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How to Train the Dual-Purpose Retriever

The secrets to strategically train your upland bird and waterfowl hunting dog.

How to Train the Dual-Purpose Retriever

One of the beautiful things about retrievers is how versatile they are. (GUN DOG photo)

One of the biggest reasons why those of us who live for both upland and waterfowl hunting tend to lean pretty heavily on retrievers for our outdoor pursuits, is their versatility. Of course, being versatile in description is a far cry from an actual dog that knows how to perform in both types of settings. Getting to that point takes a lot of training and an understanding of how different the ask is for both types of hunts.

They are, essentially, opposites to one another. An upland retriever will be cut loose to range its way through the right...

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