Welcome New Members
Joseph and Lauren Ross
and their dogs Splash and Patch!!
Congratulations to all High Flyers passing their tests at the
Greater Pittsburgh Golden Retriever Club's Spring Hunt Test.
Janet Saracco and Brio on their AKC Master Hunter pass
Lorraine Fox and her pups Xena and Greta on their Master Hunter Passes
Eileen Sieger and her boy Bubba on his Master Hunter pass and title as well her other lovely boy Doyle on his Junior Hunter pass.
Erik Nilsson and his hunting companion Riley on their Master Hunter pass.
WELL DONE FOLKS!!!
Many thanks to the good folks at the Greater Pittsburgh Golden Retriever Club for an exceptional test and hospitality!
Did you know?
A dog’s whiskers — which are both on the side of its muzzle and above its eyebrows — serve several purposes:
~When a dog is outdoors, its whiskers tell it which direction the wind is blowing — which tells it which directions ever-important smells will be coming from.
~If there are large objects nearby, that deflect the wind direction, a dog can detect the object with its whiskers.
~Finally, if a dog chases an animal into an enclosure — or if it tries to retrieve an object from an enclosure — its whiskers help it to know how large the enclosure is and whether there is room for its muzzle, or even its head.
What's In Your Dog Food?
Ever research what's in your dog's food? Did you know you need to rotate your dog through other types of food to keep him at his best? If the food he is being fed is lacking something he needs he will never get it. If there is something in it that is bothering him he will never get a break from it. Very often dogs kept on the same food for a long time will become allergic to it. At that point they may break out with hot spots or begin scratching for no apparent reason. Instead of racing to the vet try switching them to a grain free diet. Lots of folks feed their dog the same thing for years because "he does fine on it." They don't realize the dog could do better until they upgrade and get off the grain and gluten.
Many owner's of performance dog's are concerned with the protein level in their dog's food. Be aware that there are digestible and undigestible proteins. Lower end food companies will load up on cheap protein in an effort to raise the protein level. You need to do your homework. Meat "meal" is always preferable to just "meat." The ingredients listed on the bag lists ingredients backwards from most to least. So a meat at the beginning looks great. However, that is raw meat before it is made into kibble. That meat is 80% water. So after processing there is much less meat than listed. Meat "meal" has the moisture already removed and can contain up to 300% more protein! These are good proteins to have. Ingredients such as "chicken by product meal" may actually be chicken beaks, feet and feathers. Totally indestible proteins. They could also be organ meat which is a good thing. Call your company and ask if you see this in your ingredient panel.
Lastly, always add water to your pet's kibble. Kidney's need water to process the dry food. Without water they have to work much harder. Many times dogs fed kibble all their lives have kidney problems when they are older. Add as much water as the dog will tolerate. Water consumption after eating isn't the same as having the water in the food.
Check out www.dogfoodadvisor.com and see how your pet's food stacks up!
The High Flyers Hunting Retriever Club, Inc., is a family-orientated club. We welcome anyone who is interested in training their dog for hunting or hunt tests. We are an all-breed club, which means that we include all versatile gun dogs and hunting retrievers.
Our membership includes dogs and handlers of all skill levels. The majority of our members are avid hunters who believe in conserving game by using a well-trained retriever. Some train for hunting exclusively. Other members are just starting with the basics of retriever training with puppies.
Most our members run hunt tests and many have earned titles. In addition to our Hunting Retriever Champions and Master Hunters, we are proud to count as our members several Triple Crown Dogs (HRCH, MH, MHR), Grand Hunting Retriever Champions, dogs that compete in American and Canadian field trials and dogs that have qualified for and passed the Master National.