Something Tina gets year-round, however, and which I’m convinced all gun dogs will benefit from, is a daily refresher on basic obedience commands: whoa, heel, come, kennel, and so on. It’s not a formal lesson; just what transpires in the course of a typical day. When she and I go on our walk through the neighborhood, there are multiple opportunities to use heel and whoa. When playtime in the backyard is over, come is followed by kennel. Again, it’s all about instilling and reinforcing sound habits, because a dog that is obedient at home is more likely to be biddable and responsive in the field or blind.