Hunting Dogs

A brown Spinone hunting dog stands in a field
Spinone Italiano – Complete History and Development

The traditional, rough-haired Italian pointing dog overcame difficult odds to become a modern, versatile hunting…

Mo Lindley training a bird dg using the Gibbons-West method
The Gibbons-West Method of Pointing Dog Training with Mo Lindley

Understanding the Gibbons-West method of training pointing dogs As a first-time bird dog owner and…

A Brittany spaniel sits in a field.
History and Development of the Brittany

How the little spaniel from France developed into the wildly popular versatile hunting dog The…

A British lab jumping into water
Defining the Differences of the British Lab and the American Lab

Discover the story of British Labrador Retrievers, their English development, and how the American Lab…

A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in the water
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in History and Today

A look into the unusual history of duck tolling and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling…

a women handles a bird dog
Cooperation in a Dog Fails at the Handler Level

Cooperation is a foundation of a dog’s success, but the failures lie in a handler’s…

A look at the front cover of the first issue of Hunting Dog Confidential Magazine.
Hunting Dog Confidential – The Magazine

Announcing the next chapter in the Hunting Dog Confidential journey Imagine you are standing in…

A bird dog wearing an e-collar while hunting
Introducing a Dog to an E-Collar – A Guide to Collar Conditioning

Learn about properly introducing a dog to an e-collar and correct applications in training and…

A Weimaraner on point during training.
The Complete Weimaraner History, Profile, and Hunting Dog Story

Profiling the Grey Ghost’s rise, fall, and rise again as a popular companion and–less commonly–a…

A spinone being trained using positive reinforcement
The Theory of Positive Reinforcement in Dog Training

From the foundation of operant conditioning to the idea of mistake avoidance through positive reinforcement…

A gordon setter on point in Scotland
Gordon Setter – Breed History, Standards and Origins

The Gordon Setter is a lesser-known hunting dog for upland game that originated in Scotland…

A bird dog being tested during a NAVHDA Natural Ability test
NAVHDA Natural Ability Test – A Complete Overview

A look at what the NAVHDA natural ability test is and how it matters to…

A bird hunter with her hunting dog
How Much Does it Cost to Have a Hunting Dog?

Estimating the cost of owning a hunting dog over the course of its lifetime Total…

A pointer on whoa in a steady point.
The Evolution of Whoa Training Bird Dogs

Dog trainer Jason Carter takes a look at the historic context of whoa training and…

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon stands in the woods
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Information, History, and Eduard Korthals

From the first official stud book to the first international club, the history of the…

A Wirehaired Pointing Griffon standing in a field in North America.
The Crisis in North America to Save the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and the Cesky Fousek

In attempts to save the wirehaired pointing griffon in America, ideology in breeding split clubs…

A hunting dog eating dog food with intestinal health probiotics.
The Importance of a Dog’s Intestinal Health

A look into the factors and issues with intestinal health in hunting dogs with sport…

Group of Field Trial Pointers 1907
The Development of the American Pointer

Take a journey through the lineage and bloodlines that built the pointer in American as…

A group of NAVHDA members inspecting a hunting dog.
The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association – A Look at NAVHDA

NAVHDA explained as an organization, testing platform, and community What do you see when you…

A woman kisses her pointing dog.
How to Choose a Pointing Dog – Breaking Down 38 Bird Dog Breeds

Narrowing down what pointing breed to choose can be daunting; this guide will help find the…

A dog trainer uses the whoa command on his American Brittany
Weaving Whoa Training Into Our Daily Routines

Incorporating and perfecting the whoa command with your bird dog during everyday life If I…