I have been getting my bird dog supplies from Lion Country for over 25 years. It was time for this pup to get her first collar and so I brought her in for some Lion Country personal touch. Continue reading →
This Christmas season finds me soul searching. Suffice it to say that my extended western hunting and fishing trips agreed with me. At age 65 I think it’s time I begin looking for my successor. My doctors and wife concur. This presents a once in a lifetime opportunity I would like to extend to my loyal customers and supporters first.
If you think you have the ability and the backing to be the next owner of “The World’s Premier Hunting Dog Supplier”, I’d like to hear from you. Just send me a letter to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining your background and why you are qualified and I’ll get back to you.
All that aside. Merry Christmas and hug your dog for me. Enjoy what’s left of the hunting seasons!
Fall is in full swing and large game hunting season are quickly approaching. During these hunting seasons, do not forget to consider your dog’s safety. Eager hunters can easily mistake dogs for game, especially if your dog is brown like a deer or black like a black bear. Following the safety tips below will ensure your dog stays safe during these hunting seasons.
Do not let dogs off-leash
One of the easiest safety precautions is not letting your dog off-leash while in areas that could be hunting areas for large game. Keeping your dog on leash will keep them close by. Having your dog close will make it easier and quicker for hunters to identify them as dogs.
Wear bright color vests on your dogs
Wearing a bright color vest on your dog like our LCS Bird Dog Armor Vest or Ten Mile Dog Safety Vest will allow your dog to be seen and identified at great distance. The bright orange color of these vests are the same color orange that other hunters are required to wear during hunting season. This same safety color orange association will be quickly made by hunters ensuring your dog’s safety.
Wear bells on your dogs
Having your dog making noise as they run is a great way to alert hunters that it is not game. A dog running through the woods sounds like big game coming, and will make hunters antsy. Having the bell on the dog will announce its location to the hunter and alert them that it is not game. We sell a variety of Dog Bells to choose from, ranging in a variety of tones.
Stay out of hunting areas
If possible, the best way to keep your dog safe is to ultimately just stay out of hunting areas during big game seasons. This will be best for your dog’s safety as well as be less invasive to hunter’s hunting areas.
Whichever method or combination of methods that you choose, always remember to be mindful of your dog and people around you while being considerate to hunters. To the hunters reading this, good luck this season and to the dog men, stay safe. Comment below with your methods and tips for staying safe during hunting season. Thank you for reading.
Our LCS Shotgun Primer Inserts allow you to train your dog using a lower cost and more efficient alternative to buying a primer pistol or other blank pistol. Shotgun Primer Inserts can be used in any training activity where you would normally need a shotgun like gun-shy training and simulating a shot for retrievers, giving your dog a more realistic training scenario using your hunting shotgun or a shotgun of your choosing. Professional trainers often use shotguns instead of a blank pistol because it teaches the dog to follow the direction that the gun barrel is pointed. This is great training to prepare a dog for retrieving from a blind or heavy cover. Our specially designed brass inserts are designed to fit perfectly into any breach-loading shotgun and has a CNC machined socket for any standard sized 209-shotgun primer. Continue reading →
When I was a kid, a rainy day could put me into a funk. I would stare out the window in disbelief that the skies had conspired against me. Ideally, I felt, it should rain at night and be nice during the day. It is nice to believe that I have overcome this attitude, but I know that I still can get upset if the weather does not cooperate with my scheduled hunts and time off from work. I will often go afield in the cold and wet, choosing to agree with the Norwegians who say “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” To that end, the new technology such as Gore-Tex and similar products is great for permitting forays afield in inclement conditions. So too is wool, a material that I like better than any other for hunting. It can rain, sleet, and snow and I will still go afield. But I still get upset when it is hot, like it has been recently. 80 degrees in October is not my idea of autumn. Continue reading →
“Take care of your feet and they’ll take care of you”, anyone with a working or hunting dog knows the truth of that statement. At Lion Country Supply we carry a variety of products to help condition, toughen, heal and protect your dogs feet throughout the season. Here is a breakdown of their attributes and how they can help you and your dogs throughout the season.
- Tuf-Foot – If you use it daily for a couple of weeks, then 2-3 times per week as maintenance you can keep sensitive pads in excellent condition. Made from a combination of herbs and balsams that aboriginal tribes used on their feet to withstand injury in the harsh outback. Tuf-Foot has been recommended by trainers for many years. The formula will stain so I apply it outside before training or hunting, it dries very quickly and doing it this way I haven’t had any problems. It’s guaranteed to toughen soft, tender pads as well as protect them from cracking, bruises and soreness. It is also a proven healing agent for cuts and scratches. Tut-Foot can be used on all domestic animals and humans and the formula contains no harmful chemicals. Size: 8 oz.
- Mushers Secret – Originally developed for use with sled dogs, it provides tenacious protection even in the most extreme conditions. Use in summer to protect against hot pavement, sand, and sand burn. Use in winter to protect against snow, ice, road salt and cracking pads. As soon as there is any snow on the ground Musher’s Secret is a part of every hunt for me and my dog. Snow packing between a dogs toes quickly becomes ice and will eventually spread out the dogs toes causing irritation, sores and cuts. With Mushers Secret a dense wax barrier forms a breathable bond with your dog’s paws. This semi-permeable shield is absorbed into the paws, allowing perspiration to escape through the toe. It’s safe, natural, and made from a blend of several food-grade waxes, including Viatmin E. Available in 60g or 200g container.
- Bag Balm – A true classic produced in Vermont for over 100 years. You can use Bag Balm after a day of hunting to promote healing of cuts and scrapes on dogs and people. It goes on fast—and stays on! Choose from 1oz or 8oz. Container
- Pad Heal – Pad Heal offers superb protection for hunting, working, racing or endurance dogs. It conditions, repairs, and strengthens any splits in pads or webbing and creates a germ and water resistant barrier. I appreciate that Pad heal won’t wash off in water or wet conditions. It can also be used as a conditioner to prevent injury or damage to the paws. I applied Pad Heal daily leading up to hunting season last year and experiences far fewer issue with my dogs feet until the snow started at that point I switched over to Musher’s Secret. It comes with a brush applicator to apply and work into the dogs paws. Make sure you do this outside and give it time to dry properly in order to prevent staining. Size: 8 oz.
As the season progresses a multi-faceted approach is usually the most effective. This year I’ve added Tuf-Foot into our training program and hope that we reap the benefits of the preseason conditioning while hunting season is in full swing. If you are hunting in areas where you are dealing with goat heads, sand burrs and cactus you’ll definitely want to add a good pair of dog boots to your hunting and training kit. You can check those out right here.
It is back to school time, and the first way that I can tell is the lurching-yellow-behemoth school buses that have returned to the highways. School districts may deliberate to get the best educators, but it seems that they draw names out of a hat with names of paroled felons to find the people who will drive their kids to school and back. The bus no longer stops at a “bus stop” but instead will pause every 50 yards, allowing each child to embark from his or her yard. Sometimes the kid isn’t even in the yard, they are in the house and will walk out when the bus approaches. Usually the youngster is wearing a backpack that would cripple a Sherpa, and they take their own sweet time getting to the bus.
There were bus stops when I was a student, way back in the 1900’s. Our parents kicked us out the door and we had to fend for ourselves in the complex social hierarchy that happens when you have 25 kids representing various ages between first and sixth grade. I say various ages, because kids still flunked back then. They might be polite and say “He was left behind,” as if the rapture just happened, but it still meant that you had to repeat a grade. When I was in fourth grade, one of our bus stop bullies was a fifth grader with a mustache. I said goodbye to him on my last day of elementary school, and I went to 7th grade the next year. He was going to do sixth grade again. The high school was for grades 7-12 and was only a couple miles from my house, so we had to walk, which was fine with me. Anyway, in fourth grade our bus driver was named Joan, and she would open the door of the bus with a cigarette balanced on her lip as a wall of smoke, which emanated from the blue haze around her bee hive hair-do, rolled out the door and gave the appearance that the large vehicle had some sort of mechanical problem. “Get in!” she yelled. The last kid in line had to be quick, as she slammed the door on their heels and veered off like the last helicopter out of Vietnam. Continue reading →
Lion Country Supply is proud to be carrying Yeti products, ranging in size and type from an 10 ounce Low Ball to a Tundra 65 cooler. It was only a matter of time until I would have to buy one and join the Yeti club after walking past these products every day, coming in and out of the office. I decided to buy the Yeti Rambler 30 ounce because I stop on my way to work every morning at a local convenience store to get fresh brewed iced tea. The largest cups of tea available are 32 ounce, so the Yeti 30 ounce was the perfect size for what I needed. If 30 ounces is too big for you, we also carry the Rambler 20 ounce.
With the hunting season in full swing last year, my dog and I were hitting it pretty hard. I don’t know how many miles we were covering in a week but I know that my dog easily doubles whatever I walk…probably more. His recovery time was great with a few days of proper rest, but I did notice that occasionally he seemed a little stiff or sore in the morning or after sleeping. This year I’m adding a few supplements to his diet to make sure he’s getting everything he needs to recover properly and feel his best. I’m starting with this package that LCS has put together, it’s a great staring point and helps save a little money as well. Below are are 10 of the best selling supplements LCS offers to keep your hunting buddy feeling great and performing their best.
Our Soft Chews are formulated with a comprehensive blend of Glucosamine, MSM, Perna Canaliculus Chondroitin and Omega-3 Fatty Acids in a great tasting soft chew dogs love.
This is the number one veterinarian recommended joint supplement. We carry it it two versions, chews tabs and a sprinkle capsule.
Chews tabs that include all of the ingredients in Cosequin with some additional ingredients such as ASUs, obtained from avocados and soybeans, and have been shown to protect cartilage which leads to improved joint function. Continue reading →
When an injury occurs on the field, the number one goal is to stabilize the dog until you can get professional treatment. Your canine first aid kit should be stocked so that you are confident you can achieve this goal. A first aid kit for a dog is similar to a first aid kit for a person but it’s a good idea to have one dedicated for your pup and to take it along on all your hunts. While most of the supplies will have a dual purpose and will work on people just as well, the only thing you really don’t want to share is a thermometer, because we take a dog’s temperature rectally! Having a dog thermometer in your first aid kit is important because many canine health emergencies are related to hyperthermia (too hot) or hypothermia (too cold).
The best way to get started is to purchase a dog specific first aid kit. At LCS we carry a variety of options from an small, essentials pack you can carry in your vest, all the way up to a trauma kit. Once you have your kit, open it up and familiarize yourself with it’s contents. The last thing you want to do is open it for the first time during an emergency.
You can also add to any first aid kit that you purchase, here are a few simple items you might consider:
• Duct tape and super glue are kit essentials for things like closing up a wound.
• Hydrogen peroxide is another good crossover item. It’s typically used for cleaning wounds, but if your dog ingests something that it shouldn’t, it also induces vomiting. Use caution, though, because once you induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide, the dog will continue to vomit until there is nothing left. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian about the proper use of hydrogen peroxide in emergency situations.
• Rubbing alcohol is another item that has duel purpose. It can also clean wounds, or you can use it to help cool your dog down because it evaporates faster than water. This is useful in humid environments.
• Many human medication can also be used on dogs. Dogs are the equivalent of a 7-year-old with a fast metabolism. The medicine is absorbed and goes through their system faster than adults. Check with your vet so you understand the effects of various medicines and proper dosages. Children’s Benadryl works well for mild allergic reactions. The common dose for dogs is 1 mg per pound, with a maximum of 50 mg. Buffered aspirin can be used for short term pain management on the way to the hospital. It has to be buffered for dogs and it can only be used for short-term treatment (long-term use can create stomach ulcers).
If you have any questions about any of the first aid kits we carry, click here or give us a call at 800-662-5202.