One of the most misunderstood aspects of gun dog training is the forced fetch program or as most people today call it the trained retrieved. It doesn't have to be intimidating for the dog or the trainer. Of course the goal is to teach the dog to hold, fetch and drop an object on command. I see that as a by product of what you really want to do. The most important part of the program is to teach the dog that he is responsible for being disobedient. This is the key to having a well trained versatile gun dog.
before launching into how the program works I'm going to cover theory, fitting the program to the individual dog, what signs should you look for to tell you that you are and the dog are progressing, dealing with soft dogs, alternate methods, best type of corrections, materials needed to get the job done and making this an enjoyable process for the dog. To be continued ....
Payton made us proud on achieving a Prize 1 award at the NADKC Mid West VGP test held September 3/4 2016. He did his famous launch to begin each of the three water tests. You will also see this picture on the inside cover of the September issue of Gun Dog magazine. Payton now has entered 3 tests – the Derby, the Solms, and the VGP and received Prize 1 on each test.
Payton excels even beyond test scores when hunting in the field. His field search, point, and water work is the dream of every bird hunter. His field capability is matched with his V ( excellent ) rating for conformation. Weighing 85 pounds and standing 27 inches at the shoulder he is a most impressive looking male DK.
Payton is now standing at stud for approved females. Females must be registered and qualified DK’s. Qualified means having passed the Solms test and having positive hip x-rays.
Magic is an imported Golden Retriever, from Scotland that has been Randy’s go-to dog for years. When Randy began training versatile hunting dogs and Magic observed them pointing; he decided to become a pointer as well as a fantastic retriever. When training young pups, Magic shows the way and always makes it look easy and fun. These pictures are from a recent late season pheasant hunt in Southern Alberta where Magic did himself proud again. Keep going Magic!