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  1. 4 Areas to Release Rabbit Dogs in the Field

    It's a big world out there if you are a rabbit, or if you are the person trying to use dogs hunt rabbits. There are many places for rabbits to den up and to hide in order to avoid predators. While this is good for a rabbit, it can be frustrating for the hunter running dogs in hopes of reaching a limit of rabbits. The thrill of the chase can be exciting and intriguing, but coming up empty-handed after a lengthy effort can put a damper on your day. Going home hungry and without a rabbit for...
  2. 5 Basic Obedience Behaviors All Rabbit Dogs Should Know

    A well-trained rabbit hunting dog is very near to being worth its weight in gold. Having an animal that knows and does its job on a regular basis can make the difference between a hunting expedition that goes smoothly and one that leaves you frazzled and potentially unsuccessful. Because of this, many of us put great effort into training our dogs so that we can be greatly rewarded with the outcome in the field. Training rabbit dogs is a serious matter, but training a dog should not begin...
  3. A Hunter's Fantasy: The Flemish Giant

    We all have that hunting buddy who loves to regale us with tales of monster rabbits bagged on every hunt. To hear this person tell it, the rabbit was twice the weight of the average cottontail and three times as long. It can be tough to listen to such stories with a straight face and it may seem at times like even your rabbit dogs are rolling their eyes. Though such enormous cottontails may be a figment of the imagination, that does not necessarily mean there aren't some big ol' bunnies...
  4. Acclimating Rabbit Dogs to Gunfire with a Suppressor

    Imagine suddenly hearing an unexpected loud noise in close proximity to your person. Perhaps it is a calm, quiet day and the silence is shattered by a dramatic boom. Whether you are intently focused on a specific task or instead enjoying some rest and relaxation, you are likely to be started by a sudden, deafening sound. It is not only us as humans that are startled by sudden noise. The same reaction occurs in dogs, even those bred for hunting with generations before them of successful...
  5. An Alternative Job for Rabbit Dogs

    When you look at a beagle, you may see a rabbit dog, but there is far more to the breed than their natural inclination to chase bunnies. Beagles are actually used in a workplace setting, punching the time clock just like the rest of us. They are known as Agriculture Canines and they work for the United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP). While human and dog pairings in the workplace have been around for ages with many breeds participating, it is the beagle in particular that primarily...
  6. Banning Biofilm Bacteria from Dog Bowls

    When you wake up in the morning and run your tongue over your teeth, chances are you might feel some type of film. What you're feeling is a type of biofilm that is present in combination with the plaque on your teeth. If you allow this to go un-checked and opt to skip brushing, you will eventually start to have some issues with not only your oral health but other bodily systems. In order to prevent such issues, we brush, floss, and use mouthwash. This is great for us, but biofilm is present...
  7. Braised Rabbit: Fried and Unfried

    Throughout the world, many high-class restaurants serve rabbit at exorbitant prices, but you can have your own top-notch dish through your very own hunting efforts. There are all sorts of recipes ideas for rabbit, especially when it comes to the braised variety. The following is one such recipe, and you can find the same recipe at About\'s American Food section. Italian-Style Braised Rabbit What You\'ll Need: 1 Large Dutch Oven or Heavy Pot 1 rabbit: (2 lbs.) Cut into pieces. Dried...
  8. Budget Beagling

    I told a friend that told his father I was going to write an article on running rabbits with beagles and the fathers' response was, "I guess they will let anybody write for them." I am not an expert on the sport, not even a seasoned veteran. Like many of you I am just a 7a-3p 5 days a week guy trying to save a tradition one weekend at a time. We are a dying breed in society with the rise in fuel, vaccines, and dog food making it harder every year for the average Joe to maintain a pack of...
  9. Building better habitat to bring the bunnies to you.

    If you have the land but not the rabbit, odds are you are lacking the proper habitat to provide a lush home for Mr. Flop Ear. This can be easily corrected with a combination of native grasses and other plant growth often with the help of your local conservation agency or extension office. Making artificial dens Perhaps one of the best ways to bring rabbit to your property and keep them there is to create a safe place for your bunnies to nest and develop while allowing them to sit out the...
  10. Cheap and Easy Shelter Ideas for Rabbit Dogs

    Depending on the part of the country you call home, you may be getting well acquainted with a dose of bitter cold. Even in warmer, tropical climates the mercury has begun to head south into freezing temperatures. While the brisk cold is a welcome sign to many of us as it means the days of rabbit hunting have arrived, there are still cold weather precautions that must be taken, such as in the case of housing dogs that reside outside. There is nothing like a sturdy dog house to keep your...
  11. Chondrodystrophy and Beagle Breeding

    Chondrodystrophy is a condition that affects different breeds of dog, one of which is the Beagle. Dogs affected by chondrodystrophy, which is also known as osteochondrodysplasia, are often unusually small in size in addition to being plagued by skeletal deformities. These conditions have actually played a role in the breeding of dogs such as the Basset Hound, but the related deformities are not desirable in the Beagle breed and it is desirous that they be avoided. Photo: AlaDar Beagles...
  12. Cold Weather Care for Rabbit Dogs

    As frigid temperatures grip much of the country, there is no time like the present to consider how the cold affects your rabbit dogs. A glance outside is likely to reveal snow falling or ice forming, both of which can have a major impact on your animals. This means paying special attention to their needs across the board, including time spent in the field chasing rabbits. Photo: Pinterest The enthusiasm of a beagle in hot pursuit of a rabbit is tough to match. As dogs pick up a scent and...
  13. Combatting Canine Arthritis in Rabbit Dogs

    We've all experienced the occasional aches and pains in our lives. Sometimes they are easy to power through while at other times they can be quite debilitating. As humans, we know what to do to make it better, but the same cannot be said for our beloved rabbit dogs. They cannot go grab some pain killers from the medicine cabinet or an ice pack from the freezer. Instead, they tell us of their pain the only way they know how and it is up to us to listen. One of the most common pain ailments...
  14. Conquering Allergies in Rabbit Dogs

    At various times of year, you may find yourself plagued by itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose for seemingly no reason at all. The truth of the matter is that although you may not actually feel sick or be able to put a finger on the exact source of your troubles, there is likely a very precise reason or reasons why you are experiencing such issues. The most logical explanation is allergies, the root of which can be any number of things. There are many terrible things about having allergies,...
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