How To Make Your Retriever Even Better This Hunting Season.

the journey Sep 23, 2019

Hunting season is a time that we all look forward to! It's a time where we travel and invest countless hours into creating a successful hunt. It's also a time where your retriever's training can either falter or advance further than ever before.

Many times retriever owners stop training during hunting season and only focus on the hunt. This results in a dog that is rough around the edges after hunting season. But...

If you handle it right, you can actually come out on the other side of hunting season better off than when you started. Let's talk about how to get the most out of training during hunting season.

First things first, keep training when you're not hunting. The worst thing you can do is stop training just because it's hunting season. If you do this, your dog is sure to pick up some bad habits from the hunting season.

Second, be sure to take notes on what your dog does and how they handle the hunt. Use your phone, a note pad, or anything you can get your hands on....

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5 Things I Learned Training My First Retriever

the journey Sep 17, 2019

Five Things I Learned Training My First Retriever

Are you considering training your retriever? If so, you probably have many concerns, and at the same time, you are probably eager to get started. Not too long ago, I was in the same position as you. I remember how it felt. It was a feeling of great excitement, but it was also a weight knowing that I was going to be responsible for how my retriever turned out. It is one of those things that you know will be challenging, but so rewarding when you complete it. With all of that said, I am going to share five valuable lessons that I learned training my first retriever. These five lessons will enable you to avoid some of the pitfalls that many fall into and will accelerate your journey for success. Are you ready to get started? 

Number One: It Can’t Be Done In A Day… Or A Few Months For That Matter

This is something you are probably already familiar with and have heard before, but I want to emphasize this point and...

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Dove Hunting: Should I take my young dog dove hunting?

Uncategorized Aug 15, 2019

Should I Take My Pup Dove Hunting?

The kids are back in school, football season is starting up, and fall is fast approaching. We can hardly wait until hunting season! But, the precursor to it all: Dove season.

It is nearly time to pull out the shotgun, clean it up, and take a trip to the outdoor store to pick up some shells. Before you know it, it will be time to fire the first shot that starts the rest of the season.

For those with a new puppy or a young dog, this is a time to decide whether or not to take it to the field. If you have been considering taking your pup to the dove field, but aren't sure if its a good move or not, we would like to share a few thoughts that will help with your decision.

If you ask around, some will say to take your pup out as soon as possible. They say: "It's a great way to let your pup see what it's going to be doing one day." Others say: "No way! That's a great way to ruin your dog quickly!" With all of the mixed messages, you may be having a hard...

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My puppy is barking! What do I do now?

puppy Mar 11, 2019

> Is your puppy barking uncontrollably?

> Have you tried and tried, but can't seem to get your puppy to be quiet? 

> Are you losing sleep because your puppy keeps barking? 

> Or anything along these lines? 


Puppies sure are cute.


When the barking starts, it can cause questions to arise...

- Was this a good idea?

- What have we gotten ourselves into?

- Will my pup ever stop? I don't think I can take this!

My wife and I recently brought home a new puppy.

We've decided to call her Violet.

She is the quiet one of the litter, but still has a lot of spunk.

We live in an apartment complex, so we thought to ourselves "this is perfect!"

"She won't bother the neighbors, and we will have peace and quiet!"

Then it happened...

We loaded Violet up into her crate and left the Cornerstone Retrievers home base.

About 1 minute went by before Violet started with her shrill puppy whine.

It wasn't a big deal at first, but after about 5 minutes, our...

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Are you and your dog in a training "rip-current?"

problem solving Aug 31, 2018

Are you and your dog in a training “rip-current?”

If you’ve been to the beach, then you’ve probably walked past the rip-current warning signs. You don’t think much about them until your actually caught in one.

What is really crazy about a rip-current is that if you’re caught in one, you may not even realize it until your tired of swimming. If you swim against it, then you are doomed to swim until exhaustion sets in, and you have nothing left to give. If you recognize it early on, you can take immediate action and swim with the current (not against it) to safety.

A lot of times training your dog can be very similar. You are training and working hard and making progress. Then all of a sudden... It’s like you’ve hit a wall. You can’t seen to make any headway, and you start to become exhausted trying to make progress.


If this is you, then keep reading to learn what steps you can take that will allow you to get out of the...

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How To Handle Fireworks with Your Retriever This Fourth of July

Uncategorized Jun 29, 2018



We hope that you have a great time celebrating this year’s Independence Day with great friends or family.  We also know that a lot of Fourth of July celebrations involve FIREWORKS, which can be very fun for you but can also cause a ton of issues for your dogs!



Unnatural noises, loud noises, and surprising noises can cause noise-sensitivity for any young dog.  Common sounds to cause noise sensitive are;  a thunderstorm, vacuum cleaner, blender, fireworks, etc. While noise-sensitivity does not NECESSARILY mean your dog will be gun-shy, fireworks are a sound that closely resembles gunfire.

If your dog has not been formally introduced to gunfire, as outlined in the Gunfire Introduction video in our Gundog Academy, then he is at risk.  Gun-shy tendencies can be very hard to correct, and an ounce of prevention is far better than a pound of cure.  Even if your dog is older and has been introduced to gunfire,...

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How Three Gundog Trainers Created the Ultimate Online Learning Resource

Uncategorized Apr 17, 2017

What started as a vision two years ago is finally a reality. Cornerstone Gundog Academy launched today after years of planning and development.

“I had no idea when I bought our first lab that it would lead us to creating Cornerstone Gundog Academy,” says Founder Keith Parvin.

Parvin owned a kennel in Alabama where he and his son Josh trained labradors. He knew that they could only train a limited number of dogs, but the knowledge for the training was in demand.

Parvin comments, “After extensive research, we concluded that there wasn’t a start to finish dog training solution, so we created CGA to fill that gap.”

Cornerstone Gundog Academy is the only online training resource with the tools to develop a 7-week-old puppy to a finished gun dog.

Last year, Parvin invited fellow kennel owner and trainer Barton Ramsey to help co-found and finish the project. Ramsey was one state over, in Mississippi. The two partnered on the vision for CGA.

Ramsey brought his...

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Four Phases of Learning: Know These Before Training Your Dog

how dog's learn Jan 09, 2017

4 Phases of Learning

One of the key things we have learned since we began dog training is understanding what phase of learning our dog is in, relative to a particular skill or drill within the overall development process. It helps us connect with the dog and have a better feel for what is needed to advance through the development process as smoothly as possible.

We hear it all the time, someone calls wanting help with their dog. They had their dog with a trainer and the dog demonstrated well on pick up day or on videos that the trainer sent them, however when they started working with it at home or in the field, it just didn't perform as expected. Maybe you have experienced this or had your pup you are training just not perform when you move to another drill or training location.

Does that mean the trainer did a lousy job? Not likely, it really has more to do with our expectation relative to an understanding of what phase of Learning your dog is in. We find that one of the keys to a...

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