How Often Should I Train My Dog?

the journey Apr 02, 2020

Have you ever thought about whether or not you're really getting the most out of the time that you are training? 

If so, then congratulations, and if not, you may want to keep reading...

The amount of dog training time per day you need is probably less than you think, and it doesn't even have to be every day. I am about to share with you some valuable information that will help you avoid the frustration, and best of all, it will help you get more done with less effort!

The duration of the training session is important to keep in mind.

If a training session is too long, then you may lose your dog's attention, and then you will see a decrease in how well your dog performs.

If a training session is too short, then you aren't getting the most that you can out of that session, and it slows the overall progression of your dog's training down.

Another thing to consider is the age and experience level of your dog and whether or not you're working on something new or your working on...

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Five Steps to Handling Difficult Retrieves Using A Dog Training Whistle

Uncategorized Mar 23, 2020

Watching a dog work is one of the most exciting parts of the hunt. Whether it's a fast day and you've limited out within 30 minutes, or maybe it's a slow day, and you only get one chance, it is all worth it when you get to watch your dog pick the retrieve.

A great marking dog is always a joy to work with and to watch work.


There's nothing quite like watching a dog work with its handler to pick a LONG blind retrieve.

It often happens both in the duck blind and on upland hunts.

A few birds go down quickly, and then the last bird gets winged and glides WAY out there.

Then the question is posed: "Hey, you think your dog can get that retrieve way out there?! That one might be gone!" 

"Watch this!" -Dog and Handler

Everyone becomes quiet as the handler and dog step up to pick the bird. 

The handler lines the dog and then...


The dog explodes from the side of his handler without hesitation. 

40 yards...

50 yards...

70, 90, 100...

150 yards and he's...

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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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When to Take Your Retriever First Time Dove Hunting

Uncategorized Aug 15, 2019

Should I take my young retriever dove hunting this year?

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 and clean it up. We are looking forward to trips 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, here 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 gun dog quickly!" With all of the mixed messages, you may be having a hard time deciding...

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My puppy is barking! What do I do now?

puppy Mar 11, 2019

> Is your puppy barking all night?

> Are you asking how to get your puppy to stop barking?

> Are you losing sleep because your puppy is keeping you up? 

> 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!

- How do I stop my puppy from barking!?

My wife and I recently brought home a new puppy. We've decided to call her Violet. I think her name suites her.

She is the quiet one of the litter but still has a lot of spunk. Even though puppies barking and playing at the breeder's is cute, we knew we didn't want too much barking at our place.

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...

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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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Four Phases of Learning: Know These Before Training Your Dog

how dog's learn Jan 09, 2017

What age should my dog be learning each skill?

My dog performs this skill perfectly at home, but it's like he knows nothing when I go to a new spot. What do I do?

My dog was amazing at the trainer, but now, she acts like she doesn't know how to retrieve.

How do I know when my dog is ready to move on to the next skill?

You may be asking yourself some of these questions. Surprisingly, your dog doesn't need to learn a specific skill by a specific age. It needs to learn according to the 4 Phases of Learning. Think of these as dog training stages. These stages of learning will also answer questions on why your pup may do well in one place but not in another place. 

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. To be able to retrieve in any scenario, your dog will need to go through each phase with each skill. Knowing what phase our dog is in connects us with the dog...

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