Duck Dogs

  • Gentler Force-Fetch

    Gentler Force-Fetch

    Gentler Force-Fetch Is it time to ditch the ear pinch? By Kyle Wintersteen Whether you desire a “finished” Lab or one that simply completes marked retrieves, all duck dogs must fetch on command and hold [...]

  • What If There Were No Duck Dogs?

    What If There Were No Duck Dogs?

    What If There Were No Duck Dogs? By Kyle Wintersteen, Managing Editor “What’s the point of spending so much time and money on a duck dog?” You’ve likely been asked a version of that question, [...]

  • The Duck Hunter’s Guide to Picking a Puppy

    The Duck Hunter’s Guide to Picking a Puppy

    The Duck Hunter’s Guide to Picking a Puppy By Bill Miller It’s a moment every waterfowl hunter loves … and dreads. You’re in a clean, well-lit kennel building or a grassy backyard with a 3-foot [...]

Gentler Force-Fetch

March 23rd, 2017|2 Comments

Gentler Force-Fetch Is it time to ditch the ear pinch? By Kyle Wintersteen Whether you desire a “finished” Lab or one that simply completes marked retrieves, all duck dogs must fetch on command and hold [...]

What If There Were No Duck Dogs?

March 3rd, 2017|5 Comments

What If There Were No Duck Dogs? By Kyle Wintersteen, Managing Editor “What’s the point of spending so much time and money on a duck dog?” You’ve likely been asked a version of that question, [...]

The Duck Hunter’s Guide to Picking a Puppy

February 14th, 2017|1 Comment

The Duck Hunter’s Guide to Picking a Puppy By Bill Miller It’s a moment every waterfowl hunter loves … and dreads. You’re in a clean, well-lit kennel building or a grassy backyard with a 3-foot [...]

Five Ways to Prepare Your Duck Dog for Fall

September 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Five Ways to Prepare Your Duck Dog for Fall Kyle Wintersteen, Managing Editor  One of my favorite professional dog trainers is fond of the expression, “Champions are made in July.” Although he’s referring to field [...]

Avoid These Retriever Nutrition Mistakes

September 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Avoid These Retriever Nutrition Mistakes Kyle Wintersteen, Managing Editor  Your duck dog is a canine athlete. He trains all summer, and then spends hunting season corralling winged Canada geese, breaking ice to reach downed mallards [...]

Make Pup’s First Hunt a Positive One

September 27th, 2016|1 Comment

Make Pup’s First Hunt a Positive One Kyle Wintersteen, Managing Editor  You’ve watched your black Lab blossom from an 8-week old puppy into a leggy youngster. He’s retrieving to hand, he’s steady — most of the [...]

Training Checklist for an Adequate Duck Dog

September 27th, 2016|1 Comment

Training Checklist for an Adequate Duck Dog Kyle Wintersteen, Managing Editor  Today’s retriever training literature tends to focus on some rather advanced skills, such as land-water-land retrieves, handling to 200-yard blind falls, and even greater [...]