HUNT TRAINING LABRADOR RETRIEVERS AND GOLDEN RETRIEVERS


– [Narrator] Dogumentary TV Producing the best breed
documentaries on YouTube. (dog barking) (country music) – Hello my name is Peter Stienwald
from Oakland, California. We are currently at Prado Dog Park here in Chino, California. A dog training facility
here in southern California. I’m out here today
training field trial dogs, hunting dogs, and gun dogs and running them through a series of training events to make them better hunting dogs or competition dogs. (country music) – [Peter] I started doing
this about five years ago and I got into it with
my first hunting dogs so I got my first dog and I just wanted a hunting dog I just wanted a dog that would go out there and pick up my ducks or pick up my pheasants
and it just blossomed in it’s just something that
took over and I got into competitions, I got into hunt tests, I got into field trials
and it’s something that has taken on a life of its own. (country music) I’m an amateur trainer so
I train my own hunting dogs or my own competition dogs
and what I usually do is I’ll take some young dogs, I’ll raise them up and
I’ll get them ready to go out on their own and
become hunting dogs or competition dogs or move on to an actual a pro trainer and I’ll place those dogs, I’ll sell them and then that
will fund my competitions. And that enables me to
compete my own dogs. Solely without using family funds. (country music) – [Peter] I train retrievers
because out of all of the dogs that I’ve been around retrievers are my, just I have a spot for them. My first dog was a Labrador Retriever. What I do, my hunting,
really calls for a retriever and I think that the retriever, I can hunt any bird with a retriever. I can hunt a pheasant with a retriever. I can hunt a trucker with a retriever’ I can hunt a duck with a retriever. And that retriever, when
it comes to the dog sports, the retrieving sports are my favorite. I love field trials, I like hunt tests so
those dogs just meld well with what I have, with my
goals and what I like doing. What excites me more about
a Labrador Retriever or a Golden Retriever or a Chessy Retriever is I personally feel, one, the skill set for that
retriever is much higher a pointing dog. It’s more technical
training so when we are training a retriever there’s more aspect to the training. It’s, I know that pointers
are very nice dogs, I’ve had pointers
before, they’re fun dogs. But, with a retriever the
training is much more in depth. And it’s much more
challenging to me to train a retriever. When you can take a dog
and send it out on a 400 plus blind retrieve
there ain’t nothing that competes with that, not in
my mind not in my heart. (whistle blows) (soft music) – Good Dog. – In my training, any amateur and any pro is going to start their dog on a program. So we take a puppy or
say a six month old dog a seven month old dog a when
put it through a program. That program starts off with
establishing a prey drive. All my dogs we go through force fetch, and then we follow a
force to pile and we do a stop to pile then we do “T” pattern. We get that dog ready
for transitional work which includes water force, swim-by so that that sets
up all the building blocks so that we can take that
dog out and we can run those blinds, we can steady that dog up we can focus that dog’s energy, we can get our birds we can get our mark. And that program is a
program that is the same for a hunting dog, that program is the same for a hunt test dog and that program is especially called for
for a competition dog. (soft music) – [Peter] Today, like this
morning when we first started, we started with puppies. Puppies really and
they’re just going through where they’re becoming
steady I like to steady my dogs a bit late. We did what’s called walking singles. Where, my wife went out
she threw ducks for them they were steady they just
simply ran out and got the bird. (soft music) – [Peter] Then, we moved
over to where we had little water mark where we ran
from a mound and they had a little bit of an angle into it and the gun was set up on the
dyke so now we’re looking at our transitional dogs, our derby dogs and some of our older dogs to where
they had to get out there and make the decision
to get into that water and to push off of the
thrower and go up there and get that bird. So, we’ve seen several dogs do that. Most of the dogs on that
did very, very well. (soft music) – And then we moved over
and we did a longer mark and that mark was a bit
tricky because it had some toolies in place, it was swimming past
what’s called the old fall because where we had ran earlier. So then on our last,
our final series or our final mark that’s the most exciting mark because now you’re taking,
whether it’s the older dogs you would expect for them. My oldest dog is five years old, and that’s a little yellow female. Then my other dog is
four years old and then we went down to a bunch of two year olds. So now what we’re doing is
taking those little dogs and they have to look
past where that other mark was thrown and then we
are videoing on that same dyke so they’re looking and they’re going okay I got to look past
that on the far bank which is probably about a 245 yard mark. And they got to look out there and we put what’s called a kite which has a big white diamond on it. So then they look over there and they go oh there’s the gun. Well, then my wife throws a big bird and they see it up against a tree and when you cut them loose, when you say their name
and they’re released on their name they got
to push off that old mark run that field, get into that water, to through those toolies, get up on that dyke without going to the old fall, push off that
old fall get into the water and then push off that
gun get up on the bank get that bird and come back. And I think that the majority of the dogs did a very good job the
dogs that had a problem they didn’t want to get on the point so they’ve been trained where they want to go to that old fall. They want to push off so
they want to swim around that point so all I did is, and this is where the
water force comes in, just hit them with a whistle they sit, they tread the water, and you give them, in this case it was a left
back to tell them it’s okay. You can get on that point. Get on that point, stay the line, and go get your bird. And that’s just dog training
and a little bit of balance. You got to put balance
because if they start swimming around all the points
they’re going to get lost and in a field trial
you’re never going to win and in a hunt test you could get lost with a properly placed bird. (soft music) – [Peter] So Labrador
Retriever one its got a special place in my heart
it was my first dog. For the most part they
are the most tractable, they are a great beginning dog, they are a great amateur dog. When a person is doing their homework, looking for a dog, a Labrador Retriever, if you go out and you
watch your hunt tests, if you watch your field trials, you’ll get a nice dog that’s
going to work with you. It’s going to be easy to train. It won’t be high maintenance
that you don’t have to bring you know you don’t
have to train four, five, seven days a week. There are some Labrador’s
and I own a couple that do take more training than others but for the most part they’re a very user friendly animal. Golden Retrievers. Beautiful dog. It can be a bit complicated
for the most part. They can be a high drive animal. May not take a whole lot of pressure, you need to know when to pull back and let that dog be a dog. They’ve got a killer nose. I mean, their nose I
think is second to none. If you put a bird in the toolies, if you put a bird in high cover, that Golden Retriever is going
to get that bird for you. On the other hand, when you’re running those little dogs in field trials or hunt tests they
can be a slave to their nose and you got to teach them
to pass and to run past that and go and get the mark
they were sent out for. Dog training to me has
absolutely engulfed my life. It’s a huge passion of mine. I do it six days a week. I do have a professional career but I can’t wait dog training
is always on my mind. When I’m at work, I’m thinking about the
mark I’m going to throw. I’m thinking about maybe a
little dog the previous day had hard day and I can’t
wait to get back out there and build that little dog up. When I’m looking, I’m looking at diagrams, I’m thinking of what I’m going to do next and thinking of my next dog. I’ve already got six
month of trials planned. I’m working I’m thinking
how I’m going to work that into my personal life, how I’m going to make my wife happy, and how I’m going to get to these trials. It just absolutely has
just I just have a huge passion for it. I get young dogs and
it’s just like every time I get a young dog it just
rekindles that passion. Like today when we ran those puppies. When you take a young puppy and it’s done force fetched and it’s
starting to be steady and now it can really mark. Now it’s steady, it’s got focus it’s watching the birds. And you can see all the
little lights clicking on that young dog it gives
me chills every time. I can do seven of them
and every time I bring that young dog out and I
can see it just run out there 150 yards 200 yards
and just front foot, what we call front footing that bird, that’s a special dog. And when we can do that
it’s just it’s awesome. When you can say, hey, I taught that dog how to do that. That’s just, that’s an awesome feeling. I love it I can’t get enough of it. (soft music)

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