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Sporting Dog Training the Wildrose Way, Part IV: The Most Versatile Training Tool


Written by: Phil Monahan


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Scented tennis balls can help a pup learn to use his or her nose.

photo courtesy Paul Fersen

This is the fourth in a series of blogs looking at Sporting Dog and Retriever Training—The Wildrose Way, a book I worked on with Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels. It’s a remarkable book, and each week I’m going to touch on one aspect of the training. Last week, we talked about the problems created by waiting too long before starting to train your pup.

A few months before I picked up Murphy at Wildrose, I met one of Mike Stewart’s associate trainers, Craig Korff, at the Game Fair at Orvis Sandanona in Millbrook, New York. We began a casual conversation about training methods and philosophies, as one would expect, but then he took me to his truck and pulled out something that has proven to be not only the most valuable, but the most fun training tool I’ve ever. . .

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Video: Announcing the Winners of the 2013 Orvis Guide, Lodge, and Outfitter Awards!


Written by: Phil Monahan

For more than twenty years, the Orvis Company has been recognizing excellence in sporting experiences through its Endorsed Lodges Outfitters and Guides (ELOG) program. The winners of this year’s awards were announced at a ceremony during the 2013 Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana on April 20. We posted the full list of nominees last week, and now we are proud to recognize the winners!

Orvis Vice Chairman Dave Perkins and VP, Rod & Tackle, Sporting Adventures Jim Lepage go over each deserving winner in the video above…

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Sporting Dog and Retriever Training the Wildrose Way, Part III: The Big Mistake


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Twelve-year-old Pickett (left) didn’t benefit from Wildrose training methods, which is why the much younger Murphy is a more disciplined dog when it comes to breaking on live birds.

photo by Tim Bronson

This is the third in a series of blogs looking at Sporting Dog and Retriever Training—The Wildrose Way, a book I worked on with Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels. It’s a remarkable book, and each week I’m going to touch on one aspect of the training. Last week, we talked about why you should start training from the. . .

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Announcing the Nominees for the 2013 Orvis Guide, Lodge, and Outfitter Awards!


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Massachusetts-based striper specialist Capt. Kalil Boghdan was named
2012 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year.

photo by Tom Rosenbauer

For more than twenty years, the Orvis Company has been recognizing excellence in sporting experiences through its Endorsed Lodges Outfitters and Guides (ELOG) program. The winner’s of this year’s awards will be announced at a ceremony during the 2013 Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana, on April 20. Here are this year’s nominees. . . .

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Sporting Dog and Retriever Training the Wildrose Way, Part II: Start Early


Written by: Phil Monahan

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By teaching Murph when his brain was still developing,
the author was able to “hard wire” the “sit” instinct.

photo by Tim Bronson

This is the second in a series of blogs looking at Sporting Dog and Retriever Training—The Wildrose Way, a book I worked on with Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels. It’s a remarkable book, and each week I’m going to touch on one aspect of the training. Last week, we introduced the blog and talked briefly about finding the right breeding. This week it’s about the first. . .

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