Features September 2010 Issue

Positive Dog Training for Hunting Dogs

Loki, a yellow Labrador Retriver owned and trained positively by Mike and Inga From, demonstrates the intensity he brings to the hunt. Photo by Mike Lentz, courtesy of Mike and Inga From.

Positive Dog Training for Hunting Dogs

There are countless activities to do with dogs who hunt – and positive training for these events is becoming more popular.

Depending on who you talk to, “hunting dog” means very different things. The only thing in common may very well be that the human end of the leash historically toted a gun in pursuit of some type of “game.” The game in question was not after-dinner parlor entertainment, but the entree on your dinner table. That might be pheasant, duck, or squirrel. Through hundreds of years, the real-life pursuit of food for one’s family has morphed into a competitive sport for people who rely upon Safeway to meet their nutritional needs.

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