How to train a dual purpose retriever

One of the great things about retrievers is their versatility. (GUN DOG photo) One of the biggest reasons why those who live in both upland and waterfowl hunting rely more heavily on retrievers for outdoor pursuits is their versatility. Of course, versatility in imaging is a far cry from a real dog that knows how … Read more

How to Use Positive Markers in Dog Training

Use positive markers to effectively and accurately communicate the behavior you want your dog to see. (Photo: Kali Parmley) Equestrian sports have always fascinated me. The back of a horse has always been one of the places I wanted to be. In equestrian field trials, the dog is required to chase a bird and stand … Read more

How to train your dog like a pro

Professional trainers always direct the dog to calm down to obey their commands. (Photo: Susanna Love) Professional trainers have a distinct advantage when it comes to handling animals. During his professional career, he has worked with numerous dog personalities and spent countless hours observing various training scenarios. This experience gives professional trainers a unique perspective … Read more

How to Use a Whistle for Dog Training

Here’s what you need to know about the benefits of using a whistle to control your dog more effectively in the field. (Photo: Jordan Horak) My obsession with upland hunting goes back several decades, before the internet was a thing and information was readily available. As a result, there was a lot of trial and … Read more

Using hand signals with gun dogs

Because our dogs rely heavily on non-verbal communication, they can easily use hand signal commands in the field. (Photo: Jordan Horak) From the outside, owning and training a gun dog may seem like a very simple proposition. However, once that puppy comes into our home and we begin to care for and train it, owning … Read more

Preseason Preparations – Gun Dog

Taking a three-step approach to your pre-season plans with your gun dog will ensure they are ready for hunting season. (Photo: Susanna Love) With the opening of the seasons, plans are made for a big time in this area. Vacation time is reserved for hunting and trips to new and familiar places are planned. The … Read more