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Posted by on 12/1/2019 to Training Tips

We all love to see a dog that retrieves right to hand. This puts the finishing touch on a fine retrieve.

However, many of us have dogs that do a great job finding downed birds, pick them up and then bring them part of the way to us. This is known as a partial retrieve. I have seen hunters in the field and handlers in field trials nearly “stand on their heads” to get their dog to retrieve to hand. There are a couple of reasons dogs do not complete the retrieve to hand. One, they are anxious to find more birds. Two, and the most probable one, is that we present a wall standing in front of them as they approach. Here are a couple of tips that may be of help to you.

First, during training sessions, turn sideways when the dog approaches. This gives the dog a path past you and it encourages them to continue coming. When they arrive, command WHOA (pointers) or SIT (retrievers/flushers) and let them maintain possession of the dummy/bird for a few seconds. One of the biggest problems is hunter/handlers grabbing the bird from the dog. This creates hard mouth problems as the dog wants to maintain possession. By waiting a few seconds, you allow the dog “ownership” and eventually they will give it up willingly.

The second approach is to move backwards as the dog approaches you. You have trained your dog to come to you and it will continue coming as you are moving away. The trick is for you to move back slower than the dog is approaching. He will catch up to you and you can reach down and praise the dog lavishly while letting your dog maintain possession of the dummy/bird. Again, your dog eventually will release the bird willingly. Patience and repetition are key.

Stop by again next month for another training tip!

C J , Shawnee,  &  Duchess         


Posted by on 11/1/2019 to Training Tips

This month we are going to add retrieving to the Staunchness on Point training drill. It will be used as a reward when your dog executes staunchness on point without breaking point or creeping on point.

Set up the scenario as described in the last few months tips. Once the dog establishes point, release the bird, fire the starter pistol and keep the dog from chasing (on check cord). Then lead the dog 180 degrees away about 20 yards. Command WHOA and MARK, toss a frozen bird and then command the dog to fetch. I use the dog’s name as a release command. You can also use a whistle command as a release to retrieve.

Remember, do not give the retrieve reward if the dog falters in any way on staunchness. Soon your dogs will learn that in order to get their mouths on birds, they must be staunch on point.

This is a great drill to start training your dog to be steady to wing and shot. Please stop by again next month for another training tip. The upland bird hunting season is now underway. May it be a rewarding one for both you and your dog!


C J, Shawnee, &   Duchess


Posted by on 8/1/2019 to Training Tips

This month we will start our series on field training pointing dogs. . .


Posted by on 7/1/2019 to Training Tips

We have come to the fifth and last lesson of the five lesson program featured in Paul Long’s book, “Training Pointing Dogs”. . .

5 Ways to Show Your Dog How Much You Love Them!

Posted by Hayleigh on 6/5/2019 to Events

Dogs express their love in many ways; kisses all over the face, a wagging tail, and cuddles, lots of cuddles. We all love our pets, but many of us only see them when we come home from work or on weekends. This leaves very little time for us to express to them how we feel about them. Pet Appreciation Week is from June 2nd to June 8th and here are 5 ways to show your dog some extra affection!

1.  Take them to the dog park! Some dogs may be deprived of socialization which can cause them anxiety in other social situations. Relieving your pet of their built-up energy at a dog park may allow your pet to become more sociable and make new friends! You can find a list of reputable dog parks around you with a quick google search. For dog parks in the Denver area click here!


2. Bake them a doggy-friendly cake. Yes, a cake. Find recipes online for dog-safe cakes and mixes that you can buy premade! This will let your dog enjoy a delicious treat and allow you to bake with unlimited love for your pet. Check out this link for some good-looking dog-friendly cake recipes!

3. Learn how to better communicate with your dog in their own language. There are many resources online to teach pet owners how to better communicate with their pets. It can help bring you closer to your pet and possibly change some negative behaviors too! Check out “5 Ways To Tell Your Dogs You Love Them In Their Own Language”, for more tips on how you can communicate effectively with your pet.

4. Pamper your pet with a grooming. Being covered in fur can’t be easy, give your pet a bath and trim their nails. You might even feel better afterwards too! The American Humane Organization says that matted fur can be harmful to your pet’s health and even cause skin infections. Keeping your pet feeling fresh can help them feel loved and taken care of.

5. Finally, keep your pet healthy with a daily supplement to support their immune system and overall health! Daily Dog is a great example. Daily Dog has 21 key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. It is beef-flavored and can be given like a treat. To check out Daily Dog click here.


These 5 things can help you show your pet extra appreciation this week! For more information on keeping your dog healthy and active visit Zoomdog Supplements today!


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• Daniels, E. (2018, February 08). 15 Dog Cake Recipes for Your Fur Baby. Retrieved from https://www.personalcreations.com/blog/dog-cake-recipes

• 5 Ways To Tell Your Dogs You Love Them In Their Own Language. (2017, July 02). Retrieved from https://iheartdogs.com/5-ways-to-tell-your-dogs-you-love-them-in-their-own-language/