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D.T. Systems Unveils New Super Pro Remote Dummy Launcher

June 5, 2013

The Super Pro Remote Dummy Launcher uses a small remote that allows the unit to be operated up to 1200 yards away.

D.T. Systems has made dog training easier with the new Super Pro Remote Dummy Launcher. Using technologies from the already field proven hand held Super Pro Dummy Launcher, the Super Pro Remote Dummy Launcher’s portable design allows all dog owners, trainers, and handlers the ability...

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D.T. Systems Introduces Revolutionary R.A.P.T. E-Collar

June 3, 2013

The unique hands free design and RAPT Strap keeps the transmitter securely on the hand.

D.T. Systems has revolutionized the E-Collar market with the unveiling of the new Rapid Access Pro Trainer (R.A.P.T.) 1400 E-Collar. This revolutionary hands free transmitter design allows average dog owners, as well as expert handlers and trainers to position the transmitter on their hands in a variety...

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Trust Your Dog Training Methods

May 7, 2013

HRCH Soggy Acres Picketts Charge

Your four-legged pupil is ready for formal training to begin. This period takes us to the age of six months with the average retriever pup. It’s now time to change our training methods from one of fun to one of expectations. With this change in...

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D.T. the Dog Training Series Releases Video 3: Puppy Retriever Training

May 2, 2013

D.T. the Dog Training Series Releases Video 3: Puppy Retriever Training

In the third installment of the D.T. the Dog training videos, D.T. Systems Pro Staff trainer Dan Ihrke goes through the steps of introducing a puppy to retrieving. Dan shows the steps needed to excite a dogs natural instincts to begin the retriever training process. Dan also explains what to avoid when starting this process and the products you will need in training.

Viewers will be able to follow along as D.T. the Dog is trained from a puppy to expert hunting dog, while picking up valuable information and training tips they can apply to their training regimen. Trained by D.T. Systems Pro-Staff member and distinguished dog trainer, Dan Ihrke, D.T. the Dog is a Fox Red Labrador Retriever that will serve as the star of the video series.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj6jyT_Z5Zo

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Michigan DNR Presents Trapping Safety Class for Dog Owners April 22 in Marquette

April 11, 2013

Michigan DNR Presents Trapping Safety Class for Dog Owners April 22 in Marquette

The Department of Natural Resources will present a class for dog owners to learn about how furbearer traps work and how to safely release pets from traps. The class will be held Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Peter White Public Library, located at 217 N. Front St. in Marquette.

Traps set for some animals such as coyotes, bobcats and raccoons can also catch dogs. This class will include hands-on instruction about various trap types and their operation and trap-setting tools to help dog owners learn to safely release their pets in the unlikely event that they step into a trap.

“Over the years I have released a number of dogs from legally set traps with panicked dog owners waiting for my arrival – once I show dog owners how a trap operates they almost always comment that they could have done that themselves if they had only known how traps work,” said DNR wildlife biologist Brian Roell. “With a little education and some hands-on application, dog owners will be able to safely release their pets in 99 percent of situations.”

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Dog Training: It’s All About the Scent

March 8, 2013

Conquest Training Scents

“My dog does great in training, but…”

How many times do we hear these famous words from a person new to the dog training arena. The crew from Soggy Acres Retrievers would love to provide a simple tip that could help! One of the most common reasons for training mishaps is scent control. We’re not talking about the scent control we use for game hunting. We’re talking about the scent control of our training items that we use with our trusty four-legged field champion.

Most people don’t realize just how much scent is on our hands alone. Everything we touch bears our signature scent for animals to smell. If you throw a ball into heavy cover, the dog doesn’t seek out the tennis ball’s scent to find the object: he uses the scent from the hand that launched it there (or the overly-familiar scent of his own slobber from past retrieves).

This does not pose a problem for someone that is working with a future yard ball champion, but will pose a long-term problem for the trainer with a new dog looking to achieve greater things in the field. As a training program progresses, the trainer needs to go from scent introduction to scent discrimination.

To do this, start using scentless gloves, either plastic or latex, when handling training tools. This will allow your future field champion the opportunity to learn that bird, deer, rabbit, and all other animal scents being trained for, don’t come with their owner’s hand scent as well. Your scent will not exist on the animal in the wild that you need him to retrieve, so he needs to begin the process of identifying and seeking out these new scents.

Of course there is also nothing like the real thing! If training for upland or waterfowl, use the actual quarry. If shed hunting, find an area rich with antlers. When using actual quarry is impractical, companies such as Conquest have created applicator sticks containing actual animal scents in compounds made to withstand your sweat and his slobber for extended training sessions. Just apply to your training object and go.

Pass on this knowledge to other perspective trainers! There’s nothing better than a well-trained dog to hunt behind in the field!

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D.T. Systems Introduces D.T. the Dog Training Video

March 1, 2013

D.T. Systems Introduces D.T. the Dog Training Video

D.T. Systems is excited to announce a brand new online training video series created for every dog owner. Viewers will be able to follow along as D.T. the Dog is trained from a puppy to expert hunting dog, while picking up valuable information and training tips they can apply to their training regimen. Trained by D.T. Systems Pro-Staff member and distinguished dog trainer, Dan Ihrke, D.T. the Dog is a Fox Red Labrador Retriever that will serve as the star of the video series.

Videos will be released monthly as D.T. grows and learns, touching on some of the most asked training questions with step-by-step training advice given by Dan Ihrke.

“We are very excited to be unveiling D.T. the Dog and this series of training videos,” said D.T. Systems Director of Marketing Brian Lasely. “The information Dan shares during this video series will help turn anyone into a proficient dog trainer. We are excited to follow D.T.’s progress as he learns new skills every month working with Dan and using D.T. Systems products.”

“This is a great opportunity to showcase D.T. Systems dog training products and the steps that need to be taken to have a top notch hunting companion,” said D.T. Systems Pro-Staff Member Dan Ihrke. “D.T. the Dog is an exceptional dog and is perfect to represent D.T. Systems and proper dog training.”

Viewers can watch the first in the series of D.T. the Dog videos here and follow along with the monthly installments by signing up for the monthly newsletter here. The video series can also be seen on the D.T. Systems website and Facebook page.

Video 1: Finding the Right Dog

In this video Dan Ihrke discusses what steps need to be taken in order to find the right type of dog and personality traits you want to fit your needs. Dan also discusses why D.T. the Dog was chosen to represent D.T. Systems products.

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D.T. Systems Online Dog Training Video Series Announced

February 28, 2013

D.T. Systems Online Dog Training Video Series Announced

D.T. Systems is excited to announce a brand new online training video series created for every dog owner. Viewers will be able to follow along as D.T. the Dog is trained from a puppy to expert hunting dog, while picking up valuable information and training tips they can apply to their training regimen. Trained by D.T. Systems Pro-Staff member and distinguished dog trainer, Dan Ihrke, D.T. the Dog is a Fox Red Labrador Retriever that will serve as the star of the video series.

Videos will be released monthly as D.T. grows and learns, touching on some of the most asked training questions with step-by-step training advice given by Dan Ihrke.

“We are very excited to be unveiling D.T. the Dog and this series of training videos,” said D.T. Systems Director of Marketing Brian Lasley. “The information Dan shares during this video series will help turn anyone into a proficient dog trainer. We are excited to follow D.T.’s progress as he learns new skills every month working with Dan and using D.T. Systems products.”

“This is a great opportunity to showcase D.T. Systems dog training products and the steps that need to be taken to have a top notch hunting companion,” said D.T. Systems Pro-Staff Member Dan Ihrke. “D.T. the Dog is an exceptional dog and is perfect to represent D.T. Systems and proper dog training.

Viewers can watch the first in the series of D.T. the Dog videos here and follow along with the monthly installments by signing up for the monthly newsletter here. The video series can also be seen on the D.T. Systems website and Facebook page.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zf3DW1EAFk

 

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Retriever Rehab

February 15, 2013

Getting the dog back in the field is the goal of retriever rehab, even if it's just for fun.

It was a nightmare scenario for a hunting dog owner. The local festival fireworks display sent cannon-like reports thundering through the small town, loud enough to shake houses and knock picture off walls. It was also loud enough to scare dogs, including a tolling retriever named Kenai near and dear to my family’s heart.

Since that night, any loud sound has the dog scared out of her mind. It didn’t take long to find out that this included gun shots. Until this point, the young dog was doing quite well with her retrieves and she loved hunting. Now the house of cards had crumbled. She didn’t like loud noises. Would she associate retrieving with hunting and loud noises? Would she ever go hunting again?

I had an idea where to go for help. Tom Dokken, maker of the Deadfowl training aid and noted retriever trainer and dog expert, is an old friend. His book, Tom Dokken’s Retriever Training, was the basis of how I had trained the dog from the start. If anyone would know what to do with a suddenly gun-shy dog, Tom would.

“Oh man, you’ve got a problem there,” Dokken said. “It’s going to take time and patience because you’ve got to rehab your retriever to not only not be scared of the loud sounds again, but to also associate them with something she enjoys. This is going to be a tough one.”

Our first step was working with the noise. At Dokken’s suggestion, when Kenai was eating, I started clapping behind her. This progressed to banging pots and pans together behind her. She never flinched.

“The key,” Dokken said, “is to get the dog to hear the sound and become happy. Feeding time is a good place to start. You want to build her up so that she doesn’t even notice the noises.”

It didn’t take as long as I thought it would. The only issue we encountered during this time was explaining to the kids what we were doing. Our daughter, who’s two, didn’t quite understand that it was OK for daddy to bang pots and pans together, but not her. It might have actually helped with the dog’s rehab, but I had a few extra headaches and the kid’s cat is now jittery.

Let the dog be gently reassured that guns and loud noises equates to fun.

With the dog on the road to recovery, we moved things outside. We got the dog doing some basic retrieves with a tennis ball–just throwing it and having fun. We then added in clapping while she ran to the ball. From there we would clap loudly and then throw the ball. Over the course of a few weeks, this went very well. We progressed to louder noises and added in using her training bumper and a few runs into a pond for water retrieves. Those didn’t go as well, but it’s a start.

“You have to build the dog’s confidence back up,” Dokken said. “Use a lot of positive reinforcement. You’re going to be part trainer, part therapist. If it doesn’t go as smooth as you’d like at first, always keep your enthusiasm up. The dog can sense that.”

In keeping things going in a positive direction, we also added in some upland hunting activities. The dog loves chasing rabbits and grouse in the thick woods. Like with the other activities, we started her with no noises and then added in some claps, bangs, thumps, and whatever else we could make noise with before we finally started shooting guns.

When we started shooting guns around her, we actually started by not shooting them anywhere near her. One thing we avoided was having her in her crate. Originally, she went into the crate and was comfortable and safe. This could have been a great place for her to be when we started shooting guns around her. However, she was in her crate during the fireworks. It took us a month to get her to go back into the crate as it was. This was definitely not the place to have her during our rehab sessions.

We still have a long way to go, but I think she’s headed in the right direction. Will she ever be a stable hunting retriever again? I think so. If there are setbacks along the way, Dokken said it is OK to go back some, but try to not let things fall apart all the way. The dog wants to work. It’s genetic. We just have to overcome that one thing blocking them mentally from doing what they love.

If you get into a similar situation, there is hope. Start with small steps and build your dog’s confidence back up slowly. Trying to go too fast can make matters worse, Dokken said. A slow, steady rehab program can cure a lot of issues, both big and small. I’m hoping to have my dog back out on a few hunts this coming fall. I’ll let you know how that goes.

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Brian Lasley Joins D.T. Systems as Director of Marketing

February 12, 2013

Brian Lasley Joins D.T. Systems as Director of Marketing

D.T. Systems is proud to announce the hiring of Brian Lasley as director of marketing.

Lasley will lead the planning and execution of consumer and trade marketing programs for D.T. Systems. He joins D.T. Systems with a strong background in marketing, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Bryan School of Business.

Lasley also has many years prior Marketing, Product Development, and Brand Management experience in the industry having worked in Marketing positions with Beretta USA and the Remington Arms Company. He most recently served as Marketing Manager of the Long Guns division at Beretta USA.

“We are pleased to have Brian join the D.T. Systems team. His time in the industry, marketing experience, and vast knowledge of the new product development process make him a valuable asset as we continue to grow our company” said Bryant Kim, D.T. Systems CEO.

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