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Pile Work Article One

Pro Staff team member, Rick Rokjer of Locust Ridge Retrievers, gave me an inside look at how he begins to teach his dogs pile work. Like anything else in training, having a solid foundation is essential. Rick explains, "pile work...
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Collar Conditioning

To collar condition your gun dog or not is a tough decision for many new trainers. If you choose to collar condition your dog, this article will give you some helpful advice during the process.  Matt Tuttle, of Copperwood Kennels,...
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Introducing Your Puppy To Water

The love of the water is essential to your young gun dog's success! Introducing your new puppy to water is simple, but if the proper precautions aren't taken, you can be setting yourself up for failure. With these easy to...
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Introduction to Gunfire

You can't have a gun dog if it's afraid of guns. Plain and simple! Pro Staff team member, Bob Tebbens of Turtle Creek Retrievers and I discussed the Dos and Don'ts for introducing your future hunting dog to gunfire.  Bob...
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Handling you Gun Dog

In this month's article, Joe Overby of Candler Creek Retrievers, delivers some helpful tips and reminders for when you're handling your gun dog in the field. Joe has many years of experience in the retriever game and has handled countless dogs...
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Drills versus Skills

Long time friend, Parrish Major offers his insight on the Drills versus Skills in retriever training! Enjoy!
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De-Bugging

Bugging is the act in which a gun dog refuses to look straight ahead when they're being lined up for a blind retrieve. Their head will swing from left to right or up and down. The dog avoids looking straight...
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Preventing Injuries in the Field

Your retriever is not only your hunting partner; they’re also your best friend. Every year, as waterfowl hunters, we start preparing ourselves months before the season opens. We want everything to be perfect so that our hunts are successful. Just...
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7 Things "I think" are MUST do’s with your new Pup

To be honest, I have been a bit compelled to write this as I just took possession of a nice little 7-month-old pup that I don’t think got quite the right attention he should have and now there is ground lost that I may not be able to make up.
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Marking 101

 Your research has been done, a well-bred puppy has been purchased, you have spent countless hours with the puppy socializing, playing, and introducing him to sights sounds and the wonderful world of retriever training. Now that he has reached 6...
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The Place Command

Imagine you're out hunting in flooded timber and your group shoots a few ducks. Your dog is patiently sitting on his stand waiting for your release. After you celebrate with the group, you send him after the ducks. He eagerly...
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First Steps for Your New Pup

Buying your first gun dog is an exciting experience. You're bringing a new responsibility into your life, and it's important that you are ready. You will be sharing the blind with your new hunting partner for many years, so it's...
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