Chris has spent most of his life duck hunting or training in the field. Over the years, his program evolved into one of the most accomplished hunt test programs in the country. Webb Footed Kennels, Inc. has produced more than 350 Hunting Retriever Champions, 175 Master Hunters, and 35 Grand Hunting Retriever Champions. They have also trained more than 3,000 duck dogs and family companions.
Why I Use SportDOG Brand
I’ve been with SportDOG Brand® since 2003. Since that time, I’ve watched SportDOG grow from a fairly young company to one of the leading e-collar producers in the business. Their products were designed by trainers and hunters who know how to develop a high-quality, reliable and durable e-collar. SportDOG is what we use at Webb Footed Kennels, Inc. on a daily basis.
I use the ProHunter 2525 during training, because it’s easy to use and the remote’s slim design is makes it easy to stow in my pocket. I switch to the WetlandHunter 1825 while hunting because the remote is east to hook on my waders and I always knows where it is.
Articles by Chris Akin
Proper Introduction to the E-Collar
The e-collar is an amazing tool. It can fine-tune a dog, extend your control, and even save an animal’s life. But here’s the thing: You must understand what it is. It is not a magic bullet. I call it a polishing tool. It’s an enforcement tool and a distance minimizer. What...
Early Goose Season Means Learning Opportunities for Retrievers
With many states holding early Canada goose seasons, retriever owners have an excellent opportunity to introduce their young dogs to waterfowling, and for experienced dogs it’s a good time to provide a refresher course in hunting manners. Let’s talk about a few things you can do to make sure that...
Making the Case for E-Collar Simplicity
Depending on your background, your opinion about using an electronic training collar probably falls into one of three categories: 1) You think the modern e-collar is the greatest tool ever invented; 2) You think the evil “shock” collar has no place in dog training; or 3) You are afraid to...
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Chris has spent 30 years, since the age of 7, in the field, hunting whitetail deer, Eastern wild turkey, dove, duck, quail, pheasant, chukar, woodcock, and ruffed grouse. His passion is split between upland bird and waterfowl hunting. He has hunted upland game birds in South Dakota, up and down...
Owner of Etehoma Creek Kennels, a kennel that offers a training program for squirrel/coon dogs from beginner to finished dogs, Jeffrey has been hunting tree dogs since he was 6 years old and has continued his passion for hunting for the last 32 years. He also competes in competition hunts...