Hey, Hey, Hey! Get It!

Hey, Hey, Hey! Get It!

Now that your puppy has been socialized and has a start on basic manners, it’s time to start retrieving. There are a few key steps to successfully begin the stages of retrieving. Jumping right into using a live bird and gun with your young dog is not one of...
A Proper Introduction to Water

A Proper Introduction to Water

Whether you’re working with a 10-week-old puppy or a 3-year-old dog, it’s important to introduce your dog to water the right way. You’ll want to keep a few key things in mind when heading to the water for the first time and, as always, have patience...
Conditioning: A Year-Round Concern

Conditioning: A Year-Round Concern

Keeping your dog conditioned is a year-round task. While it is important to get your dog into top condition prior to the hunting season, it is equally important to maintain that conditioning throughout the season and into the winter and summer months. If you were...
Helping Your Retriever Go the Distance

Helping Your Retriever Go the Distance

Training your dog for success on long retrieves includes many aspects, the most obvious being that you need to practice marks that are farther than the shotgun-range distances where many birds fall during a hunt. If all you do during training is chuck bumpers out to...
Gun Dog Training: Multiple Marks

Gun Dog Training: Multiple Marks

To be a versatile hunting partner, a gun dog must know how to handle situations when multiple birds fall. Full Throttle Kennels’ Jessie Richards explains pre-season drills you can use to improve your dog’s ability to mark several birds and deliver them to hand. Stay...