Training DVD's For The Pointing Lab

We are happy to announce that we shipping our new training DVD's in the training series Training The Pointing Retriever. We have had many people ask us for a DVD resource for training pointing labs over the years. We are leading the way as professional trainers by producing these DVD's so that others can to learn how to train their own dogs. I made the commitment well over a year to make this training series a reality. We have been collecting photos and video clips over the past several years for this project. It has has taken hundreds of hours of work in filming and editing to produce. All aspects of the project, the training sessions filmed, the script, the still photos, the camera shots and all video and audio editing was approached and presented from a trainers perspective. While this took a significant amount of more work in terms of time and money than hiring a production company to do the project for us, we think it will be worth the efforts to our viewers. We believe there will be real benefits from our approach taken to those that watch our DVD's. You could say every minute viewed on the DVD's is by trainers for trainers. It is the training program we have developed over the past fifteen years with proven results training hundreds of dogs. The methods we will share with you are what we consider the most effective methods avaible today for training the pointing lab.

Here is a list of subjects that will be covered in our DVD's that will be released soon

The foundation


heel, sit, here, training equipment, teaching your dog to want to work with you, making it feel good, teaching a good work ethic, proper use of a the choke chain and lead, when and how to praise and correct, whistle response training, remote sit.

The Conditioned Retrieve Response( Force Fetch):

Building confidence and creating a success attitude in your dog, teaching hold on and off the table, introduction to the table and the toe hitch, intro to pressure, walking fetch off the table,intro to the collar, fetch from the sit position, the sequence of the retrieve, pile work on the table, casting to the pile, transition to the ground, walking fetch, pile work on the ground, collar work on the ground, leave it grab it fetching.

Collar Conditioning:

guidelines for using the collar, how , when , where, why ,teaching your dog what pressure is, how to teach your dog to make the connections, building on success.

Fundamental Marking Concepts Land and Water:

Introduction to the gun, the mechanics of the retrieve, gunners, intro to cover on the land, land mark concepts, Intro to water cover, water mark concepts, teaching diligence, Setting your dog up for success, how to set up a success cycle and build confidence in your dog, shooting flyers.


Upland Basics:

Into to birds, boldness on birds, how to aggressively locate birds, how to work scent, working in a field ,the pigeon pole,whoa training, steadiness in the yard, steadiness in the field, how to approach a dog in the field, quartering, putting it all together in the field, gun safety in the field, the role of a gunner in upland training, special considerations while hunting, training equipment, transition to the field, creating success and confidence in the field.


The Golden Rules Of Training:

How to effectively train, think like a dog, how to effectively communicate with your dog on their level the way they train.


Other DVDs in the works in the future:

Advanced Training For The Pointing Lab

How To Think And Communicate Like A Dog.

Complete Upland Training For The Pointing Retriever

Hunt Test Training and Handling For The Pointing Retriever.



Our training approach is unique in many ways. We have taken the best of both worlds and brought them together. The best of the retriever training and the best of the pointing training. Unlike many PL trainers, we own and train traditional pointing dogs. We have learned a great deal from these dogs. There is no question training many different breeds of pointers including pointing labs made us better trainers over all. We also have learned to allow the dogs to teach us what they can do, not what others say they should or should not do. We leave old wive's tales where they belong. The dogs without a doubt are the best teachers.

Up to this point there has only been really one training approach presented by an author through a book. If there are tools in there that work for you great. Put them in your tool box. That said we know that many people are looking for another perspective, something more if you will, a different approach, that produces results. We believe the more tools you have in your training tool box the better. There are many ways you can acquire those tools. One of the most effective ways of learning is through visual demonstration. Something that cannot be accomplished well in text and photos alone. Our training DVD goes through a step by step training process that shows real training sessions. None of these training sessions are staged, rehearsed or modeled before filming them. They are in fact the real deal. We think showing things as they really are is a real benefit for people wanting to learn how to train dogs.

Methods are necessary but there is something much more important to dog training of any kind. How to effectively communicate with your dog. This is a huge missing link in most of the training books, videos or seminars from others in our opinion. They focus primarily on just the methods without looking at or teaching about the bigger picture. It is kind of like just showing you the dots on a piece of paper without explaining how or why connecting those dots are important. If you cannot see the connections you will never be able to see clearly the bigger picture. The way you communicate with your dog will do more for the success of your training with your dog than all the methods put together. This is such an important part of training that we are going to put together a DVD that covers this specific subject in detail. Through out our videos we purposely focus a significant amount of time presenting ways you can improve your communication with your dog. Your ability to think and communicate with your dog to a great degree will determine the results you will have as a trainer and leader of your team.

Our goal is to show others the training process we use from bringing home a pup at eight weeks old to training a nice hunting dog with the basics in place, to bringing home the last ribbon for an 4X Grand Master Pointing Retriever. With the exception of the upland series the skills necessary to accomplish the Master Pointing Retriever and Grand Master Pointing Retriever title are very similar to the requirements to also achieve a Master Hunter in the AKC, Hunter Retriever Champion in the HRC and Senior in NARHA.

I am one example of the average guy that was willing to pay the price to learn something about dog training and figured some things out. Like most people I did not have clue how to go about training a dog. I did what many have done before me. Go out and try to find anything and everything I could read or watch about dog training. I found there were significant differences in opinions and methods in the way people train. Even more confusing was how do you transition from the retriever training to the pointing training with a pointing lab. Very little was known at the time I first started training on how to train a pointing lab. We know a little more today than then, but in my opinion all we see is the tip of the iceberg. There is a great deal more to learn about these dogs to those who continually strive to learn what they are communicating to us and can teach us.

I am very fortunate in that I have had some excellent teachers and mentors. You might be surprised to learn by far most those teachers had four legs and a tail! Yes I learned some things throwing ducks for a couple of different trainers. I became a professional duck thrower second to none. Good for the trainer I was helping but very limited value as to understanding more about dogs. limited in terms of learning more about how they think, how to communicate with them effectively and train them in general. In order to spare you all the pain of writing a book here about the subject I will tell you this. I was sitting out in the hot sun with a nasty old pile of ducks in a bucket, when I finally had a revelation about training dogs. You learn how to train dogs by training dogs. May not sound profound at first but as you let it sink in it will make more sense. What this means is that dog training is a hands on deal. There are two things I am familiar with that it can be related to. Very similar to learning an art form or creating music. In music you start out learning the basics. What notes are, scales, different types of harmony, chord progressions among other things. While these concepts are necessary to understand music structure they don't make you a musician. It is the countless hours you spend ,on an instrument like a piano or guitar, using your fingers to touch keys or strings that you begin to develop the feel, touch and sound of the instrument. What also comes with that is learning how to apply the theory or structure of music before you can create something that is pleasing to the ear, heart and soul. It is when you can focus on how your instrument fills the space with others in a complimentary way that you really begin to create music. Another example is art. In many respects it is much like music. You can study color theory, shapes, edges, brush strokes, values for years and not become a good artist. It is not until you develop the ability to apply the theory on a canvas and communicate what is inside of you, the message you have, with a brush in your hand, that you can create artwork that can affect others.

Methods have there place in training. But they are really just tools in the tool box. It is the the hands of a craftsmen, artist, musician that knows how to use them that produces what he visualizes that makes the difference. In dog training, methods, drills and equipment are are all tools. It is just like a box full of the best paints, brushes and fine linen canvas are for the artist. What truly makes an artist or good dog trainer is the ability to, by a deliberate well thought process, know when where and how to use the tools. It is far more important to develop your ability to communicate with your dog than to know all the methods available today.

Our training series can help you learn more about the tools we use (methods) to teach concepts. It will also do much more than that. It will help you understand your role as the team leader, the confidence builder, the master of communication with your dog. We sincerely believe it will help you become a better trainer, handler and leader of your team.


Best of luck with your dog

Gary Buys