Get your retriever ready
Ducks Unlimited
May 2022


DU Newsletter: May 2022

Get the Most Out of Your Retriever

It's time for waterfowlers to refocus their priorities on retriever training. There is no off-season for sporting dogs, so we have compiled this collection of retriever training articles to help. There's something here for every retriever trainer, from novices to seasoned veterans.

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Basic Training

Basic Training

The journey from puppy to finished duck dog begins with teaching the fundamentals and developing five elemental behaviors

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Revving Up

Revving Up Your Retriever

There are several reasons why your retriever might lose interest in his job—here's how to get his head back in the game

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Intro to Water

Introduction to Water

Patience and encouragement are the keys to this fundamental step in your retriever’s training

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Must-Have Retriever Training Gear

Essential products to improve your training sessions

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The Great Dewclaw Debate

Removing these vestigial toes may do more harm than good

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Retriever Coach

The Retriever Coach

Through hard work, passion, and an exceptional ability to get inside a dog's head, Dave Rorem has earned a reputation as one of the country's top trainers and handlers

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Wetlands and Water

Wetlands and Water

By capturing, storing, and filtering water, wetlands provide important benefits for wildlife and people

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Wetlands and Water

Greg Nelson: A Lifetime of Conservation Giving

From an early age, Greg Nelson's dad told him, "If you take from the resource, you need to give back to the resource."

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