Bird Dogs & Training  |  05/11/2022

Podcast Ep. 165: Pro Dog Trainer Mike Wieben on Teaching Pointers to Retrieve

Host Bob St.Pierre’s two-year-old German shorthaired pointer, Gitche, needs a little finishing work this off-season.  Consequently, Bob is dropping her off at Dokken’s Oak Ridge Kennels for “summer camp” with professional dog trainer Mike Wieben.  The guys take Gitche out for a couple of runs on birds, then talk through Gitche’s performance and the training plan ahead.  

Episode Highlights:
  • Bob talks about his feelings of trepidation and intimidation that come naturally with dropping a beloved pup off with a professional trainer. 
  • Bob details three specific areas he’d like help improving Gitche’s performance; 1) strengthening her retrieve, 2) steadying her point, and 3) teaching her “place,” so she can go for a cast & blast canoe trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this September.
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