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Here’s what’s coming for The Pointing Dog Journal subscribers!
04/22/2020
May/June 2020 - Pointing Dog

Here’s what’s coming for The Pointing Dog Journal subscribers!

Fin out what's in store for readers in the May/June 2020 issue of The Pointing Dog Journal. Read the table of contents here.

03/17/2020

From the Editor: Obviously, depending on when you receive your next issue, our world looks a little differently compared to when we toasted the New Year and welcomed in 2020. Whether that look is dramatically different or not remains to be seen, and seems to change with each day’s news releases, stock market fluctuation, and social media theory.

We could fill up these pages, of course, with articles and advice on what you need to be doing with your dogs right now in light of our new, shared realities; but I think that applying some of the general recommendations and, in some cases, executive orders to your immediate family – dogs included – is common sense.

Therefore, I’d like to use our pages to continue to remind you of OUR world – the world of pointing dogs, retrievers, family, the outdoors, hunting, tradition. It’s a world untainted – at least in our minds – by the trappings of the “real world”; and if, for right now, we can only read about it and dream, then I feel that’s our duty here at the magazine. To give you that opportunity.

So our plan – in contrast to just about everything else out there at the moment – is not to change much from what we’ve shared and celebrated in these pages for years and years, that is, the happiness and optimism that our dogs bring to us. Perhaps that bit of consistency and normalcy is just what we need right now.

Sincerely,
Jason Smith
Editor

In some ways, raising a pointing dog pup is the same as raising any other breed. But in many crucial respects, pointing ...
03/02/2020
POINTING DOG POINTERS: In the Beginning . . . - Pointing Dog

In some ways, raising a pointing dog pup is the same as raising any other breed. But in many crucial respects, pointing pups need unique experiences and structure to prepare them for future days afield.

So you've adopted a pointing pup! This Pointing Dog Pointers lays out the basics of puppy care and the nuances of raising a pointing dog pup.

Find out what’s coming in our March/April issue!
02/17/2020
March/April 2020 - Pointing Dog

Find out what’s coming in our March/April issue!

The March/April 2020 issue of Pointing Dog Journal is almost here! Find out what's in store for our readers with this table of contents.

If you’re new to the world of pointing dogs, you might feel overwhelmed trying to decide which breed would be best for y...
02/03/2020
POINTING DOG POINTERS: Pointing Dog Breeds - Which One Is for You? - Pointing Dog

If you’re new to the world of pointing dogs, you might feel overwhelmed trying to decide which breed would be best for you. But with a little bit of knowledge and patience, you’ll be able to find the right pointing dog for you.

When deciding what pointing dog breed is right for you, a list of questions about your preferences and each breed's capabilities can help guide you to the best choice.

Not all pups are naturally talented hunters. Find out what to do if yours shows signs of being a late bloomer.
01/02/2020
POINTING DOG POINTERS: The Late Bloomer - Pointing Dog

Not all pups are naturally talented hunters. Find out what to do if yours shows signs of being a late bloomer.

Late bloomers are generally just slow maturing dogs. But some dogs that seem like late bloomers are inhibited in their development due to other reasons.

Planting birds is an art that fosters young pups’ development and readies them for the hunting season.
12/05/2019
The Art of Planting Birds - Pointing Dog

Planting birds is an art that fosters young pups’ development and readies them for the hunting season.

by Bob & Jody Iler Our clients love their bird dog classes! Not only do they learn to train their pointing dogs with the help of “seasoned” trainers, but sessions are hands-on from the start. Each class, of course, is preceded by relevant theory for that day’s lesson, but nothing works better ...

This list of pros and cons can help you decide whether to hunt your young pointer with other dogs.
11/01/2019
POINTING DOG POINTERS: Hunting Dogs Together - Pointing Dog

This list of pros and cons can help you decide whether to hunt your young pointer with other dogs.

By Bob and Jody Iler It’s your young pointing dog’s first season – and you’re both raring to go! A good buddy of yours has a young pointing dog too. You’re wondering if the two of you should hunt your dogs together. Or maybe you’d like to head to the Dakotas to hunt your started …

“Of the many problems we’ve encountered as dog trainers, blinking can be one of the toughest to pinpoint and resolve.”
10/07/2019
POINTING DOG POINTERS: Blinking – Is There a Cure? - Pointing Dog

“Of the many problems we’ve encountered as dog trainers, blinking can be one of the toughest to pinpoint and resolve.”

by Bob and Jody Iler What is blinking? How is it caused? Can it be cured? Of the many problems we’ve encountered as dog trainers, blinking can be one of the toughest to pinpoint and resolve. For one thing, it’s often difficult for an owner to recognize blinking in his dog. Signs of blinking may ...

“This update to our 2019 Upland Gamebird Hunting Forecast incorporates the results of late summer upland bird population...
10/02/2019
2019 Upland Gamebird Hunting Forecast Updates - Pointing Dog

“This update to our 2019 Upland Gamebird Hunting Forecast incorporates the results of late summer upland bird population surveys.”

The Upland Gamebird Hunting Forecast is a detailed look at upland game populations and hunting opportunities for the upcoming season.

“Range and ground pattern are often the subject of lively debates among pointing dog enthusiasts. Is there a difference ...
10/02/2019
POINTING DOG POINTERS: Range and Ground Pattern - Pointing Dog

“Range and ground pattern are often the subject of lively debates among pointing dog enthusiasts. Is there a difference between the two? Does one affect the other? Can either of these be taught?”

Range and ground pattern are often the subject of lively debates among pointing dog enthusiasts. Learn more about the differences and training techniques.

09/16/2019

Happy Monday, all! Because Mondays, as a general rule, rank #7 on the list of Favorite Days of the Week, I thought I'd cheer you up! The first 10 people who are NOT current subscribers and call our Circulation Specialist Jaime at 1-844-251-2652 to pay for a 1-year subscription will get the last three back issues free! (Also applies to gift subscriptions you'd like to give.)

Hey vizsla owners and coffee drinkers! Take a look at the good work this Michigan-based coffee company is doing. And if ...
08/28/2019

Hey vizsla owners and coffee drinkers! Take a look at the good work this Michigan-based coffee company is doing. And if you’ve got a vizsla, share your dog’s photo for a chance at stardom! Or, at least, bragging rights.

***ROAST REPRESENTATIVE CONTEST ***

We are partnering with the Ruffed Grouse Society for a new roast!!!!! On Point will be an upland hunting themed roast in which $1 of every bag sold will be donated to the Ruffed Grouse Society!

Contest Info:

Submit your Vizsla hunting themed photos (preferably pointing) through September 15. Comment your photo to this post. You can also submit photos on Instagram to #onpointroastrep. The top 10 photos from each site will be chosen, then voted on, with the winner chosen by YOU!

Let’s see those hunting Vizslas!

“You too, as a dog trainer, can adapt your program to your dog’s special needs or to issues that may come up as your tra...
07/30/2019
POINTING DOG POINTERS: Thinking Outside the Box - Pointing Dog

“You too, as a dog trainer, can adapt your program to your dog’s special needs or to issues that may come up as your training progresses. Let’s take a look at some examples to get you thinking outside the box when you have a problem with your dog.”

Learn how to think outside the box when problem-solving training troubles with your pointing dog.

Pointing Dog Journal
07/30/2019

Pointing Dog Journal

07/29/2019

As many of you may already know, the sporting world lost a true artist nearly two weeks ago in photographer Chip Laughton, a photographer whose work I've used at PDJ Retriever Journal, and Just Labs for more than a dozen years -- and I lost a friend. I have waited to post anything until after his memorial service this past Saturday, but also because I have not been able to find the words. I hope to put those words into my next editorial for the magazine and in a future photo essay tribute. But today, I'll just say that he had the God-given ability to capture a singular moment in time of the world and traditions we love so much, the dogs we love so much, and the friends and family we love so much and make you feel. His images connected you to your memories and to your dreams. But more than that -- so much more than that -- he was a true gentleman, no ego, always thinking of what he could do to make your life a little easier. Our sporting world is a poorer place without the new images he will not be here to capture, but our world is a poorer place without him.

We want to see your pointing dogs! Send us a picture and you may see your pup in the pages of Pointing Dog Journal. Plea...
07/08/2019
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We want to see your pointing dogs! Send us a picture and you may see your pup in the pages of Pointing Dog Journal. Please email pictures to [email protected] and include your name and address, your pup’s name, and a caption.

"These guidelines supplement the many columns and magazine articles we’ve shared with you over the years. Our goal has a...
06/03/2019
Dos and Don’ts - Pointing Dog

"These guidelines supplement the many columns and magazine articles we’ve shared with you over the years. Our goal has always been to develop the pup in a quiet, kind and gentle manner suited to pup’s temperament."

POINTING DOG POINTERS June 2019 By Bob and Jody Iler Through the years, as pups come into our kennel for training, we may find that some of them also come with problems! One example might be the pup that has lost his motivation to hunt because of overuse of the e-collar. Another young dog …

Spring is an ideal season to get going on yard work, or obedience training, with your young pointing dog.
05/01/2019
Yard Work for the Young Pointing Dog - Pointing Dog

Spring is an ideal season to get going on yard work, or obedience training, with your young pointing dog.

The game preserves are closed and spring has arrived. (On the calendar that is, for as we write this column, we are under a winter storm watch and it is, in fact, snowing.) As we residents of Iowa like to say, “If you don’t like the weather, stick around, it’s bound to change.” But the …

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.-Martin Buber #nationalpetdayu
04/11/2019

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.-Martin Buber #nationalpetdayu

This cute pup is on the cover of our May/June 2019 issue. Thanks, Bob Bertram for the great artwork!
04/10/2019

This cute pup is on the cover of our May/June 2019 issue. Thanks, Bob Bertram for the great artwork!

Sage was Joe’s first pointing dog pup and he was anxious to get at the “nuts and bolts” of her bird dog training. Here a...
04/02/2019
Pointing Dog Pointer: The Nuts and Bolts of Starting Your Pointer Pup - Pointing Dog

Sage was Joe’s first pointing dog pup and he was anxious to get at the “nuts and bolts” of her bird dog training. Here are some of the other questions Joe had – likely many of the ones you might ask as well….

by Bob and Jody Iler “When should I start my pup’s pointing dog training?” Our client, Joe, sat across the table from us in our office as he asked this question. His six-month old female shorthair pup, Sage, sitting in a nearby crate, watched us. “I’ve done the early training you recommend...

Ruffed Grouse Society
04/01/2019
Ruffed Grouse Society

Ruffed Grouse Society

"On a night when we could have sat home, watching March Madness, we ducked-out to behold another spring ritual—American Woodcocks dancing among the stars.
Springtime."

Have you gotten out and experience the woodcock's skydance this spring?

#HealthyForests | www.ruffedgrousesociety.org

"We had three setters but two were very old and probably would soon be gone. When next hunting season arrived, we might ...
03/26/2019
To the Rescue... My Love Affair with Rescue Setters Part II - Pointing Dog

"We had three setters but two were very old and probably would soon be gone. When next hunting season arrived, we might have just one. And if that dog got hurt, I couldn’t face hunting alone."

By Sarge Collier Fearing the worst, I discussed the matter with Miki. We had three setters but two were very old and probably would soon be gone. When next hunting season arrived, we might have just one. And if that dog got hurt, I couldn’t face hunting alone. So, back to Miki’s rescue group. Wi...

Have you checked out the March/April issue yet?
03/25/2019
The Pointing Dog Journal March/April 2019 - Pointing Dog

Have you checked out the March/April issue yet?

Features Red Setter Saviors by Tom Davis Knucklehead Basin by Christian Douglass Bates The Place by Chris Smith Photo Essay Mearns’ Challenge by E. Donnall Thomas Jr. Rimrock Ghosts by Dave Smith Pockets of Grouse by Frank Jezioro   Departments Eastern Encounters Out of touch? by Tom Huggler Gun ...

Each stage of development – bird introduction, handling, gun work, yard work, retrieving, honoring or backing, and stead...
03/06/2019
Build a Pyramid! - Pointing Dog

Each stage of development – bird introduction, handling, gun work, yard work, retrieving, honoring or backing, and steadying to wing and shot – are all elements that build upon one another.

POINTING DOG POINTERS By Bob and Jody Iler This past bird season is over and game preserves will be closing in a few weeks. As you evaluate your young pointing dog’s strengths and weaknesses, you might be feeling dissatisfied and impatient with his performance. Maybe you feel as though pup hasn’...

Ruffed Grouse Society
02/20/2019
Ruffed Grouse Society

Ruffed Grouse Society

"Hunting woodcock without a dog requires patience and the sacrifice of a lot of boot leather. But like many things, there are bird hunting hacks and tactics that make this a more efficient experience. This article is not the end-all-say-all on Woodcock hunting without a dog, but it should provide enough basic knowledge to start putting birds into your game bag."

Do you chase grouse and woodcock without a dog?

#HealthyForests | www.ruffedgrousesociety.org

Here's our March/April 2019 cover. What a gorgeous scene!
02/12/2019

Here's our March/April 2019 cover. What a gorgeous scene!

02/11/2019

Anxiously waiting to hear from the Dog Writers Association of America if we won the 2018 Best Magazine award! So honored to have BOTH The Pointing Dog Journal and The Retriever Journal nominated in the same category!

"One of the key things that clients learn is how to plant birds! This is an art that fosters the young pup’s development...
02/05/2019
The Art of Planting Birds - Pointing Dog

"One of the key things that clients learn is how to plant birds! This is an art that fosters the young pup’s development and ready him for the hunting season."

by Bob & Jody Iler Our clients love their bird dog classes! Not only do they learn to train their pointing dogs with the help of “seasoned” trainers, but sessions are hands-on from the start. Each class, of course, is preceded by relevant theory for that day’s lesson, but nothing works better ...

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Thanks for the assignment, Jake Smith! "Check Off These Training Tasks": You need to be steady; Acoustics and obedience; Give him the bird.
This is a great little gadget that really helps with training your dogs.
Thought you guys might like this shot from our 2020 Veterans Pheasant Hunt and Campout hosted by Triple B Adventures
Lehi and I reading up before heading out on a Montana hunt 🐾🐾🖤
Kansas upland hunting at its best!
Waconda Gun Dogs photos from the field.
Reflecting at the close of a good hunt with a great hunting buddy.
I can’t think of a better way to close out a great chukar Hunt!
10week old fdsb English setters on point.
I have 7 English setters, 8 weeks old . Washington state. Tekoa and Tomoka lines.
On the back cover of the May/June 2019 issue what breed of dog is it?
Working on backing with Johnny Johnson probably the best training around Texas