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Training Your Gun Dog for Waterfowl Hunting

Waterfowl hunting requires a certain skillset out of our gun dogs; here are three tasks to master before hitting the duck blind.

Training Your Gun Dog for Waterfowl Hunting

All training drills should start out simply on land, but eventually will need to move to the water for the conditions in which your dog will do their waterfowl work. (Tony J. Peterson photo)

In some ways, training an upland dog and a waterfowl dog is pretty similar. After all, without a rock-solid foundation of obedience, neither is going to be all that much fun in the field or on the water. There are many skills that transcend hunting styles, locations and ultimately, desired quarry.

There are also obvious differences between upland and waterfowl hunting that require specifics out of your retriever. A retriever in the northwoods looking to nose up some ruffs or woodcock has a...

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