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How to Start Over When You Lose a Gun Dog

by Tom Dokken 0

Over the last year, my wife Tina and I have both lost our older dogs. This means that 2018 is… more »

Duck Dog Retrieving

Double Your Drill Distance To Create A Dynamic Duck Dog

by Tony Peterson 0

It never ceases to amaze me how much farther dead ducks end up away from me than I expect when… more »


Training Tips for Your Distracted Duck Dogs

by Tony Peterson 0

Eye-on-the-price training to ensure your waterfowl retriever stays focused My current Lab, Luna, just turned five. That means she is… more »

Start a checklist now, consider your dog's age and make a plan for top performance well before the season.

Don’t Sleep on Summer Dog Training

by Tom Dokken 0

Start a checklist now, consider your dog’s age and make a plan for top performance well before the season.


Properly Introducing Your Dog to Gunfire

by Bill Gibson 0

This step will make or break a gun dog, so tread lightly and take your time.   One way to… more »


Dokken’s Top Bird-Dog Accessories to Raise Their Game

by Tom Dokken 0

A few key bird-dog accessories and gear can raise your retriever’s game.


How To Finish The Trained Retrieve

by Tom Dokken 0

Editors Note: Part 3 in a Series It has taken two columns to get to this point, but your dog… more »

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‘Force Fetching’ Doesn’t Have To Be Draconian

by Tom Dokken 0

Editor’s Note: Part 2 in a series Last issue I broke down the importance of natural hold and carry, the… more »

When introducing retrieves in cover, toss a dummy two or
three feet into the taller grass and send
the puppy in. Their instinct will be to
pick up the dummy and get out of the
cover, which brings them right back to

Retrievers: How To Develop Natural Pick Up And Carry

by Tom Dokken 0

Nearly all retriever puppies have an inherent desire to pick objects up with their mouth. But only a small percentage… more »

Dogs can overheat quickly
regardless of the temperature in the blind, keep your eyes open for critical first signs like diarrhea. Pale gums and a bright red tongue are additional signs.

How to avoid the dangers of overheating your waterfowling dog

by Tyler Shoberg 0

Dogs can overheat relatively quickly regardless of the temperature in the duck blind. Factors such as age, fitness level, coat… more »

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