Five Tips for Getting Your Dogs Ready for Fall

Five Tips for Getting Your Dogs Ready for Fall

Outdoor Insurance Group offers five tips for getting your canine companions ready for fall.  While we’re securing your duck hunting club insurance or hunt club insurance to protect your business, you can prepare your dog for a great season.

  1. It’s important to begin by making sure that your dog is healthy, well exercised and maintaining a good weight. Pay a pre-season visit to the vet for a health check up and be sure your pup is up to date on shots.  Use one of the many topical, pill or collar options to protect from tick and flea infestation. You want your dog to be at optimal health to ensure their safety and well-being throughout the hunting season.
  2. The best hunting dogs are obedient ones. Your dog’s understanding of basic commands like sit, stay and heel will keep their attention focused on your commands throughout your hunts.  Your dog should be able to follow your commands, whether you are sitting in the woods or wading through water.
  3. Recondition your dog to gunfire practicing with single and multiple shots. For optimal retrieval, your dog should be comfortable and calm with the sounds. Reinforce their reaction to your command to move ahead only after being released from a lead.
  4. Take your dog on a few practice runs to refresh their marking skills in both open fields and high brush. Start with dummy birds and wings, moving on to live birds wherever possible.
  5. Not only is it important to wear clothing that can ensure your safety, make sure people can see your dog. Bright colored harness or reflective collars will provide high visibility to protect your dog. Keep a medical kit with gauze pads and antibiotic ointment on hand in case of an emergency.

Now go on out and get ready for a great hunting season!