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Revise your dog training lexicon

Sound-alike conflicts are a major bugaboo. Many of our commands can sound like names. Call your setter "Beau," and he might "whoa" when you want him to hunt on.
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Breaking your gun dog's boredom

Make a list of skills you think you have down pat. Then add another column with ways to make them harder, in increments, and you'll keep your dog firing on all eight cylinders.
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VIDEO: Slow your dog down to find more birds

Scott Linden and "Buddy" discuss ways to effectively slow down your dog and flush out more birds.
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Open up your pattern and bag more birds

If you’ve patterned your shotgun, you know an improved cylinder choke at 30 yards only makes a pattern about three feet in diameter.
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Use a hitch to speed up dog training

The basic concept is that a dog will stop — and stay stopped — when he feels pressure on his flank. The hitch applies it.
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A survival plan is something every hunter should have

We might be able to tough it out with our survival skills when lost, but at some point wouldn't it be great if someone came looking for you? A survival plan will boost the chances you'll be found.
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Bird hunting terms you should know

Just like a French vacation, you'll get along better with the locals — and learn more — if you speak at least some of the language. The bird dog world is no different, especially in the wacky field trial or hunt test environment.
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Gear review: Darn Tough socks

Have you ever seen a lifetime guarantee on a sock? Darn Tough offers one. It's doubtful you’ll ever have to take them up on it though.
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There's more to a good hunt than just what you bring home

Can we better savor the memories of an outing if we stop and smell the (wild) roses? And pine? And juniper? Here are some ways to "add value" to your hunt.
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Locating your dog afield is critical in bird hunting

You can trust to luck and hope your dog has a white tail. A safer bet is a bright, bold orange collar.
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