I would like to share this photo of young Dave Hughes, a great friend of Lion Country. Dubbed King of the Woods by American Fieldmagazine.

Dave is the only cover dog, grouse, and woodcock dog trainer to be inducted into the Bird Dog Hall of Fame. He campaigned Full Blast aka Jeb to 3 championships and is the only dog to be named “Purina grouse Dog of the Year” 2 times in a row. Jeb is retired now and living with me at Lion Country Kennel.


Stud service available contact Buck thru Lion Country Supply.


John “Buck” Koritko



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  1. Mr Buck

    Thanks to Dick Brenneman for giving me JEB. We’re enjoying our retirement together at my Birdog Ranch. He is a joy to watch. A Big, Beautiful orange
    belton that George Bird Evans would envy. First Class! He’s a happy bird finding machine. and not a mean hair on him. Loves to be rubbed on. He’s now available for stud at my kennel where he’ll enjoy the good life the rest of his days. Thanks again Dick. …..buck

  2. Jim Chambers

    Buck my understanding is Dick picked Jeb up a couple days ago to breed two females . Is that correct ?

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We’ve assembled a basic Lion Country Supply – Guide to Whelping Puppies  that I’m sure you’ll find helpful. With the help of my animal reproduction tech and my friend Dr. Fred Metzger,  this guide provides insight to help you get ready for the big event. Some ideas that you’ll find here are not readily found in print but recommended reading so please feel free to ask questions here on my blog and I’ll try to respond here with buck’s advice and that of my super vet and repo tech friend Jessica Mayes.




IMG_0727Lion Country Supply’s Essential Whelping Tips:

1. Digital thermometer with covers (one to only use on the dogs)-their temps will drop below 99 about 24 hrs before labor beings and then will go back up to normal (101-102) about 12 hrs before labor.


2. Hemostats or unwaxed dental floss-I personally don’t like using the dental floss because it’s hard to get ahold of and tie when your hands are messy.  I like straight tipped hemostats…put 1 on the umbilical cord about 1-1.5 inches away from the puppy’s belly, then put another one about 2″ from that…cut in between the two hemostats.  One will stay on the puppy for about 5-10 min to get the bleeding to stop, and the other will stop the placenta from going back inside the momma until it expels completely, do not attempt to pull it out.


A big debate is whether or not to let them eat the placentas, as they do in the wild…my personal thoughts are that I let them eat a couple because it helps the milk letdown and strengthens the contractions for the next pup.  I keep a trash bag close and throw away the rest.  It’s a personal decision though, and there is no ‘wrong’ decision.


3. Small scissors-to cut the umbilical cord.  I like dull tipped ones so I don’t accidentally poke anyone in all that commotion.


4. Bulb syringe or Dulee Mucus Trap – to suction out the fluids in throat and nose.  We no longer ‘swing’ puppies to get fluid out of the lungs!  And actually, it has been discovered that allowing some of the fluid to remain in the lungs until after the puppy has taken a few breaths is good.  You really only want to suction the mucus out of the back of the throat.  The fluid in the lungs actually has a ‘surfactant’ in it, which help the lungs first expand…basically think of a newborn puppy’s lungs as a raisin and the surfactant helps it expand to the shape of a balloon.  It’s very important to get that full expansion so maximum breathes can be taken.


5. Latex gloves – are good at keeping your hands clean, and if you need to insert a finger or two to help get a puppy out, it’s much more sanitary than your hands.


6.  Loofah hand gloves – in the spa section of your local store.  Sounds weird, but the scrubby texture can help pull out a slick little puppy that is half-way stuck.


7. KY jelly (or some other type) – very helpful to help lubricate momma and puppy if puppy’s sack has busted or the lil bugger is just slightly stuck.  If you have a thin red rubber, you can insert it in the birth canal behind the puppy and squeeze in some jelly to help get a stuck puppy out.  (Make sure you don’t get the jelly that ‘heats up’ or ‘tingles’…momma probably won’t appreciate it).


8. Heating Pad, heating lamp, whelping nest (or some other variant)-puppies cannot control their own temperature until they are 2 weeks old and need a constant heat supply.  I like to have heat on 1 side of my whelping box and no additional heat on the other side, so if the puppies get too warm, they can move off the heat.  At 2 weeks old, remove the heat source.


A Whelping Nest is a smart breeder investment that Lion Country Supply sells and can easily be added to your whelping box.  The round, dish shape helps keep puppies together and the programmable thermostat will keep their temps between 96-100 degrees.  And it’s very easy to clean.


9. Digital food scales – I like to make a chart to keep track of the puppies weight.  I weigh twice a day for the first week and then once a day for the next week.  Usually once they’ve made it past 2 weeks, I only weigh occasionally.  Anyone can lose a little weight on the first day, but after that, if they loose more than 10% of their body weight…it’s an emergency.  They could be not nursing at all, not nursing enough, simply dehydrating, or fading.  It’s the single most important thing you can do detect a puppy that is fading and save it!!!


10. Old towels/puppy pee pads-I usually have at least 2 towels for every puppy I am expecting…you can throw them in the dryer just before it’s time to whelp and they will be nice and warm for when the puppies come out.  Pee pads are great to line the whelping box with because you can just throw the mess away after it’s all over.  Or you can use old towels in the whelping box too…just make sure you change them out with fresh ones after whelping (they’ll be pretty messy and gross).


11. Whelping box – for small dogs, I use a 1/2 sided plastic tote…the sides keep the puppies in and mom can jump in and out easily.  There are whelping box instructions available to purchase from Lion Country Supply for medium to ex-large dogs.


12. Puppy bottle and a can of formula, just in case.


13.  I also like to have full fat plain yogurt and regular vanilla ice cream on hand for momma.  While she’s whelping and after, the ice cream can be very soothing and a good source of calcium, and it will cool her off.  And I also consider it a treat for the momma.  Then I add plain yogurt to the momma’s food AFTER she whelps up until she weans the puppies.  Some people use cottage cheese or Tums…it’s just a matter of personal preference.


14.  She should be really ramping up her food intake by now, I let them eat as much as they want this close to being due.  She should either be on puppy food at this point or still on her high quality food with DHA supplements.  Also, lots of fresh water.


15. And if the momma has long hair, I like to cut or shave their belly and around the nipples to make it easier for the pups to get to the nipples.  And  I try to cut around her backside and vagina, just for ease of clean up.


16.  Oxygen and Oxytocin, Epinephrine, Dopram – all only with a vet’s permission and prescription.  Oxytocin helps strengthen contractions and can be used as a ‘clean out shot’ after all the puppies are whelped.  Epinephrine can start the heart beating.  Dopram can start respirations.  Oxygen can be used on puppy’s that aren’t breathing well.


17.  Red raspberry leave supplements – this one can be controversial, so use your own best judgment after doing some research.  It has been shown to increase the length and strength of contractions during labor.  However, there have been some results suggesting that it has also caused the momma to abort.  If I use it, I only start it about 2 weeks before their whelping date, that way the puppies are already pretty well along.  But again, do your own research and do what you feel is best.

3 comments to “Some Whelping Tips From Buck”

  1. Andy

    Excellent tips!

  2. Shechosethedog

    All the tips works. Thanks for posting them here.

  3. Bridget Rangel

    Thanks for sharing such a informative tips. Whelping boxes are really helps while your dog pregnant. I have buy canine whelping box for my pregnant dog. It protects and safely contain newborn puppies.

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The 7th generation of Lion Country bred Setters is on the ground!

My male, I’m Lucky 3, aka Pressy, is the sire of this well-bred litter. He’s a real stud and available at my kennel. Stud fee charge of $800 or sometimes first pick of the new litter.

Contact me if you are looking for a pup. Breeder/owner of dam has pups available as of now. I’ll forward this to James Spicher if you’re interested.

My partner Steven and LCS staff are doing a great job keeping our cozy pets happy. Me, I’m at Bird Dog Ranch/Farm upgrading buildings and tending my plantings of switchgrass, sorghum, brome, and bluestem. I even built a pond for water retrieving last summer. The five bird dogs and now a puppy are keeping me busy in my semi-retirement.

I hope to offer quality bird-dogs and maybe birds in the future. Fun stuff!

Thanks for your continued support of Lion Country Supply. Stay safe and hug your dog!

John “Buck” Koritko
Partner/founder LCS.

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Happy 94th Birthday Delmar Smith!!
The Godfather of Birddog Training and my longtime friend is going strong at 94. Anyone who has met Delmar at One of our Birddog Days Shows or nationwide events knows the magic this special guy has with dogs and with people.
Oklahoma born, half Cherokee and a handsome showman that is a joy to be around and the father of Rick and Ronnie Smith. He was the First Person to give Birddog training seminars and is still a celeb at events for Purina and Garmin.
All the Best my friend…..Mr. Buck.

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Autumns Best to all ‘our’ friends and

Customers! It’s time I stop huntin’

Fishin’ and farmin’ and tell you all

A good story.

First I say ‘our’ because I’m proud to formally announce that I now have a partner! Steven Stiner who has been my General Manager the past 2 years is now co-owner of Lion Country Supply!

Steven is an avid hunter, dogman and

a veteran and like a son to me. I’ll remain on until my transition is complete and he gradually purchases my remaining shares and one day become full owner.

Please join me in congratulating Steven and give him your full support.

Please help ‘us’ to keep my dream alive well past this ‘my’45th year.

Autumn’s Best……buck.

Oh the photo

I’m a bow hunter again!  234# 9 point

Homegrown on my Lion Country Farm.

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I’ve been having too much fun at my farm while my new partner Steve Stiner runs the business.


National Grouse Champion “Jeb” ...aka Full Blast shown backing Lion Country’s I’m Lucky III aka “Pressy’

National Grouse Champion “Jeb” …aka Full Blast shown backing Lion Country’s I’m Lucky III aka “Pressy’

This photo taken last Saturday by Jeb’s breeder Jim Chambers. Jim visited the farm just before the Fall Nittany Grouse Trial which was held Sunday just 1 mile from Lion Country Farm at “The Barrens” grouse reasearch area.
More to come on that but….I discovered that watching deer from my stand is way better than any evening news..plus my manager now partner Steve Stiner is way better than me at minding ‘our business’



– Mr.Buck

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Summers here and my dogs got May off. Too many little birds and critters in the woods that need left alone. Planting food and cover strips at the Birdog Training Grounds is almost done. My renovations and Airbnb plans for the farmhouse  are also progressing nicely.

Appropriately on Memorial Day I received this family photo. This handsome young man is Nicholas Koritko. Yes there’s more of us!

He just graduated from WVU and has completed his ROTC training. He has earned a commission and will soon be proudly serving his country.

Cheers to Nick. The entire Koritko clan is all very proud of you Nick and wish you great things in the future. Please come visit us all again in Lion Country real soon.

Highest Regards…….Uncle Buck

2 comments to “Nick Koritko Graduates From WVU and Completed His ROTC”

  1. Walter Holokai

    Dear Buck,
    I’ve been out of the bird dog game for a number of years now. I used to buy a lot of stuff from you back in the day. It’s nice to see you looking so good and still going strong. Best wishes always! Cheers!

  2. John "Jack" Rosenswie

    Congratulations to you on your accomplishments! Proud of you Serving Our Country!
    Good Luck,
    Jack “Grouse Commander” Rosenswie
    Smethport, PA

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Here is a picture of 3 Lion Country Setters pointing a grouse in the Allegheny National Forest, Saturday.




2 comments to “3 Lion Country Setters pointing a grouse in the Allegheny Nation”

  1. Timothy Bennett

    very nice pic I hunt setters to from the old ryman lines they are the best dogs ever

  2. Walter E. Premru

    Did you get the grouse? penny rex

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Merry Xmas! I’ll share this photo of my daughter Julie’s 2 Rescue dogs. She is a real dog lover and an excellent trainer (Also our bookkeeper at Lion Country Supply.) The one white shepherd wasn’t enough. She took on a second to train for adoption. So he’d have a friend. The standard color should go to a new home today just in time for Christmas.

Good job Julie!

Love Dad.

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Worst weather ever for 1st day of buck season in Pa., maybe ever.
It rained all day. This is the view from my deer stand in the middle of The Birdog Training Grounds. No one moving -not man or deer. I loved it anyway.
Some Huns we’re moving about in spite of the rain. They were feeding in the Sorghum strips eating fallen millet and sunflower seeds. My hard work this summer grooming the fields made for a satisfying day in my new perch.
The big bucks we were watching are safe for now. Hope to see them next summer and fall feeding in the clover.
I hope my planned airbnb guests enjoy them while visiting for Penn State games and enjoying the State College, just  8 miles away.
Back to running bird dogs.
– Buck

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  1. Rob Brewer

    need advice on lyme disease. Need a good knowledgeable doc for consultation. Who do you know that is good?
    ps. I did design for several of your catalog items,whelping box, bird box,etc.

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