Novice Perspective

Things They Don’t Tell You About Bird Dog Training – Pigeons are Disgusting and Other Surprises

Not everything in bird dog training is disclosed when you get your first gun dog. This article is the second in a series on upland hunting from the beginner’s perspective....

What Just Happened to My Life: Bringing Home Our First Gun Dog

First hand perspective of adding a first gun dog to the family. This article is the first in a series on upland hunting from the beginner’s perspective. Follow my failures,...

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 making your way through a favorite cover on a crisp October morning with 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 of a Novice Dog Handler on Bird Dog Commands When I was preparing to get my first puppy, I didn’t 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 the first year of my gun...

To Steady or Not To Steady

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

Do English Setters do it Better?

What drives the English setter obsession? A Medieval alchemist once observed that if something happens once, it will never happen again—but if it does happen again, it will...