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In the blog we write about  the book, clicker training and our thoughts about gun dog retrieving and field trial training.

Tassla’s First Field Trial

Tassla and I started in a Beginner’s trial (B) for spaniels a couple of years ago and I thought I'd share that experience with you. Beginner’s trial (B) is the easiest trial there is for spaniels and the purpose is to judge the dog’s ”spaniel qualities”. When it comes...

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Ludde has crossed the rainbow bridge

In mid May, we had to make the most difficult decision a dog owner have to take - to let go of your beloved dog. Ludde was my first dog and my master guide into the world of dogs. When I bought Ludde, my only preference was that I wanted a white golden retriever and...

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Winner’s class with Kat

I made my debut in the Winner’s class for Spaniels the other day. With me was my teacher, the Cocker Spaniel Kat. She’s my bonus dog this autumn. Her owner has a few too many dogs and her extra family lives close to me, and since they don’t hunt or train their dogs I...

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The party of the year: Summer camp

Every year we have a gun dog summer camp which is just so much fun so we wanted to share a story from our second summer camp a couple of years ago. The previous year’s camp was amazing and this camp was at least as fantastic, according to many of those whom...

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The Seven Deadly Sins

When we had made some progress in writing the book (Retrieving for All Occasions), we played around with creating a summary under the caption ”The Seven Deadly Sins”. Unfortunately the text couldn’t fit into the printed version of the book, so we’re publishing it here...

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Back to basics

I claim that one can pass a novice cold game trial in Sweden through working on deliveries, steadiness and heeling (providing, naturally, that the dog is interested in hunting and will pick up game). I constantly go back to those basics, both in my own training and...

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Is it Okay to Train a Puppy?

Both Elsa and I train our puppies from the moment they move in with us. Since the puppy is like a clean slate, we want to be there from the beginning and teach her the right things. Puppies are resourceful and learn all the time – no matter if we teach them what they...

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Challenging Water Work

To train water work is both fun and challenging. Most spaniels and retrievers love water and sometimes they get too excited as soon as they approach water. Therefore, we prefer to do a lot of calm exercises instead of training marked retrieves on water, which might...

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Working at a Distance from the Handler

To stop at a distance – why is that sometimes so difficult? We often have students who think it is a huge challenge to get the dog to work at a distance from them. They usually also think that it is difficult to get the dog to stop when she hears the stop whistle...

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The unplanned rewards

Lisa Winbo is the latest addition to Klickerförlagets group of instructors. Lisa has been thinking about dogs rewarding themselves for behaviors we really don’t want to reward. With two gundogs in the house one needs to be one step ahead at all times… 😉 The fact that...

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Walk up

When we were in England at a summercamp with Dogs for life and Philippa Williams a couple of years ago we did a lot of  ”walking on a line” or rather a “walk up” because that’s what it is called. It is one way to hunt and the dogs and handlers walk on a long line a...

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