#MomentofChill: Visions of Sugar Plums

Today’s Moment of Chill is perhaps the chillest of them all. Who wouldn’t want to be napping in front of a roaring fire on an incredibly comfortable bed. We hope you have some moments of your own like this over the weekend. . . .

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Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 2: Training is a Lifestyle

Here’s the second episode in our new series of dog-training videos–featuring Ronnie Smith and Susanna Love of Ronnie Smith Kennels. The Smith family is legendary in the dog-training world. Ronnie’s uncle is the bird-dog legend Delmar Smith, recognized as the founder of the Smith Training Method and a Field Trial Hall of Fame inductee. Ronnie has … Continue reading “Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 2: Training is a Lifestyle”

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Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 1: The Mindset of the Dog

Welcome to the new series of dog-training videos–featuring Ronnie Smith and Susanna Love of Ronnie Smith Kennels. The Smith family is legendary in the dog-training world. Ronnie’s uncle is the bird-dog legend Delmar Smith, recognized as the founder . . .

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Male vs. Female Dogs: Which Makes a Better Pet?

Brandy’s owner described her as “a sweet girl.”
Photo by Daynna, Stoney Creek

The age-old question of a male versus a female dog defies a definitive answer—maybe because dogs are individuals, just like humans, and can’t be pigeonholed into gender-specific stereotypes. A better question might be, nature or nurture? Dogs are born with widely varying temperaments related to their breeding. But how dogs are socialized and trained throughout their lives—especially as puppies—has a greater impact than gender on their adult behavior.

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Why Do Dogs Run Away?

 

A runaway dog can be a stressful situation for all involved.

Photo by: Janie, Midland

However much your dog adores you—and the special treats you give her, the games of fetch you play in the back yard, or the behind-the-ear scratches—there’s always a chance she’ll make a break for the door or an opening in the fence. Let’s explore some possible reasons she might abandon her loving family and home.

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Dog Tips: How to Stop Puppies from Biting

Puppies look so cute . . . until they sink those sharp teeth into you.
Photo by Alisa, Rancho Palos Verdes

Teaching your puppy to stop biting starts as soon as you bring home your furry bundle of joy. Or, to put it more accurately: You’ll start teaching your puppy to bite the right things (e.g., her dog toys and dog treats) and keep her choppers off the wrong things (e.g., your fingers and toes). 

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How To Train Your Dog to Sleep in Her Bed

You and your dog might sleep better in separate beds.
Photo by Orvis reviewer gretab

When deciding where your dog should sleep, you may wonder if your bed is better than the couch, or if her bed is better than her crate. It’s really up to you. But once you’ve chosen where you’d like your best friend to “go to bed,” how do you get her on board with the new sleeping arrangement? It’s not always easy or straightforward—but it is possible. 

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How to Choose the Best Hunting Dog


Photo by Mary Beth Monahan

If only choosing the best hunting dog were as straightforward as a dog on point.

But when you start asking around (always a good place to start), you’ll find a dizzying array of opinions at the sporting club or gun range, and over breakfast on opening morning. And you’ll no doubt find yourself on the receiving end of many a tale about great dogs whose legends have grown with time.

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