Nancy working with her dog on basic commands in her back yard

Tips for Training a Puppy to "Come" and a Simple Retrieve

A boom in dog ownership across the country means that many folks are looking for training tips. Orvis Board Member and former Vice-Chairman Dave Perkins and his wife, Nancy Mackinnon, have been working with their five-month-old black Lab puppy, Shevy, every day, and they share some basic strategies for teaching a young dog to “come” and do a simple retrieve. Lifelong dog owners, Dave and Nancy have spent hundreds of hours working with young dogs and have developed a simple method of positive reinforcement and ways of tailoring training sessions to a puppy’s attention span.

Let’s Celebrate the Moments That Matter

The Perkins Family shares seven Holiday How-to’s to help you make the most of the good times to come.