Bird Dogs Afield host Paul Fuller is the gun dog columnist for Northwoods Sporting Journal. The Journal has granted permission to re-print Paul’s articles. Thank you Northwoods Sporting Journal.
August 2012: Conditioning: Paul’s annual article on the importance of conditioning before the hunting season.
July 2012: Then & Now: We look at modern training methods and how they differ from years ago.
June 2012: Dena Goes To School: The Fuller’s young shorthair goes to school at a NAVHDA training day.
May 2012: The Force Fetch: A discussion on the benefits of force fetch training.
March 2012: Training on Wild Birds: Paul describes the importance and benefits from training on wild birds.
December 2011: Good Grouse Year: A review of the Bird Dogs Afield 2011 Ruffed grouse year.
July 2011: E-Collar Introduction Part 2 (Part 2 of 2 parts)
Paul provides additional instruction for e-collar work.
October 2010 Opening Day Preparation & Excitement
Paul reviews how we prepare for the opening day of bird season.
September 2010 Pre-Season Tune-up For The Pointing Dog
A step-by-step pre-season system for tuning-up the already trained pointing dog.
August 2010 Feeding and Conditioning for You & Your Dog
Both you and your dog need to eat right and exercise before the season.
July 2010: Forced or Natural Retrieve
Paul examines the pros and cons of the forced fetch and the natural retrieve.
June 2010: Talking to Your Dog
The various methods of communicating with our dog are explored.
May 2010 Introducing A Puppy to Birds
If a puppy has a bad experience with a bird, training may have a train wreck.
April 2010 Association: Positive & Negative
Paul discusses positive and negative reinforcement and how association makes the connection for the dog.
March 2010 Curing Hard Mouth
A bird needs to be delivered suitable for the dinner table. Here are some tips for curing hard mouth.
February 2010 Bird Hunter’s Utopia
Paul travels the country (on paper) looking for Bird Hunter's Utopia.
December 2009 Paul Answers Dog Questions
A reader's email asks about pointing dog relocation and shooting grouse.
November 2009 How to Hunt Grouse With A Pointing Dog
Tips on how to use a pointing dog on Ruffed Grouse.
October 2009 Locating A Good Grouse Covert
Tips on how to locate good grouse coverts by studying habitat.
Guest Writer Articles
Stephen Rafe, one of the most accomplished dog training behavior specialists in North America agreed to provide an occassional guest article on dog behavior. This article is titled Does Your Dog Fear Thunder? This subject fits the season perfectly. You can reach Stephen at email@example.com.