From birds to BB's, what goes up must come down. Owning a hunting dog is a lifestyle full of adventure, but it doesn't come without its own challenges. Here you'll learn from veterinary insights, professional tips, and the latest information to protect your bird dog's health & maintain that Alpha Status.

  • Have you ever thought that someday your hunting dog could save your life? Let's give a round of 'apaws' for three dog heroes near and dear to our hearts.

    Dog limping in back legs is a common symptom of arthritis. Here's how to tell if your dog's limp is related to arthritis, plus how to treat joint diseases to slow progression.

    You can't go huntin' without a hunting license! Here's what you need to know about the basic rules and regulations for hunting in the USA.

    Are you wondering how to spot the signs of dog joint pain or how to naturally treat joint pain and arthritis in dogs? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Around here, we are a little obsessed with joint pain and osteoarthritis, after all, we’ve made it our mission to help as many dogs as pawsible postpone painful joint and cartilage deterioration while maintaining Alpha status. A lifelong passion for hunting alongside our trusty family dogs has shown us that no matter how well you feed, exercise and treat your...

    The right food for bird dogs can make your four-legged partner stronger and sharper in the field while extending quality of life. Read on to learn why and how.

    Sometimes things simply go your way, as they certainly did for The Upland Hunter & his English Setter Trigger on this epic woodcock hunt. 

    If you've followed us for any amount of time, you know how big we are into waterfowl hunting all over the country. It's our passion, and in the fall you can almost always find us in a duck blind.   That's why we're so excited about a new blog called "The Waterfowl Hunter" that was started by one of our partners in Alpha Dog Nutrition - Chris Gezella. He's acquired some seriously good hunting tips for getting after teal, mallards, geese, & all other sorts of waterfowl and he's going to be...

    What are the best hunting dog breeds? Comparing dog breeds is sort of like comparing oranges to apples—there’s a good deal of personal preference involved, including the type of hunting you enjoy.

    Keeping your hunting dog cool in summer is crucial to protecting their health and wellbeing. In the heat of the hunt it’s easy to overlook just how hot it is, as well as how hot your four-legged pal is. The early warning signs of dehydration and heat stress can be difficult to identify unless you are paying close attention to your dog. For instance, if you fail to notice your dog panting more than usual for too long, he or she could develop heat exhaustion or heat stroke with what seems...

    Who doesn't love a good story from the field? Enjoy this excerpt from hunting dog trainer Matt Dyson's “The Only Life He Knew and What He Called Family."

    Find out more about positive reinforcement gun dog training and why a growing number of trainers swear by it.

    No matter if you are looking to compete with your hunting dog or just score more birds for yummy dinners, the following top bird dog trainers in Wisconsin can help you accomplish all that and more.

    You must accomplish two things to successfully train a gun shy dog. Learn four tips to train or retrain hunting dogs who are born with or develop a fear of loud noises.

    Learn 4 signs that indicate it's time to take your dog to the vet for arthritis. Canine arthritis gets worse over time; here are some things you need to look out for.

    From pheasants to ringnecks to sharp-tailed grouse, there are flocks of birds just waiting to be turned into dinner. Here are some of the top states for bird hunting in the USA.

    Upland hunting is one of our primary passions, and we're incredibly excited to be partnering with a new blog sharing tips and tricks for getting after birds.

    Packing up for a road trip can be tricky— especially if you need to consider a mouth to feed. Find out five more dog-friendly recipes for the open road and ensure that your four-legged pal has nutrition they can count on. 

    How do you make sure you and your hunting dog are always prepared out in the field? You pack all the necessities like snacks, water, and, of course, a first aid kit.

    Canine influenza dog flu) is a Type A influenza virus. There are currently two active strains, which have been identified as H3N8 & H3N2. Find out more about the signs, symptoms, and treatments for the virus.

    The best recipe for wild deer depends on the type of meat you are working with. If you’ve got meat from the back legs on the table, it’s hard to go wrong with this mouthwatering recipe for corned venison.

    Nebraska is home to some of the best hunting opportunities in the country. Learn some of the best hunting dog trainers in Nebraska.

    As much as your hunting dog loves food, water is even more vital to his survival. Learn the common signs of dehydration in dogs and how to protect your dog.

    These hunting survival tools could literally save your life out in the field, or at the very least turn a bad situation into something not so bad.

    The trainers on this list work with both competitive and recreational hunt dogs. In no specific order, here are some of the best bird dog trainers in Texas.

    On our quest to understand hip dysplasia, we decided it might be worthwhile to get the information from a veterinarian’s perspective. So we interviewed a vet with plenty of experiencing dealing with hip dysplasia in dogs.

    Who are the best bird dog trainers in Texas, Wisconsin, California—or what about across the entire USA? We’ve embarked on a full-blown hunt to uncover the best of the best hunting dog trainers, and we want your help!

    These beneficial exercises for hunting dogs encourage greater success out in the field, while helping protect your dog’s long term physical health—a win-win.

    Arthritis is a degenerative disease, meaning it gets worse over time. Thankfully, there are things you can do to slow the progression of arthritis, like providing proper diet, exercise and arthritis supplements for dogs.  

    Road trips are the best when you have your canine companion by your side. What are the best snacks to take to support your dog's diet? Find out five of the best. 

    Summer is the time for hunters to perfect their best wild game recipes. Wild boar is a great substitute for traditional pork and twice as savory. Just wait until you try these wild boar tacos!    

    Owning a bird dog or hunting pal can be a challenge when it comes to figuring out the best diet plan. Learn quick tips on how to formuate the best plan and ensure your dog's overall peak health. 

    How healthy are your dog's bones? Canine bone health is reliant on many factors. Find out what those are and how to improve upon them to sustain your hunt dog's overall health.

    Summer months are perfect for hunting Texas hogs. Many ranches around the state offer hunting tours. Where are the best places to hunt wild boar? 

    How to Craft the Perfect Pheasant Burger I was over at my dad's house for dinner the other night before trap, and we decided to get a bit creative with some of the pheasant we shot this past season. He's been wanting to try making his own version of pheasant burgers for some time now, and we finally figured we'd give it a go. A quick note on these before we get started. Ask anyone that has cooked pheasant on the grill before, and they'll tell you that they tend...

    We'll take a look at the story of Chevy - owned by Alpha community member Andrea Haas. He's certainly had his share of bumps and bruises on his journey, but he remains one proud, tough pup!


    What is the main difference between krill and fish oil for dogs? Explore how each source differs as an omega 3 supplement and why research shows that krill oil may be the best source for the future. 

    Hip dysplasia is very common in dogs and refers to the misalignment of the hip joint. Usually, hip misalignment develops gradually and worsens over time.

    Can certain supplements really help slow the progression of your dog's hip dysplasia? Find out how effective supplements are to the overall health of your dog.

    As a degenerative disease, hip dysplasia in dogs get progressively worse with time. Early treatement can make a huge difference to your dog's wellbeing.

    Here are several easy changes you can make around the house to make it safer and more comfortable for dogs with hip dysplasia.

    Canine hip dysplasia is a degenerative disease that currently has no cure. Discover natural ways to manage hip dysplasia in dogs.

    Causes of canine hip dysplasia range from innate features to exercise habits. Here's an in-depth look at common causes and what you can do to help your dog.

    There are plenty of telling signs that give away dogs with hip dysplasia and related health complications. Catching wind of hip problems in dogs as early as possible significantly reduces their risk of getting worse and stirring up even more trouble.

    Choosing what kind of dog to raise, train, play with, and eventually come to love, is one of the most exciting moments for dog lovers. Many people make their decisions based on obvious physical characteristics. Others choose their pets based on history or emotional connection. And still others based on need.  Whatever the driving reason may be, canine owners should get to know the traits and tendencies of their newfound companions in order to provide them with the highest quality of care. This includes the preferences and habits of their dogs, and...

    Hip dysplasia refers to a misalignment of the hip joint. Learn how this degenerative disease impacts dogs by looking at x-rays, learning causes, preventative methods, etc.

    There are many components in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining arthritis in dogs. Learn nine of the most commonly asked questions and answers about arthritis in dogs and how it affects hunting and bird dogs the most. 

    Dr. Shawn Wayment is an avid bird hunter and exceptional veterinarian. Here's what he has to say about osteoarthritis in dogs and his advice on the hunting dog lifestyle.

    Arthritis supplements for dogs can offer a natural way to treat your dog's arthritis and slow progression of the disease. Learn more about the best natural solutions for your dog. 

    Are you giving your dog the right arthritis treatments based upon the stage of arthritis he or she is currently in? Here are the best treatment options for decreasing pain and slowing the progression of arthritis at every stage.

    Exercise can improve a dog's overall arthritic pain, and proper exercises can make all the difference. Learn four benefits of properly exercising your dog.