Novice Perspective

The Other Reasons We Buy Hunting Dogs

There are many reasons unrelated to wingshooting that we buy hunting dogs. The decision to get a hunting dog puppy was made last spring. Though that decision was not necessarily...

Bird Dog Tracking with a Bell, Beeper, and GPS?

Bird Dog Tracking with a Bell, Beeper and GPS may be more practical than you think. Imagine yourself and a trusted hunting buddy making your way through a favorite cover on a...

Gun Dog Training – Five Things a Novice Should Know

First Time Advice on Gun Dog Training from a Struggling Novice Beginning on the path of gun dog training is no small feat. It is a world of obstacles, failures, and defeat. But...

Choosing our Bird Dog Commands Carefully

Confessions from a Novice Dog Handler on Bird Dog Commands When I was preparing to get my first puppy I did not think much about the words associated with bird dog commands....

I Need More Training than my Gun Dog

Our own abilities, and dedication are the solid foundation of gun dog training – Confessions of a first time gun dog trainer. As I progress throughout year one of my first...

To Steady or Not To Steady

Is steady training worth the time and investment with a gun dog? Dog One on point. Dog Two hurtles in around a thick tangle of juniper and slams the back, honoring his bracemate....

Do English Setters do it Better?

What drives the English setter obsession? A Medieval alchemist said if something happens once it’ll never happen again.  If it does happen again then it will continue to...