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Jerry Sather

  1. Which New Year Dog for You?

    Dec 28, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT


    You may very well end up back at the Labrador Retriever, but it could also be a shorthair or a Gordon or a springer or a Brittany or a pointer or a Chessie that best fits your criteria.

  2. More on the Water

    Dec 21, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT


    Dogs who “love the water” as they mature, only love it because they were introduced to in properly.

  3. Not Just Any Water Will Do

    Dec 14, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT


    Let’s go back to the most basic measure of a retriever’s performance. The ultimate goal is for the dog to travel on an absolutely straight line from the handler’s side to the bird, pick it up and return it on the same straight line. That is by definition the perfect retrieve.

  4. Kennel, House or Both

    Dec 7, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    a question that’s often asked by prospective new dog owners is whether the dog should be “in the house” or “in a kennel.” And it’s a tough one to answer, and often the best answer is “both.”

  5. What is Bird Crazy?

    Nov 30, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT


    Only good things happen when you’re in contact with birds, so no loud noises right away, no pain, no problems … only fun, fun, fun when birds are involved.

  6. Two Most Important Puppy Building Blocks

    Nov 23, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    Take the pup with you as much as possible. Go to new places. Encourage the pup to check out new sights, sounds and smells, but always while you are right there to intervene if the pup is startled or scared.

  7. Hunting Over Another Man’s (or Woman’s) Dog

    Nov 16, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    When the invitation comes along, there are some ground rules you should know to make your experience enjoyable … and get you invited back again.

  8. Dogs’ Names: Caddy, Mercedes, Lexus?

    Nov 9, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT

    4-18-12 Luda & Abbey 103

    Maybe the best way to look at it is by comparing what you expect from your retriever to what you expect from your vehicle.

  9. Helping to Find “The Right” Puppy

    Nov 2, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    Because puppies are all so cuddly and irresistible, the decision of choosing a pup from any litter can be difficult. It’s especially so for the new owner who can’t be around the pups day to day to really analyze their individual personalities and development.

  10. Caring for Your Good, OLD Hunting Buddy

    Oct 26, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    And even in this day and age of miracle medicine and physical fitness, I haven’t seen many 91 year olds doing the kind of things a 13 year old Lab can do – or will at least try to do!

  11. Time for Intense Focus

    Oct 19, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    o you can bet our pre-training here for the event includes every steadiness and patience scenario we can concoct. If the dog has a mental file of the situation to which to refer, then chances are much better it will perform the task put in front of it.

  12. Prepping for Master National Tests

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    With such a large entry, the early Master National set-ups will be shorter, but more technical than we generally see in a lot of weekend hunt tests.

  13. Customize Training to Upcoming Hunts

    Oct 5, 2012, 1:03 AM EDT


    To achieve top performance in any specific hunting situation, you’ll need to introduce your dog to those conditions ahead of time, and as thoroughly as possible.

  14. Training Your Dog to Water … Often

    Sep 28, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    The only alternative other than not hunting (which is severe heat you should consider) is to bring water with you and plenty of it.

  15. Perfect Storm of Water Danger For Dogs

    Sep 21, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    Sadly, cherished dogs die on opening weekends every year from blue-green algae poisoning. Do whatever it takes to make sure yours is not one of them!

  16. Something Different for Hunting Season

    Sep 14, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    The passionate waterfowl hunter hunts over good retrievers. The passionate waterfowl hunter’s soul is owned by at least one good retriever in his or her lifetime.

  17. Remember the Tailgate Checkup

    Sep 7, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    Anytime you’re back to the truck with your dog, have it kennel up on the open tailgate to make a quick inspection. Here’s your checklist…

  18. Multiple Retrieves 1-2-3-4-5-6

    Aug 31, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    One of retriever ownership’s and training’s greatest moments is watching your dog leave it’s hide next to your blind and make half a dozen clean, efficient retrieves without handling from you. It’s one of those hunting memories you’ll tell the grandkids about.

  19. Retrieving 1-2-3 Then Back to 1

    Aug 24, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    The key is not being afraid to back up and make the steps again when necessary. The reward will be a well-trained, eager, confident dog that is locking on retrieves

  20. Multiple Retrieves 1-2-3

    Aug 17, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    You’ll know when it’s time to move from one to two when you see your dog slamming those singles. It locks in on them from the line and sprints wide open to the bird and sprints wide open back

  21. Collars Teach Concepts Like Water Honesty

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT


    Especially on marked retrieves, I want my dogs bounding toward the bird always in the direction of the mark. They look happy, in fact thrilled, to be doing what they love the most in life!

  22. Mission Critical Hunting Season Prep for Top Performance

    Aug 3, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    Your mission for the week ahead is to dig out your dog’s medical records and make sure everything is up to date with the vet.

  23. Picking Up the Big Birds

    Jul 27, 2012, 1:03 AM EDT


    Geese – especially big Canada Geese – represent a special challenge to retrievers. Even dogs of smallest stature are capable of retrieving birds that can weigh 20 pounds, but they have to be conditioned to do it.

  24. No Cheating Allowed

    Jul 20, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT


    The surest way for the dog to accurately mark the location of a fallen bird is to watch it all the way to the ground and lock it’s visual focus on that point.

  25. Reinforcing Steadiness – What The Dog Didn’t Do On Summer Vacation

    Jul 13, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT


    the first thing to fade is steadiness. Especially with high-desire dogs maintaining steadiness takes practice and consistency on the part of the trainer. It only takes a few lapses to put the dog into this habit because it’s what the dog really wants to do.