Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 1: The Mindset of the Dog

Welcome to the new series of dog-training videos–featuring Ronnie Smith and Susanna Love of Ronnie Smith Kennels. The Smith family is legendary in the dog-training world. Ronnie’s uncle is the bird-dog legend Delmar Smith, recognized as the founder of the Smith Training Method and a Field Trial Hall of Fame inductee. Ronnie has been training dogs since he was fourteen years old and took over the family business in 1982. Susanna joined him in 2006.

This first video in the series is not about a specific skill or technique. Instead, Ronnie and Susanna discuss the importance of a dog’s mindset in the training process. Your goal as a trainer, they argue, is to engender the proper mindset that will enable the dog to learn best.

7 thoughts on “Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 1: The Mindset of the Dog”

  1. Yes! I’m so glad a dog training series is coming out. I love the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center, and I’m thrilled to see similar videos for dog training. Keep them coming.

  2. What a treat to be able to watch videos that reinforce the importance of raising canine good citizens from proven and articulate dog trainers. I’m looking forward to learning more on the topics provided in this series.

  3. Thank you Ronnie Smiths Kennels and Orvis!! We have a 9 month old pup, who graduated from the 6 week Big Chain Petstore training class, but I know we need more! Especially now that she’s in her “teenage puppy” period!! Thanks sooooo much. I’ve added link to 1st page of my iPad home screen so I can stay on top of them!! Kudos to you!! ❤️

  4. I have a wonderful Golden Retriever 9 month old bitch. I would live to follow your training series! Thank you for this.

  5. I got to Meet Mr Delmar on several occasions! I used His method of conditioned retrieve until today! Delmar and His boys did seminars all over even to Australia and I think New Zealand!

  6. Wow, it is so nice to see your are doing well Ronnie. I was very fortunate to have been able to hunt wild quail with you down in South Texas at the Mariposa Ranch ( 43,000 acres) near Falfurrias. I learn so much about dogs and hunting with them, and so did our clients, at least 50 times over some 19 years (1993-2012) with you, Rick, all your great guides and those 100 superb dogs you brought down there every year from Oklahoma. Would love to do it at least one more time. First class!

  7. My 16 week old Havanese puppy is fine a lot of the time but turns into a maniac at least twice a day racing through the house and leaping off the ground at me SO HIGH. I am looking forward to these videos because WOW do I need the help!

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