Training the Pointing Labrador
#158 G Update and Raising and Training the “High Roller”

#158 G Update and Raising and Training the “High Roller”

June 21, 2021

In this episode, after bringing everyone up to date with G, we talk about the approach to raising and then beginning serious training with the "fire breathing dragon" highly motivated, intensely focused dogs, which can often be hard to handle as they grow up and really want to make the decisions for themselves.  Many of the 'teenage' problems can be prevented by approaching the youngsters with awareness of their internal drive..  At the end, a response to the listener questions about training in this summers heat.

#157 Raising and Training the ADHD or Crazy Dog

#157 Raising and Training the ADHD or Crazy Dog

June 14, 2021

In this episode we go over the challenges of the dog that has difficult engaging or staying focused.  They can ultimately be very successful, particularly if when their little brains are developing, we use that time to create the ability to sustain a thought or remain focused on something important. Training of the ADHD pup is very important at the beginning.  Understanding these kinds of dogs is the important first step in their long term training and success.

#156 G Update and Raising and Training the Soft Dog

#156 G Update and Raising and Training the Soft Dog

June 9, 2021

In this episode we hear the latest and greatest on G and then discuss the approach to having a puppy and adult dog that is what is often referred to as "soft".  That is a dog that might be upset by new or abrupt things; a dog that may take a slightly different approach in raising and training, but can result in an excellent performance dog and companion.

#155 G Update and Listener Questions

#155 G Update and Listener Questions

June 1, 2021

In this episode, I bring G's latest to everyone, and then address 3 listener questions:  1.  Purpose of the "Happy Bumper"; 2. Pup choice to mess with bird instead of bringing it back and 3. Using failure in events to improve your performances.  

# 154 G Update and the Importance of Talking and Movement in Training

# 154 G Update and the Importance of Talking and Movement in Training

May 24, 2021

In this episode, after a brief update and G's progress (which is good) we go into some detail on the function of your noise and movement in training and competing with your dog.  Often we underestimate the impact of our voice, how much we use it, how loudly we use it, the whistle and the movement and position of our own body.  It is at least something to think about as we work with our animals.

#153 G Update and Listener Questions

#153 G Update and Listener Questions

May 18, 2021

Today I bring everyone up to date on G and her latest adventures.  Two listener questions are addressed:  1. How do I move through the APLA upland field helping my dog the most and 2. How to be a little better handler on  marks and blinds.

#152 G Update, Audiobook coming and Approaches to Trouble Shooting Training Problems

#152 G Update, Audiobook coming and Approaches to Trouble Shooting Training Problems

May 11, 2021

The latest on Miss G, Training the Pointing Labrador will be coming out in Audiobook form, and in this episode, we go over some approaches to training problems.  How do you look at them, how do you decide what caused them and then come up with a good, effective approach to eliminate them?

#151 G Update and More Listener Questions

#151 G Update and More Listener Questions

May 3, 2021

In this episode  I bring everyone into G's world, which is back to running well again, and answer one question about preparing for land versus water marks, and finally, how to become a better dog trainer when you often train by yourself without expert help.

#150 G Update and Listener Questions

#150 G Update and Listener Questions

April 20, 2021

In today's episode, we talk about G's latest hijinks, and then address 3 listener questions.  "Why can't I just let my puppy be a puppy?" How do you start training to run blind retrieves and am I going to become a cord user in the upland field after recent successes using a cord.

#149 Game Day Preparation

#149 Game Day Preparation

April 12, 2021

In this episode, we talk about the day of the Test or Trial.  Your training is done, you've prepared your dog for the stake you're running, whether it be the HRC Started or the Field Trial Open.  It can be nerve-wracking, intimidating, or just plain scary.  There are ways to approach this endeavor to ensure you the handler are ready for this.  "New guy" mistakes can often be avoided, and "Experienced guy" mistakes can be avoided.  When you formulate a game day plan and include all the elements necessary, you won't handicap your dog with your nervousness or just blanking out.  This dog game is fun, and particularly so when you approach it like your dog is a trained athlete and you're only there to help them.

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