Ever been in a hurry to go somewhere, and you know you will be gone for a while, so it’s vital your dog go potty?
Why does my Lab dog walk between my legs?
Why your dog walks between or through your legs and how to stop it I have noticed a trend. Many of the dogs that our dropped off at the kennel for training walk between their owner’s legs. Most owners seem to like it or at least don’t seem to mind it. But this behavior from […]
Naming your hunting dog puppy
Getting a puppy is an exciting time filled with wonder and expectations. There are many decisions that you will make while you plan for his arrival but one that is often overlooked, or at least not given the consideration it deserves, is what to name the puppy.
How to stop noisy whiny retriever
If you are reading this post, you probably already know how annoying a whiny, noisy dog is when you’re hunting or running a competition. Some retrievers are noisier than others, and sometimes genetics are to blame, but is there anything that can be done to stop this behavior? Or even minimize it? Here are some […]
Why is my retriever puppy so hyper and aggressive?
Retrievers, for the most part, make great family dogs. Their easy-going temperament means they don’t mind when kids run circles around them and climb on them. They are also smart, so they learn quickly and their strong willingness to please often makes retrievers a great addition to the family. But some retriever puppies are a […]
Gift ideas for hunting dog owners
Do you have a hunter and a gun dog or duck dog on your gift list this year?
If so, you might be at a loss for what to give them. Here are some gifts that are both practical – meaning they will actually be used, and essential.
How to train with an e-collar – Part 2
This is part two in the series of posts about how to train with an e-collar. The first part of this post talks about how to condition your retriever to wearing the collar and how to avoid making your dog collar-wise. You can read that post here. In this post, I will give you […]
How do you start training with an e-collar?
Electronic collars or e-collars are great training tools. When used correctly, they can help your dog learn and progress quickly in training. But when used incorrectly, they can just as quickly confuse and damage your dog. This series of posts will walk you through the steps necessary to properly condition and start training your retriever […]
How to stop my Lab from jumping on me
If there is one dog behavior that really drives me crazy, it is dogs jumping on me. I hate it. It gets my clothes dirty, but the real reason I hate it is because it is so dangerous. Our dogs are Labrador Retrievers, and they are big dogs. Each one weighs close to 90 pounds, […]
How to train a stubborn dog
Labrador, Golden and Chesapeake Bay retrievers are all excellent hunting and family breeds. They often can span the role of being a family dog and a hunting dog with few downfalls. But that doesn’t mean they are perfect. Many retrievers are very stubborn and hard to train. If your dog is one of the stubborn […]
Retriever training – when training gets hard
If you train your dog on a regular basis, you know how rewarding it is to watch your dog progress. Each day, each week, that you put in the work, you are likely rewarded with seeing your dog learn and grow. Unfortunately, what we, as professional trainers, often see is that owners love to do […]
Why does my dog step on me?
A client arrives at our kennel with his Labrador Retriever, and as usual, we spend a little time talking with the owner and observing the dog. We notice that often, when the dog comes and sits by the owner, the dog puts his paw on top of the owner’s foot. It seems so innocent, but […]
My dog runs away when called
There are few things more frustrating than a dog that won’t listen. If your dog doesn’t come when you call him, or if she runs around you and plays keep away, you know what I am talking about. And the madder you get, the more the frustration grows, the harder it is to get your […]
Should I send my lab away for training?
YOU want to do WHAT? I imagine this is the response many people get when they suggest to their significant other or family members that they want to send the dog away for training. For some people it is simply inconceivable. The idea of sending their dog away for weeks and months at a time […]
Can I train my dog too much?
Occasionally we get a call from someone with a new puppy who has gone off the deep end. In their excitement, they are training their 8-week-old puppy like it is an adult – multiple sessions a day, working on perfection of obedience commands and trying to steady this little pup on retrieves. Calls like this […]
How to choose a professional hunting dog trainer
Avoid these red flags and find the best dog trainer for your dog Are you looking for a trainer for your hunting dog? If so, you probably realize how confusing a task this can be. If you are like me, your dog is very important to you. In fact, he/she is probably like a child […]
Why most people fail at training their dog
And why you don’t have too! Everyone who buys or adopts a puppy has good intentions. Intentions to love and take care of the beautiful animal. Most even plan to teach their dog to be obedient and to have good manners. Yet not everyone is successful at this endeavor. In fact, most people fail when […]
Why should I compete my retriever in hunt tests?
Many retriever owners do not understand the natural talent and skill that lies just below the surface of their family retriever. It brings us joy to display this raw talent and encourage owners to develop it.
What can I do with dog before sending to pro?
Doing this training can prepare your dog for future training If you plan to send your dog to a professional dog trainer for hunting and/or competition training, you may be wondering what you can do with your dog prior to that training. Since formal hunting dog training generally does not begin until a pup’s adult […]
How to maintain my dog’s professional training
Maintain your trained dog with these tips If you have invested in professional training for your retriever, you should be enjoying a more obedient, responsive dog. But that does not mean that your dog’s training is compete or that he/she will maintain that training for the rest of their life. Unfortunately, that is not how […]