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Hunting dogs must be prepared for the hunt

hunting with dogs

Get ready, get set, hunt! What if it were really that easy? 

I just got back from my first bird hunt of the season and started to think about what made it a great time. The basics are good dogs, good friends and a good plan.

The planning actually has to come first. One component that often gets over looked is making sure that our dogs are ready for a full day in the field.  

In mid-Fall in the Dakotas you can start the morning with three layers and be down to a T-shirt by mid-day. It’s important to make sure our dogs are in proper condition by hunting season.

Our English Springers, Sabre and Lady, stay in good condition due their ability to be outdoors better than half the time around our home where there is plenty of room to exercise. If you have a Springer or have been around them, you already know they will find something to keep them moving! 

Exercise is key in making sure both you and your dog are in shape to travel up to 12 miles a day in 85 degree heat or 30 degree cold. As with humans, regular exercise that pushes a dog’s cardio helps them perform with these extreme temperature swings.

In order to have the strength and stamina for hunting, a good diet is fundamental. Hubbard Life’s Premium Adult Dog Food is made with high quality meat and bone meal to insure that each bite provides the needed protein, energy, minerals and vitamins your dog requires to build the stamina long days in the field require. 

When in the field, be prepared to take care of your valued friend. In the region we hunt, anything from rattle snakes to cactus can ruin a good day. Rattle snake vaccines are now available if you plan on venturing into the Plains where they live.  The vaccine is a two-shot series taken four weeks apart. 

Speaking of shots, make sure all your dog’s shots are up to date and that your dog has had a regular health check before venturing afield. Keep in mind that water may not be readily available. Just like you, your dog will not do well if not kept hydrated. So be sure to carry plenty of water. To keep them from over-heating give water often during the day. Another consideration is to slow the hunt down and take more breaks.

Proper planning and being prepared in the field will make your outdoor adventure a success. Enjoy it with your friends and your dogs!

Visit for more information about nutrition for all your pets!

Posted on 10/27/2011 by Dr. Dave Whittington  |  Category: Dog
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Dog Behavior: Why do dogs chew, dig and lick?

If you’re like me, you’ve wondered why dogs do certain things. For instance, why do puppies chew on everything? Why do dogs dig holes? And why do dogs lick people?

People who study and specialize in dog behavior have weighed in on these questions. Let’s look at chewing, digging and licking in the canine world:


Why do puppies chew on everything? It seems they do this out of curiosity and to entertain themselves. Many things go straight to the mouth when puppies encounter something. Think about it though, when you hand something to a baby, what is the first thing they do with it? They chew on it to explore what it is. Our baby canines follow a similar pattern. 

The trouble is they don’t know how to distinguish their toys from the things they shouldn’t chew on, like shoes and furniture and electrical cords. To learn what you can do about your puppies’ behavior read more at


Dogs cannot seem to help themselves when it comes to digging holes. This leaves the lawn a mess with ankle-turning craters all over. This has frustrated many dog owners.

Some breeds are naturally drawn to digging while others just get bored. Dogs are social animals and if they are left alone for long periods without people or other dogs around they may turn to digging. Other dogs hunt for rodents or food. We’ve all seen a dog find a great spot in the lawn to dig a hole and bury a bone or other food for safekeeping. 


Does your dog lick you? If so, you are loved by your pet according to the experts. 

Your dog could be licking for attention or to get something they want. Licking becomes their substitute for speaking in many cases. The licking nature of dogs is really quite normal and expected.

I found an interesting source of suggestions and answers to these and other curious questions at the website

Here at Hubbard Life, we specialize in canine nutrition.

Did you know puppies' nutrient requirements their first year of life are twice that of adult dogs? They need a higher level of protein to develop strong muscular systems. Since puppies are so active, they require more energy, especially during this rapid stage of growth.

Generally, puppies will start consuming dry or moistened puppy food at three to four weeks of age. They should be allowed to consume all they want until weaning, usually at six to eight weeks of age.

Feed puppies up to six months of age all the dry or moistened food they will consume three times daily. Puppies may be fed moistened or dry food twice daily from six to twelve months. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Take care not to feed larger breed dogs a puppy feed past about six months to help keep leg and structure problems to a minimum.

For more tips about feeding your pets, see the Tips & Tools section at

Posted on 10/19/2011 by Amy Brown  |  Category: Dog
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Horse Protein: Calculating the difference in feed nutrition

We horse owners often judge a feed by the first number we see, which is the crude protein percentage. Doing so is a little like judging a book by its cover; there can be so much more!

Although protein is listed as a percentage on feed tags, the National Research Council’s (NRC) latest recommendation for horses lists the protein requirement unit in grams. To understand how much protein to feed a horse, we need to do some math and further reading. 

Many people think that a 30 percent protein feed is way too much for a horse to handle. If one looks a little closer, the tag of Hubbard Life’s 30% Supplement indicates that a 1,100-pound horse should consume one pound per day. Thirty percent of one pound is 136 grams of protein.

Comparatively, if a horse owner feeds a 10 percent horse feed at 7 pounds per day they would be feeding the horse 317 grams of protein, over twice as much. As you can see, just looking at the top line of a feed tag does not tell the whole story.

The daily requirement for a lightly working 1,100-pound horse is 699 grams, according to the 2007 NRC recommendations. Average mixed hay is about 17 percent protein. Feeding 15 pounds of hay alone can deliver 1,157 grams of protein to a horse.

Understanding the protein content and feeding rates of all the feed sources a horse has access to is key to achieving the proper protein ratio. 

I encourage horse owners to keep reading the ingredients all the way down the feed tag, because while protein is very important in growing strong healthy animals, there are many other nutritional goodies to be found in Hubbard Life horse feeds, including the yeast, biotin and chelated minerals.

Hubbard Life’s nutritionists can help horse owners calculate the right protein balance for their horse’s unique nutritional needs.

Read more about the nutrient requirements for horses in the NRC’s latest horse publication, available at this website:

Posted on 10/12/2011 by Sharon Kill  |  Category: Equine
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