Rational Retriever Training

In this podcast series, I focus on the WHY in retriever training methods and concepts for hunt tests

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Casting Retrievers

Sunday Mar 20, 2022

Sunday Mar 20, 2022

In this podcast, we discuss ten casting tips:
 Mental Counting
Expectation After Each Whistle Stop
Casting Rotation
Cast Refusals
Whistle Stops
Carry The Cast
Training Versus Hunt Test
Consider Your Whistle
Consider Your Background
Success and Repetition in Casts

Retriever Puppy Training

Wednesday Mar 16, 2022

Wednesday Mar 16, 2022

In this podcast, I list ten mistakes I often see newbies make while trying to train their first puppy.  These mistakes include:
Repeating Commands
Giving The Wrong Command
Cheerleading Pup
Ignoring A Problem
Creating A Gunshy Retriever
Not Teaching Pinpoint Marking
Pup Trains The Trainer
Trainer Not Accepting Responsibility For Pups Behavior
Trainer Gets Frustrated With Pup
Not Building Pup

Thursday Mar 03, 2022

In this podcast, we discuss bumpers...canvas or plastic, orange or white or
black & white, and the use of birds for training retrievers.

Trainer Frustrations

Saturday Jan 15, 2022

Saturday Jan 15, 2022

Todays podcast is about the retriever trainer getting frustrated and mad at a retriever. Dogs are not resentful creatures, their behavior is often what in there nature.  The best trainers never get mad or frustrated, they have learned "walk in the dogs shoes" and try to understand retriever behavior from the dog's perspective.

Sunday Jan 02, 2022

In this podcast we cover 7 checks for good line manners from your truck to the line:
 Opening Your Kennel
Waiting in the Holding Blind
Response to Judges/Marshall Talking/Yelling
Leaving The Holding Blind
Will Your Retriever Work With You?
Walking Towards The LIne: Backwards Heeling
Silent Auto-Sit Halfway and Just Behind The Line

Initial Line Concepts

Friday Feb 19, 2021

Friday Feb 19, 2021

In this podcast, we outline a checklist of initial line concepts you can teach your dog while training.  Concepts such as barriers, no-seeum blinds, remote sends, targeting, and diversions from the line.  These concepts are important in running bind retrieves at Master Hunter level and in waterfowl hunting.

Sunday Jul 12, 2020

There are 3 phases to teach your retriever to master cross-wind water blinds:
Lining into the wind
Casting into the wind
Succeeding in a gradient of cross-wind water blinds

Your Retriever’s Perspective

Saturday Feb 08, 2020

Saturday Feb 08, 2020

Sometimes the human or trainer's perspective may differ from the dog's perspective.
This can result in problems.  In this podcast, we give five examples where the retriever's perspective was very different than the trainer's perspective. 
As you get better and better as a trainer you will think more and more from your dog's perspective...

Retriever Tune Up Drills

Sunday Nov 10, 2019

Sunday Nov 10, 2019

A tune-up drill is a series of land or water blinds run on successive days.
Tune-up drills can be useful for at least 4 reasons:
They get your retriever comfortable with multiple blinds 
They teach your retriever go straight in a blind corridor.
They are useful to teach your retriever advanced blind concepts.
They help you develop as the handler to be proactive and reactive to keep your dog in a tight blind corridor.

Wednesday Oct 02, 2019

In this podcast, we discuss training drills for working on lining with confidence.
As a handler you need to "spot bowl" with your retriever's spine, eyes, and nose perfectly focused on a spot in line with the distant blind destination.
Barriers and no-see-um blinds are setups that your retriever should be exposed to in advanced lining.

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