Tera’s Training Tip Of The Day

Training Tip Of The Day: Support your passion, become a member!



Support your passion by becoming a member of a retriever club, training group, or volunteer to help a professional retriever trainer. Seeking enthusiasts who share your passion will only help promote and keep the retriever sports flourishing. It also helps clubs provide more events such as fun hunts, picnic trials, and clinics year round. Being active is the key, one  never knows when a good technique, optimal training situation, or a gem of information will present itself to help you and your dog be the best it can be.

Remember it is okay to disagree. One does not have to debate why their method is better than another. A wealth of information is learned if one observes with an open-mind first and gives relative opinion when asked second. Even though like-minded individuals will share the same goals the methods in which to achieve them could vary widely.

All information can be good depending on how you digest it. For instance: If you witness a technique that you disagree with for your dog at the time, you may have just learned “What Not To Do”. However, file it away in your memory bank. A year from now the method observed may work for another dog. This observation may also inspire you to tweak the technique in a manner to fit your method of training or help develop a new technique.

Learning what to do, when to do it, and how to do it is a long journey filled with successful moments and not so successful moments. In any case, observing what not to do and what to do can be an opportunity waiting for you if you become a member and get involved. Your dog is only as good as the time and effort you put into it. For no success comes without good, honest, hard work.

Check out my favorite retriever club links below:






Clubs without web pages include:

Wolverine Retriever Club – Metamora, MI – Barb Younglove

American Amateur Retriever Club – Willmington, IL – Sharon Gierman

South Texas Retriever Club – Giddings, TX – Tera Lanczak

Tera’s Training Tip Of The Day


Tera’s Training Tip Of The Day: Utilize a mat when training your dog.

Many injuries occur when dogs loose their footing taking off from a stationary position. Muscles pulling away from bone, ligament tears, and sprained joints just to name a few common “Starting Position” injuries. Mats are a useful tool in “Place Training” your dog which can make for an impeccably “Steady” retriever. Winter 2012


Tera’s Training Tip Of The Day


Tera’s Training Tip of the Day: Have a warm up routine for your dog before he or she begins their training.

Over the years having dealt with pointers guiding pheasant hunts 5 days a week during MI winters and now running/training retrievers for field trials it is clear that the probability of injury is high under these conditions. However, one can be proactive against injury by providing a good quality food, joint supplement (one with glucosamine and Methylsulfonylmethane MSM ), and warming up a dogs core.

Bruce Alhers, DVM and avid Field Trialer spoke to me about his routines for conditioning and strengthening a dogs core muscles. Doing pile work up a hill, walking your dog on leash and requiring them to stand and sit several times, or have the dog sit up on their hind quarters with the front paws off the ground were just a few techniques mentioned.Rapid Retrieving such as “Happy Bumpers” can cause a dog to twist and turn before the muscles are sufficiently warmed up putting extra stress on ligaments and joints. Whatever routine you decide to adopt make sure it is done in a slow and controlled process working up to strenuous activity.  Hope this helps everyone to have great training days that provide healthy years of enjoyment.