Bird Dog Training Supplies – My list of Tried and True Gear

Tramp_7318I decided to write a post about the gear I’ve accumulated over these many years.  Initially, those new to training bird dogs may not understand the value of many of these items.  It wasn’t until I really understood how to use the gear properly and was able to see the results in the bird dogs and their growth that I felt comfortable making recommendations to others.

Below is my list of training gear and where it can be purchased.  Most of these links go to Dogs Unlimited for a couple of reasons.  The first reason is Dogs Unlimited is a local Colorado-owned business. I believe in supporting local businesses whenever possible.  The second reason to buy your gear from Dogs Unlimited is the owner and employees are a good, hard-working group!

Training Supplies:

  1. Mud River GWR Handlers Bag – A great gear bag. Buy two, one for your training gear and one for your first aid kit
  2. DT Systems – Natural Flush Remote Bird Launchers (we have one transmitter and two launchers)
  3. Original Game Steward’s Bird Bag
  4. Alfa Starter Pistol
  5. 209 Primers, CCI – 209 Primers
  6. Game Bird Harness (without studs, need a fishing pole to attach to) – Quail and Pigeon
  7. Bird Flight Limiter
  8. Dokken Dead Fowl Trainers (Quail and Pheasant)
  9. PermaTack check cords and collars, www.permatack.com
  10. Garmin Pro 550
  11. Cabela’s 5mm Neoprene Vest Chest Protector
  12. Ruff Wear – Bark’n Boots Grip Trex — Read my “How to get dog boots to stay on your dog’s feet” article!
  13. Field Trial (hunting/flash) Collars – Make sure you order them WITH an address plate
  14. Bird carrier, COOP 10 – Transportation Coop
  15. Dog Stake Out, Stainless Steel, http://www.dogsunlimited.com/i/3070/stainless-steel-dog-stake-out.htm
  16. Whistle and lanyard
  17. A pair of durable, good fitting, leather working gloves
  18. Hunting vest (www.uglydoghunting.com and www.orvis.com for some nice options)
  19. Chaps/brush pants
  20. Tick Key – For proper tick removal, www.tickkey.com
  21. Shotgun (“DUH!” but felt it necessary to add to the list)
  22. BIRDS! – we do our early and steadying bird work with pigeons (Another “DUH!” but felt it necessary to add to the list)
  23. ProSelect Solar Crate Canopy (get the largest size to drap over your car to help keep it cool inside, https://www.petedge.com/zpetedgemain/catalog/productDetail.jsf?wec-appid=PEDM_WEBSHOP_TR&itemKey=005056A633791ED2B58666F47AE70FB3
  24. First aid kit (see the contents of ours below)

You can buy much of this same gear at:

  1. www.lcsupply.com
  2. www.gundogsupply.com
  3. www.cabelas.com

First Aid Kit:

  1. Hemostats/tweezers
  2. EMT gel and spray
  3. Saline solution (for flushing your bird dog’s eyes)
  4. Scissors
  5. Gauze pads
  6. 3M Vet Wrap (Trust us—you’ll NEED this in your kit!)
  7. Cotton balls and swabs
  8. Antibiotics
  9. Antibiotic eye ointment
  10. Duct tape
  11. Flashlight
  12. Clean towels (old t-shirts and socks)
  13. Hydrogen peroxide
  14. Thermometer
  15. Arnica
  16. Traumeel (tabs and gel)
  17. Pepto Bismol
  18. Plastic bags
  19. Bacitracin ointment/NeoSporin
  20. Buffered Aspirin
  21. Benadryl
  22. Tramadol
  23. Staple gun
  24. Kwik-Stop
  25. Epson Salt
  26. Towels
  27. Book on first aid for canines
  28. Pantyhose (for ear wounds/keep the ear safely pinned)

Always bring along:

  1. PLENTY of water
  2. Insect repellent
  3. Portable chairs (sometimes you do need to take a rest!)
  4. Pre-moistened hand wipes
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Food/snacks (the days can be long!)
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