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Dog Training and Trialing

Dog training has deep roots in hunting and conservation culture. In order to develop dogs that can reliably hunt and recover game, it is vital to train with a variety of game under varying conditions. It is important that dog trainers and clubs know the rules concerning use of game during training to both support wildlife conservation and stay out of trouble with the law. Many state and federal laws and regulations apply to the importation, possession, use and disposal of game used in training and field events. These rules serve two general purposes: to protect the health and welfare of native wildlife populations in Iowa, and to ensure that hunting regulations are enforceable.

Dog training refers to any teaching or exercising activity involving sporting dogs in which the primary purpose is to enhance performance. Sporting dogs are utilized for hunting game birds and game mammals and include breeds as pointers, setters, retrievers and hounds.

Regulations governing the training of sporting dogs vary according to what species the dogs are being trained with and where the training takes place.


+ When is it necessary to band birds used?
+ How do you apply bird bands?
+ When do you put them on the birds to be used?
+ Can purchased bands be used more than once?
+ How to you order bands?
+ What types of birds need banded for training?
+ Is a license needed to train your dog?
+ When can people train their dog?
+ Where can people train their dog?
+ Do hunters have to shoot blanks when training?
+ Can birds be released on public property?
+ When is a permit needed? (dog trial scheduling)
+ Where can l buy birds for training?


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