The dog days of summer came early to our place along the creek last weekend, as we hosted a gun dog summer camp of sorts. With hunting seasons only a couple of months off, it’s time to prepare young puppies and old dogs alike for another season afield.
If you have followed my column over the years, you know it’s no secret that gun dogs have been a large part of our family’s lifestyle. We have maintained a commercial animal establishment license or kennel license since the early 1980s. Our kennel and property are licensed, zoned and annually inspected by the county. This allows us raise, train and board dogs.
So, last weekend, an introductory seminar for gun dog puppies was held at our kennels. A small group of folks and their dogs from as far away as Ashland and as close as Stevens Point gathered together with several experienced dog trainers for a one-day, hands-on training session. And after 40 years of messing with bird dogs, I also shared a bit of my knowledge that day – and share some of it here for you.