Welcome to the Frat Party a.k.a. I’m not socializing my puppy that way so go away.

Originally posted on The Dog Snobs:
With a lot of new owners the concept of socialization is harped on endlessly. Socialize your dog! Take them everywhere! Make them meet everyone! They have to meet all the dogs! Take them to puppy play sessions twice per day! The dog park is great for puppies! They need…

It’s about fairness — Giving your bird dog the tools to make the correct choices

We know enough about canine behavior now to know they learn differently than we do.  They aren’t little humans covered in fur.  We also know dogs are highly intelligent and masters of observation.  They have to be in order to survive, even thrive, in “our” world.  They interpret the “unsaid”, the nuances much better than any … Continue reading

Yes, I train my bird dogs with e-collars. [ gasp! ]

Vizslas model neoprene hunting vests

I’m sick of it.  All of the negative, nasty talk around e-collars.  Yes, many have used them irresponsibly and are to blame for the image some now hold of these devices. If you’re opposed to e-collars then skip this post.  I have no patience to hear or read your comments.  Believe me–I’ve heard/read plenty thus … Continue reading

Making your hunting dog gunshy – One of the most common human-made mistakes

How to properly socialize your pup to the shotgun - This is the response you want!

I almost didn’t write about this topic because there is already a ton of information out there.  With so many warnings to be careful with this part of bird dog training and a lot of very good methods to choose from I wonder how in the world a person make their bird dog gunshy in … Continue reading

It’s **your job** to bring out the best in your Vizsla (bird dog)

Crush Puppy playing one of her favorite games with Uncle Jetson, Grandma Suede, Brother Race, and Mama Trip. Photo taken by Rod Cope.

“I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo My eyes recently fell upon this quote.  The image to instantly pop into my mind’s eye was of my Crush Puppy, GCH Boulder’s N Fusion’s Heartbreaker CGC (almost an AKC Master Hunter with 4 MH passes to date).  She’s … Continue reading