FetchMasters Blog

Why I Give Free Dog Training Advice

Posted on November 14th, 2017 by FetchMasters

People sometimes call my company hoping to get some free dog training advice. It is interesting for me to observe how my own attitudes towards giving free advice has changed over time. When first starting my dog training career, I considered my dog training knowledge to be my stock in trade. After all, obtaining that […]

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The Importance of Your Mental Framework – For Dog Trainers and Owners

Posted on September 21st, 2017 by FetchMasters

I think most experienced dog trainers will comprehend the importance of approaching dog training with a correct mindset, even if some of the ways I define “mental framework” provide additional food for thought. But, more importantly, I think dog owers will benefit from grasping the importance of approaching their dog training with a well thought out mental construct. Being a dog […]

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Dog Training Should Solve Problems, Not Suppress Symptoms

Posted on September 12th, 2017 by FetchMasters

There is a dog training equivalent to that old saying: You can’t see the forest through the trees. The saying points to a state of mind in which people cannot see the “big picture” because they are focused on all the minutia. In dog training, it sometimes is tempting to focus on solving undesirable symptoms […]

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Can You Train Your Dog to Be 100% Reliable with Positive Methods?

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by FetchMasters

Last night, after an exhausting day of training dogs in Denver, I was slumping on the sofa watching television. On the floor by the sofa was my German Shorthaired Pointer, Rooster, who is one of the most talented and reliable dogs we have ever trained. Rock-solid in the field and a pleasure in the home, […]

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So you are interested in the dog training life?

Posted on June 6th, 2017 by FetchMasters

Whenever Linda and I go to dinner with friends, regardless of how hard we try to steer the topic away from our work, the conversation inevitably circles back around to dog training. For one thing, people see dog training as interesting and have romantic notions about it. But also, we love training dogs, so our […]

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Dog Obedience Training Is Not “Tricks”

Posted on May 24th, 2017 by FetchMasters

I recently had a phone conversation with a potential client, who said her dog already knew “all those tricks like sit and down.” She went on to explain she just wanted her dog not to jump on guests when they entered the house or beg for food while the family was eating at the dining […]

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A Critical Look at Forced Fetching

Posted on May 27th, 2013 by FetchMasters

After you read our article about why we do NOT think forced fetching is the best method, please watch our video on our FetchMasters Postitive Trained Retrieve! Is forced fetching the only way to guarantee a reliable retrieve to hand? Forced fetching has become a deeply entrenched method for training gun dogs to retrieve. Many […]

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Book Review: British Training for American Retrievers

Posted on October 30th, 2012 by FetchMasters

British Training for American Retrievers is a good read, peppered with British Humor and filled with expert advice from highly credentialed British gun dog trainer, Vic Barlow. From the perspective of a positive gun dog trainer, of whom there are relatively few, Mr. Barlow takes a refreshingly anti-shock collar stance on training gun dogs. He […]

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