Use a Thoughtful, Steady Approach with Your Duck Dog
A good bird dog isn’t born. It’s made.
Although breeding and natural instinct play decisive roles in a dog’s ability to perform, you cannot simply pluck a retriever from a pile of puppies and rely on instinct to create a reliable, well-trained gun dog. It takes training, discipline and hard work to build upon those intrinsic genetic traits in even the highest-bred canine. Training and conditioning is a long process and cannot be rushed. There is no silver bullet, and it’s easy to make mistakes, especially among those who hastily want to get their dog in the field.
Let’s look at some of the most common mistakes and oversights made in retriever training.