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  • May 28, 2009

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    By David DiBenedetto

    Ever have one of those days? One of those days when you get the boss to let you knock off a little early. You rush home, grab the pooch, throw her in the truck and make a beeline for your favorite training spot. So what if you hit a little traffic. You’re out of work, it’s a beautiful afternoon, and you have a pup in the back of the Jeep.

  • May 26, 2009

    The Deadly Sins of Dog Training?

    By David DiBenedetto

    As I navigate the many pitfalls that come with training a gun dog I often wonder what’s the biggest mistake an amateur can make. Here’s an example of one of my errors that I feared would cost me big time.

  • May 22, 2009

    Video: Teaching Pritch to Fetch

    By David DiBenedetto

    There’s an old saying, “You can’t fall off the floor,” and as far as training Pritch as a retriever goes, I’m lying prone on the floor. At 13 weeks I shouldn’t be expecting too much from her, I know. In fact, all the books (and I’ll have more to say about the books soon) say I should concentrate more on the SIT, STAY, COME commands at this period. But I’m like most over-eager parents, expecting to see my child perform miracles.

  • May 19, 2009

    Will the Good Life Ruin a Pup?

    By David DiBenedetto

    I admit I’m a sucker for having a dog in the house. Growing up my dogs lived in a kennel, and I always pined for the day when I could have a pooch in the house. Well, now I do, and I wonder if I’ll ruin Pritch's chances of becoming an excellent hunting dog as she matures. You don’t have to venture far to find an opinion on the subject.

  • May 18, 2009

    Welcome to the New F&S Dog Blog

    By David DiBenedetto