March 2013 Gear Guide

Retriever Training Gear
Retriever training is a year-round process and to be sure your retriever is in top shape for next season, it's time to get to work. The DU Newsletter editorial team has chosen a handful of retriever training items that may help you prepare a puppy – or an experienced dog – for the 2013-2014 waterfowl season.

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GHG Ground Force Hunting Dog Blind

The best way to get your retriever comfortable with any dog blind is to practice with the blind during the off season. This spring and summer, get your retriever accustomed to GHG's Ground Force Dog Blind and allow them to stay concealed next season. 
  • 17" profile
  • Weight 6.5 pounds 
  • Convenient shoulder strap 
  • Velcro closure 
  • Sets up in seconds and folds flat for transport 
  • Front and rear doors for easy entry and exit 
  • DuraMax cover with CamoStraps for adding natural vegetation 
  • Measures 40" long
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Cabela's Training Dummies – 12 Pack

Touching up on retrieving fundamentals this spring means lots of retrieves. You can never have too many bumpers on hand. Cabela's Training Dummies 12-pack should keep your retriever busy this off season. 

Plastic dummies have a soft, pliable, natural feel that resists cracking or puncturing in cold weather and should withstand frequent training sessions. The knobby design helps discourage the hardest-mouthed dogs. These dummies are 2" x 12" size, come in a 12-pack and are easy to hold and throw. Colors: Orange, White. 

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SportDOG Brand® WetlandHunter® SD-1825 Transmitter/Collar

SportDog's WetlandHunter® SD-1825 gives trainers a full range of options in a compact system. This package comes with one transmitter and one receiver (additional receivers sold separately). 

  • The waterproof DryTek® transmitter and receiver are submersible up to 25 ft. 
  • The SD-1825 gives you up to one mile of communication range. 
  • Unit expands to three dogs using WetlandHunter SDR-AW 1825 Add-A-Dog receivers. 
  • On and off switch on receiver. 
  • Up to 16 stimulus levels for different situations 
  • Choice of continuous or momentary correction 
  • Vibration and tone options for increased efficiency 
  • Operates on lithium-ion batteries. 
  • Comes with a docking station that fully charges the receiver in just two hours. 
  • Package also contains adapter, test light, belt clip, lanyard, long contact points, operating guide and basic training DVD and manual. 
  • Camo pattern: Realtree MAX-4™
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Avery® DriStor™ Dog-Food Bag

If you plan to travel with your retriever this spring or summer, be sure to pack food in a durable moisture resistant bag. Avery DriStor bags offer the protection to ensure freshness. 

  • PVC-backed DuraMax™ fabric with welded seams 
  • Roll top seals in freshness and ensures air-tight storage. 
  • Supported vinyl see-through window allows you to quickly check food level. 
  • Weekender (20-lb. capacity) 
  • Vacationer (40-lb. capacity)
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Filson® Dog Bowl

As temperatures increase, hydration will be a must for your hard-working retriever. Keeping a travel bowl handy will ensure your retriever gets hydrated properly.

Filson's oil-finish Tin Cloth is nearly indestructible, ensuring quality performance in the field. 

  • The tough nylon lining provides a waterproof layer that stands up to abuse. 
  • Bowl folds up for easy storage and comes with an attached hanger loop. 
  • Manufacturer's unconditional lifetime guarantee. 
  • Constructed of 12.5-ounce Tin Cloth cotton with nylon lining. 
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Mud River Dog Products Dixie Kennel Cover

Protect your retriever from the elements when traveling, or at home, with Mud River's Dixie Kennel Cover. 

  • Handles on top (2) for ease of moving and handling
  • D- rings (4) for secure transportation 
  • Tough and tumble rubber mesh over each window to ensure air is dispensed properly and to secure a snug fit (less wind resistance cover will not balloon or whistle)
  • Two-ply infused 1200D Poly with water resistant coating for protection in foul weather
  • MicroLite3 insulation
  • Window flaps are removable and will fit in pocket located on top of cover
  • Front door has Velcro loops to roll up and secure the front flap in warmer weather
  • Industrial grade rubber, non-skid, protective bottom
  • 2 pockets located on each side of cover (4 total) provides storage for gear and supplies
  • 5 bumper / water bottle pockets located on rear of cover and 1 large pocket
  • Cover will keep inside of crate 20-40 degrees warmer than outside air temperature (depending on size of dog / working or resting dog / windows on or off / door up or down) 
  • Medium: 32"L x 23"W x 25"H 
  • Large: 36"L x 26"W x 26"H 
  • Large Extended: (Remington Kennels) 
  • Extra Large: 40"L x 28.5"W x 30"H 
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Avery 44" Dog Leash

It's always nice to have a couple extra leashes on hand during training sessions. The Avery 44" Dog Leash will suit any needs for trainers, or regular dog owners. 

  • Heavy-duty 1" poly webbing 
  • Durable coated steel hardware 
  • Double webbing for durability 
  • Thumb-slide snap hook 
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Drake Bumper Bag

Keep all your retriever training tools in one bag. Drake Waterfowl System's Bumper Bag carries 6-8 bumpers. The bag offers hands-free training while carrying training tools in and out of the field.  

  • Moisture-resistant, PVC-coated mesh sides prevent mildew.
  • Hard plastic base. Zippered top. 
  • Neoprene shoulder strap. 
  • (Bumpers not included.) 
  • Camo pattern: Realtree MAX-4™
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Avery Hunting Dog Collar

Is your retriever's collar worn out from a hunting season? It's time to get your dog into a durable and fully functioning collar. 

  • Heavy-duty 1" polyester webbing 
  • Durable powder-coated steel hardware 
  • Collars feature doubled webbing for durability 
  • Three collar sizes to fit any growing dog buckle
  • Collar Size Chart: 
    • Small: 15-18" neck 
    • Medium: 19-23" neck 
    • Large: 24-27" neck
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