What many people fail to understand is that your retriever is learning every day, whether or not you are formally training him/her.
Obedience drills for retrievers
These obedience drills will help your retriever perform better both in the home and in the field.
Setting goals for your retriever
If you aspire for your retriever to become an exceptional hunter or earn a Hunt Test title, it is vitally important that you plan and set some goals.
What dog leash for training retriever?
Leashes, leads, and check cords for training dogs If you plan to train your retriever, there are many tools you will need. But few are as important as a good leash or check cord. It doesn’t matter if your goal is an obedient family dog or a stellar hunting dog. It all starts with a […]
Why won’t my retriever listen to me?
When a dog is not listening, most people think there is a failure in training. They rarely stop to think about why their dog is acting like he/she is.
What is wrong with my hunting dog
As an owner of a hunting dog, you need to be on guard against problems as they develop, and you must also become skilled at solving these problems as they arise.
How to make my retriever dog’s first hunt successful
Patience and guidance key for first few hunts Maybe you purchased a retriever puppy and sent him off for months of training. Or, perhaps you did the training yourself. Either way Fall is approaching and you cannot wait to get your dog out in the field or in a blind and show him off to […]
Wagon wheel lining drill for retrievers
The Wagon Wheel Lining Drill is a great drill to teach your retriever any time of year. It helps you, as handler, learn to read your dog better. It also helps you work with your dog as a team to improve your dog’s lines for marks and blind retrieves.
Is it too late to train my dog to hunt?
Older dogs can be taught to hunt. The question is often less about how old the dog is and more about the experiences of the dog up to his current age.
Teach your retriever Stand Alones drill
Get your retriever running longer marks without a training assistant If you only do hand-thrown marks for your retriever, you are going to have a problem. Dogs quickly learn how far you can throw and will start hunting only at that distance. Then if you shoot down a bird out of that range, they will […]
How to train retriever in winter
Solutions for where and how If you live in an area where winter means cold and snow, you know how hard it can be to keep your retriever in shape and learning throughout the winter season. What you might not realize, is that while it might not always be comfortable training your retriever in the […]
How to teach retriever to be steady to shot?
If your retriever is also your waterfowl hunting partner, you probably realize the importance of teaching your dog to be steady. A dog that jumps out of the boat or blind at the first sight of a bird is not going to be a great hunting partner. And if your dog takes off after your […]
How can I teach my retriever puppy to fetch?
You do not have to wait for your puppy to get older to start working on fetch. You can start working on it almost immediately after you bring him or her home
Help, I don’t want to ruin my hunting dog puppy
When dogs are young, they learn quickly and soak up lots of information about the world in which they live. If the owner chooses to not doing anything, the dog does not stop learning, he just learns wrongly.
How to get my Lab to jump in my vehicle
Teach your dog to love your car or truck. If you have a retriever that doesn’t like to get into your vehicle, you are not alone. Many owners struggle with training their dog to get into their vehicle on command. Generally, the harder you force the issue, the worse it can get. Here are some […]
Retriever training in the winter – 3-Hand Cast drill
Teaching your retriever to handle starts with 3-Hand Cast drill One of my favorite drills to teach retrievers is often referred to as 3-Hand Cast or Baseball. This drill can be taught to retrievers of all ages, from young puppies all the way to the old guys. After they get the hang of it, most […]
How do I make my hunting retriever more obedient?
Getting your Labrador Retriever, or any retriever, to be obedient requires firm consistent obedience work on a regular basis. it also requires you to earn the respect of your retriever. If you do both of these things, you will see a defined change in behavior from your retriever and the reward will be a dog that listens to you and obeys your commands.
How can I get my Labrador Retriever to listen
Training is fundamental to getting your retriever to listen and obey you. Using these cornerstones of retriever training, you can teach your retriever what is acceptable and what is not acceptable while being a thoughtful, respectful trainer.
How do I fix a collar wise dog?
What to do when your dog only listens when wearing an e-collar The electronic collar marked a huge breakthrough for hunting dog training. It gave us the ability to make corrections immediately after an infraction and thus helping dogs to learn faster. Unfortunately, if a dog is not introduced to the electronic collar properly, the […]
How to train a Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers are great dogs. They generally have an even temperament that makes them perfect for family dogs, but they also have an innate love to retrieve that makes them wonderful hunting or gun dogs. They are also very smart dogs. If you are looking for tips on how to train a Labrador Retriever, here are ten important tips.