The 4 Phases of Canine Learning

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4 Phases of Canine Learning

During my 35-year career as a teacher and a coach, I had to approach my work with students in different ways depending on what the learning task called for, teaching or training. Sometimes a task involved learning something new, and that was teaching. Sometimes it was performing a task to perfection, and that was training. ...

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What is Important in Every Retrieve

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Retrieve Training for Hunting Dogs

I’ve read books and watched videos from many “expert” retriever trainers. They approach the development and growth of retrievers in different strategies, drills, techniques, and routines. I can’t say that I do only what Mike Lardy teaches, or only what Bill Hillmann does, or only what I read about from Evan Graham (or many ...

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From Scrap Heap to Master Hunting Retriever

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Training a Master Hunting Retriever

This article is the first in a series by Paul Agranoff on raising, training, hunting and competing with hunting Labrador Retrievers.

I came to the world of Retriever games in 2010 after my retirement from 35 years as a classroom teacher. We had gotten a puppy in October of 2009, and my plan was to ...

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The Season Diet: Feeding our Gun Dog During Hunting Season

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This article was originally published in the November 2015 issue of The Iowa Sportsman magazine.

In most cases, our dogs are most active during the months of our respective hunting seasons.  Even dogs that train regularly during the offseason can be more active during the hunting months because they are guide dogs, or simply hunt hard a few days per week resulting in more calories burnt and more wear and tear on the body.

For maximum performance, as well as a speedy ...

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5 Most Important Obedience Commands for Upland or Waterfowl

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A version of this article was originally published by Ryan Eder on UplandGundog.com in October of 2014.

The best part of the year for the avid bird hunter is when hunting season is just around the corner. If you’re a waterfowl hunter, chances are you have some kind of early season in September for teal or goose. If you’re an upland hunter, you’re just one or two months from chasing roosters in the field. Either way, as bird dog owners we’ve hopefully been ...

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Feeding Working Stock Dogs

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Fuel for Working Kelpies

This is a pretty cool video of some stock dogs fueled by Kinetic at work in the field. These dogs burn a lot of energy and definitely benefit from a high energy, high performance diet.

Thanks to our friends from the Lazy Y Cattle Company in southwest Nebraska for the video. We love to see working dogs doing what they were born to do!

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