MASTER DOG TRAINER: LABRADOR RETRIEVERS

MASTER DOG TRAINER: LABRADOR RETRIEVERS


– [Narrator] Dogumentary TV. Producing the best breed
dogumentaries on YouTube. (dog barking) (upbeat acoustic music) – I’m Paul Cacciatori, Starlight Kennels. (soft electric guitar) I use to have another name, actually Duck Masters and I didn’t wanna be pinned in, I like doing all of the
dogs, all of the breeds. So I purposely chose a generic name so that I could attract all dogs. Because I enjoy doing an obedience dog as much as a field trial dog. (soft electric guitar) So when I was a young boy I was always attracted to training of the dogs, just on my own. I actually saw a dog show in
second grade at my school, and I was just amazed. At about, I don’t know, 12
or 13, a friend of the family gave me a half coyote half lab and I trained that dog, but that dog he wanted
to run away all the time and he did, he’d come back. Finally my dad bought me my
first Yellow Lab when I was 15. (soft electric guitar) Then at 23 I broke my back, I was in a pretty severe accident. The whole time training dogs using walking dogs to get healthy and one day I ran into a
gentleman, Paul Shoemaker, who had won the nationals and he told me if I’d come and help him he’d teach
me everything he knew. (soft electric guitar) I worked for them for a couple a years and he taught me a lot. I knew a lot, I was surprised
at what I knew actually. He was a great dog man,
refined a lot of stuff. From there I got into business and I’ve been doing it ever since. I literally had no idea somebody
would pay me to train dogs. When I found that out that’s
the way we decided to go, it was never really a plan
it just all kinda happened. People kept bringing them to me and I needed a bigger
truck and a bigger truck. Been doing it ever since. (slow rock music) Always been kind of a Lab
guy and it takes over, I have to fight that image
all the time actually. (slow rock music) You know I ended up with
Labs probably just because that’s the first dog I ended up with. I have trained dogs of the best of any breed is a wonderful animal. I mean Sprinters, Brittany, Pointers, Shepherds, it doesn’t matter. The best of any especially
the working breeds is a wonderful animal to have around. I insist on doing all the
breeds because I enjoy them all, especially all the hunting breeds. I think I got into Labs because that was just the first dog I had, I was quite successful with them. There was a good game
developed that I could go play with the dogs which gave me a reason to get ’em advanced trained. And about the time I
was just starting with that we started the master hunter test. And when it started it
was really like cunning and I really liked it and I could really tell my
clients it’s a good game for your dog to play. Now, it’s since gotten carried away and it’s more advanced. You’re not gonna get these titles just because you have a good dog it
takes a lot of training now. But it’s still a game it’s
within the average guys reach if he’s serious. And everything we do is still good for our hunting dogs, that’s
what’s important to me. (soft rock music) I’ve been doing this a lot of years, and I’ve had a few people
ask me to write a book, and if I did it would be, now that that didn’t work try this, and now that that didn’t work try this. If people can take little steps and know where they wanna go and it’s not beat it into
the ground to get there. It’s keep trying until you’re
dog understands what you want. A lot a times there’s good
reason to seek out a pro’s advice just ’cause he’s been there before. But pressure in dog training
is not the answer to anything. It’s show and tell and show
and tell and show and tell, pressure should only be
used for reinforcement. Pressure is a loaded word
it doesn’t have to be much, I can yell at my dog, that
maybe all the pressure I need. Timing, timing is more important. I started training dogs when I was young, I got a book, I was relentless, I mean I love my dog, I
love being with my dog, that’s probably the biggest key. (slow rock music) My philosophy when it
comes to dog training, honestly is to try to make
every dog the best they can be. And every dog does have their limits, we don’t always get to it, but
if that dog’s giving me 100%, I have no right to ask for more and neither does the owner. Every dog may not be
in the right household, maybe the guy is looking
for something different, and needs another dog. But there’s still a wonderful
home somewhere for that dog. And the idea of beating these dogs trying to get what you want, if the dog’s giving you his best, is going the wrong way
on a one way street. Always encouraging. (slow rock music) I can honestly say that
in all my years training, I’ve never tucked a dogs tail. And that means happy
dogs and happy owners. And I think that, we’ve
full by word of mouth for over 40 years, never advertised. Matter fact I try to hide advertising ’cause I don’t wanna answer
the phone all the time. (upbeat acoustic music) You know we have our
philosophies and our rules and they’re pretty stringent, mainly in our breeding program. All of our health, we
insist on all the DNA, we won’t breed any carriers of any kind, the dogs have to be clear
on all the genetic diseases. We also insist on good or excellent hips before we’ll breed a dog. And as a result if somebody
does get a dog from Starlight, they’re getting a dog that
everything’s been done possible to make sure
they get a healthy pet. That translates, you know none of this stuff was
really thought of as a plan, it wasn’t a business plan, it was just out of love for dogs and our respect for the breeds. It translates into always being full and having a waiting list. (upbeat acoustic music) We breed very hard for temperament, you know the thing I learned years ago when I was young running field trial dogs, I had a dog go out on a weekend and win, and it’s like isn’t my
dog great aren’t I great? But that dog might have
been a pain in the ass when he wasn’t in the field. I have found that most the
time people just want their dog to hang out with them, whether it’s in their
truck, or by the couch, or in front of the fireplace. I learned that when I was young and I learned that probably the hard way, but we tried very hard
to breed for temperament, we call it an off switch. When that dog’s on I want
all the effort he can give me but when he’s off he’s off. Lay down, take a break,
let dad give you a hug and be happy with that. That’s kinda in the
Labrador temperament anyway or most all the retrievers
not just the Labrador. (upbeat acoustic music) We want our dogs to be proven some ways, especially the males. Most of the males have
some kind of a title. It’s not all that important to me it just helps down the road you know, it helps to see it on the pedigree. (upbeat acoustic music) Last year, somewhere about August I’m not sure, well even before that, we were just heading to a trial, and up popped open field trial news and low and behold we had nine
dogs in the top 10 positions in the United States for the huntin’ test. That was kind of a fun surprise, it wasn’t something we tried for. I think the biggest reason
for our success in the game is just the fact that my
owners have given me the time to develop the dogs. And we’ve got good stock. (upbeat acoustic music) The thing about genetics, genetics just tip the table in your favor. I mean there’s great dogs
sittin’ in somebody’s back yard, their parents have no titles
whatsoever that’s for sure. But when we’re gonna get a pup and we plan great things for him and we’re gonna invest
a lot of time and money, if we can get it out of good genetics we tip the table in our favor. (upbeat acoustic music) (midtempo acoustic music) We were over in the field, we
were doing blind retrieves, and blind retrieves you
start from your hand, you go to a pile, you
go to a farther pile. Basically you can handle the dogs anywhere off just hand signals. We cue them dead bird that
means give yourself to me, we’re gonna run a blind. Takes a lot of time to
teach a dog hand signals, they enjoy it because
it’s teamwork with dad. It’s really important
if you’re a duck hunter, unless you feel like swimming a lot or you’re in shallow water. For the uplin’ dogs it’s nice to have, it’s not life and death, but if you’re a serious duck hunter you really need a dog that can handle. Besides handling there’s marks, what we did in the water, we did run a blind over here, but marks are where the
dog sees what goes on. If we’re out wing shooting, anytime a dog sees a bird and we shoot it, that’s called a mark he has seen it. We send that dog on his name, his job is to go out and retrieve it. Not allowed to leave until we send him. His job is to bring it
back, deliver it to hand. A dog in the water is not allowed to shake until he delivers that bird. And if he’s ever got your prized wood duck in his mouth you’ll understand that. We don’t want him ever
destroying the birds. And the rest of it’s control, what we did in the water
when the dog was halfway back we threw another bird over his head. His job is to mark that bird, he’s not allowed to drop the
one in his mouth and go to it. He’s still gotta come
back in, deliver the bird, and then when sent go get the other bird. Sitting quietly is a very important part of our retriever breed. It’s actually one of the first
things mentioned in the book. We want these dogs to sit quietly
when they’re in the blind, otherwise they’d be
scaring the water fowl away and that’s not their purpose. (midtempo acoustic music) Whether we’re on water or on
land, when we hit a whistle, a dogs job is to turn and sit. Now, if he’s on land he’s
gonna sit a hard sit, if he’s on the water he’s gonna tread. But still his job is to look at you until you give him the next direction. We’re always gonna cast our dog towards the bird if we know where the bird is. (midtempo acoustic music) If I hit a sit whistle, and the dog looks at me and the bird’s to the right, I’m gonna cast out to the right. If the bird’s behind
him I’m gonna cast back, same thing if it’s the left. If I need him to come in I’ll use that multiple beep on the whistle, if it’s coming to the right
beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, to bring the dog in. We’re basically we’re
always putting our arm in the direction of the bird. Once again, one of the biggest mistakes I see is guys are doing this. If you look at things in one
dimension there’s not much to see there over my shoulder. Reach for the sky, let the dog know which direction you want him to go. I think you gotta remember
when you’ve got a dog at that level they’re a willing worker. So show him what you want,
make it clear to him. Most of dog training is just
making things clear to the dog. I mean the dogs are wonderful beings and normally just wanna make us happy. It’s our job to set them up so
that they understand things, and that starts right from
the basics of training. Things get more and more evolved. (midtempo acoustic music) I’ve been doing this a lot of years and I’ve had a few people
ask me to write a book. If I did it would be, now that
that didn’t work try this, and now that that didn’t work try this. If people can take little steps, and know where they wanna go and it’s not beat it into
the ground to get there, it’s keep trying until your
dog understands what you want. A lot of times there’s good
reason to seek out a pros advice just ’cause he’s been there before. But pressure in dog training
is not the answer to anything, it’s show and tell and show
and tell and show and tell. Pressure should only be
used for reinforcement. Pressure is a loaded word
it doesn’t have to be much. I can yell at my dog, that may
be all the pressure I need. Timing, timing is more important. Be patient with your dog, dog training starts when they’re young. The idea is to become
a team with that dog. So he’s gotta have faith in you. A lot of the stuff we do is
because the dog believes in us. Not because the dog is forced to do it. The most important thing I
need is a dog with play drive and that’s something
we teach our young dogs as puppies to have fun. We get that, then we can
start putting rules on it and our dog philosophy is
whatever makes you happy dad. You give me what I want,
I’ll give you want you want. And then there’s a point when
we come to reinforcement, reinforcement might take pressure but pressure a lot of times can just be the sound of your voice. It’s about being consistent and if your dog looks
lost, he probably is. Slow down, back up, help him out. (midtempo acoustic music) This dog next to my side is Truck, he’s my dog I only ever
own one male at a time. I didn’t get him to live in a kennel, I got him to be my sidekick. Pretty good dog out of great blood. I think he’s got over 60 Master Passes, finished a couple of nationals, but this dog’s not here
just to compete and show, he’s my huntin’ buddy. And he is important to
me for those reasons. He’s also at an age where
I need to take care of him. I could run his hips into
the ground at 10 and a half, and that’s not what I wanna do. I wanna spend our miles
huntin’ ducks, not training. (upbeat acoustic music) ♪ Ah uh ah uh ah ♪ ♪ Baby ♪ ♪ Ah uh ah uh ah ♪ ♪ Baby ♪ ♪ Meet me where the meadows
grow by the waterhole ♪ ♪ Use the dreams of you and me ♪ ♪ Sky high busy life, I wanna leave ♪