In today's world of high tech electronics it seems as though there is no end
to technology. We are able to do things like take pictures with our phones and
show them to friends instantly.
Things that were unheard of 10- to 15 years ago are now making our lives
easier and more convenient. Dog training equipment is keeping pace with this
type of advancement. There are electronics such as remote collars now that we can
regulate the electrical stimulus from the palm of our hand. There are remote
launchers that can throw dummies from hundreds of yards away, or will hold
training birds in traps until we select them to flush. Devices such as these
are making trainers and dog owners alike able to train their dog quicker and
better than we were able to in the past.
However, a lot of the equipment in dog training has not changed, and the
simple fact is that good old-fashioned patience and repetition is still needed to
train that canine companion.
Buy A Long Rope
If you had to buy one piece of equipment to begin training your dog the item I
would recommend first would be a long rope. Go to the local hardware store and
go to the rope section and look for some yellow "boat tow" rope. I
normally recommend one-half-inch thickness. This rope is very durable and also floats when
you use it in the water. Buy 50 feet of it and also purchase two brass snap
swivels big enough that they will allow the rope to slide through the looped
end. Cut off around six to eight feet so you are left with one rope roughly
seven feet long (your leash), and the remaining portion will roughly be around
40 feet in length (your check cord). Attach one snap swivel to one end of each,
and tie a knot in the other.
Make sure you also have some fun objects to retrieve right away also. Small
dummies, wings, or toys can be a good beginning. Once you feel you have
established retrieving desire in your dog, you can find more sophisticated
objects such as large bumpers, Dokken Dead Fowl trainers, dead birds, or best
of all live birds. The key is that your dog is enthused to retrieve anything,
anywhere. Not simply one favorite object in the backyard.
Please read more in Part 2.
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Jason Dommeyer has a lifetime
of hunting experience and 15 years experience as a dog trainer. He has turned
many pets into expert hunting dogs at Cannon River Kennels (http://www.cannonriverkennels.com/)
In addition to training hundreds of hunting companions, he has trained dogs for
premier pheasant hunting lodges in South Dakota along with duck hunting lodges
in Mississippi and Mexico. His experience also includes both hunting and
guiding for upland and waterfowl game from Canada to South America. For more
information on training your dog with Cannon River Kennels, call 507-663-6143
or visit (http://www.cannonriverkennels.com/) He will write weekly on dog training tips.