We take time to sit down to talk dogs, training, hunting, and stories with author George DeCosta of The Hunting Griff who wrote "Tips and Tales On Training Your Bird Dog" which quickly became a category bestseller on Amazon. George offers a different approach than many training books which has resonated with many readers so far! Host Robert Poe, a bird dog novice still learning himself, helps guide the conversation to draw out more stories and tips. If you have questions you would love to ask George, you can email [email protected] and they just might end up getting answered on an episode! Also, be sure to check out George's website at huntinggriff.com for more information and find George's book on Amazon.
Duck Search, Retrieving Dragged Game, Honoring and backing, and some highlights
1:10:13Robert and George sit down and talk about the duck search, retrieving dragged game, and honoring and backing. George also shares some highlights from his training season and talk some hunting plans. Be sure to check out George's book on Amazon!
1:30:49George and Robert return to dive into the process of Force Fetch, or some have opted to call it the Trained Retrieve. George lays out how he walks through the process with his dogs, but the keys are to use the least amount of force necessary, give high praise, and take your time. As always, you can learn more about George at huntinggriff.com and write comments or questions into [email protected]
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Some Test Tips and Transitioning Beyond the First Year
1:11:33In this episode, George talks about talking at the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association's Annual Meeting and then gives some tips about how to be successful in the NAVHDA Natural Ability Test. Then Robert and George dive into transitioning beyond the first year with your bird dog and some of the early advanced training George recommends to help transition including heeling and advanced recall.
Diving into E-Collars
1:01:27Robert and George answer a few listener questions, then do a dive into E Collars, what to think about with them, how to introduce them and use them. Its a great conversation with great tips to help make sure you use these tools to their full potential and not end up making vital mistakes. Don't forget to write into [email protected] with your listener questions!
Quick Questions, Tracking, Field Work, Crates, and Hold
1:03:03In this episode, George and Robert discuss a wide variety of topics and George, provides helpful tips to help as you train your bird dog. We had some problems with George's mic, and are currently working on finding a replacement to ensure the problem gets fixed. As always, thank you for listening and your support. Please write in questions or comments to [email protected] and remember you can learn more about George at huntinggriff.com.
Answering questions, Bringing out the pointing instinct and intro to water
1:08:09Robert and George talk about the early season hunting George has been up to, answer a variety of questions from listeners and dive into bringing out the pointing instinct and introduction to water. Don't forget you can send in suggestions or questions to tipsandtalespo[email protected] and learn more about George at huntinggriff.com.
Recall, Down & Sit, and the Process of Osmosis
1:07:01Robert and George continue the conversation and start out be answering a few listener questions including running dogs in hot weather and what to do if you have limited space. Then, George provides great insights into recall, how he uses the commands of down and sit, and finish off with a great discussion about how important the process of osmosis is. As always, you can find George's book on Amazon. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to the show by emailing email@example.com and check out more from George at huntinggriff.com.
Basic Rules and Whoa Training
1:18:08In this episode, Robert and George recap some of the highlights George's recent training clinic then dive into George's overarching rules for training your bird dog and talk about training "whoa", which George believes to be of upmost importance when training your versatile bird dog. Don't forget you can contact us at [email protected] with potential questions or topics and you can pick up George's book on Amazon.
Getting the Conversation Started
1:08:04Host Robert Poe sits down with trainer and author George DeCosta for their first conversation where we get to know George a little bit better and dive into some advice on how to use the book and hear some stories from George. As you listen in, if you want to hear more about a certain topic or have a question you think would be helpful for yourself and other listeners, drop an email to [email protected] and George may end up answering it on a future episode. Don't forget, if you want to pick up a copy of George's "Tips and Tales On Training Your Bird Dog" from Amazon if you haven't already. You can also learn more about George at huntinggriff.com