April 2014 Gear Guide: Retriever Gear

Focus on Training

Retriever trainers know that fine-tuning a waterfowling dog is a year-round process. Begin this year's training sessions with the most recent retriever training gear and tools.

SportDOG Launcher System Kit

Remotely launch birds or training dummies to create a simulated hunting scenario. The SportDOG Launcher System Kit offers the versatility to launch most common bumper brands, and train the way you want. The transmitter and basket can communicate up to 1/2 mile apart.


  • Launches dummies or birds to simulate real hunting situations
  • Duck, pheasant, and shotgun-report sounds available
  • Two modes of operation
  • Controls up to nine launchers or wingers
  • Expandable up to 36 receivers
  • Includes basket, transmitter, receiver, adapter, and operating guide

For more information, visit http://www.sportdog.com.

Orvis – Collapsible Dog Travel Crate

Traveling with your retriever's usual crate may not be an option, but Orvis' Travel Crate offers a well-constructed and -designed crate for every road trip. Its ability to fold up for easy storage allows you to travel with your crate at all times, then simply unfold and load your dog.


  • Small: 21"H x 26 3/4"L x 17 1/4"W, weighs 24 lbs., dogs up to 30 lbs. 
  • Medium: 26 1/4"H x 35 1/2"L x 23 1/2"W, weighs 35 lbs., dogs 30-60 lbs. 
  • Large: 27 1/2"H x 41 1/2"L x 27 1/2"W, weighs 47 lbs., dogs 60+ lbs.

For more information, visit http://www.orvis.com.

Mendota Check Cord Training Leash

There are numerous training methods that involve a check cord, and knowing the conditions this cord will be put through, a durable option is recommended. Mendota's 30-foot Check Cord is a soft, polypropylene nylon rope that is also UV coated to avoid any decay.

For more information, visit http://www.gandermountain.com.

Mud River Dog Handler's Bag

Training gear will begin piling up, but the Mud River Dog Handler's bag offers a large, heavy-duty, water-resistant shell to help you keep training tools separate, dry, and in one place. Featuring multiple pockets and a padded shoulder strap, this bag is offered in Realtree Max-5™ camo.

For more information, visit http://www.cabelas.com.

Avery Sporting Dog – HexaBumper Pro-Pack

Begin your retriever's training process and take it one bumper at a time. Avery Sporting Dog's HexaBumper Pro-Pack offers the durability and versatility you'll need for year-round training. Choose from multiple sizes and colors.


  • 10" floating throw rope included
  • Leakproof, valveless design for long life
  • Six flat sides offer dogs easier grip and hold
  • Firmer feel helps reduce chomping tendency
  • VGrips™ promote soft mouth with superior hold
  • 2" or 3" sizes
  • White, orange, or black/white flasher

For more information, visit http://www.averysportingdog.com.

MoMarsh Introduces Invisilab

Making your retriever disappear on a dog stand begins in the off-season with introductions and training. Get started early with MoMarsh's new retriever blind and dog stand, built to withstand the elements and protect your retriever.

The Invisilab can be used as a temporary crate for transporting a dog, and then quickly set up in the field to hide a dog from waterfowl overhead. Built by veterinarian and MoMarsh owner, Ira McCauley, the mesh platform drains water and has enough give to provide comfort and protection for a dog's bones and joints on a cold hunt.

For more information, visit http://www.momarsh.com.

Cabela's Softside Dog Bowl

It's always a good idea to pack a travel bowl for your retriever. Cabela's soft-sided travel bowl folds up and allows you to store it anywhere. Keep one in your vehicle and one in your blind bag for any occasion.


  • 100% polyester construction
  • Imported
  • 7 1/4"W x 4 1/4"D

For more information, visit http://www.cabelas.com.

RedHead Canvas Dummies

There are some trainers who prefer the canvas training dummies to others, due to scent and mouthing issues. RedHead offers a three-pack of canvas dummies, complete with a mesh carrying bag. Choose from a variety of sizes and colors.

For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com.