Blog posts by Lena Gunnarsson

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Lena Gunnarsson is a Swedish dog trainer, instructor and author of the book ”Retrieving for All Occasions”. She has four cocker spaniels and she trains and has competed in field trials, obedience class III, tracking and she also trains scent detection with her dogs. Lena has been training animals for all her life and dogs for the past 18 years. Her experience of training horses, dogs and educating people has taught her quite a lot about the learning process. For almost 20 years she has as an organizational consultant with focus on supporting people to solve problems and encouraging them to take on challenges, which has made her a confident coach. Add the fact that Lena is a journalist, the step to writing “Retrieving for all Occasions” and starting a publishing company - Klickerförlaget Göteborg AB - together with Elsa Blomster was not a big one. At Klickerförlaget they publish books, films and arrange clinics and courses about positive dog training.

Can something simply be too easy?

When Tassla was a puppy, I didn’t know much about hunting with a spaniel. I was completely wrapped up in competitive obedience with a growing interest in hunting, but I had no idea of which qualities or foundation skills I wanted in a hunting dog. However, Tassla was...

We are clicker trainers

We started our publishing company Klickerförlaget eight years ago because we wanted to publish our own book “Retrieving for All Occacsions” in Swedish – but rather quickly the publishing house developed into something more. We want to spread...

Breathe! Count to three!

This is a text addressed to myself. But I think you might recognize yourself too 😉 This text is about breathing when casting. Sounds easy? I find it terribly difficult sometimes. Maybe it’s the control freak in me that loses control – I don’t know....

Train your dog to take game

A while ago, I decided to teach Totte, almost nine years old, to retrieve game. Once, a long time ago, maybe when he was about a year old, we actually trained a little with game. One might say that he was curiously skeptical. I got my breakthrough when I used his...

“Time to prove yourself!”

Imagine that you are taking a class with your dog. Some of the participants are very experienced, others have some experience, someone is completely new to the whole thing, have just begun this training and are new owners of a retrieving breed. Some know each other...

Just laugh it off

One of the most important building blocks in our training philosophy is that we are looking for the good stuff that the dog does so that we can reward that. There’s something a little magical about that, because it rubs off on everything. Suddenly you notice...

Piece of Cake

It took almost six months before the day came when Flippa did not listen to the recall whistle, but simply ran in the other direction – towards the cat poop. I was surprised – I had become so spoiled by almost everything coming so easily with this dog. Never before...
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