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Training Duck Dogs for Perfection

Don't accept anything less than 100 percent during drills if you want your dog to perform in the field.

Training Duck Dogs for Perfection
Photo Credit: Tony J. Peterson

During each hunting season there are two times when you might come to realize your dog isn’t performing as expected. The first is during the initial hunts of the year where excitement is highest and your retriever is out-of-his-mind happy to be hunting. This is the time where you really get to see how much of your training lessons have stuck.

The second comes as duck season winds down and the attrition of good behavior that has been established during training sessions starts to show.

Why would a dog that is generally solid at home and in the blind suddenly start to show a crumbling foundation of steadiness or other aspects of obedience?

The answer is because...

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