The Dog Poop - Dublem Gundogs Blog on Hunting Dog and Training of Hunting Issues.

Thanks for visiting our blog.  I will post articles that answer our understanding of hunting dog related issues.  I hope this makes your experience with your dog a more delightful one.  At the bottom of this page are cut and pasted from my facebook account links and information you might find of interest.

Bud Clouse,

We were asked:  Brit vs Shorthair vs Lab?

All of these are great choices.  However, there are dogs that are suited for the task at hand depending on your requirements.  Bill is right make a list of what you are looking for. You should consider terrain and the type of cover you hunt in this list. You should consider type of upland birds as grouse, woodcock, pheasant, quail and rabbits all have different needs for a dog or at least attributes of the dog that make them better at putting game in the bag. You should consider how the dog will be kept and interaction with kids and family. 

Based on your location I assume you will get a mix of pheasant and grouse and hunt grass and woodlands. Maybe the occasional rabbit if you like that sort of hunt. I would look for something that naturally hunts a bit closer no matter what breed. There are some great breeders in your area and if you want a referral let me know. 

My recommendation would be to narrow your list based on Bill and others suggestions and then find a couple breeders. Go and watch the dogs. Make them put birds down and make them show you the dogs in the environment you want. If the dog is slow or out of control or won't retrieve...move on. I talk to many small breeders who advertise "great hunting dogs" but when pushed or you view the dogs don't perform. If you want a house dog and they advertise "great temperment"...see that dog in the house for a while. Have a couple cups of coffee and try to carry on a conversation. If the dog is a nut that is most likely what you will get. Meg M. makes some great points on selection. 

In addition, to the dog being the right one for the job, there are those individuals who just love a certain type of dog and can make it work for all required tasks at hand.  Many hunters love the point...they like the picture of a dog on point or like the idea of being prepared to shoot.  So if it is a point you must have then you have narrowed your choice. People also love the temperament or the look of a lab; so if that is what drives you then you have made you choice. 

Even though you haven't asked about them, I will tell you a quite remarkable and often overlooked dog is the english cocker spaniel. They work close with tenacity, can handle heavy thick cover because they are not pushing and work extremely nice in timbers and thickets. They are the breed of choice in the UK for putting birds in the air for the workers, springers are up there with them and in the US much more popular. Cockers work really great for busy families as they take little space and fit into a home nicely. Another dog we have trained several of and really like for the average guy is the german wirehaired pointer, they tend to work closer, have fantastic stamina and lots of natural ability including retrieving. 

Regards, Bud Clouse, Dublem Gundogs

A history lesson on influences in the way we train dogs:

Our methods for training have developed over a 20 year period.  I have trained dogs many ways. When I first started training spaniels I was reliant on Gun Dog magazine and Richard Walters book "Gun Dog".  There are many loyal fans of this book.   However, I found the second book I read "Hup" by Jim Spencer to be my handy reference for many years.  Interestingly enough, the first competition I entered was a hunt test with two dogs I trained using that book and unkown to me until I showed up at Don and Pat Bramwell's house, Jim Spencer would be the judge for those two dogs that day.  I learned a lot that weekend from him and made a new friend of Cliff Hankins the co-judge.  I also met Don and Pat Bramwell, who having never met me invited me into their home for the weekend.  (They were not going to let me sleep in my Ford Explorer like I was used to.  In those days, we didn't have much money as a couple both going to college on a single E5 salary.)  I found out quickly that weekend that the springer community is sharing and a small family.

      I remember asking Don Bramwell and Cliff Hankins how to steady a dog.  They said, it is easy.  You go out in the front yard, tell the dog to hup and toss a few pigeons.  Then your dog is steady...shouldn't take more than a few minutes.

My next lessons in training were watching Jim Devoll, Rich Borowiak, Charlie Petrmichl and Gary MacDonald train spaniels.  All great spaniel trainers with plenty of notches .  I was always impressed with the way Rich's dogs looked at him. They loved him and they had a shine in their eye when they watched him.  Ran like demons with style.  The dogs responded because Rich was kind with dogs and trained them rather than forcing them.  

Jim Devoll had a well greased machine.  Tuesday through Friday we trained puppies and Saturday we ran braces.  Usually at least one day during the week we ran braces too.  Jim was like a General or like my own father depending on the situation.  He would bark out at those who would show up late and not catch birds or help with the basic chores that needed to be done to start training.  It only took me a few times of showing up before he told me if I was going to be there I was going to work.  "If you are going to be a club member you will do your share of the work:.  This included cleaning pigeon pens, construction, weed trimming and other needed tasks.  It rapidly transition to him being a mentor and teaching me many lessons about dogs.  Jim's method of teaching was to let the dog learn to hunt; find and chase game.  He would build drive and create a young dog with impeccable pattern and control.  Jim was experienced with using a light-weight cotton check cord.  He would run pups and let them pull a chord until they were bold pulling.  Eventually, he would start turning the dog with the chord until the nicest pip-pip would sharply turn the dog.  Fairly soon the dog would be pulling only a short chord.  

In Tekamah at Dog Tired Ranch, Jim had great help.  He had taken the time to train a cadre of club members on how to train dogs.  Not only that he had a group of crack shots.  Jim always took a ton of time to teach the guns how to shoot for a dog.  Training a dozen or more pups every day plus club dogs would give us all a chance to shoot a lot.  I think I did more than my share of shooting.  I loved it and I think the other guys gave way because they could see it.  Jim wanted birds killed at a reasonable distance for puppies and to give a nice retrieve for big dogs.  Not only did he want them killed at the right distance for the age of the dog and the training at hand.  He wanted it done safely and in proper Spaniel Field Trial format.  On gunning Jim was always kinder to me than most and he made it a point to tell me when I had done the right thing.  I usually knew myself when something not so great had been done; like once when I shot a clip wing pigeon he had thrown for a long retrieve.

From Jim I learned a lot about training, handling and gunning.  He trained dogs to handle to perfection and could guide dog to any spot with body position, whistle or voice.  He taught me how to plant pigeons, pheasants and a lot about cover and wind.  He would correct a dog swiftly and immediately give the dog praise for a positive action.  In those days there were no electric collars used and sometimes the correction was just chasing the dog down and taking it back to the infraction and starting over.

I moved to Colorado and met Tim and Cathy Lindsey.  Great people and wonderful friends.  Tim at that time was running Kidd and Cathy was running Sundance in both hunt tests and field trials.  Kidd was a force and Sundance was well trained and in tune with Cathy.  Training grounds were almost non-existent in Colorado Springs as it is desert type climate.  Tim and Cathy it seemed spent a lot of time on obedience.  They did a lot of yard work and bench work and their dogs responded.  In Nebraska I didn't see anyone working on lines or handling.  I also didn't see people using collars and forcing dogs or yard training with dogs.  I am sure it was happening, I just didn't observe the training.  With Kidd Tim was doing a lot to keep him in trials.  The dog could find game and was a sight to see when he ran.  But, like many trial dogs that have ran so many short courses they start pulling you down the course and to keep playing the game you have to keep the dog from breaking, poaching and pulling.  Tim was doing a great job because he kept Kidd in trials for a long time.  Most of that I believe was due to consistent yard work that was being accomplished.  

My next stop was North Dakota and a chance to train with Tom Ness.  Tom is probably as old school as they come for dog training.  His dogs are always well trained, find birds, have stamina and drive.  Tom showed me wild birds teach dogs; actually this was a reminder of my own observation but he en-grained that thought.  He also showed me working multiple dogs at the same time builds steadiness.   He showed me sometimes it is no big just move on to the next one and fix the problem tomorrow.  Tom taught me that chuckar and quail are good for the flush and can be used to steady a spaniel.  It has to be done right, in the right cover and with proper technique.  But, they both have their use in training if done properly.  Tom says, 1) they have to want to run 2) they have got to be able to find birds.  3) they have to have stamina and endurance.

In North Dakota we met Chris and Mary Farmer at Tom and Robin's house.  This was a key turning point on my perception of dogs.  Chris invited us to visit Wales and we spent nearly a month traveling and looking at dogs, watching trials and hunting.  It was the time of a lifetime for Melissa and I.  Chris, Mary and their family treated us wonderful.  Chris and Mary's family own a property that is quite picturesque with a castle on it.  Chris and a small group use this property to put on a shoot.  While I was there we would walk the perimeter of the property to push the game back to food plots.  We would also check the feeders and water.  I wasn't exactly a game keeper but got a glimps of some techniques they use for keeping.  I was impressed with the ability to move the game about and keep it in a location. I was also enlightened to the amount of varmint control required for game keeping.  This is alarming to me because of my understanding of the amount of trapping in the US.  It is my perception that varmint control and trapping is on decline in the US.  I was very impressed at the keenness of the dogs and sharpness of control.  At this point my expectations of dogs was set.  

My last assignment in the Air Force was to USSSTRATCOM in Omaha Nebraska.  We called Ralph Palmer, one of the founding members of the English Springer Spaniel Club of Eastern Nebraska, because of his knowledge of the local real estate market, understanding of dog needs and his connection to the USAF as a retired Lt Col.  We ended up living quite close to Ralph and have become wonderful friends.  Our kids think of Ralph and Pat as Grand Parents of sorts and Ralph sure provides me advice on order of a father at times.  The first few years in Nebraska Ralph and I trained very hard.  We both look back and comment on how much we used to do and still get all of our other work done.  

I was always impressed with Ralph Palmer and Charlie Petermichl  and their ability to only run in a couple trials every year, yet place dogs basically at will.  They always come with dogs that are in it to win.  There are many reasons that they can do this that I won't get into here, but a few of the reasons as I see it are:  start with great dogs, high expectations and consistent obedience based on a strong foundation. 

Ralph is a constant mentor to me when it comes to both dogs and life.  He knows an incredible amount about dogs.  He has campaigned Weimeraners, English Pointers, English Springer Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, English Cocker Spaniels and Border Collies.  His knowledge of dog behavior is quite broad.  

I could make of  long list of the things Ralph has taught me but I will save that for another day.  There is one observation I would like to make though.  That is there is a consistent thread through all of the great people who I have met that did a nice job training dogs.  One is that they have an eye for a good dog and seek them.  Also, they have high expectations to win.  Finally, they are consistent and fair to their animals; at least fair in their terms.

 I will expand on this and discuss Robert Milner and Gary Youngson.  But, for now I want to close with a segment on my current philosophy on training and append it with Robert Milner's 5 points for training.

We follow these basic principles when training spaniels, cockers, labradors and other breeds.  

1. Start with high quality genetics - natural hunt whether it be pointer, retriever or spaniel.  

2. Imprint very young with smells and sounds.

3. Use high praise positive methods and train well bred dogs at a young age.

    - Teach sit, hup, whoa, whistle stop early

    - Introduce to gun and water early

4. Use blinds and memories in high volume and limit marked retrieves.

5. Lots of dummies and mix in birds.

Teach the dog what you want it to do along the way instead of putting in drive and "breaking" dogs.  If you watch our puppy training videos you will see the 5 basic principles that Mr. Milner outlines below in practice.  Kind Regards, Bud Clouse of Dublem Gundogs

A thought...a lot of guys go out to a training field and do the same thing over and over or go through the motions.  From Gary McDonald: "You have got to have a plan."  

Reprinted with Permission of Robert Milner of Duckhill Kennels. 

1. Early development of learning process – Puppies should learn early that they can “buy” rewards (treats) by offering behavior. He should sit to get every meal. You should teach other behaviors with treat reward. Some examples might be: stay, crawl, jump up on platform, roll over, etc. The more behaviors a young puppy learns, the easier will be his later training.
2. Get steady early – every unrestrained retrieve trains pup to break. As soon as pup is retrieving eagerly, you should begin restraining him for a gradually increasing time period before releasing for the retrieve. My milepost is a 30 ft retrieve, with pup restrained 30 seconds and confident enough to hunt after release for 30 seconds for the dummy.
3. More dummies; less birds – Establish the behaviors of retrieving and delivery to hand using dummies. After the behaviors are well established and habits are strong, use some birds. Used too early in pup’s training, birds tend to create problems, such as running off to the bushes with the bird, mouth problems, and unsteadiness. Birds are a giant leap in distraction level.
4. More Blinds; Less marks –
The primary value of a marked retrieve should be as a reward for sitting quietly during and after the fall. Beyond that marks have a negative value with respect to teaching pup to stop on the whistle and take a cast. Every mark pup completes trains him a little more to find the prey without help from the handler. The goal of hand signals is to train pup to take directional casts from the handler toward the prey.
5. Whistle stopping and hand signals. Get it established close. Then get it established close with high distraction. Establishing the whistle stopping and casting behaviors close to you allows you to deliver reward effectively. Exposing to high distraction levels while still close to you prepares the dog for the distraction level offered by distance.

·         Robert Milner

Native Performance Dog Food and Scheels Sporting Goods


Dublem Gundogs recently represented Native Performance Dog Food at the Scheels Sporting Goods Waterfowl Expo in Omaha Nebraska.  This was a Great event with the Dock Dog Championship series taking center stage.  Most everyone has seen dock dogs in action on television by now; it is a mobile erected pool with a simulated dock.  Dogs are scored on how far they jump.  My son Jacob was set to compete with our 16 week old English Springer Spaniel "Angus".  Angus took some tries at the practice height and had premium entries and was a crowd hit.  At the elevated scoring platform his excitement did not compensate for his apprehension.  He went in with some coercion but it was not spectacular by any means. 


Dublem's Tina was a hit with everyone.  At 12 weeks old our British Labrador Retriever "Tina" was a draw to the Native booth.   The ladies and children petted and played with her and Tina just ate it up.  It gave me an opportunity to talk about Native with the owners of existing dogs and their pet food needs.  Also, gave me the opportunity to talk a bit about the British Labrador Retriever Society and British Labrador Retriever Club of Nebraska.  We are excited about the interest in both of these organizations.  In addition, we were able to display our properly bred british labrador retriever, english springer spaniel and english cocker spaniels for the public.


We were able to talk a lot about Native dog food on behalf of Kent and represent the company through display of our well-nourished dogs.   There were lots of positive comments on coat, teeth, muscle tone and overall health of our dogs.  Native dog Food is easy to talk about because it is a great product.  No preservatives, all meat with no soy, corn or wheat.  Soy, corn and wheat as filler is not terribly healthy for dogs and is a common reason for skin allergies.  We had many people talking to us about their dogs with skin allergies.  For them a switch to Native lamb and rice formula is a practical solution.  For meat allergies Native’s lamb and rice product helps dogs that have chicken allergies. 


Another great benefit that is easy to talk about with Native is that the calorie per cup and digestibility is high.  Because of the high digestibility of the Native food, it is a cost effective product when compared to other manufacturers in the same price point.  This is because you can feed less food for the same nutritional amount as compared to a similar foods by other manufactures that use corn, wheat and soy.


Great weekend for Scheels and Native as Scheels sold out of dog food during the event.  Scheels put on a great event with duck calling seminars and events for youth.  In addition, the sales on great gear like Mud River products was were a tremendous hit as water fowlers are buying gear for the upcoming season.


We have a couple more local events this fall and a few national events planned.  The events planned for sportsmen have great value if you are looking to buy a product, gain knowledge or meet industry experts.  Make sure you check out Pheasant Fest 2012 in Kansas City KS if you have the opportunity.


Regards, Bud Clouse Dublem Gundogs

17 July 2011 - Cabela's -- The World's Foremost Outfitter   

Last month at the Lavista, Nebraska Cabela's, I had the opportunity to do some demonstrations and talk to customers about hunting dogs and hunting dog training.  Ffynongain Jackson of Willinghurt "Todd" of Dublem Gundogs accompanied me to greet Cabela’s customers.  It was really a great experience; at Cabela’s, everyone coming in was for the most part an outdoors enthusiast and could appreciate Todd as an excellent specimen of Labrador.  I was able to talk with a lot of avid outdoorsmen and women during our short seminar period.  Many of Cabela's customers that stopped to chat with us had hunting dogs and wanted to know training tips.  Others customers had hunting dogs but were looking to potentially add a new hunter, upgrade to a second hunting dog or retire an old timer to the couch. 

During our seminar we constantly got two questions the first being, “are all of your Labradors so calm, we have never seen a Labrador like this?” At Dublem Gundogs we breed the British Labrador Retriever and in our experience our Labradors are calm or biddable, healthy and perform at a high level in the field with natural ability.  The second question we got was and “what is the difference between a British Labrador and an American Labrador or a “regular Labrador”?”  For registration purposes bench Labs, British Labs and American Field Trial labs are all registered with the Kennel Club or the AKC under the same breed.  However as with the Show and Field differences, there are differences with a British Labrador.  In the most basic definition, a British Labrador is a Labrador that has on its pedigree parents or Grand Parents that have been imported from the UK.  That is the basic definition but the detailed reason for the explanation lies in how hunting is done in the UK and the stakes that are involved.  The wealthiest hunt and the hunt is a social event and a harvest.  In the UK you can go into a grocery and during harvest there will be pheasant and harvested duck next to the chicken.  It is a way of life that permeates through the country side.  Because of this and the method of harvest in the UK for generations they have looked for specific traits.  In the UK and by enthusiasts in the US, the British Field Labrador is bred to work in a super high distraction field environment in a calm manner and perform at a high caliber.

It was really great to show off our British Labrdor Retriever Todd to the public.  Unfortunately with the poor weather over night I opted to limit my group and not bring an English Springer Spaniel or an English Cocker Spaniel to demonstrate.   We are working towards other seminars this summer; check out our Facebook page for announcements on specifics and locations. - Bud



17 July 2011 -  Todd and I recently participated in a Bark for a Cure event at the Lied Center in Bellevue NE.  We were able to do some minor exhibitions and demonstrate Todd's manners and skills at retrieving and handling.  What a nice time the host and other participants were gracious and asked me a lot of questions about British Labradors and training techniques for obedience and hunting.


Bark for a cure is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.  By supporting Bark for a Cure, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ulitimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.


Looking forward to similar events through the year. - Bud

Posted 07:54 PM May 28, 2011

Difference Between an English Springer Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel?

What is the difference between a Field Bred English Springer Spaniel  and a Field Bred English Cocker Spaniel?

We have a hunting dog training and breeding kennel in Omaha, Nebraska that offers English Springer Spaniels and English Cocker Spaniels.  I have been a gun over, trained, and hunted with both cockers and springers.  Also, competed with and judged AKC field trials for both breeds.  A well-bred and well trained English Springer Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel are both fine gentlemen and hard core hunting dogs.   Because we breed and train both we get clients who don’t quite know what they want who call and ask us about both.  They then ask us which is best for them.  Our response is always come see both inside the house, in the field and in the kennel and then you decide which one fits your family situation.

So what are the differences?  The most obvious is that on average the cocker is smaller than the springer by about 10-15 lbs.  The two breeds tend to have some disposition differences with the cocker being a bit more of a character.  Some have claimed the springer tends to train easier.  I think this is a field trial comparison and maybe for the average gundog with less pressure the trainer may have equal or better luck with a cocker.  In general, in the field cockers I hear of less reported medical issues.  However, this could be because there is a better sampling and larger following of springer breeders doing more exhaustive testing.

Let me tell you the things I like about cockers.  While a good springer spaniel will hunt hard, it will tend to be a work horse that has endurance and drive.  On the other hand, A good cocker will go and go too, but it has a different attitude which has an appearance of tenacity; the good ones seem to have heart.   Many people say they wouldn’t want a cocker because they lack endurance and can’t stand up to the heavy cover.  However, Cockers do fantastic in heavy cover and will outlast a larger breed of flushing  dog like a labrador in many cases.  The cocker is not plowing through the cover, they are running under, over or weaving through it.  Many guide operations in North Dakota and South Dakota are relying on English Cockers specifically because of their endurance, close working and ability to find game.  This brings up another important aspect and that is cockers tend to hunt a bit closer than a springer of equal caliber.  This is good for the average or less than average gun.  Cockers tend to be methodical weaving in and out and hitting clumps, they are excellent in thickets and wooded areas, making them a favorite of grouse hunters.  I am also asked about concerns of a small cocker’s ability to pick up a cock pheasant; no need to worry because the fireballs hoist them up and do a fantastic job both marking and retrieving.   Cockers compete head to head in Canadian Spaniel field trials and hold their own handily.  Cockers have won the national championship in Canada against their springer counterparts.   I would say in general I would characterize the cocker as being tenacious and small with a bit of clownish character built in.   For you men trying to get a hunting dog in the house and failing time after time when you show your wife that cute chessie or labrador picture…try a cocker.   You will both be happy; her with a small dog and you with a super hunter.

So the Springers, are my breed of choice and find a fond place in my heart so I can only speak highly of them.  They are pleasant, hard working and suitable for most game; rabbit, quail, grouse, duck, pheasant, and even the occasional goose.  A good one is hard to beat both in the house and in the field.  Clients who are concerned of size need not be worried most of the time about the size of a springer in most situations.  Maybe in a small apartment or special circumstances a cocker may prove an advantage but in general the average size springer will pose little problems for size.

This all comes back to my initial advice, find a competent breeder and go to their house.  Look at the sire and the dam in the home, in the kennel and working game.  Then decide which on is right for you, in most cases it will be a personality thing that bonds an owner to a specific breed so spend some time with them.

Bud Clouse,
Dublem Gundogs
Posted 07:54 PM May 28, 2011
Spring Training for Your Hunting Dog

If you are like me, then you are starting to get a bit of spring fever.  You are mowing the lawn, gardening, and getting in a little fishing.  Now is the best time to start doing some serious Hunting Dog Training with your buddy to condition him for the fall season.

In August and September it is often too hot to train your gundog effectively.  During that time, I work on conditioning through both running the dog and swimming the dog.  I use this time to work on water retrieves and to also do a bit of formal obedience in the comfort of a shade tree.

In April, May, Jun and July in most of the United States dogs can be worked in moderate heat and in medium to low cover during shortened training sessions.  This is a good time to be working a puppy that is age 8 month to 16 months and may be headed into its first hunting season.  If that is the case you should be teaching the dog to find game and accomplishing bird introduction.  In addition, you will want to do the most important thing in any hunting dogs training and that is to accomplish proper shot introduction.  Plus, teaching quartering (to include whistle training) is in order.  With the warm weather here, introduction to water can and should be accomplished for all hunting dogs even if you are not a waterfowl enthusiast.

For the dogs on their second year of hunting, refinement and advanced lessons can be accomplished.  You should consider “fixing” those things you didn’t like from the first season.  Maybe working on a bit more control with your dog, fixing a sloppy retrieve or just teaching the dog to get in and out of the truck in an orderly manner.  If you are an advocate of the electric collar a full conditioning with additional obedience can be performed in the off season.  This can be followed by steading your dog to wing and shot, either with or without a collar depending on your preference.  Whatever methods you use better obedience, higher expectation and a fit hunting dog should be your goal going into the second season.

Spring is a great time to get involved in some of the field trial and hunt test games.  We like British Labradors, English cocker spaniel and English springer spaniel Field trials, but the Hunt Tests are great fun and a nice way to get into field events.  The field events run late into the spring in most climates and you can drive to the northern states if you wish to compete later into the summer and in early fall.  Have fun with your dog this summer and start getting ready now to aid in great hunts this fall.

Bud Clouse,
Dublem Gundogs
Posted 08:13 AM May 15, 2011
Shots, Vaccines and Puppy Care

You have your new puppy home and now you must care for him.  We can assume that your breeder did the things required to start your puppy off properly for a good healthy foundation.  You should get a copy of the puppy’s vaccination record and worming schedule from your breeder to provide to your veterinarian. 

Your new puppy is most likely 7 to 10 weeks of age depending on where you live and the circumstances that you purchased your puppy.  He should have been wormed and vaccinated.  We like to worm the puppies three to four times before they go home and give them two series of vaccines.  We use a 5-way puppy shot that excludes leptospirosis as recommended by current veterinary practice.  The most important care your puppy can get until it is about 6-10 weeks of age is prenatal care.  The mother if vaccinated and wormed will pass fewer parasites to the puppies and will pass a passive immunity to the puppies through nursing.  The puppy shots provided by the breeder begin the development of an active immune system in your puppy.  A critical shot for your puppy is a 7-way (including lepto) at around 10-12 weeks of age with a shot following that one by 2 weeks.  This series of shots are the basis for your puppies active immune system, against those 7 common dog risks.  Worming can be accomplished by your Vet at the time of the puppy shots and a monthly regiment can then begin and administered by you.

-   7 way puppy shot at two week intervals around 11 and 13 weeks of age.

-   Two series of wormer followed by monthly preventative.

-   Lyme vaccination, 2 series at 3 weeks apart, depending on your area of country; consult your Vet.

A separate rabies shot will need to be administered to your puppy.  The current standard is between 12 weeks and 1 year.  Some of this depends on where in the country you live and what your local code is so check your regulations and risks with experts in your area.  We like to give Rabies at 16-20 weeks to separate the shots further.  This is considered a 1 year vaccine and immunity is considered increased by a booster at 12 months.  We use a schedule with our adults of every three years for rabies.  This meets the manufactures suggested intervals, local code and our risk to contact is lower than in some areas.   For us it is a balance of protecting the animal from disease and not overexposing the dog to “extra” vaccine.  There are studies that show evidence that over vaccinating can cause immune system compromise.  Some municipalities require annual rabies vaccine.

-   Rabies shot at 12-52 weeks of age, according to local code and practice. 

Heartworms are a very serious risk for dogs.  Modern preventatives greatly reduce the risk of the dog contracting heartworms.  You can purchase heartworm medication that is given to your dog on a monthly schedule from your veterinarian or from a local outlet.  Some heartworm tablets include an active ingredient that also kill round worms and other parasites and reduces the need for other wormers.

-   Heartworm preventative based on veterinarian recommendation.  Usually, monthly following first visit.

Spay and Neuter is a personal informative choice based on responsibility.  If you have intention to breed your animal, be responsible and do you research and become very knowledgeable.    There are conflicting studies on the health of your animal based on spay and neuter.  Some show reduced risk of disease such as mammary gland cancer and uterine infections.   Other studies show conflicting data.  A clear reason to spay or neuter is the lack of desire to properly become an informed breeder or no intention of having the dog bred.  In this case, spay and neuter should be considered.  It will reduce the risk of mixed breed accidental breeding that may be difficult to home and the owner is ultimately responsible to care for.  Spay and neuter will reduce some unwanted behaviors and issues associated with heat cycles and intact males.

-   Consider having your pet spay or neutered at 4 months based on your responsible decision.  Consult your vet with your choice.

This should cover the basics of what you need to do with your new puppy to ensure it is healthy and happy.  If you have any questions contact us or your local Veterinarian.


Posted 05:15 AM May 11, 2011

A List of Items for a New Hunting Dog (Puppy)
So you just bought your new puppy.  What will you need the first few days?  There is a lot of marketing out there for dogs and we want to provide you some information based on what we have learned to enable your choices.   Below I will provide you a lot of links and recommend a few business, with the exception of Native we do not have a business relationship with these companies; only value their products or service.

Minimum you will want a crate, food and pans.  Stainless steel style pans are easy to keep sanitary, they are durable and the dog can not chew off pieces.  Be careful not to get a crate that is too large; they take up a lot of space and the crate is not meant to be a place that the dog exercises or lives in.  A medium for a cocker, intermediate for springer and large for labrador is more than adequate your puppy to spend the day or sleep in at night.  Finally, there are many outstanding foods out there.  We recommend  But, the most important thing is you find a food that is convenient and of quality ingredients.   You can find dog food reviews at

Next on the list you can add a light collar and a light leash.  We recommend you buy your equipment from one of your local retailers if possible.  However, dog supplies can be a novelty and you may need to seek out a larger outlet like Cabela’s.  Two great online sources are and   For the leash, a light slip lead 4’ in length is adequate.  If you are using a collar a light nylon leash with a steal snap will function nicely.  Nylon , leather or plastic collars all function well.  For hunting we recommend the collars with a safety swivel loop in the center.  If the dog hangs up on an underwater or obstacle when out of sight  the collar flips to release as the dog fights the snag.  We recommend against the retractable leads as they can create bad habits for the dog and owner that are counterproductive to obedience training.   If you prefer leather equipment, Hortons (local to Omaha) is a world leader in leather products.

Next, we recommend you add some basic training tools.  A couple of tennis balls, a small canvas puppy bumper and an acme 210 or a british buffalo horn whistle.  These whistles won’t drive you or your hunting partner crazy during training and have a pitch like a hawk that is said to hold pheasants.  You can find these at Cabela’s, Scheels, BassPro locally and online at Gundogsonline and Gundogsupply. 

I want to leave you with a caution.   While your puppy is a bit rugged they can get themselves into some trouble.   Puppies will chew and occasionally eat random things.  Be careful about the bedding you choose and the toys you give them for their safety. 

It is exciting that you have a new puppy and there is a lot of fun training ahead of you.  They are eager to learn and you only need a few items to get your puppy comfortable in his new home and started in training.  Good Luck!


Posted 03:45 PM May 10, 2011

Announcing Two Time British Labrador Retriever Association Field Trial Winner at Stud:
2xBLRA FTW Ffynongain Jackson of Willinghurt "Todd"

We imported Todd from Northern Scotland in 2010. We were lucky to have the opportunity to purchase him from a great trainer and field trialer in the UK. Todd is a handsome, strong dog that desires to work hard in the field.   BVH Hip score of 3/4 equivalent to OFA "Excellent".

Todd comes from an outstanding pedigree. Within the first 30 dogs of his pedigree there are 26 Field Trial Titled dogs and 4 brood bitches. He comes from the Ffynongain Kennels. His sire is out of Lavanghile Kennel (Lavanghile Peacock) which has produced several FTCh, FTW's over the year's. Dogs produced at their kennel dominated the National in 2010.

Todd's confirmation is excellent, with a very attractive square head, broad chest, and extremely muscular feature's, making him an excellent example of a properly bred British Field lab. Todd is a very well behaved a true gentleman. His weight is 64 lbs. He is extremely quiet, with a calm temperament.

Todd is an excellent game finder, and a pleasure to watch work. He does an amazing job on non-slip waterfowl and upland game. 

Field Trial Results:Todd placed 1st in his first U.S. Field Trial in a BLRA event at Duckhill kennel in Tennessee after being handled in the US for only 2 months.  He has gone on to place 1st and 2nd in his only two other trials at the British Labrador Retriever Club of Eastern Nebraska.

Posted 10:04 AM March 29, 2011

Announcing British Labrador Retriever Puppies Available as of 1 Dec 2011
Puppies out of our import 2xBLRA FTW Ffynongain Jackson of Willinghurt "Todd" .  Dublem Gundogs has used our dog Todd to breed to several british labradors females this spring.  In house we wil have litters out of our very own "Lucy" and "Polly".  These are impecable lines, healthy, happy, natural, biddable.  If you are looking for a world class british labrador puppy this spring at an affordable price with full registration check us out.  These dogs typically produce half black/half yellow litters.  Check out our website to see puppies from previous breedings.  Deposit of $200 will reserve your puppy. 
Announcing Started English Springer Spaniel Puppies as of 1 Dec 2011

Meg and Percy.  These puppies will be packed with natural drive to hunt and retrieve.  They will be pleasant to be around. Contact Dublem Gundogs for more infomation.  

Bud Clouse

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