Tag Archives: training retrievers

Training before hunting

I don’t know who came up with the idea of hunting with a leashed dog, but I’ve run into several hunters who have done just that. The black Lab I rescued this year was wearing an expensive camo leash which … Continue reading

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Through the Looking Glass

Apologies to Lewis Carroll, but after all Doc Savage is from the literary litter and this weekend he made it through the Looking Glass drill with little trouble. I began by having him retrieve a pile of bumpers, then began … Continue reading

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The Looking Glass drill

We took a break from the water last weekend and I worked with Doc and Mia on the Looking Glass drill. This drill, along with the power bar and waist cord, was developed by Mike Gould and is used to … Continue reading

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Final tuneup

I’m going to be handling Doc, Mia and Elettra in next week’s double-double hunt tests, so this weekend was their final tuneup. Testing three dogs in two days will certainly keep me busy, so hopefully the bracings will be favorable. … Continue reading

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Retrieving basics

Elettra’s last retrieve was a couple of years ago in sub-zero temperature so I went all the way back to square one with her retriever training. I teased her with a bumper that had a wing attached to it, and … Continue reading

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A multi-breed training session

Drahthaars, an English Setter, English Pointer, Labs, and my Spinone made up the collection of dogs involved in Saturday morning’s training session. It was the first session of the year with my trainer and I was interested in seeing how … Continue reading

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Blind introductions

I did a little goose hunting last year which meant sitting in blinds or behind trees waiting for them to fly over. Mia, Elvis and Doc were not impressed with this type of hunting. So when a good friend gave me … Continue reading

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