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  1. 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...
  2. Field Accessories for Rabbit Dogs

    When it comes time to get ready for hunting season, there are some preparations we all must make. Before we head into the great outdoors, we check our gear, replacing what is needed. Supplies on which we might be low are replenished. Along the way we might even splurge treat ourselves to a few new items. While this is all well and good, one thing we must ask ourselves is what do our rabbit dogs need? The needs of actively hunting rabbit dogs can vary a bit based on climate. Some portions of...
  3. Potential Worm Types Affecting Rabbit Dogs

    We all know the signs of compromised health in our rabbit dogs. Whether it is a dull coat, bloated belly, listlessness, lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, or the like, one of the reasons behind these changes are worms. Since rabbit dogs spend a lot of time in the field and are exposed to all kinds of variables, these are important signs for which we as owners must watch in order to treat problems as they arise, keeping dogs happy and healthy. There are many types of worms that affect the canine...
  4. Trimming Nails Safely and With Minimal Stress

    When it comes for a nail trim, you may find that your rabbit dogs are not impressed. Some take it like a champ while others hide and even more act like it is the ultimate act of torture. It doesn't make a difference if you've never quicked them; nail trimming is just not something dogs seem to enjoy. Although you may be lucky in that your rabbit dogs are active enough that their nails wear considerably on their own, there are many rabbit dog owners who have to conduct regular clippings much...
  5. The Perils of Canine Snake Bites

    One of the things we may have to deal with when out in nature is the presence of snakes. The good news is that they tend to den up during cold weather, but that still leaves a lot of the year when we may find ourselves and our rabbit dogs exposed to them. Snakes are plentiful in wooded environments as well as in swamps, so is it wise to know what types of snakes you may encounter where you hunt and what to do in case of a bite. Being bitten by a snake can be a traumatic experience for...
  6. Rabbit Hunting Techniques to Try this Season

    Something every rabbit hunter wants is increased success in the field. Although rabbit dogs play a huge role in our harvest, we humans need to practice some advantageous techniques as well for greater odds all around. If you find that you are coming up empty in the field or not bringing home the rabbit numbers you'd like to, maybe a change in technique is in order. Here are some techniques to try to raise the rabbit numbers in your freezer. It is important to remember the behaviors of...
  7. Tips and Tricks for Finding Rabbits

    When you set out in the field on any given day, chances are good you will bag a few rabbits. Sometimes fortune will smile down upon you and you may even bag more than a few. The fact of the matter is that on certain days we may get lucky on our hunts and turn in with a big smile at the end of a successful day. On the flip side, other days may not be so lucky, but to compensate for those unlucky days, there are tips we can use to find more rabbits, turning things around in our favor. By...
  8. The Perils of Overheating

    Overheating is a real concern we as rabbit dog owners face. Though any canine can overheat when worked vigorously or subjected to hot temperatures, dogs that exert themselves in particular are at risk of doing so. In order to avoid this, dogs should be monitored for signs of heat stress and cooled down appropriately as needed as well as housed with access to ventilation, shade, and fresh water. In order to keep your rabbit dogs from experience a dangerous episode of overheating, there are...
  9. Instituting an Emergency Call Back Command for Your Rabbit Dogs

    It can be very frightening when a situation arises during which you cannot catch your dog or dogs. Whether is because the joy of simply being a dog has taken over or if a dog decides to be stubborn on any given day, we all encounter the occasional time when our rabbit dogs do not want to come when called. Although training is imperative in order to avoid situations such as this, sometimes even the best training may fail you when you are trying to call your dog back. There are many places a...
  10. The Importance of Endurance and Conditioning for Rabbit Dogs

    When rabbit season opens and you take your first trek out into the field, how is your body going to handle it? Are you going to be energized throughout the day, moving about without issue, or will you instead need a series of breaks during your travels? Rabbit hunting is an activity that requires physical stamina. It is difficult to do without being at least somewhat in shape. Though this very much applies to the human hunter, the canine counterpart very much needs their own physical...
  11. The Benefits of Coconut Oil for Your Beagles

    It seems like every day there are new products on the market or an idea that is floating around as to what can be done to enhance the health and wellbeing of our rabbit dogs. Though it can be hard to weed through and determine what is a legitimate care option versus a fad, there are some things that are worth a try. One example of this is coconut oil, a product making rounds in both human and dog circles in recent years that has been met with rave reviews and testimonials regarding its...
  12. Establish and Enhance Shooting Skills with the BRASS Method

    As you're out in the field, adrenaline pumping, and at long last a rabbit hops into view, the last thing you want to do is miss. Even if the shot you have seems solid, you may find the bullet does not always hit your intended target. As tempting as it might be to explain away what happens in moments such as this by blaming this or that, the truth is that sometimes human error is truly all there is behind a shot that doesn't quite hit its mark. Though many hunters have a lifetime of...
  13. Staying Safe as you Practice Shooting Skills this Summer

    Rabbit hunting is a popular sport that is practiced by many around the United States. As these hunters and their rabbit dogs take to the field, part of their cargo includes a loaded weapon. Although loaded weapons are something that should be treated with the utmost care, far too often we see someone carrying it precariously over rough terrain or otherwise treating it in a dangerous manner. This is not safe for the owner of that weapon or those around him or her and it is with safety in mind...
  14. Timeline of the fight to defend the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (Infographic)

    First framed by founding father James Madison back in 1789, the fundamental rights protected under the Second Amendment of the Constitution to keep and bear arms have been under attack for centuries and withstood the test of time with both wins and losses for those who defend gun rights. With the current administration's efforts to paint certain classes of firearms as being, "not family heritage or family tradition," while advocating a ban in the same breath, it appears that the war is still...
  15. Oral Care: The Foundation of Overall Health

    If you were to conduct a poll amongst humans, chances are good that you'd find a great many who strongly object to the idea of going to the dentist. For some of us, this response is rooted in fear and causes us to put off dental visits until we find ourselves experiencing discomfort. This is not a good idea as your oral health plays a huge roll in your overall health, so keeping your mouth happy is vital to, well, your vitality, and the same standard of care should be applied to your rabbit...
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