A New Game for Gundogs: Shed Hunting!

A couple years ago I received a phone call from a gentleman who was an avid deer hunter. He owned hundreds of acres of land in the bluff country of southeastern Minnesota, and his question to me somewhat caught me off guard, but yet left me very intrigued. He asked, “Do you have any pups for sale that can find deer
antlers?” Being a deer hunter myself I knew exactly what he meant!

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Picking A Pro Dog Trainer

The winter months often can be a time where training your dog gets put on the back burner. Even new owners who just “opened up” a “Christmas puppy” feel that the cold is no time to even be thinking about dealing with training. If you do not feel comfortable having your dog trained in the cold, possibly use this time to pick a professional for either spring or summer training. Here are some tips on what to look for in a trainer.

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Testing Your Training While Duck Hunting

As an outdoor enthusiast, I always enjoy when all the leaves are off the trees. A hard frost is usually right around the corner and also means the fall waterfowl migration is ready to start! This will give both my hunting dog “Bumper” and I a chance to test all of our hard work from the past summer training season. This time of the year will truly allow me a chance to see what he has learned.

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The Power Of Positive Reinforcement

Not too long ago, I had a customer bring his gundog to me to evaluate the dog’s level of desire. This guy wanted to know if I thought his dog had what it took to be a quality hunter. The first thing I wanted to see was the dog’s retrieving desire. As he threw the bumper for his dog, I heard the owner scream, “Fetch it up!”

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Training Tools For Your Pre-Season Gundog

This time of the year is when every hunter is looking into buying new
equipment in preparation for the upcoming hunting seasons. Magazines and catalogs appear in
mailboxes full of all the wants and needs for every outdoor enthusiast. If any of your
hunting also includes a gundog, you may want to consider some items that will get
your hunting companion prepared for the season.

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Use Your Time With Your Dog Effectively

After recently watching a TV infomercial, I found it amusing as some
expert promised that his program, now available on his DVD, had a new technique
to train “the perfect dog.” This guy apparently has discovered certain skills,
devices, or even magical powers that can suddenly let any dog owner turn their
dog into a “perfect pet” for $19.95!

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There’s No Such Thing As ‘Birdie Powder:’ Part 2

In Part 2, we will look at more training tips for your young pup. Get your puppy used to both a leash and a check cord at any early age. The leash will be used both when walking your puppy, and when introducing some basic obedience commands such as “heel,” “sit” and “stay.” The check cord is also a very important part when working with your young dog. Here’s how to use them to get the best out of your pup.

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There’s No Such Thing As ‘Birdie Powder:’ Part 1

Many years ago, when I first started training dogs professionally with Tom Dokken, I can remember having trouble with a dog in a Bird and Gun Introduction program. I looked at Dokken after all of these attempts and asked if he had any other suggestions. He looked at me and said, “Birdie Powder!”

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