Ensure your dog has excellent obedience training and will return on command before taking them hunting.
Make sure your dog wears a collar with ID tag, rabies tag, and blaze orange vest for visibility. Consider microchipping.
Use a check cord to keep young or highly excitable dogs close until they settle during the hunt.
Properly secure your dog while transporting them to the hunting site to avoid dangerous jumps from vehicles.
Recognize signs of fatigue and overheating. Bring water and take regular breaks to prevent exhaustion.
Equip yourself with a canine first aid kit. Know basic techniques like treating cuts or immobilizing injuries.
First Aid Preparedness
Watch for concealed traps like foothold traps. Consider bell collars. Know release techniques.