Training the Pointing Labrador
#75 Questions on Upland Training Problems

#75 Questions on Upland Training Problems

August 14, 2019

In this episode, we discuss the origin of a lot of upland issues, and how to diagnose and correct some of them.  It's usually an issue of early work or balance in training program.... and poor use of corrections.

#74 Use and Understanding of the Electric Collar

#74 Use and Understanding of the Electric Collar

August 11, 2019

In this episode, trying to keep my opinions in check, a discussion of the appropriate use of the electric collar in dog training.  There are so many misunderstandings and inappropriate used of this electronic training tool.  I hope people take time to give it a little more thought before strapping it on their trusting training buddy...

#73 You and Your dog’s Similairities

#73 You and Your dog’s Similairities

August 6, 2019

In this episode, we talk about how your dog is really just a reflection of you....  not always an easy thing to recognize, or be willing to accept.

#72 More Listener Questions and Finishing off the 4X Plan

#72 More Listener Questions and Finishing off the 4X Plan

July 30, 2019

In this episode, I talk about "hold" problems, does practicing wrong eventually get right, and the blood sport nature of this game.  Finishing up with an approach to avoid making handling mistakes at the APLA tests.

#71 Preparing for the Master Upland Field

#71 Preparing for the Master Upland Field

July 19, 2019

In this episode, I break down the training components which if developed by themselves, come together in the upland field to create a finished, polished and accomplished Grand Master Pointing Retriever.  It's not so much about practicing upland work by doing upland work.  Instead, work on the individual pieces so you don't have to correct or put pressure on your dog when they are upland hunting.

#70 More Listener Questions and the 4X Plan Continues

#70 More Listener Questions and the 4X Plan Continues

July 11, 2019

In this episode:  question on puppy obedience, on the swim-by, on upland bird training and more discussion on the elements in the plan for your 4X GMPR title.

#69 Listener Questions and the 4X GMPR Training Plan

#69 Listener Questions and the 4X GMPR Training Plan

June 25, 2019

In this episode, there are more puppy related questions: playing with your other dog, hard mouth and asking more of a young pup.  Finally we go into the next stage of setting up and carrying out your plan for getting your highest Pointing Lab titles.

#68 Puppy Issues and the 4X GMPR Training Program

#68 Puppy Issues and the 4X GMPR Training Program

June 14, 2019

In this episode I talk about working with young puppies to create a dog ready for advanced training, and how to not make things difficult for the dog or yourself in working more challenging aspects of training.  Next, I discuss the elements of a program for getting your dog to the 4X GMPR level, what they are and how to prepare for this falls APLA tests.

#67 Listener Questions

#67 Listener Questions

June 3, 2019

Today I address questions that have been waiting for replies:  1. How to get your dog not to chase birds but point them; 2. Puppy noise and barking; 3. Starting to Run Hunt Tests and 4. In response to a disagreement with the last podcast, winning every training session is not the most important thing.

#66 The Critical Importance of Communication and your Effort

#66 The Critical Importance of Communication and your Effort

May 9, 2019

In this episode, we talk about how the communication between you and your dog, at all times, is the single most important aspect of your training and competitive program.  It is not easy to do this well, and it takes more often times, than most of us think.  I offer some food for thought on how to get better at this dog training game....