Sports Medicine for Hunting Dogs is a landmark book. This is the first book that gives the hunting dog owner comprehensive information and guidelines for the lifetime health care of their hunting dogs. Martin Coffman is the past president of the American Canine Sports Medicine Association. He worked as the Sporting Dog Technical Veterinarian for the Iams Company. He is currently a practicing vet who specializes in sports medicine. Martin owns and breeds Deustch Drahthaars. He is an avid hunter and active in many breed clubs and hunting dog organizations.
In Sports Medicine for Hunting Dogs, Coffman covers a step-by-step schedule for the lifetime care of an 8-week-old puppy to a senior dog of 18 years. There is an extensive section on conditioning and pre-season exercises.
Coffman also covers the importance of breeding, how to select a dog for breeding, and how to develop a solid breeding program. Dog nutrition and its importance in performance are covered, including the role of fat, protein, and carbohydrates in a dog's diet, and the type of dog food that gives a dog the necessary food for optimum performance. Along with the best time to feed a dog, Coffman covers the use of supplements: how and when to add them to your dog's diet.
Good conformation is important for a dog to be able to continue to hunt hard in the field. Too often dogs with poor conformation break down and are unable to hunt hard after middle age. Coffman covers the essentials of good conformation, good bone structure, and good gaits.
There is a section on healthcare, including vaccinations, and on skin and coat care. The common orthopedic problems and conditions in hunting dogs and how to treat them are covered in full. Sports Medicine for Hunting Dogs is an essential book for bird dog hunters who want the best performance and care for their canine companions.
Table of Contents:
Breeding and Reproduction
Chapter 1: History and Background
Chapter 2: Kennel Management
Chapter 3: Getting Her Bred
Chapter 4: Artificial Insemination
Chapter 5: Pregnancy
Chapter 6: Pre-Whelping
Chapter 7: The Actual Whelping
Chapter 8: The C-Section
Chapter 9: The Newborns
Chapter 10: Hand-Rearing Orphan Puppies
Chapter 11: Canine Brucellosis
Chapter 12: Basic Genetics
Chapter 13: Breeding Programs
Specific Breeding Programs
Modified Static Sire Program
The King Ranch Method
The German Method
Simple Individual Selection Program
Weighted Indexing System
The Backyard Plan
Chapter 14: Why I Don't Line Breed in My Own Kennel
Chapter 15: The Motherline
Sex-linked Inheritance and X-linked Recessive
Chapter 16: Breeding Myths
Chapter 17: The Importance of Conformation
Chapter 18: The Kennel Charter
Conditioning The Hard-Hunting Dog
Chapter 19: Getting Started
Chapter 20: Nutrition
Chapter 21: Special Needs and Conditioning the Older Dog
Health Care Concerns for Hunting Dogs and Their Owners
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