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Best Summer Dog Training Gear for 2021

Must have equipment for your summer yard training and bird work.

Best Summer Dog Training Gear for 2021

Summertime is prime time for conditioning, training, and preparing your bird dog for the upcoming hunting season. (Chris Ingram photo)

Dokken Deadfowl Pheasant Trainer

Dokken DeadFowl trainer pheasant

This dummy is a must for anyone working with a retriever this summer. Made of natural-feel foam, the Deadfowl Pheasant Trainer mimics the body size of a rooster while a free-swinging plastic head and tail encourage a proper pickup and hold. The dummy also floats for water training. Inject the foam with training scents to add realism to fine-tune your gun dog. $35;

DT Systems BL 509 Launcher

DT systems 509 bird launcher

Birds make bird dogs and launchers aid in controlled hunt training to help your pointing breed. The BL 509 is for quail and pigeon sized birds and perfect for training year-round. The trap is easy to load and features a quiet-release spring to help from spooking your young bird dog. The remote transmitter can release the launcher up to 700 yards away and can be programmed to control up to 16 different launchers. $336;

Standing Stone Kennels EasyLead

Standing Stone Kennels Easylead

Made with a durable coated nylon cording that won’t tangle, the EasyLead is the perfect training tool for teaching heel. In three easy steps, you’ve turned a simple leash into a halter style lead to prevent pulling during early heel training. When your dog has progressed, remove the halter and turn it back into a slip lead, and eventually into a simple clip lead. Available in two sizes: regular and XL. $30–$35;

Soggy Dog Gear Bird Bag

Soggy Dog Gear bird bag

This new bird bag from Soggy Dog Gear is thoughtfully designed to keep training birds in the bag and money in your pocket. The bag exterior is made with a PVC coated polyester while the inside is lined with a woven nylon that features a slippery surface to keep birds from climbing. A large front flap stays closed and secure while five brass grommets in the front and back provide ventilation. The bag can hold up to 10 pigeons or three pheasants. $80;

Fishpond Travel Food & Water Bowls

Fishpond dog bowl

For life on the road this fall, these travel bowls pack down small which means they won’t take up that extra needed space in your truck. A cotton waxed canvas exterior is tough enough to withstand years in the field, while a heavy-duty, waterproof/leakproof nylon lining will hold its structure. The food bowl is made with a drawstring cinch closure to keep your expensive dog food in the bowl while transporting. Food: $30, Water: $30;

Lucky Duck Kennel Cover

Lucky duck dog kennel cover

This slipover kennel cover is made for the Lucky Duck Intermediate dog kennel and is perfect for year-long use. Available in Storm Gray, Optifade Marsh, and Optifade Timber, the cover is made of a durable 600D polyester fabric that will hold up to years of abuse from harsh weather and poor conditions. The ventilation system with roll-up windows keeps your dog cool in the summer. Best part? The cover features storage pockets with drain holes for miscellaneous equipment, and five bumper/accessory pockets for storing training gear. $160-$200;

Gunner G1 Fan Kit

Gunner kennels g1 fan kit

Summer training comes with risks including heat exhaustion. To help cool your dog down fast, the G1 Fan Kit is the key. This small unit easily mounts to your Gunner Kennel and provides significant air flow to your dog’s kennel. The kit is weather and water resistant and includes a battery that lasts up to 6 hours on a full charge. $230;

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