The Bird Dog Babe

The Bird Dog Babe

This podcast highlights women who hunt, train and compete with their bird dogs. We also discuss tips and advice on canine health, breeding, training and nutrition. As well as conservation efforts for public land hunting and gear for women and dogs. New episode posted weekly, so be sure to subscribe to get notification when they're released!

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July 21, 2021 71 min

Sharon Potter of Red Branch Kennels was mentored by Rick Smith to be a Team Huntsmith Instructor. She trains pointers, retrievers and spaniels, though Chesapeake bay retrievers are her personal breed of choice. She’s known to be a trainer that takes on the problem dogs that most others usually don’t want too mess with, like those that are gun shy and hard mouthed. Sharon shares a lot of great advice in this episode as well as an up...

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It’s exciting when you’ve finally decided on the ideal bird dog breed for your lifestyle and family. But be patient, waiting months or even years for the right breeder can save you heartache down the road. Take the time to educate yourself about the importance of health testing, socialization, structure, and field ability. Know that reputable breeders typically have a lengthy waitlist, they have the ability to choose the best homes...

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Retrievers, Spaniels and Pointers.. so many breeds to choose from! William and Courtney Bastian breakdown all of the different aspects to consider when trying to decide on your next bird dog breed.

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10:00 Pointer or a Flusher

15:00 Built for a specialized purpose

18:30 Considerations of different hunting terrains and habitat

23:30 Considerations of bird speci...

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Jeff Lemmenes, aka Lumpy of Lumpy’s Kennel is one of the best trainers and humans you’ll meet. Jeff has trained nearly any type of working dog you can imagine.. pointing breeds, flushers, retrievers, hounds, terriers, you name it. If there’s game to be harvested with some dog work, Jeff has most likely trained dogs for it. He has recently focused his breeding program and personal hunting dogs with Spinone and Bracco Italiano. And w...

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Stacy Horst is a great example of the Reactivation component of R3. She grew up hunting everything in Nebraska, then after moving, college, etc she got back into it. And boy did she dive deep into bird dogs! Stacy has trained and tested in three different testing systems, NAVHDA, VDD-GNA, and AKC. Hear how Stacy talks about her successes, lessons learned, and how she encourages women to train, test and hunt with their dogs.

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Jessica White is founder of Wander Woman Kansas, she has a mission to get women out of the house and into the great outdoors. Whether you’re a novice or have expert experience, Jessica provides events, activities, and gatherings that will teach you new techniques and practices in outdoor skills. Find out what motivated Jessica on this mission in 2018 and hear about all of the different, amazing things you can get involved with!

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Aleah Marcoe of Backwater Hunting Dogs in Southeast Nebraska trains and personally hunts and guides with pointing breeds, flushing breeds, and even a Chiweenie. She believes each dog is different and trains as such. Aleah focuses on bonding with each individual dog to get the best out of them. She shares some hunt test strategy, tips for avoiding trainer burnout, and why she prefers to complete Master Hunter titles on dogs before 2...

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Angie Coenen is back and she’s joined with Tracy Harmeyer to walk us through all the aspects of the Invitational. The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting and improving the versatile hunting dog. The Invitational is NAVHDA’s premier hunt test, held annually in September. In addition to a full overview of the test, Angie and Tracy share some excellent training advice and t...

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Ken Plourde is an Upland Game Bird Habitat Specialist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.  Ken shares his story of getting started in upland hunting, his favorite upland bird species and the bird dogs he pursues them with. Ken dives deep into leks, how understanding them will help hunters, their biggest threats and lek viewing etiquette.

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7:00 Combining wor...

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Tierney and her British Lab Maggie recently won the 2021 North American Shed Hunting Dog Association World Championship. Tierney shares some training tips, and characteristics that ideal shed dogs possess. And it’s that time of year, shed hunters are out in abundance right now. This is a fun way to keep your bird dogs and yourself active and in pursuit in the offseason.

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Kelli Aitken of Quantonas Irish Setters is the youngest, and one of the few women who is actively breeding and competing in AKC and American Field horseback field trials with field style Irish Setters. Kelli shares her story of how she got started in Irish Setters and where she is now. She also breaks down the breed characteristics and what you should know before adding an Irish Setter to your family.

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Today we are talking all things NAVHDA Utility and Utility Prep Testing withAngie Coenen and Dan Wittman. The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting and improving the versatile hunting dog. The  UT and UPT tests are divided into three segments: field, water, and physical attributes and hunting assessments. In this episode we dive into all parts of the tests, give some train...

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Melinda Benbow, the owner and operator of Urban Uplander Pet Care in Indianapolis, joins us to discuss training bird dogs in the city, and how the force free training approach has worked for her. Melinda also shares her experience as a novice running her English Setter, Suge, in her first AKC Hunt Test. This story is a must listen whether you’re a novice or experienced trainer or handler. I also strongly urge judges, and potential ...

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Kate Ahnstrom is providing a way forward for men, women and youth that have an interest in shooting sports and bird hunting, as a shooting instructor and owner of Virginia Shooting Sports. Kate shares her story about getting into shooting sports and hunting along with advice on finding the ideal shotgun, suggestions for practice in the off season, and what most of us are doing wrong.

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In this episode we are talking all things NAVHDA Natural Ability Test with Angie Coenen and Lisa Pehur. The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting and improving the versatile hunting dog. The natural ability test is for dogs up to 16 months old. No game is shot and no retrieves are required. There are 4 phases of the NAVHDA Natural Ability test which include field, tracking...

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Linda Hinz is a turkey hunting enthusiast that has been pursing gobblers for over 20 years. She is heavily involved with the National Wild Turkey Federation's Women In The Outdoors Program in Wisconsin, where she's hosted an annual 3-day education event for the past 20 years. We discuss the event, prep for spring turkey, shotgun patterning, calling, gear and more!

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Bird Dog eAcademy - New Online Training Courses teaching you how to train your bird dog. In this episode we discuss the first course available, 'The Reliable Retrieve'. An 8 week course with a positive approach, of little to no pressure. A new module is dropped every week, and full support is provided with live videos to help you and your dog through the entire process. 

 

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Ashley Peters is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Ruffed Grouse Society & American Woodcock Society. She’s a conservationist, newer hunter and carries some deep envy for anyone that owns a bird dog. We discuss the current state of Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock and forest habitat. Along with the importance and best approach of mentoring, hunting essentials on a budget, and more!

 

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Jordan Horak is known as the ‘dog whisperer’ of Cocker Spaniels and he’s the maker of the Cato Board, a training place board for all breeds of dogs. Jordan discusses the training differences between Pointers and Spaniels, males vs females, and why that extra x chromosome is superior, eh I mean creative.  Jordan shares some great insight on training, hunting, and living with different types of bird dogs. This episode is a must liste...

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Elsa Gallagher is a biologist for The Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund and an avid bird hunter and field trailer. She’s down from an even dozen hunting dogs to a mere 9 these days. We discuss her Vizsla named Hatch, and his recent placement at the AKC National Champion, along with her lifelong dedication to quail, as well as her most recent project with The Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund and how you can qualify for free seed mix with...

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