If you love bird dogs, or working dogs of any breed, then the Sporting Dog Talk Podcast is your go-to source for information. Each week, guests who are experts in all-things-working dogs, offer up a perfect mix of education and entertainment all centered around their lives which have been devoted to man’s best friend.
Mike Akeroyd is a retired firefighter from Texas who not only competes in AKC Hunt Tests, but also judges them as well. He brings a unique perspective to the table after carefully observing how handlers of various skill levels work their dogs in high-pressure situations. He gives a ton of valuable advice including obedience tips, how body language can be an essential training tool and how training positive behaviors will keep you a step ahead of your dog.
Tina Dokken is a dog lover, hardcore upland and waterfowl hunter, and is married to professional dog trainer, Tom Dokken. She's also a good friend to host, Tony Peterson, and decided that she wanted to take over his role for this episode, which takes the conversation to many, many unexpected places.
Tom Dokken not only owns Dokken's Oak Ridge Kennels, but he's also the creator of the DeadFowl Trainer dummy lineup. He's easily one of the most accomplished dog trainers in the world, and also possesses a gift for explaining dog behavior so that anyone can understand it.
Clay Thompson works for SportDOG and is seriously knowledgeable when it comes to canine training tools. He's also a Lab owner who hunts upland game and waterfowl all season long. Clay fills us in on the latest training tech including e-collars and the new pet safe perfect bark technology as well as some tips to train any type of dog.
Jeremy Evans is not only a veterinarian, but is also involved in The Dog Aging Project. This 10-year research study aims to isolate factors that can contribute to longevity in domestic dogs and contribute to their mental health. Jeremy discusses the research they are doing to extend the longevity of man’s best friend and how he hopes this study will change the future years with our dogs.
Sharon Potter got her animal start in the equine world, but quickly realized that she loved working with dogs as well. She's been training for a long time, and not only specializes in working with challenging dogs, but also has a special place in her heart for the Chesepeake Bay Retriever. We discuss what makes chessies unique and how best to handle them, as well as Sharon’s successful strategy to fix gun-shyness. We dive in deep to a variety of topics in this podcast, it’s a good one!
Cody Will and his wife run Rattlesnake Ready, an Arizona-based business that specializes in snake- and toad-breaking dogs. Will has developed a thorough, step-by-step strategy to ensure that dogs develop the right avoidance behaviors when it comes to dealing with dangerous reptiles. We discuss all 4 steps in Cody’s snake avoidance training and what he has learned along the way to keep dogs safe.
Kristin Best and her husband, Rody, own Best Retrievers. She has developed a training style that starts with young puppies and takes into account what a dog really needs for a reward to not only trust its owner, but to also achieve its full potential. We discuss her philosophy on the 5 love languages as it relates to dogs, how important timing is when rewarding a positive behavior & how to address avoidance behaviors. This podcast is packed full of great information for anyone with a new puppy & any dog owner.
Chad Hines owns Willow Creek Kennels in Minnesota, and is a trainer who is obsessed with canine behavior. He breeds German Shorthairs, but has trained all types of dogs and has developed a results-based training strategy that takes into account the long-game aspect of developing a top-notch dog.
Rick McConico owns Old Oak Kennels and is widely recognized as one of the best British Lab trainers in the country. He specializes in getting results with dogs through low- or no-pressure training methods.
Scott Linden is the host of Wingshooting USA, and accomplished author and outdoor writer, and the founder of findbirdhuntingspots.com. He's hunted public land in a ton of different states, and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to researching spots and then hunting them sight unseen.
Kim Greene is based out of Montana, where she owns and operates Svalinn - a company dedicated to producing top-notch protection dogs. Svalinn dogs are well-known for their ability to not only provide security and protection, but also seamlessly operate as lovable family pets, which is a result of intelligent, long-game training programs.
Rody Best, owner of Best Retrievers, is an extremely well-accomplished trainer and Hunt Test competitor. He's also a devout waterfowl hunter who has figured out the perfect balance between work and play, which keeps his dogs happy and willing to train. We discuss the difference between field trial & hunt test dogs, water introduction & learning to speak a dog’s language. This is a great one for hunters & non-hunters to learn a little more about how to get the most out of your dog.
Daniela Carrera relocated from her native country of Ecuador to the United States to learn as much as she could about dog training. Today, she owns Good Dogs Training, located in Virginia, a company that specializes in producing top-notch service dogs that are trained specifically for patients with challenging physical and mental needs. Daniela shares what specific tasks she is training service dogs to do & how she goes about teaching them large tasks as well as what she looks for in each dog & much more. This is a great podcast for basic obedience & more advanced training information.
Arleigh Reynolds is a Professor of Clinical Nutrition and the Director of One Health at the University of Fairbanks in Alaska, in addition to working as a Senior Researcher for Purina. He's also a devoted dog musher and easily one of the most knowledgeable humans on the planet when it comes to canine health. We cover all kinds of important topics to put you more in tune with your dog & what you both need from each other. This is a great one for every dog owner.
Amritha Mallikarjun is with the Canine Language Perception Lab. Her research centers on figuring out not only how dogs hear, but what they prefer to hear and how noise can affect an individual dog's ability to learn tasks. She talks about ways to get your dog to focus better, how best to communicate with your dog & also gives some tips on naming your 4-legged friend.
Dan Ihrke, of Green Acres Sportsman's Club, is an extremely accomplished dog trainer who specializes in assessing a dog's abilities and then working to create training scenarios that are not only fun, but designed to maximize potential through a step-by-step process.
Lee Ann Lyons is not only a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, but also an expert on zoonotic diseases. She specializes in researching ticks and tick-borne diseases, and is a wealth of insight into how we can not only protect our dogs better, but ourselves as well.
Matt Mercereau owns Overall Retriever Training and is not only an expert on what makes a puppy great, but also how to assess older dogs and figure out the best way to train them to the best of their abilities. Matt gives some great puppy training tips & ways to get the most out of your 4-legged friend.
Dr. Angie Johnston is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Boston College. She's also a dog lover and a researcher who has studied not only the evolution of modern canines, but how they have learned to communicate and interact with us more effectively.
Arizona's Courtney Denham is the CEO of Wilderness Athlete, which is a company that also produces the K9 Athlete product lineup. Denham is dedicated to human and canine fitness, and is an expert on how to assess and address quality of life in working dogs of all ages and activity levels. We cover it all from canine health & wellness to whether or not dogs have a 6th sense. This is a great one full of extremely valuable information to improve your dog’s quality of life, as well as your own!
Nathan Hall is the Director of the Canine Olfaction Research and Education Laboratory as well as an Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Sciences at Texas Tech University. His current research is designed to fully understand what our dogs are capable of and how we can use that to our advantage as amateur handlers. We discuss the history of the canine and talk in-depth about the detection abilities of a dog’s nose.
Susanna Love has been training dogs for 14 years, but developed a love for communicating with animals in her childhood while growing up on a ranch in West Texas. Today, Love and her husband Ronnie Smith, are recognized as some of the best pointing dog trainers in the country.
Seattle's Don Wargowsky spends part of his year guiding clients on the highest peaks in the world, including Everest. During one of his recent climbs, a mutt showed up in camp and attached itself to Wargowsky to the point where it wouldn't leave his side and eventually summited a 23,000-foot peak with him. This one is a must-listen.
Joe Spoo is a veterinarian who lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He's also an upland hunting addict who owns several bird dogs and is a wealth of knowledge on in-field and off-season sporting dog care. This podcast is full of valuable information including weight & nutrition, ACL issues with specific breeds, when to spay & neuter your dog and much more. This one is definitely worth a listen.
Craig Koshyk is an accomplished photographer who has pivoted his career into work that involves sporting dogs of all varieties. He also owns a Picardy Spaniel and is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the history of many different bird dog breeds.
Pete Coppolillo is the Director of Working Dogs for Conservation, which is an organization devoted to utilizing dogs to combat poaching efforts and stem the movements of invasive species throughout the world. He's also an avid bird hunter from Montana who spends much of his time each fall hunting with his Griffon. We discuss how these dogs are trained for conservation work to help with ecological monitoring & wildlife crime & what is involved in combating invasive species.
Owner of Standing Stone Kennels, Ethan Pippitt, is most well-known for breeding top-quality German shorthairs and for his ability to take problem dogs and turn them into dream companions. His training style is built around reading and truly understanding the individual dog, and then working with them to achieve full potential. Ethan covers some unique training techniques including formal retrieval work & much more.
Hannah Decker has spent much of her advanced education developing an understanding of the human/canine relationship while simultaneously training dogs to use their noses for unconventional roles. She is also currently working to build a network of citizen dog owners to combat the spread of invasive species at a local level. This is a fascinating podcast in which Hannah explains how she trained an archaeological detection dog, her methodology when it comes to scent training & motivation and much more.
Sammy Livingston is the owner of Livingston Gun Dogs. He prides himself on producing some of the best British Lab litters in the country, as well as developing top-notch gun and companion dogs through a structured and consistent training philosophy.
Justin McGill owns Hunters Point Kennel in Iowa, where he oversees the breeding operations and works with each client individually to ensure they end up with the right dog. At Hunters Point Kennel they focus on developing trusting relationships with their customers to ensure near-perfect matches between them and their new puppies.
Erica Feuerbacher is an Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Welfare and Behavior at Virginia Tech. In addition to her canine-based scientific research, she's also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. We discuss if your dog prefers praise vs food, the benefits of positive reinforcement and much more as it relates to your canine's behavior.
John Reller is a volunteer with an organization called the Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment. Reller, along with his wife, train their golden retrievers to aid in the search and rescue operations throughout the west, where their dogs are asked to handle everything from helicopter and snowmobile rides, to body-recovery missions in the high-country.
Utah's Jillian Barker, is a volunteer trainer for Labs For Liberty, a non-profit organization that helps match wounded veterans with service dogs. Although she has only been training for five years, Barker's perspective on canine behavior and how to wring the most potential out of dogs is pretty incredible - and absolutely invaluable to all dog owners.
Owner of Quinebaug Kennels, Jennifer Broome, is a fascinating dog trainer with over 25 years of professional training experience. Broome is a huge proponent of understanding canine behavior and properly training dogs to reach their full potential through well-planned challenges.
Idaho's Seth Bynum is a veterinarian and a diehard upland hunter. His experience, both at his clinic and in the field, translates well to advice that all dog owners should take, which he offers up in an easy-to-digest style that will not only help you keep your dog safe, but also active and engaged.
Joe Lussier is an up-and-coming dog trainer from Connecticut who specializes in working dogs through challenges so they learn to problem solve and advance to their full potential. Lussier, who owns Lussier’s Pride Gun Dogs, offers a unique perspective on training that blends old-school, proven techniques with a fresh take on how to bring out the best in sporting dogs while factoring in what modern dog owners want and expect out of their companions.
Jessica Hekman is a canine researcher who is an expert in canine stress and the genomics of behavior in dogs. In addition to her research, Hekman is a writer, the owner of The Dog Zombie website, and also happens to be one of the most knowledgeable people on the planet when it comes to understanding what makes our dogs tick.
Ronnie Smith comes from dog training royalty, and these days he operates his own facility - Ronnie Smith Kennels. Ronnie, along with his wife Susanna, specialize in training pointers to their fullest potential. When it comes to years of experience and level-headed training advice, very few people compare to the Smiths.
Sara Brueske lives in Missouri where she works at Purina Farms as a dog trainer. She brings a lifetime of experience training a litany of different breeds for various tasks, and offers a unique perspective on how to bring the most out of dogs that is not only refreshing - but highly effective.
Tyce Erickson owns Utah Bird Dog Training, where he specializes in working with both flushing and pointing breeds. He's also a golden retriever breeder who truly understands what it takes to create hunting lines of healthy, field-bred goldens.
Owner of Vom Kervinshof Kennels, Oklahoma's Shelby Kervin, has decades of dog training experience and is an expert in German sporting breeds. His approach to training comes from a history of K9 and hunting dog experience, making him an excellent source of information for all amateur handlers.
Nebraska's Marissa Jensen is the Nebraska Education & Outreach Program Manager for Pheasant's Forever. She's also a German shorthair owner and a dedicated upland hunter who spends as much time as possible afield each season.
Mike Stewart is the President of Wildrose International and one of the top trainers at Wildrose Kennels. He's a wealth of information on Labs, but also one of the most well-versed adventure dog trainers on the planet. We discuss British labs, the different skill categories of an “adventure dog” & Mike shares some puppy training tips & tricks.
Matt Soberg is a Minnesota native and the Editor of Covey Rise Magazine. He's an English setter owner who has fallen in love with the breed and is dead-set on spending time in multiple states each season to maximize his field time with his dogs.
Owner of Cato Outdoors, Jordan Horack, is a trainer based in Wisconsin who - in his young career - has earned titles that elude many trainers throughout their entire professional lives. He's also a thoughtful English cocker fanatic who specializes in molding high-drive dogs into top performers.
Owner of Cato Outdoors, Jordan Horak, is a trainer based in Wisconsin who - in his young career - has earned titles that elude many trainers throughout their entire professional lives. He's also a thoughtful English cocker fanatic who specializes in molding high-drive dogs into top performers.
John Laux is a biologist from Nebraska who is currently the Upland Habitat and Access Program Manager for the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission. He's also a Llewellin setter owner and an absolute addict when it comes to upland hunting.
Bob St. Pierre works for Pheasants Forever and is a staunch public land advocate and voice for conservation. He's also a devout upland hunter who travels across the country with his German shorthairs each fall to hunt multiple species.
Faansie Basson is the owner of Elfa Border Collies, and is recognized as one of the most accomplished sheep dog trainers in the world. He's an interesting trainer who focuses on how dogs think and what questions to ask them in order to encourage welcome behavior.
John Nores is a retired California Game Warden who spent much of his career working to rid public land of cartel marijuana grow sites. He is the author of several books, including his latest - Hidden War.
Morgan Mason currently resides in Montana, where he works for The Meateater. He also happens to own a Griffon and is researching Drahthaar puppies so that he can take full advantage of the all of the hunting opportunities the Big Sky State offers, including the chance to target Hungarian partridge.
Tiffany Lakosky is one of the most well-known hunting celebrities in the big-game world, but she also happens to be a lover of all-things-bird dogs. Tiffany, along with her husband Lee, own several black Labs and make time each season to hunt waterfowl and upland game across the US.
Mississippi's Steve Snell is the President of Gun Dog Supply and currently owns more dogs now than most people will own in a lifetime. He's a dog lover in general, but is also partial to bird dogs that can brave the Texas landscape in search of quail. Snell is a true expert on training products and, in this episode, provides a bevy of valuable insights into what amateur handlers should arm themselves with to craft a great dog.
David Davis is a semi-retired professional trainer who has a soft spot in his heart for Labs, but has trained a wide array of breeds for basic obedience, hunting, field trials and hunt tests. Davis has decades of training experience to draw from and offers plenty of tips and tactics for the aspiring amateur.
Alex Brittingham is a professional dog trainer from Texas who has developed a Jack Russell terrier into a waterfowl hunting machines. She's in the process of proving herself in the training arena, and is dead-set on developing dogs to their fullest potential - no matter the breed.
Owner of Craney Hill Kennel, Todd Agnew, is a well-established professional trainer who has worked with bird dogs of all breeds, but he specializes in both field bred English cocker spaniels and springer spaniels. Agnew has developed a proven training strategy that not only produces top-notch dogs, but takes into account how individual handlers should work with their dogs.
Chris Ruben works for Eurocan, and is a valuable source of information on what kinds of pet food treats can actually benefit sporting dogs by providing them with what they really want - and need - nutritionally.
Ron Schara is most well known for having hosted the popular television series Minnesota Bound, but he is also a journalist and a devout sporting dog lover who found a way to combine his passion for bird dogs with not only his business, but also his professional identity.
Rich Louter, owner of Louter Creek Hunting Poodles, is an expert in true hunting poodles, which are hypo-allergenic dogs that don't shed and if they are trained correctly - can hunt with the best of them. Hunting poodles are rare in many ways, but are an interesting option for anyone who is allergic to dogs or simply looking for a unique companion at home and in the field.
With over two decades of training experience under his belt, George Hickox is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to sporting dogs. He has over 100 Field Trial placements to his credit and has developed a must-attend handler school that allows amateur handlers the chance to learn what it really takes to bring out the best in their dogs.
Founder of Gunner Kennels, Addison Edmonds, is a die-hard sporting dog devotee who saw a need in the pet market for bombproof crates. He's developed his business around the idea of keeping dogs as safe and comfortable during transport as possible, and now Gunner Kennels has set the standard for quality in kennels.
New Jersey's Brian and Jenny Beadling are obsessed with dogs and are well-known on the dock-jumping circuit. The couple currently own or fosters six dogs, and are regulars on the winner's podium with their GSPs at dock-jumping competitions across the country.
North Carolina resident and professional dog trainer, Ashly Kite, is the owner of Moss Bend Retrievers. He specializes in obedience, advanced gun dog work, hunt test and field trial training, and lastly - coming up with solutions on how to repair the damage caused by improper training and handling on dogs that are often viewed as lost causes.
Simone Schara, daughter of outdoor industry pioneer Ron Schara, has spent her entire life in the outdoors carving out a spot for herself in a male-dominated space, all while keeping some of the best company possible (retrievers, of course).
Rehan Nana is an red setter owner, a devout upland hunter, and one of the leaders in Garmin’s Outdoor Segment. He’s an expert on e-collars and the rest of the technology that is changing how we train - and hunt - with sporting dogs.
Stephanie Moore is married to well-known deer dog trainer Jeremy Moore. In addition to her full-time sale's job, Stephanie pitches in with the many dog duties that the Moore's deal with on a daily basis. She is also instrumental in reinforcing positive behavior with the dogs that are under Jeremy's tutelage.
Whitney Miller is married to trainer, Josh Miller, and has become entrenched in the day-to-day life of operating a successful kennel. She provides insight into the highs-and-lows of dedicating your life to a business that involves handling, caring for, and training man's best friend. While it's not always glamorous, operating Riverstone Kennels is the only life Whitney would choose to live - listen in to hear why.
Jeremy Moore, is a well-known dog trainer who specializes in obedience, shed antler retrievers, and deer recovery dogs. He is based out of Wisconsin, where he runs his Dog Bone Hunter business as well as several other businesses. Moore has over 15 years of training experience under his belt, and views working with dogs as an ever-evolving philosophical endeavor that varies from day to day and dog to dog.
Josh Miller is one of the youngest, most accomplished dog trainers in the country. Not only did he found Riverstone Kennels, he is now on a mission to change the way we think about British Labs through selective importation and breeding of the best dogs available. His story is one of hard work, determination and an unwavering love of working dogs.
Brian Lasley is the Marketing Director for DT Systems. He’s also a bird dog owner, a devout waterfowl hunter, and an excellent resource for information on not only e-collars, but a host of training tools that will benefit the amateur dog trainer.
Dog training guru and creator of the DeadFowl Trainer, Tom Dokken, talks about his humble beginnings in the sporting dog world and breaks down the process for choosing a puppy based on quality bloodlines.