101 minutes | May 31, 2023
E 169. Elite hunting dog training
Tonight we have the pleasure of sitting with and speaking with our good buddy and talented dog trainer, Blaine Tarnecki, from Hudson River Retrievers down in Georgia. You've heard Blaine on our show a few times now and he is always a wealth of knowledge, whether it's training young dogs, obedience, meticulous handling drills or catching stripers... this guy does it all. On this episode, he and Bob tag team some thorough questions from our patreon friends (you can become one and possibly win a hunt here) and holy cow does it get interesting. Listen to the whole show to get each little snippet of tips and tricks from both Bob and Blaine. A big thank you to Blaine for joining the show and for putting up with Bob, per usual. Cheers to you and enjoy the episode! BTW... if you leave a great review on our podcast, we'll be reading some next week. Thank you!
120 minutes | May 24, 2023
E 168. Debating E Collars and Force Fetch
Welcome to Lone Duck's GDIY Chronicles! Today we have a different kind of show so hang with me... I was fortunate to have a conversation with Nick Adair and Jeremy Moore (from DogBone) on Nick's podcast, Gun Dog It Yourself and we meticulously dug into a whole lot on training hunting dogs. While this show was recorded for Nick's podcast, we thought it was extremely honest and educational, so we asked Nick if we could share and post it on our feed, too. We begin by defining "force fetch" and "collar conditioning" and the different ways to teach a dog. There's a lot in the conversation, so I won't detail each portion of the show but the goal was to debate the various ways to train a dog and further clarify each step in the process. We certainly go back and forth a little and we agree and disagree and that's ok. There's more than one way to train a dog and Jeremy has great dogs doing things his way. We have great dogs that are trained the lone duck way. Thank you to Jeremy and Nick for having an open conversation. Are you looking for more Lone Duck content, 1:1 conversations or can we help remotely train your dog? Check out our patreon here and maybeeee you'll win a spot on our hunting trip this fall. Cheers to you.
110 minutes | May 17, 2023
E 167. Training in drive with Pat Nolan
Tonight we have the pleasure of sitting down to speak with one of the most respected dog trainers in our country, Pat Nolan. We begin the show chatting with Pat and learning about how he got into the dog world and how a unique hobby caused a dog training epiphany for him. We could have spent hours talking with Pat about how this happened and how it evolved over the years to become a successful philosophy... so we'll have him back on the show. In talking with Pat, we discuss "training in drive" and how to shape a dog's behaviors by using their own internal motivation to complete the task at hand. Stay with me here, it's a lot to process and digest but it's brilliant. We then ask Pat how he knows when his dog is ready for the next step in the training process (this is super interesting) and we hear about his online training course, Retrieving from the pup up. Bob and the Lone Duck crew are working through this training course and it's worth the time and energy. One of the best parts of this conversation with Pat was hearing all of his little gems of knowledge formed by years of experience over many, many dogs. If you're like me, you'll find yourself feverishly scribbling notes and rewinding this to hear and digest his insights over and over. Of course, we had to ask Pat about his work with the military dogs and how that came to be and holy cow, what a story. We finish the conversation with Pat by discussing mistakes and disobedience when training dogs and how to handle each... think about that for a second because it's very intricate and important. Thank you to Pat for sitting down with us and sharing a few stories and training tips. We'd highly recommend you check out his website if you're interested to learn more. Want more Lone D? Join us for a beer and you could win a free duck hunting trip to Missouri in December '23... seriously!
115 minutes | May 3, 2023
E 166. How to ethically raise puppies with Megan Comfort
It's always a good time when you're talking about puppies and well, tonight was a good time. We had the pleasure of speaking with Megan Comfort from Torg's Labs about every single step in the puppy process. First, we learn about Megan and how she got into this world and shocker, it's a wild and emotional rodeo. Everyone thinks working with puppies is all rainbows and sprinkles but holy cow is it time consuming, stressful and cute all at once. We talk with Megan about some of her memorable dogs and why she would pair them with others, what her goals are for breeding labs, why and how they breed them in an ethical manner and we even mention our good buddy, Dr. Spoo! We also dig into what kinds of things can happen to the momma dog and the puppies during birth. Yes, we dig into all sorts of fun, plus we talk about the first 72 hours of a pup's life and how fragile they are. We talk again about early neurological stimulation and how impactful it can be for a dog, alongside proper socialization. If you have ever had questions or concerns about puppies or you ever thought maybe you'd consider raising a litter then this show is for you. You'll learn all the ins and outs and if you're interested in learning more, you should check out what Megan is doing with Torg's Labs. Want more Lone D? Check out the link here and enter to win duck hunting trip to Missouri with Bob and Kevin
94 minutes | Apr 13, 2023
E 165. Hunting Dogs with GDIY's Nick Adair
For today's show, we're lucky to have Nick Adair (from the Gun Dog It Yourself podcast) in the house and boy, do we have a good time talkin' dogs. Nick is an absolute dog man and anytime you can trade stories with someone like that, it's just easy, natural and the best time ever. We kick off the show with Nick asking about Bob's southern trip (Nick runs our show better than we run our show) and how he schedules training for the year. Then we dig into Nick's passion for working dogs. Nick spent some time chasing coons behind a dog and we hear about how he got into obsessively learning about, and working alongside, dogs. Then we hop into stories about his three hunting dogs, how he came by each one and how each unique dog is special. It's cool to hear how Nick has special hunts with each dog but if you take a step back and look at why each moment was memorable, it boils down to the same thing: working hard alongside your dog YOU coached is an unreal experience, every time. Want to train your own dog but you need some tips? Check out our patreon and hang out with us, see videos first, get discounts and have a goooood time.
100 minutes | Apr 5, 2023
E 164A. Upland Gun Company and Nick Larson
This week we're happy to sit down and hang out with our good friend, Nick Larson from the Birdshot Podcast. We always enjoy spending time with Nick and picking his brain about all things grousey but we also had the opportunity to learn more about the Upland Gun Company and all the cool stuff they're doing. If you're looking for a piece of art to carry around the woods and pass down through the family, then you should absolutely check them out and consider building your own custom gun. Yes, you read that correctly... build your own custom gun. We talk with Nick and learn about all sorts of stuff like english grips, what he looks for in a gun, Nick's advice for people getting fitted for a gun, and a ton more. Then we jump into a good discussion catching up on Nick's dogs and we learn how he coached his younger dog, Rose. She has had a couple seasons under her belt and is really becoming a fantastic grouse dog, so it's nice to learn more about ol' Rose. Bob and Nick talk through how people should walk up on a point and coach your dog to stay steady so you can have the best chance of pinning a grouse and creating a shot opportunity. If you've ever grouse hunted before, you know that it's easier said than done. Then we chat about hunting several guys and several dogs in the woods. A lot of people don't think about how tricky that can be but really, it's an art form. It's always good to hang out with Nick and talk dogs, guns and birds. If you somehow live under a rock and haven't spent time enjoying his podcast then check it out... you won't be disappointed. Cheers to you. Are you interested in hunting with the Lone Duck Crew? Check out the link here and maybe you'll win a free hunt!
49 minutes | Mar 28, 2023
E 163. Gun Dog Mag & Kali Parmley
Tonight was awesome. We had the pleasure of sitting down and talking dogs and hunting with Kali Parmley of Gun Dog Magazine. We learned how she got into the outdoor world, made her way to be the Editor in Chief at Gun Dog Mag and is now launching a new show called Wild Upland. The show airs April of 2023 and showcases all the things we love: chasing birds alongside good dogs, the adventures of a hunt and a well-earned beer at a cool local spot you wouldn't find on a map. Kali is a great storyteller and you can feel her passion for wild places and wild game as she shares stories from past trips all over the country. Personally, I can't wait to watch and rewatch her show because it'll be a goodie. Be sure to check out the great articles they're pumping out at Gun Dog Mag! Interested in hunting with Kevin, Bob and a dozen buddies? Join Patreon and let's go.
79 minutes | Mar 22, 2023
E 162. "Finding moments within the hunt"
For tonight's podcast, we had the pleasure of chatting with Jake Smith, the man behind The Pointing Dog Journal, The Retriever Journal and Just Labs Magazine. We begin the show learning about Jake's background, his books and how he got into the outdoor world. We chat a little about some of our favorite stories and how they've shaped our experiences in the outdoors. Is anyone else a big fan of Gordon MacQuarrie... I know I am. Then Jake talks a little about how other people can get into the writing world and we dig into some of the great moments we've shared hunting alongside dogs. We learn about Jake's dogs and find that he is also a Setter Man-- he has great taste in dogs and guns. It was fantastic meeting Jake, learning about his time in the outdoors and sharing stories with each other. It's funny how easy it is to connect with someone over a few stories about old guns and bird hunts. If you're interested in learning more about Jake, then check out his two books here and here. Check out more Lone Duck action on youtube or find even more on Patreon! Cheers!
62 minutes | Mar 15, 2023
E 161. Wingshooting, dogs & old shotguns
Tonight we sit down with Lars Jacob, a wingshooting coach, meticulous gunfitter and the type of guy who knows his way around the grouse woods. We begin tonight's show hearing about Lars' work coaching people to shoot effectively on the wing (check out his website here) and then dig into the types of habitat grouse and woodcock call home. Then we hear about how the shooting sports have evolved over time and today's shooter is much different than the past. We talk with Lars about the differences between shooting clays and real birds and finally we talk guns with Lars. It's always fun to speak with people who are experts in their field but it's rare you can speak with someone like Lars who I'd consider an expert in wingshooting, shotgun history, grouse and woodcock, bird hunting and more. Honestly, it was a treat to sit down and chat with Lars and we're grateful for his time on the show. If you're interested, I'd highly encourage you to check out his website and learn more. Want more Lone D? Check out patreon and hang out with Bob and Kevin, ask questions and meet other great people within the community.
138 minutes | Mar 7, 2023
E 160. A Dog Named Beautiful with Rob Kugler
Tonight's episode is a bit different than our usual retriever training and hunting stories and I know you're going to enjoy the conversation as much as we did. It finally happened. After what seemed like forever, we finally got the chance to record an episode with our buddy, Rob Kugler. Rob is an extremely special guy with a unique story to tell about his life, his family, his service and his dog. If I had to describe Rob, I'd begin with his character and reference his passion, determination, resiliency and selflessness. He is a fantastic storyteller and the next two hours will have you on the edge of your seat, laughing and pretending not to cry. Rob truly embodies "the unspoken bond" and it's one of the many reasons we appreciate him. Cheers to you, Rob. If you're interested in hearing more of Rob's story or just want to support him because man, it's the right thing to do.... then check out his book here. Lone Duck's Gun Dog Chronicles is part of the Waypoint Outdoor Podcast Crew
102 minutes | Feb 27, 2023
E 159A. Retriever Training Fundamentals with Kevin Cheff (Part Two)
Alright, folks! Kevin Cheff The Retriever Coach is back for the second part of this mini series and if you thought part one was thorough, then you haven't seen anything yet. In this episode, Bob and Kevin Cheff discuss the fundamentals for creating a phenomenal dog and the drills used to get them there.... and stay there (that part is important). Here's a few topics they review: teaching multiple marks, wide open marks, developing confidence with memory, Kevin breaks down a training schedule for a Master level dog, we run through check down birds, the ABC Drill, live flyers and then we dig into water. Holy cow, do we dig into water. We review simple water marks (<100 yards) and then angle exit drills, Kevin explains the components of all water marks, cheating singles and teaching water blinds. Finally, review the four parts to one good "sit." Then we chat with Kevin and ask him some questions that our patreon friends had for him and we share books that you should read about dog training. We also have a pretty good chat about buying Started Dogs and what to look for and how to make that transition from the kennel to your house smooth. We owe Kevin a big thank you for joining our show and spending time teaching and breaking down concepts... I suppose that's why he's The Retriever Coach. If you're interested in his work, then check out his program FETCH. PS. Did you see we launched new shirts? Our buddy, Mike Hosier, did the artwork for this shirt and we're pumped share it with you all. Mike is doing a Kickstarter for his awesome photo journal with his dogs. I'd highly recommend you check it out here. Lone Duck's Gun Dog Chronicles is part of the Waypoint Outdoor Podcast Crew
77 minutes | Feb 22, 2023
E 158. "Establish high standards" with Kevin Cheff (Part One)
Tonight we have one of our favorite guests back on the show, Kevin Cheff, the Retriever Coach. We catch up with Kevin and learn about his new online coaching platform he calls Fetch... you should check it out if you haven't yet. The main topic of tonight's conversation is super timely. We discuss important drills and tasks to do right now before your dog gets back into advanced training and the hunt test season rolls around. One of the themes I noticed in the conversation with Kevin was simplification and establishing high standards with your dog training. Kevin does an extremely thorough job of explaining how he does this with drills and how to correct the dog properly during the drills. We talk about a whole bunch of topics like: holding blind manners, wagon wheel, refining targeting, having discipline with your dog, reviewing swim by to keep your dog crispy and stalling at the right time, marking drills, retired guns and walking singles. Oh, just all those topics? Yes, and with meticulous detail. In fact, we dig into these drills so much that we decided to make this a two part series! I'll leave you with a great quote from Kevin during this episode, "good reps enforce good behavior." It seems simple, right... but ask yourself if you consistently do that with your dog or just doing lots of reps. Want to join our happy hours and drink a beer with Lone Duck while chatting dogs, training, hunting and everything in between? Join here! Lone Duck's Gun Dog Chronicles is part of the Waypoint Outdoor Podcast Network
54 minutes | Feb 8, 2023
E 157. Retriever Training Plans & Shredder Bob
Welcome, welcome. Oohhhhh baby. Today's podcast is with Kevin and Bob where we chat about a whole bunch of things so settle in for a goodie. First we chat about the D-O Double G, Miss Prairie Dog and how her hunting season has been. As some of you know, we have been spending more time with her in the field as Memphis is getting a little older (more to come on that), and she is doing a fine job. We also hear about Bob's sabbatical to Costa Rica. Is that Kelly Slater? Nope, just Uncle Bob The Shredder out there riding waves, saving lives and eating fish like locals. (Insert hang ten emoji) Finally, we get into some of the plans and goals for Lone Duck Kennels in 2023... you won't wanna miss them. Please listen until the end if you need a motivational speech from Bob. Cheers to you. If you're reading this far down, then you should go read through the force fetch course to see how Bob coaches dogs... you'll be glad you did. With the course, you get Bob's personal help so you can feel more than confident in force fetching your dog. If you're not at the force fetch stage, that's ok. Join our Patreon for gun dog talks, happy hours with Bob and Kevin and tons of other people just like you. Honestly, it's a damn good time. Lone Duck's Gun Dog Chronicles is part of the Waypoint Outdoor Podcast Network
108 minutes | Jan 25, 2023
E 156. Retriever training: How pros collar condition a dog
Today's episode is devoted to properly collar conditioning your dog. Using an e collar is controversial and some trainers use them, some trainers do not, some people think their dog is "too soft" for them and some dogs (most dogs when used properly) jump up and down in excitement when the collar comes out. Because of this confusion, we decided to create the most in depth episode to teach anyone and everyone to be confident and educated enough to collar condition their own dog. In this show, we call several professionals to hear their specific routine for collar conditioning protection dogs, pet dogs and hunting dogs. We hear from Blaine Tarnecki from Hudson River Retrievers and The Brown Dog Academy, Adam Campbell from Campbell's Hillside Kennels and the Doghouse Podcast, Oscar Mora from Elevated Canine and then Bob finishes the show by explaining his process. Listen to this show and if you have questions, please reach out to anyone who chimed in on this episode (links to contact them are above ^^) If you'd like to properly force fetch your dog or want more Lone Duck action, then check out our patreon here and you can meet us for some beers and talkin' dogs. Lone Duck's Gun Dog Chronicles is part of the Waypoint Outdoor Podcast Crew. Cheers.
52 minutes | Jan 20, 2023
E 155. Running Rabbits with the Beagle Bard
Today we have the pleasure of speaking with a real beagle man, Bob Ford. Aside from having a great name, he's also a fellow dog man who loves being out in the woods while carrying a gun and following his dogs.... I know I can relate. If you've read anything about beagles and chasing rabbits, you've probably read some of Bob's work. He has been in all sorts of magazines and has even written some awesome books. If you're interested in his work, then you should check out his website here. We have a great conversation and dig into Bob's years and years of experience running trials and raising fantastic rabbit dogs. It's always great speaking with highly passionate people and you can hear how driven Bob is regarding his faith, his writing, his dogs and runnin' rabbits! Do you want more Lone Duck? Check us out here! Want to learn how Bob teaches force fetch? Lone Duck is part of the Waypoint Outdoor Crew. If you enjoy our show, then you'll enjoy the other great shows in our network.
76 minutes | Jan 10, 2023
E 154. "Control is the key to the work" with Carlos Ramirez
We're kicking off the new year with one of the coolest episodes we've done on our show. We had the pleasure of sitting down to speak with Carlos Ramirez to hear his story and how he's working in the K9 world. We begin learning about Carlos' time playing sports, traveling and how he started going to school for training dogs. Let's just say, he certainly didn't have an easy road to becoming the trainer that he is today... it took time, patience and grit. Then we chat about genetics and the major role that it plays in both the gundog world and the protection world. It's interesting to think about the differences between two working breeds but it's astounding to think about the similarities and how much crossover there is in training. We go on to hear about Carlos' time working alongside Mike Ritland and his time at the Warrior Dog Foundation. If you're like me and you think it's fascinating to think about what special forces dogs can do... just wait to hear how he had to gain their trust and work with dogs of that caliber. After, we chat about how Carlos is working with the law enforcement in his area and how his work has expanded to become national. It's interesting to hear Carlos speak about the different tiers of dogs and "what makes a unicorn" in his industry. One of the great parts of speaking with Carlos is how articulate he is and how he can break down information so anyone can understand high level dog training. We owe Carlos a 'thank you' for his time and how he is influencing the K9 world. If you're interested in learning more about CRK9 or you're in the Ocala FL area, check out his website here. Want to learn to force fetch your dog the right way? Check out the program Bob made here Interested in getting some 1:1 time with Bob to chat training, dogs, breeding, hunting, dating advice? Then check out our Patreon and join our community Lone Duck's Gun Dog Chronicles is part of the Waypoint Outdoor Podcast Network
62 minutes | Dec 28, 2022
E 153. "Age is not a disease for dogs..."
Tonight, we chatted with our good buddy, Dr. Joe Spoo (The Gun Dog Doc... check him out!), about all things sporting dogs. First, we talk about chasing upland birds and hear about Joe's lab (that he said he'd never own... and he explains why). Then we dig into a couple of Joe's late dogs. We chat a little about why chukar are great for training but overall, they're just the worst. Then we hear about Joe's newer dog, a Cocker Spaniel and how she's just the coolest little dog. Joe's spent some time at Spaniel trials and highly recommends anyone in the dog world check them out. We continue chatting with Joe and talk about sporting dogs and how they're athletes and how you can adjust your hunting to match (and support) each stage in the dog's life. Joe has years and years of experience as a Vet and has interesting thoughts on keeping your dog healthy and in the field longer. We talk about tick-borne diseases and common injuries and his thoughts on them. Joe also gives Bob some interesting thoughts on Memphis and her struggles from her tick-borne disease. One of the quotes from Joe that really struck me was when he said "age is not a disease" and he's right. We need to take care of our dogs so they not only live a long life but can live one with as much time in the field as possible. Want to learn to force fetch dogs and have Bob help every step of the way? Check out our force fetch course and see if it's right for you and your dog. Lone Duck Outfitters & Kennels Want more of that Lone D? Check out more videos and special events here. Lone Duck's Gun Dog Chronicles is part of the Waypoint Outdoor Crew
49 minutes | Dec 24, 2022
E 152. Jolly Ol' Saint Bob
*Uncle Bob ruins Christmas for children so don't listen to this in the car with your kids. Tonight, Bob and Kevin do a quick look back at the year of podcasts, interviews with cool people, good dogs, memories and hunting trips. After the holly jollies, we do some good Q&A that came in and here's a few examples: managing dog training and family, force fetch questions (learn how Bob force fetches dogs here), mouthy dogs on birds, plans for Bob's winter trip, best dogs ever and the top things to work on with a 4 month old pup. Not sure if people actually read these little descriptions but regardless, we wanted to say thank you to anyone listening. This podcast has been a great adventure for us both and we're grateful for those who listen and those who join us to chat dogs over a beer. Cheers to you. Buy Bob a beer via patreon and join us on our patreon only duck hunt next season.... Lone Duck's Gun Dog Chronicles is part of the Waypoint Outdoor Podcast Network
82 minutes | Dec 18, 2022
E 151. Texas & Oklahoma hunting with a side of cutting cattle
Tonight, Bob and Kevin review the long roadtrip Bob took from New York to Texas to Oklahoma and then back to New York. You'll hear about the goals of the trip and how Bob got to spend time wrangling cattle like a real man. A few highlights to mention here: hunting swamps with a coon dog in tow, almost burying the truck in the middle of no where, Prairie Dog gets the call to hunt some midwestern birds, hunting with Memphis, etc. Then we dig into some Q&A from people. Some of the topics include: why good duck dogs need discipline, expectations of a young dog, holding birds vs bumpers and proper force fetch. We also talk about the benefits of floating food and how to fix a hard-mouthed dog, what comes first: collar conditioning or force fetch and then we dig into the difference between American, British and English Labs. Lone Duck's Gun Dog Chronicles is part of the Waypoint Outdoor Podcast Network
42 minutes | Nov 18, 2022
E 150. Mastering Force Fetch
Tonight Bob and Kevin share some big news about force fetch. Yes, that's right... it only took ~700 days to get this project wrapped up but hey, who's counting? If you would like to force fetch your dog in the way Bob does it, then this project is for you. Hit us up, let's work together and help create a bad to the bone, confident, retrieving machine out of your dog. We can do this. If you're interested, then check out the project here and let us know what you think. Cheers to you. Lone Duck's Gun Dog Chronicles is part of the Waypoint Outdoors crew. Check out some of their other shows and enjoy!