Ever since this blog began I’ve been really impressed by the training knowledge of those of you who post your comments here. And I like to think that we’re all learning from each other. So in the spirit of continuing our education we’re going to give away some free training gear for the best tip you have.

Here’s how our contest will work: In the comments section below give us your best piece of dog training advice or tip. It can be simple, complicated, big picture, little picture–whatever you want. And it doesn’t have to be just about retrievers. The tips can cover bird dogs, hounds, good ol’ fashioned house dogs, etc. Finally, don’t worry if you’ve given the advice or tip in a previous post. Anything goes.

Courtesy of our fine friends at Cabela’s, the winner will receive: one 3-pack of training dummies (above), one check cord, one whistle lanyard, and one Roy Gonia Special Whistle. The first-place-prize value is worth over $50, but there’s more.

The runner-up will receive a Spotless Paw Dog Paw Cleaning Glove from the folks at BrightSpot Solutions. (I’ve tested one, and though I was skeptical, the glove worked very well on Pritch’s wet, dirty paws.) It’s perfect to keep by the front door or in the truck.

The contest will end Monday, September 7, at midnight. The entries will be judged by F&S editors, and I’ll announce the winners next Wednesday, Septemeber 9.

Good luck. I’m looking forward to your responses.