Archives for July 2013

Fetch ’em up

Henry works on blind retrieves

Some dogs have a natural retrieve instinct. Some don't. Most hunting breeds fall in the natural instinct category. We start fetch training early and on a lead. And we practice. All year long. Even with our trained dogs, we keep sessions short (less than 10 tosses per session per dog). As with any dog training, it's key to set your dog up for success. Don't expect your dog or pup to pull off flawless retrieves at a dog park, there's likely too many distractions. Start training in a smaller, [Read More]

Training your hunting dog to drink water

It may sound silly to some, but I'm sure many of you have hunted with a dog that won't stop to drink water in the field. Here are some tips on keeping your hunting dog hydrated in the field: Train your dog at home - If you're going to use a collapsible bowl or water bottle in the field, introduce it at home first. It can help to use a command. We say "Drink up". Add a couple of pieces of kibble to your dog's water bottle. The water will get a little cloudy, but that added smell and taste [Read More]

Off season workouts

It's not always hunting season, but it's important to keep your dogs in shape year round. We often take our dogs to the beach for running and swimming. Sometimes we take a four-wheeler for them to run with, other times we go on foot. Either way, a tired hunting dog is a happy hunting dog. [Read More]