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What many people fail to understand is that your retriever is learning every day, whether or not you are formally training him/her.
These obedience drills will help your retriever perform better both in the home and in the field.
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.
Here are some of the different leashes, leads and check cords I use when training a retriever and how I use them.
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.
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.
Training can prepare your dog for the basics. It can even give him a glimpse into actual hunting scenarios, but it is the first few hunts that you do with your retriever that will set the tone for your dog’s hunting career.
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.
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.