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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 »


Best Retriever Photos of the Year

by Skip Knowles 0

Capturing the beauty of retrievers doing what they do best naturally is an art form. These dogs were born to… more »


What to Look for in a Young Retriever

by Bill Gibson 0

When the day for picking a puppy arrives, I go through four evaluation steps before making my final decision: 1…. more »


Is Your Lab Becoming Less Loyal and More Lonesome?

by Tyler Shoberg 0

Any reputable dog breeder will tell you: great retrievers come from great genes. That’s why they don’t haphazardly mix dogs… more »

Dog Training with Decoys

Take More Breaks During Off-Season Dog Training

by Tom Dokken 0

Most of the dogs I’ve hunted alongside have always had a good attitude in the blind. But that’s not always… more »

Training a bird dog for the first hunt of the season

How to Prepare Your Bird Dog for the Season

by Tom Dokken 0

If there is one thing I’ve learned in all my years as a professional dog trainer it’s this: plan for… more »

Stoping dog whining

Loudmouth Labs: How to Stop Dog Whining

by Tom Dokken 0

My first experience with a truly vocal duck dog occurred long ago when I was in high school. A good… more »

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