Hunting Dogs

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…

bird dog puppies working on socializing.
Where to Start in Training with a Bird Dog Puppy

Building a foundation for a bird dog puppy through socialization and learning to be part…

A bird dog trainer works a dog alone in a field
The Great Pause – World Crisis, History, and the Hunting Dog World

Taking a look at how COVID-19 affected the bird dog world through historical context and…

A hunting dog is place trained with dog food.
Place Training in Your Home – Eliminating Whining and Movement

Working on at-home hunting dog drills for proper place training Sit and stay is a…

A veterinarian examines a hunting dogs teeth for dental disease
Dental Disease Actually Effects a Dogs Ability to Smell

Ignore the old wives’ tales and learn the science behind dental disease and a dog’s…

A bird dog on a staircase during whoa training.
Whoa Training on Your Home Staircase

Using at-home time to reinforce and build the “Whoa” command in your bird dog Our…

Trimming a hunting dog nails
How to Properly Trim a Hunting Dogs Nails

Looking at proper nail cutting, maintenance, and care for hunting dogs from Dr. Joe Spoo…

A bird dog trainer works on a flagging dog.
Understanding and Fixing Flagging in a Bird Dog

Flagging in a bird dog can be prevented and fixed with proper training So what…

Early image of the English pointer during its development
Creating the English Pointer from the Pointer Dog Ancestry

A look at the history and development of the English pointer from the pointer dog…

A dog trainer reads a bird dogs body language while training.
How To Read a Bird Dog’s Body Language – Becoming a Bilingual Trainer

Being able to read a bird dog’s body language can increase effective training and communication…

An English setter being trained on Moors in England
How English is the English Setter?

Over time the English setter has become a worldwide phenomenon in the bird dog world—and…

A purebred wirehaired pointing griffon on a hunt
Hunting Dog DNA Tests – Protecting Purebred Lineage

Investigating the importance of DNA testing hunting dogs and its application to stud books The…

An instructor teaching a teenager during the NAVHDA Youth Program
The NAVHDA Youth Program

The NAVHDA youth program focuses on fostering meaningful relationships and events to inspire the future…

A pack of beagles hunting rabbits
The Beagle – An Overview of North America’s Popular Rabbit Dog

Thinking about getting a beagle for hunting rabbits? The beagle is a commonly known small…

A woman kisses her bird dog.
Can Bird Dogs Help Save the Future of Hunting?

Confirming bird dogs as a silver bullet of R3 in the future of hunting recruitment…

a hunting dog licks his nose in irritation
Nasal Discharge in Dogs – Identifying Nose Trauma with Hunting Dogs

Dr. Joe Spoo explores minor to major nose issues that can occur in the field…

A mountain feist on a squirrel hunt.
Mountain Feist, Treeing Feist – A Look at Squirrel Hunting Dogs

Take a dive into the history and world of the Mountain Feist and squirrel hunting…

A hunter with two French Brittany's
The French Brittany – A Hunting Dog Profile

Cobby-bodied little dynamos, French Brittanys have an enthusiastic following in the upland community Original purpose…

Dr. Joe Spoo give a sporting dog a physical.
Dr. Joe Spoo, aka the GunDogDoc Series – a Specialist in Sporting Dog Medicine

Introducing a new series on sporting dog care, first aid and health with Veterinarian Specialist…