Dick's Articles

Companion Gun Dogs

These articles are taken from a column written by Dick over a period of years for a monthly publication.

They were fashioned and written to fit that format with strict word requirements.

The information included in the articles is not specific to Dark Hollow English Setters,

rather to all gundog owners and future owners.

They were written based upon the experience and perspective of forty years of gun dog training by Dick.

American gun dog breeds largely originated or were developed in Europe, both on the mainland and in the British Isles. The first pointing....

Range for flushing dogs is a given. The flushing dog needs to work well within gun range so that the shooter has time to mount, swing....

Training gun dogs, writing about it and giving person to person advice, I am occasionally confronted by the individual who....

Articles on dog training abound. Numerous national publications exist that are entirely about the hunting breeds. Many others....

A pointing or flushing dog youngster going into its first season should have a number of components in its field performance....

In addition to training dogs and their owner/handlers for all these years, I have also guided bird hunts for clients and friends. Whether....

In many ways our gun dogs are much like their two legged companions. A gun dog that is healthy and feels well will perform...

This month's column is in response to a reader question regarding a common dilemma. He wrote "looking for information on making...

Like any athlete your gun dog will be more prone to exhaustion and injury when afield if you do not take the time to get it into proper....

In a previous column I wrote in broader terms about: "Selecting A Super Pup". Now I would like to address the suggestion often made....

Praise your pup when he or she does it right, and correct when he or she does it wrong. This seems like a simple enough concept, but....

Training a gun dog and handling a gun dog are two different processes involving two different sets of tools and skills. The one tool essential....

Observing pointing dogs and their handlers at work live, on television or elsewhere, I am convinced that while whoa is their most important....

Remote training collars or electronic collars have gained increasing popularity because they have become increasingly more....

The pointing breeds are today largely dominated in print and video by field trial and show enthusiasts. For better or worse....

Once upon a time gun dog owners were told that pups were either natural retrievers or would need to be force trained. Then force....

Quality companion gun dogs are different from competition dogs, both field trial and bench, not better or worse, just different. I have....

Seven week old gun dog prospect $400 to $1,000 or more, vet bills, training expenses, kennel facility, dog crates for house and vehicle....

The space provided by this format is not sufficient to fully explore all the nuances involved in picking a gun dog pup. However, I will....

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