The Greatest Mistake People Make Purchasing Duck Dogs

The Greatest Mistake People Make Purchasing Duck Dogs

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  1. Nice read Clark! As I have heard many many times the price of the pup may be the cheapest thing about having a champion.

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  2. A link to this should be on the front of every State’s Duck Stamp, every Box of T-#6 steel shotgun shells, every shotgun used for ducks and geese, emblazoned on the front of every pair of knee high rubber boots, hip boots, and waders, every camo parker or bibs, and every Duck or Goose Call.
    Thanks Clark for sharing your wisdom

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  3. Thank you so very much for this article. I run into folks looking for a Boykin who just want a ‘pet’…”no need to spend money on a real retriever…just sell me one that won’t”. Well, I tell them, that doesn’t happen.
    I’m happy to share this. Again, thanks,

    Leslie Kern
    Thornhill Kennels
    Boykin Spaniels

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  4. I might add, many people see “AKC registered” and believe this is enough. AKC registered is never enough for a quality duck hunting dog.

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  5. I couldn’t agree more with this article!!! I worked as an assistant trainer for professional retriever trainer for 4 and a half years. I have since left for other opportunities, but I still have an affection for the retriever world, and still run my own dog in AKC Hunt Tests. I have seen every combination of breeding there is. From Field Champions all the way down the line, to not a dog with a title on 5 generations. There is really no comparison with the exception of a few dogs, between the two. Another thing I would add is once you find your puppy don’t just “try” to do it on your own. Find a professional early in the dogs life and let them help you train your dog. There are so many things that can be fixed early in your retriever’s life if you know what you are doing. Simple things like how to build drive and a desire to retrieve. Things not to do that might hurt your puppies progression. Ask first, and start your dogs early! Spend a day out with a pro asking questions watching dogs run and get a feel for the sport of retrieving. All of Those things will help in the long run! Hope this added some input!

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  6. The problem is most people know someone that has a dog that they got lucky an bought from somebody and he will bring back a duck. They’ve never hunted with a fully trained duck dog so their buddy’s dog that shakes all over you or blasts out of the blind at the first shot is great to them. You also have the guy that spent a lot of money for a trained dog then ruined him and com

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  7. Great read. What advice would you give someone who is looking for a pet rather than a duck dog, but willing to spend the extra money simply for good genes and temperament?

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