Anyone that trains a dog makes mistakes. Some mistakes are bigger than others and sometimes you do harm that cannot be undone. Living with your mistakes is part of becoming a good dog trainer. Bill West began a seminar in Arizona by telling the audience he had made more mistakes than everyone there combined. It […]
Check-cord tension is one of the most important forms of communication between your dog and you. How much tension is too much, or to put it another way, how hard should a dog pull is a question that is often asked but hard to answer. It is like asking a race car driver how fast […]
To be a good dog trainer, you need to be self-aware. In other words, you need to monitor yourself for body-language and verbal cues that you unconsciously give your dog during training. Last month, a training buddy was working her ten-month old pup on pigeons. She had become concerned that her pup was losing interest […]
Recently, I was talking to Maurice Lindley about a dog I was teaching to be steady-to-wing-and-shot. “I think Chalk has turned the corner,” I said. “What did he do to make you think that,” Maurice asked. “He’s calmer,” I replied.
An old-time dog trainer gave me advice some twenty years ago when we were working dogs together. He said to wait for tomorrow. It was his way of telling me to be patient and not expect to see immediate results. This advice has stayed with me because it works. Over the years, I have learned […]
Do you wonder if your bird dog is intelligent? I think about intelligence all the time and try to evaluate it in my dogs. Over the years, I have asked a number of pro-trainers how they define it. One of these trainers was Dave Walker, and he said intelligence and natural ability were the same […]