Category Archives: Training Tips

Training tips from SportDOG prostaffers, guests and staff

English Setter on Point

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…

Josh and Eastong

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

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…

Tom Dokken

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…


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

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…

Hunting Dog

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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A Day for the Working Man, Woman and Dog

Labor Day weekend is a chance to kick back, relax and celebrate the hard-working men and women amongst us. Remember, though, your dog is a SportDOG, which means he/she is a hard working canine. Our dogs work hard for us and they deserve to play hard as well. Below are a few ideas to include Read the Rest…

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Dog wearing SportDOG TEK Series

Is Your Dog Ready for Opening Day?

One of our pups rocking the TEK series at our last trip to Sinkola Hunting Plantation in Georgia. For many, opening day is right around the corner. While this is the day many of us have been waiting on for months, it’s important to not get so caught up in the anticipation that you forget Read the Rest…

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Hunting dog on a boat.

Platform Training Your Hunting Dog

One of the most useful training concepts for your retriever is platform training. This lesson is one that to me is an absolute necessity.  There are endless applications for platform training or place training as some call it. First, you will need some sort of platform that is large enough for your dog to sit Read the Rest…

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