Irwin Greenstein

Irwin Greenstein

Irwin Greenstein is Publisher of Shotgun Life. Please send your comments to letters@shotgunlife.com.

Eukanuba™ announces the launch of Premium Performance Puppy Pro, a nutritional formula designed specifically for highly active puppies. Sporting and working breed puppies may require advanced nutrition during their developmental months to support their needs for growth and activity

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 23:49

What To Feed a Sporting Breed Puppy

The puppy stage is over in what can seem like the blink of an eye. That means you have only a short window to support a puppy’s development. Feeding a puppy food that provides nutrition with comprehensive benefits from the start is key.

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 00:59

Beretta’s Black Beauty Side by Side

Walk into your local shotgun dealer and you’ll see an assortment of new Beretta A300 and A400 semi-automatics, the popular 686 series of over/unders, desirable 687 Silver Pigeons and possibly a few of the premium DT11 clays crushers.

On Tuesday, May 24, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) staff joined partners in Des Moines Iowa for a bill signing ceremony for Senate File 2334 hosted by Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Governor Kim Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg.

There are the great Silicon Valley legends of companies such as Apple and Hewlett-Packard getting their start in a humble backyard garage. So it should make complete sense that a producer of state-of-the-art wingshooting shells would get its start, not in an office, but on a duck hunt.

Sporting breed puppies are bred and trained to work. As a result, they have very different nutritional needs from those of a future house dog. Puppy formulas are typically more nutrient dense when compared to most adult formulas, to meet the demands of growth.

Have you ever watched a covey of 100 bobwhite quail flush in an eruption of birds so dazzling the spectacle of beauty and awe almost mesmerized you into trigger-finger paralysis? 

Boss & Co, London’s oldest gunmaker, has revealed its latest innovation in gunmaking, just a year on from unveiling its world-first ambidextrous over-and-under ‘1812 Edition’.

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When we think about the longevity of our hardworking sporting dogs in the fields and blinds, joint health is often a point of concern. They run hard in a variety of conditions, they jump over logs or stone walls, and they twist and turn their way through fields and covers. Those aggressive movements can put a tremendous amount of stress on their joints.

“What we ask our dogs to do is not easy,” said Russ Kelley of Eukanuba™’s Pet Health & Nutrition Center. “Sporting dogs are exceptional in their ability to run, jump, and twist—and they’re doing it on unlevel ground. After a day in the field, I’m tired and sore. Still, my level of exercise isn’t even close to how hard a sporting dog works. That’s why we look for ways to help fortify a dog’s different bodily systems through nutrition.”

Image 1A sporting dog’s joints serve a variety of key roles: supporting weight, aiding movement, and functioning as shock absorbers from jarring impacts.

Joints serve a variety of key roles: supporting weight, aiding movement, and functioning as shock absorbers from jarring impacts. Next time your dog is working, take a moment to appreciate the impact each movement has on his shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, carpi, and the intervertebral joints of the spine. Over the course of an hour, day, week, and season, that impact to the joints is significant.

Joints are complex intersections. The ends of bones are covered by a smooth layer of articular (joint) cartilage. The cartilage, in conjunction with joint fluid, helps reduce friction and impact from hard landings. Then there are ligaments, which connect bone to bone. Finally there are tendons located on each side of the joint to connect muscles to bones. Cartilage, joint fluid, ligaments, and tendons all work together to provide unhindered movement and rotation, and that’s why keeping joints healthy in sporting dogs is so important.

Image 2Cartilage, joint fluid, ligaments, and tendons all work together to provide unhindered movement and rotation, and that’s why keeping joints healthy in sporting dogs is so important.

Two other key natural elements of joints are glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. Glucosamine is an amino sugar produced naturally by a dog’s body. It is a compound found in their joint cartilage, and it stimulates the growth of cartilage cells. Chondroitin sulfate, also found in joint cartilage, helps promote water retention and elasticity.

While a dog’s body naturally produces both glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, for decades scientists have studied the potential benefits of adding them to dog food. Some dog foods, including Eukanuba™’s Premium Performance diets, include glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to support hardworking joints.

Image 3Some dog foods, including Eukanuba™’s Premium Performance diets, include glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to support hardworking joints.

According to Kelley, “Sporting dogs need healthy, agile joints. “I push my dogs in the field. Feeding a diet with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate gives me more confidence that I am promoting healthy joints in my dogs.”

Sporting dogs work tirelessly, and their unique nutritional needs continue to inspire scientists and researchers to look for ways to better support their health through nutrition. When it comes to supporting healthy joints, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate play supporting roles. And anything Eukanuba™ can do to help dogs perform at their full potentialis high on our list of priorities.

San Antonio, Texas (April 6, 2022) – Blaser Group is pleased to announce Joshua McBrayer as its Director of Shotgun Programs for North America. McBrayer has spent the past six years working with Blaser Germany, first as International Sales Manager for Blaser in Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Benelux, South America, and the USA. Most recently, he served as Brand Manager for the company in addition to his sales role.

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