Training your Retriever

For as long as I can remember, Labs have been a part of my life. They make the best of friends and amazing hunting companions. I recently read a great article from Outdoor Canada that shared some great tips for training puppies. My black lab is such a big part of our family life, and the tips shared in this article reflect how others can get training under their belt for their dogs.

puppy-1082141_960_720.jpgFirst off, not all dogs are made for hunting, and you and your dog have to have a special connection to ensure it’s a compatible match. Once you find your match, you have to make sure that you’re committed to the job. Having a dog is no joke and you have to be willing to put in the work. Early morning walks, daily training, and exercising.

As soon as you can, it’s best to start training your dog. Teach them the basics and get them started on retrieving as early as you can! The earlier they get used to chasing after a ball and learning your commands, the better.


Lastly, you have to be patient. Just like babies, it takes time for dogs to learn what you are trying to teach them. You have to be consistent and remind them often of what it is you are trying to teach them, and with time it will become like second nature to them.

To read the full article click here.

Summarized by Scott Zies.



3 Tips for Winter Grilling

Winter may be here in full force but for us barbecuing lovers, it doesn’t mean we pack up the grill and forget about it until the spring. There’s something delicious about barbecued food, even in the winter. To ensure you’re making the most of your winter grilling, follow these steps to keep things fresh.


  1. Having a clean grill before things get too cold and frozen is key to keeping your grill fresh through the winter months.
  2. To avoid any rust and corrosion, apply a light layer of cooking oil to the grill.
  3. Buy a good grill cover and keep it on when you’re not using it. This will keep things in tip-top shape over the winter.



For more tips and tricks read the full article here from The Manual.

Summarized by Scott Zies.


What to do to get out of a rut

When things get tough, we often forget about the importance of self-care, when in reality it’s what we need most to get back on our feet. Taking care of your mental health will make you feel and be better in the long run.


Here are some things to try to clear your head and get back on track.

  1. Move your body
  2. Change your environment
  3. Get outside
  4. Interact with others
  5. Log off the web
  6. Seek professional help

Sometimes all it takes is taking a break from your usual routine, and disconnecting from social media, going for a hike, hitting the gym, or meeting up with friends to get back in the right headspace.


For more information please read the full article from Outside Online, here.