Murph Training Part XIV: First Hand Signals

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                     Murph (l) and Pickett (r) sit calmly with Mimi Fersen


Now that Murph is six months old it’s time to expand his horizons a bit and begin to inject the retrieve a bit more as that’s what he’s here for. That’s not to say I’m going to stand out there and toss marks for him for an hour, but I’m beginning to inject short retrieves and even the first hand signals into his routine and he is responding well.

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6 Easy Tips to Housebreak Your Puppy

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We all love our new puppy, but not always that new puppy “smell.” Housebreaking a pup can be a challenge. But this Woman’s Day article gives tips from dog expert Cesar Millan, star of National Geographic Channel’s popular Dog Whisperer show. It makes housebreaking your new puppy a cinch. We listed the six steps below, but check out the Woman’s Day article to get the details.

  • Be Consistent
  • Follow Indoor Rules
  • Schedule Breaks
  • Keep Your Cool
  • Clean Up Quickly
  • Stay Focused
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Mystery Dog Helped in Bin Laden Raid

 

 

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The New York Times and others are running pieces on a dog that helped in the Bin Laden Raid. According to the NY Times, “The identities of all 80 members of the American commando team who thundered into Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden are the subject of intense speculation, but perhaps none more so than the only member with four legs.”

The canine companions to soldiers are becoming more valuable. Gen. David H. Petraeus said last year that, “The capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine.”

 

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Murph Eats the Console; Murph Training Week XIII

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Who me?
photo by Tim Bronson

While Murph is doing exceptionally well in his training, let us not forget that he is a six-month-old puppy. I learned this valuable lesson today when I decided to make some changes in his living arrangements in the car. I bring Murph to work everyday, and he stays in the kennel in the car. Fortunately, I can park within steps of my office and I go out there at least three or four times a day to take a break and let him run. During lunch is my major training period around the woods and pond here at the Orvis headquarters.

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Enter the “My Favorite Dog Breed” Contest

Golden retrievers and Labs are two of the most beloved dog breeds. But all dogs are great companions for all kinds of reasons. Now you have a chance to win a FREE Orvis Dog Bed because of your love of dogs! In the comments section below, leave your favorite breed of dog, or mixed breed, and tell us why you love it so much. Other visitors can can then “like” your comment by clicking the “thumbs up” next to it. The most thumbs up by 4 PM Monday, May 9, wins a FREE Orvis Dog Bed. Encourage your friends to vote! Have fun.

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Murph in Training: Part XII

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Murph in training

As Murph nears six months of age, it’s time to take stock of what we have accomplished together. Right now he can do the following with very good (very good does not mean perfect) consistency:

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Murph Training XI: Murph’s Getting Steady

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Murph sitting steady while the author tosses dummies and tennis balls around him.

photo by Tim Bronson

A couple of weeks ago I talked about Murph and putting his steadiness to sit and heel together on a single blind retrieve. Over the course of the last few days, I’ve been continually working Murph on his steadiness in every possible situation, but I want him to begin to understand what he’s here for. As I said before, at this point I don’t want to give him a bunch of retrieves for two reasons. One, his teeth are changing over, and two, I don’t want to get him hyped up on retrieving like I did with Pickett.

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Enter the “What’s your dog’s name and Why?” Contest!

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Jack takes it easy

Photo by Jennifer, Mansfield

Win a FREE Orvis Dog Bed with your dog’s help! We thought we’d have some fun with today’s Dog of the Day post with a contest. In the comments section below, leave your dog’s name and the reason for that name. Other visitors can can then “like” your comment by clicking the “thumbs up” next to it. The most thumbs up by 4 PM Friday, April 15, wins a FREE Orvis Dog Bed. Encourage your friends to vote for your dog! Have fun.

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Murph Training X: Murph Finds the Water

It’s cold up here, although spring is finally starting to show up. There is still ice in most of the ponds, and I’ve still got snow in the yard. I had no intention of even trying to introduce Murph to the water until it had warmed up significantly and the water temps weren’t just above freezing. I certainly didn’t want to give him an. . .

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Murph Training IX: Murph’s First Blind Retrieve

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Murph sizes up his dummy 

photo by Tim Bronson

This weekend, I took Murph with me when I took my son to play in a hockey tournament in Connecticut. Four games and four practices in a three-day period gave me a lot of time in the hockey rink parking lot to work with Murph on a number of things.

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