There is no solid definition of what a started dog is. That is why it is so important for you to ask the right questions.
If you are looking for a whistle for training your hunting or gun dog, you may be shocked at how many options there are.
The key to training an excellent duck dog, or upland dog for that matter, is to never put your retriever in a position of having to perform in a way they have not been trained or conditioned to respond. This may not always be possible, but it should still be the goal.
If you plan on training your retriever for hunting, you may be wondering what equipment you will need. Here is the basic equipment you will need to start training your gun dog.
Having a professional train your retriever is an investment. An investment in your dog but also an investment in a happier home life where your dog knows his place and respects the family.
Your job, as a trainer, is to put your retriever in these situations in a training environment where they can learn how to deal with birds.