermediate Seminar, a 4 day bird dog training extravaganza presented by Ronnie Smith which started on May 9 and concluded on May 12th, 2013. It started with a meet and greet at Dogs Unlimited's hunting dog training grounds with Ronnie meeting all of the eager participants. During this time he spoke in-depth to each student about their progress with their dog following the basic Foundation Seminar training that's a prerequisite for each participant to be enrolled in the Intermediate Seminar.

After careful evaluation and lots of note taking, Ronnie Smith gave a short synopsis of what was going to happen during the rest of the seminar and what to expect out of each participant and their dog.

Ronnie Smith says, "It's important that each Intermediate Seminar participant has taken the HuntSmith Foundation Seminar. Our system is based on a series of building blocks and while a dog can enter our system at the Intermediate level their gun dog training will break down over time because they don't have the necessary foundation to work with."

During the seminar the participants and their hunting dogs learned the necessary tools to move on to the next level during in-field discussion and exhibition dog training by Ronnie and then did hands-on training with their own dogs guided by his skilled and watchful eye.

Alan O. Davison of Dogs Unlimited, who's participated in both the HuntSmith Foundation and Intermediate Seminars says, "There's no better way to learn than first by listening to Rick Smith or Ronnie Smith impart their incredible depth of bird dog training knowledge and then watching them demonstrate that wisdom on one of your dogs with the expertise of someone who's been doing it all of their lives. And finally moving to the field and doing it yourself while being personally coached by them."

As the seminar progressed more skills and knowledge was passed from Ronnie Smith to the participant and then on to their dogs. The progress was immediate and it was evident by the exuberance of each participant that the summer and early fall was going to be filled with many training days in preparation for the upcoming upland bird hunting season and for many seasons to come.

Davison says, "I'm always dog tired at the end of these seminars but it's definitely a good tired. Not only have we walked for what seems like miles and miles but the amount of dog training information the participants take in is incredible as well. Our brains are tired too!"

Continuing on Davison says, "You couldn't ask for a better seminar experience put on by a better presenter than Ronnie Smith. Dogs Unlimited is proud to be on the HuntSmith Seminar schedule and we look forward to many years of this great relationship."

Dogs Unlimited LLC was started in 1971. Located in Hudson, Colorado, they sell hunting dog training supplies, and upland and waterfowl hunting gear throughout the world. They have hosted the HuntSmith Foundation and Intermediate Seminars since 2007.
Monday, April 29, 2013

Dogs Unlimited’s Original Game Stewards Bird Bag

The Original Game Stewards Bird Bag has been a staple in the gundog training supply business ever since Dogs Unlimited brought it to market decades ago. Made of heavy duty orange mesh fabric, great for ventilation, these bird bags come in 3 different sizes based on the bag opening – 8”, 10” and a 12” opening. The 8” is best for quail, the 10” is the most versatile and great for quail, pigeons, chukar and small pheasants, and the 12” is a bigger bag and will fit pheasants and ducks.

The industry leading spring snaps are what really makes the Original Game Stewards Bird Bag the best available, when closed they stay tight to prevent your birds from escaping. Each bird bag comes with a pocket on each side for storing wild bird scent, gun dog training blanks, gloves – anything needed to train gundogs. The 1” wide adjustable strap makes it convenient to take birds into the field. Additionally the Dogs Unlimited Custom Shop can add a brass bolt snap to the bag so it can be securely attached a saddle, ATV, etc.
Thursday, April 25, 2013

While the price of shipping has increased at every level on April 1st DOGS Unlimited LLC introduced for the month of April a $5.95 Flat Rate on standard ground shipping to shipping destinations within the continental United States.

Says Alan O. Davison, owner of Dogs Unlimited, "We're here to offer our customers the best gun dog training supplies and upland hunting equipment at the best prices and that includes the price of our shipping. We understand our customers are looking for value and this new shipping rate gives them exactly that."

Dogs Unlimited has worked with their shipping partners to secure the lowest possible shipping rates and are proud to be able to pass that savings along the their customers. Everyone at Dogs Unlimited knows that to truly make the customer experience a great one every aspect has to be great and that includes the price of shipping.

Along with Standard Shipping, Dogs Unlimited also offers Dogs Quick Ship, a shipping option that will typically have an order arrive within 3 - 4 business days, UPS 2nd Day Air and UPS Overnight. These expedited shipping rates are very competitive as well.

And further good news, "We received such a great response from our current customers, as well as some folks who were purchasing from us for the first time, that we have decided to continue on with the $5.95 Flat Rate Standard Shipping for the foreseeable future." adds Davison. "Everyone at Dogs Unlimited is always striving to bring our customers the most new and innovative hunting dog training supplies, exceptional shopping experience both on our website and over the phone and now we are offering them the best shipping rates."

Dogs Unlimited has been in business since 1971 and is located in Hudson, Colorado. They offer hunting dog training supplies, upland and waterfowl hunting equipment, dog collars and other sporting dog equipment. Alan O Davison has owned Dogs Unlimited since 2005.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

On April 1, 2013 Dogs Unlimited introduced a flat rate shipping policy on Standard Shipping to the lower 48 United States. Initially designed to be a reduced shipping cost campaign for the month of April the folks at Dogs Unlimited noticed a very positive response and have decided to extend this flat rate shipping policy into the future.

Says Alan O Davison, owner of Dogs Unlimited, “The response to our introduction of this policy has been overwhelmingly positive and truly it only makes sense. Our customers have indicated that knowing that they are only going to pay $5.95 for their shipping helps them manage their budget. And for those who want to take advantage, they know they can load up on more items and still only pay the $5.95 and that really helps them out.”

Dogs Unlimited has indicated that while this flat rate shipping policy is for most items it unfortunately doesn’t include everything and certain exclusions apply. Several items in particular are over-sized and/or overweight and require additional shipping. Davison stays, “We attempted to have each and every item that we sell fall under the $5.95 flat rate but that turned out to be impossible. Our extensive line of products included some items like the Houndsman Dog Box and Zinger Winger Dog Kennels that just require additional shipping be charged because of their size.”

Alan Davison also points out that while flat rate shipping is good there are a number of products Dogs Unlimited sells that qualify for FREE Shipping. He says that all electronic dog training collar systems from companies like SportDog Brand, Garmin and Dogtra over $200 qualify for Free Shipping and there are other items that also meet these criteria. In today’s direct mail environment it’s continually important to manage and evaluate how the shipping environment effects customer and Dogs Unlimited is on the frontline when it comes to making the positive necessary changes that help their customers.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

DOGS Unlimited and Ruff Tough Kennels - Offering Quality Solutions to the Gun Dog Transportation Marketplace. Dogs Unlimited is proud to associate themselves with the folks at Ruff Tough Kennels. Their quality line of gun dog transportation kennels are, first and foremost, made with the dog's safety in mind and they stand behind them with a 5 year warranty.

Ruff Tough Kennels
Born out of the Love of Dogs...

Hudson, CO (PRWEB) April 03, 2013

Dogs Unlimited has signed on with Ruff Tough Kennels to offer the best composite style gun dog transportation kennels on the market.

The Ruff Tough Kennels are based on a high quality single construction design that will put up with years and years of abuse. The company has built into these kennels the ability to be stacked on top of one another and coupled together to form a more rigid kennel system. In fact, these kennels can be stacked and coupled together to make an entire wall of kennels, great for creating a unique and personalized dog crating system.

As Alan Davison of Dogs Unlimited tells it, "If you're going to represent a manufacturing company in the gun dog training supply business you want to represent a quality company like Ruff Tough Kennels who make some of best products available."

And the commitment to durability is designed right into the name of the company. Ruff Tough Kennels has produced a number of comparison survival test videos where they’ve tossed their kennels and the competition's kennels out of the back of moving trucks, dropped 60 lbs of weight from a height of 12 feet on them and had a 350 lb man stand on top of them to show off their durability.

"A company can tell you they make the best but very few are willing to show you.” Says Davison, "Ruff Tough Kennels has built a quality product and their willing to stand behind it with a five year warranty. That’s basically unheard of in this business. What a stand up company!”

When innovation is the name of the game, Ruff Tough Kennels is on top of it. The Intermediate and Large style kennels come in two configurations:a single like most kennels, and one with two doors, great for the rear seat of a car or truck so that the kennel can be accessed from either direction.

Ruff Tough Kennels has been making innovative dog kennels and other complimentary product since 2009 and Dogs Unlimited has been offering top quality bird dog training supplies and upland hunting gear since 1971. Both business's are committed to providing the best products to gun dog owners everywhere.
Friday, March 22, 2013

This top quality video displays the company's passion for upland gun dogs. Inspirational footage includes Pointers, Setters, German Shorthaired Pointers, Brittanys, Weimaraners, Vizslas, Labs and German Wirehaired Pointers.

When DOGS Unlimited Bird Dog Training Supplies searched for a sixty second summary of their company vision, they thought hard about 60 seconds that would convey everything about the hunting dog that was the heart and soul of the company. The one and only thing that owner, Alan Davison, could picture were scenes he had played over and over in his mind of the illustrious days in the field he'd spent with his own dogs.

A search began for the right cameraman, the right music, the right voice-over and the patience to capture just the right moment when all of the training and breeding converged with just the right angle on just the right day. And when it was complete, English Setters, Pointers, Irish Setters, Vizslas, Brittanys and many other gun dogs became the centerpiece of what is now the iconic DOGS Unlimited signature video.

Says Alan Davison: "Sure, we're a business. But the driving force behind the business is our love of bird dogs. We want everyone who owns one to know what a pleasure it can be, whether they are hunters, or compete in field trials or both. That's why our motto is, 'Make Your Good Dog Better.'"

And that's why the video they produced is focused on the beauty of the bird dog and that's why anyone who sees it knows they're in good hands when they need the gear to make their good dog better, too.

About DOGS Unlimited: Since 1971, DOGS Unlimited has been the top name in gun dog training supplies. Always forward looking, but never forgetting their roots, their philosophy is to offer the best products at the fairest prices. Never content to merely sell other companies' products, they have developed many of the standard equipment used to train the hunting dog to this day.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

As more and more consumers demand products tailored to their needs, DOGS Unlimited answers the call with custom made dog collars and other items for the gun dog owner.

In a world where one size no longer fits all, DOGS Unlimited offers a one-of-kind custom experience for the gun dog owner. Now anyone can order a custom dog collar in the exact length, width, color and hardware that they like. And each collar arrives at your door with a free personalized solid brass nameplate attached.

“We are the only hunting dog supply company that offers this unique service. And many bird dog trainers and breeders come to us to fit their many breeds and sizes of hunting dogs,” says Alan Davison, owner. “We recognized early on that people aren’t always content with the standard offerings of many other gun dog training supply companies. We saw a need and we filled it.”

Starting with their best-in-the-industry Dura-Lon(TM) collars, to their very popular Dura-Flex(TM) collars, plus three types of leather, you can have a collar for your bird dog—or any dog—made to an exact fit. Plus you can choose between brass or nickle plated hardware and get colors not otherwise available with in-stock collars.

Virtually every DOGS Unlimited collar includes a free solid brass nameplate attached. “We don’t do this as a sales gimmick,” says Davison. “We do it because we believe it is supremely important that a dog has identifying information that won’t get separated from its collar. We’ve seen too many dogs lost and never returned because their tag got lost, or they never had any ID to start with. It can break your heart.”

The DOGS Custom Shop also features a custom version of their “Almost Famous” 20 Foot Check Cord for training, as well as custom jackets and chaps for the hunter or field trialer, and leads and leashes in colors and leathers to match their custom and non-custom collars.

All of DOGS Unlimited’s dog collars, accessories, and training tools are made to stand up to tough field conditions and will last long after many other products have failed.

About Dogs Unlimited LLC – Dogs Unlimited was started in 1971 to fill a hole in the pet industry, namely bird dog training supplies. Since then, they have brought many new products to the market, many of which have become standard equipment for professional and amateur gun dog trainers alike.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Have the gun dog that all of your friends want to hunt behind.

Have you ever dreamed of having that special gun dog that gets you invited to hunt every weekend? One that will get invited to go even if you can’t make it?

For many gun dog owners the challenge of training their own dog for hunting can be fraught with pitfalls and perils that, quite possibly, can ruin a good dog for life. However, short of sending the dog away to a professional trainer in some faraway place, many folks have nowhere else to turn for help.

But help is on the way.

"We have been hosting the Rick Smith Foundation Seminar for eight years now,” says DOGS Unlimited’s Alan O. Davison, "and we never get tired of seeing the excellent—sometimes amazing—results.

"And the change is usually in the dog owner more than in the dog. Because the focus is on training the person to train their own dog.” That, combined with DOGS Unlimited’s huge array of training supplies, can put one well on their way to that ideal, well trained bird dog.

The Foundation Seminar, taught by Rick Smith, starts with the basics of obedience to the handler’s commands, and continues through the two-and-a-half day weekend, ending with bird work. "Rick is always accessible, tirelessly answering every question put to him until the questions run out,” says Davison.

For those who have completed the Foundation Seminar, Ronnie Smith will be holding the Intermediate Seminar with more advanced training for both dog owner and dog. Again, the emphasis is on "training the trainer” so that every student leaves the three-and-a-half day seminar with an arsenal of training info to take their bird dog to that next level.

Examples of breeds that can benefit are: Brittanys, Vizslas, German Shorthaired Pointers, Labrador, Golden, or Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, any other pointing, retrieving or flushing dog.

Dates:
Foundation Seminar: June 7 - 9, 2013
Intermediate Seminar: May 9 - 12, 2013
Location: Hudson, Colorado USA

Contact: DOGS Unlimited 800-338-DOGS (3647)
Friday, March 15, 2013

DOGS Unlimited has entered into partnership with Higgins Remote Releaser, offering a very different way to release birds when training for hunting or competition. Unlike other remote releasers that spring a bird into the air, or manual releasers that require you to be nearby and usually startle the bird into a flush, the Higgins Remote Releaser eases open slowly, silently and from a distance when using a remote releaser. The bird may stay inside the enclosure, or it may hop out and wander around looking for cover. Any of these scenarios are excellent training for a bird dog to learn that a bird on the ground is not fair game.

DOGS Unlimited Bird Dog Training Supplies owner, Alan Davison, who regularly trains his own gun dogs for hunting and has handled them to several national titles, talks about the benefits of the Higgins Remote Releasers as a training tool.

"Over the years, gun dog trainers have had no real way to train for this scenario, let alone keep it controlled—which is the most important aspect of any training session." says Davison.Davison continues,"Things have mainly been left to chance. Very often the first time a dog is in this situation, it’s in the middle of a competition. And it never turns out well. You might have had the best run of your dog’s life, on the verge of winning the big championship, and if you run across a game bird wandering around in the open. If your dog has not trained for this, you can go from First Place to No Place in a heart-breaking instant. Because that bird dog is going to say to itself, ‘Look! Easy pickins!’, pounce on that bird or chase it into flight and right out of the competition."

Check out this video of the Higgins Remote Bird Releaser.

"It’s equally important for hunting dogs to have the same discipline. The last thing you want is your dog destroying your opportunity to get birds.”

Mr. Davison also recommends the Higgins Remote Releaser for training young dogs.

"The Higgins Releaser opens so silently that there’s no loud noise to startle a young pup and nothing potentially flying into its face. The last thing you want to teach a bird dog is to be afraid of birds! Using the Higgins Releaser is about as natural a situation as you can get in a training scenario."

The Higgins Remote releaser was conceived of and designed by Brad Higgins, a professional gun dog trainer himself. So he knows what both amateurs and pros go through when trying to prepare a dog for every possible scenario it may encounter. It operates with electronic remote release products from Tri-tronics, Dogtra, DT Systems or Innotek. Many people already have these components from other launchers they own.

And speaking of other launchers, The Higgins Remote Releaser can be combined with those other launchers in your training sessions so you can throw as many different situations at your dog as he can handle.

And never find yourself No Place again.

DOGS Unlimited has been in the business of bird dogs since 1971.
Contact them at www.DOGSUnlimited.com or at 800-338-DOGS (3647)

PO Box 570
Hudson, CO 80642
Friday, March 15, 2013


Giving back has always been an important part of DOGS Unlimited's Business Philosophy. The AKC Gun Dog Championships are an annual event that tests the best of the best from every pointing dog breed against one another. From Pointers to Vizslas, from English Setters to Irish Setters, from Brittanys to Weimaraners. And DOGS Unlimited LLC will be there to say hello, say thanks, and to meet their loyal customers face to face.

"We always like to have a face to go with a name,” says DOGS Unlimited owner, Alan Davison. "It definitely makes our transactions more personal, but it also helps us understand where they are in their training program and what they need. That way, when they call us, we can really help them with the product that makes sense for them.”

Attending events like the AKC Gun Dog Championships also allows their people to keep up on the pulse of the Gun Dog world. "You can’t run a successful business from a vacuum,” says Davison. "You have to get out, see what’s happening, see how it’s happening, why it’s happening, and take that back to your company. That’s how you stay relevant.”

Above and beyond these reasons, the DOGS Unlimited business philosophy has always been to give back to the community that supports them — a community that every employee of the company truly loves and is active in on a regular basis.

The AKC Gun Dog Championships begin on SaturdaySaturday, March 16, 2013 at Branched Oak Field Trial Grounds, near Lincoln, Nebraska. Alan Davison and DOGS Unlimited are hosting cocktails on Saturday evening, March 23rd after the day’s running has been completed.

The championships continue for approximately a week and are divided between retrieving and non-retrieving stakes and are open to qualified dogs from AKC registered pointing breeds. The most popular breeds include:

Brittany Spaniel
English Pointer
English Setter
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Gordon Setter
Irish Setter
Red Setter
Vizsla
Weimaraner
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