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Category Archives: Training Tips

Training tips from SportDOG prostaffers, guests and staff

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Chocolate Lab
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Leading the Pack

Spring time is upon us (at least that’s what the weather people are telling us) which often means new puppies to train. As you begin working with your new little hunting buddy, it’s important to remember that dogs are pack animals, and as such look for a leader. If it’s not you, it’s him and Read the Rest…

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Retrieving
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Training Retrieve to Hand

We often lean on our ProStaff when we run into difficulty training. ProStaffer Ben Busby has provided insight on training the critical “Retrieve to Hand”  in this week’s blog. I have heard of different gun dog owners making the statement that their dogs have been retrieving but sometimes will stop short of placing it in Read the Rest…

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Gretchen and Fern training
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10 Mistakes in Gun Dog Training and How Not to Make Them – Part 2

Not Adapting to the Dog No two dogs are exactly the same. Like children, they all learn differently, have differing strengths and have that free-will thing that can leave you grinding your teeth in frustration. What worked like a charm on the last dog might not get through to your current dog, and that’s ok. Read the Rest…

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English Setter on Point
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10 Mistakes in Gun Dog Training and How Not to Make Them – Part 1

The best thing about the years that ourselves and our ProStaffers have spent training dogs is that we’ve made the mistakes. We preach the value of mistakes because you will learn from them even more than your successes, but there’s no reason you can’t learn from ours. We constantly hammer on the values of consistency, Read the Rest…

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Josh and Eastong
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Traveling with Your Hunting Dog

Hunting season brings many of us the opportunity to travel in pursuit of game. This is a great opportunity for you and your dog to explore new territory and challenges. One of those challenges can be getting your dog comfortably from point A to point B. Travel can be stressful for your pup, and that Read the Rest…

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Dog and Trainer in March
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The Zen of Dog Training

For many, setting out to start training your first dog can be an intimidating experience. Whether your goal is to make it a career, or you’re just looking for a good hunting partner, there can be a lot of insecurities and doubt in taking the first step. Below are a few steps to remove the Read the Rest…

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Tom Dokken
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Tom Dokken’s Top 10 Tips for Dog Training

Senior ProStaffer Tom Dokken has forgotten more about dog training than most of us will ever know, so it’d be almost impossible to get everything in one place, but Tom shared some of his Top 10 Tips for dog training: 1. Never give a command you cannot enforce. If you do your, dog will develop Read the Rest…

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Don’t Overlook Steady in Your Wetland Training Arsenal

When you think of wetland hunting with your pup, the importance of water retrieves is probably the first thing that comes to your mind. Steady is also an incredibly important command for a waterfowl dog. As we all know too well, the sport takes patience for yourself and your dog. Make sure you’ve prepared him Read the Rest…

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Dog Paw
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Treating Paw Injuries in Hunting Dogs

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the preventative measures to take to ensure your dog’s paws stay healthy in the field. Unfortunately, as we all know too well, even when you take all the right precautions, injuries happen. With that in mind, this week we thought we would share a couple of tips for Read the Rest…

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Hunting Dog
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Proper Foot Care for Your Dog in the Season

For many of us, season is here. You and your pup have worked hard for this, and it’s time to enjoy it. Nothing can end that fun quicker for you and your dog than a foot injury. The following tips will help keep your hunting partner fit and ready for the season: Keep Nails Trimmed- Read the Rest…

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