Retriever Training - Term of the Week:
Retired Gunner : Not to be confused with a hidden gun, a retired gun is a mechanism as well as a concept. A “gunner” is a person or device that fires a shot & throws a bird or bumper as a mark, and then ‘retires’ (retreats to a designated hiding place). That’s the simplicity of the mechanism.
The concept works this way. Dogs mark falls visually and by use of memory, even on singles. They must remember direction, distance, and proximal relationship to other physical factors in the ‘picture’ they see as birds fall. When you retire a prominent factor (the gun) you have made a stark change to that picture, which requires greater concentration on the fall itself. That makes it a more demanding mark than one with a gunner nearby as a cue.
K9 Contenders contributor Evan Graham -
Evan Graham is a former professional trainer of retrievers and other gun dogs. His highly detailed books and DVD’s called The Smartwork System are easy to follow, and will help you to train your own dog to any level you desire.
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I gave my dogs a huge hug after writing this. They are truly amazing animals.
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Friendly and hard-working, goldens shine in the field and the show ring. Check out M.J. Nelson’s golden retriever breed profile.
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By Shayna Meliker
Just when we thought we’d heard of all 180 recognized breeds, the American Kennel Club brings a new crop of great dogs into the pack.
Last year we introduced you to 14 new dog breeds, and this year five more are added to the list. They include an Italian working dog and a cuddly cotton-ball canine are among the five newest members of the AKC’s Miscellaneous Class, which is the level a breed and its parent club reaches just before it becomes fully recognized. You may not have heard of these dogs yet, but their adoring admirers hope you’ll soon fall in love with these rising canine stars.