Posts Tagged ‘Labs’

Dogs of the Day: “Shylo,” “Fuscia,” “Astro” and “Brownie”

Monday, May 6th, 2013


Adam Mathes’ three Labs, from left, “Shylo,” “Fuscia” and “Astro,” and his border collie, “Brownie” (yes, she likes to hunt and will retrieve, Mathes says) worked up these pheasants and chukars after a long day of upland hunting in Wyoming. A Pheasants Forever member, Mathes volunteers with the local Thunder Basin Pheasants Forever chapter in Gillette, Wyoming.

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Puppy Pointers from the Staff of Pheasants Forever

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

PF's Greg Emerick says a one-word training tip (CONSISTENCY) can turn a bird dog into a pheasant machine like his Gordon setter, Hazel

The Pheasants Forever headquarters features a parade of bird dog puppies these days.  Fellow blogger Andrew Vavra became the latest puppy papa with a new yellow Lab named Beau.  He joins National Pheasant Fest guru Brad Heidel’s black Lab, Otis, and Karlene Carlson’s English setter, Rusty, as this spring’s new additions to the Pheasants Forever bird dog family.

This morning, I visited a sampling of bird dog owners throughout the Pheasants Forever office.  The question I posed: “What one nugget of advice would you offer a first time puppy owner to help them shape a fantastic hunting companion and family member?”  Here are their responses:

“Be consistent, especially between the husband and wife; make sure you both use the same commands and have the same rules, like staying off furniture.”

Allan Ferguson, Controller and owner of small Munsterlander, Millie


“Be sure that your living arrangements provide enough space for a high energy bird dog.  Our Lab was originally given to a shelter because the previous owners didn’t have enough room for a Lab in their townhome.”

Ron Leathers, Government Grants Coordinator and owner of black Labrador, Molly


“Make sure you get your puppy out playing with other puppies and dogs.  Socialization is very important for a hunting dog, but often over-looked.”

John Edstrom, Merchandise Supervisor and owner of two English setters, Chance & Jake


“I think it’s important for people to know that a good hunting dog can certainly be a good inside dog and member of your family.  The idea that a hunting dog has to live outside is a myth.”

Carol Durtschi, Membership & Accounting Services and owner of Springer spaniel, Scout


“A little bit of training every day will keep it fun for the pup and get you where you want to go.  Be mindful of not over doing it.”

Eric Tarasewicz, Webmaster and owner of chocolate Labrador, Cocoa


“My advice is use consistency: feed at the same time every day, take outside at the same time every day, use the same terms (such as if you say “off” instead of “down” don’t change it) and tell people to use the same term when they’re around them. Eventually the dog will catch on and you can change the schedule a little, but as a puppy it’s a must! It’s as much about training the person as the dog.”

Sara Holle, Magazine Graphic Designer and owner of a black Lab mix, Sydney
“Patience is critical.  Puppies take time, but they aren’t going to be master hunters overnight.  Have realistic expectations and have fun with the process.”

Joe Duggan, VP of Marketing & Corporate Relations and owner of two Boykin spaniels, Snickers & Buck Shot

PF Journal Editor Mark Herwig takes joy in doing his own bird dog training, pictured here with his Springer, Hunter


“I am a big proponent of training your own bird dogs.  It doesn’t take a bunch of time, but it does take knowledge and dedication.  Pick up a good training book and you’ll be able to do it yourself.  The bond you’ll form by doing the training yourself is incredibly strong.”

Mark Herwig, Editor of Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever Journals and owner of two Springer spaniels, Wolf & Hunter


“One word: CONSISTENCY.”

Greg Emerick, Director of Corporate Sales and owner of Gordon setter, Hazel


“Follow through is critical.  Don’t change your expectations.  Be consistent.”

Lou Ann Hausladen, Grant Assistant & Life Member Services and proud owner of recently passed yellow Lab mix, Rosie


“We potty trained our youngest Brittany using a bell.  Every time we took him out, we rang a bell with his paw for him.  After about a week, he rang the bell by himself when it was bathroom time.  It has been so much easier than any of our previous dogs.”

Diane Weyandt, Director of Membership and owner of two Brittanys, Jake & Cooper


Well there you have it.  Lots of great dog training advice from the folks at Pheasants Forever.  Is there something we missed, please feel free to post your own tips below.  Thanks!

Pitchers and Bird Dogs Report to Spring Training

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Is this Lab preparing to throw a curve or a slider?

Tuesday marked the first three games of the 2010 Spring Training season.  In the spirit of Grapefruit and Cactus League baseball, I’d like to offer my thoughts on what bird dogs fit each of the nine positions on the baseball field.  Yes, it’s a bit of a mind-bender, but I think you’ll enjoy the hotbox. 

Around the Horn

Pitcher: Labrador retriever They are all GO for the first seven innings and always want to be at the center of the action.  Examples: Curt Schilling, Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia, and Jack Morris.

Catcher: Chesapeake Bay Retriever – Tough as nails and able to fight through bruises and bad weather.  Examples: Lance Parrish, Carlton Fisk, and Gary Carter.

1st Baseman: Cocker Spaniel – This guy is all hit and no range.  Lacks speed on the paths, but capable of going yard.  Examples: Eddie Murray, Miguel Cabrera, Steve Garvey, and Lance Berman.

2nd Baseman: Brittany – This rangy midfielder covers a lot of ground in quick bursts and vacuums up grounders and grouse like a Hoover.  However, they often have prima donna tendencies.  Examples: Roberto Alomar, Jeff Kent, and Joe Morgan.

3rd Baseman: Weimaraner – Capable of putting the team on his back and carrying it for an extended period of clutch hitting, this grizzled veteran is often ornery.  Not a player you want to get crossways with in the locker room.  Examples: Mike Schmidt, George Brett, and A-Rod.     

Shortstop: German shorthaired pointer – Typically the best athlete on the team, a shortstop blends speed with quickness and a strong arm, but leadership as the field general sets most apart from the rest of the dog pack.  Examples: Alan Trammell, Derek Jeter, Robin Yount, and Cal Ripken Jr.

Left Fielder: Springer spaniel – A serviceable fielder, but the real value is at the plate where the fastballs are sniffed out and driven for doubles.  Examples: Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, and Ryan Braun.

Center Fielder: German wirehaired pointer – Lots of run and range, but not the strongest of arms.  Often has blazing speed on the bases and a legitimate hitter for power with average.  Examples: Ken Griffey Jr., Torii Hunter, and Curtis Granderson.

Right Fielder: Golden retriever – Despite consistently picked last, this player is often a fan favorite.  Typically possessing a strong arm, he is usually a powerful homerun hitter, but does have a propensity to strikeout as well.  Examples: Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Kirk Gibson, and Al Kaline.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what breed would make a solid middle reliever, pinch runner, closer, and designated hitter.  Remember . . . don’t take it all too seriously, it’s just a spring training game.