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Teaching and Dog Training: it’s all the same.

It’s officially Summer 2018. Why does that matter? Because I’m a high school teacher and my season just ended. But I’m also a gun dog guy. And like teaching, my...

Training a Bird Dog: It’s Personal

There are some things in life that are personal and often categorized by the presence of both good and not-so-good. Personal is real, and real is experience with actual substance....

Our First Bird: Lessons in Humility

It should have been a memory to last a lifetime: a new hunter, a new puppy, and their very first bird together. After months of training, we could sense that the long-awaited day...

On Building Trust, Partnership and Teamwork with your Gun Dog. And The Look.

My single biggest goal as a hunter is to be good enough to deserve my gun dog. I say that lightly but also honestly. While a variety of activities and competing obligations pull...

The Pointing Flusher and Flushing Pointer

A story of the complicated world of hunting with both a flusher and pointer. I can see the muscles straining throughout his corded torso, threatening to deceive his training and...

Spring Woodcock – The Second Season

Learning all about the exciting time of spring Woodcock training. I can feel it in my bones. I can smell it in the air. And I’m beginning to think the dog can sense it as...

Living with Pen-Raised Quail

Imagine you have an enormous field at your disposal to train your bird dog, and you keep a Johnny house filled with quail in the shade of the oak trees at the edge of this field....

A Season of Firsts: Setting Expectations for the First Bird Hunting Season

Taking the lessons from a first bird hunting season with a bird dog. The young pup looked at me quizzically and cocked her head to one side. I snapped her new orange vest into...

Is your Gun Dog Soft or Confused?

Sometimes we may give confused dogs the stigma of soft. My Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a member of a breed often accused of being soft. Because of this, I went in thinking that...

An Introduction to Shed Hunting with your Bird Dog

Shed hunting with your bird dog can be a great offseason exercise. As the sun sets on the last day of upland hunting season, many will hang up their boots and collars, already...