Welcome to the Gun Dogs Blog

Howdy! And welcome to the new Outdoor Life Gun Dogs Blog. What we hope to accomplish here is simple: to give hunters that want to train their own gun dog some help along the way. We'll cover training tips, pitfalls to avoid, how to correct already established problems, healthcare issues, news, politics, gear and more!

About now you're probably asking yourself: "Who is Brian Lynn?" Fair question. I'm no pro trainer that's for sure. I have a five-year-old black Labrador retriever that I've trained since he was 6-weeks old. He performs at the Senior (NAHRA) and/or Finished (HRC) level, which, if you aren't familiar with the two organizations, require that level of dog to complete triple marked retrieves and blinds to around 100 yards on both land and water. There's a little more to it than that, but we'll save the differences between various doggie games for another time.

In addition to training my own dog, I've had the honor to attend some seminars, PR events and have been able spend time picking the brains of pro trainers-it's one of the perks of working for Outdoor Life and prior to that as an editor for ESPNOutdoors.com.

There are a ton of differences between pro and amateur trainers and I hope to pass along some of their knowledge and point out some of the things I've noticed amateurs (taken directly from my training groups and personal mistakes!) do in comparison to the pros.

We'll try to cover the gamut of gun dogs: retrievers, pointers, spaniels, hounds and maybe even some sled dog and search and rescue stuff!

I hope to have fun with this blog and look forward to your input&-without your involvement, it's just me blathering on; with your involvement I hope to grow this blog into a resource that all gun-dog owners find useful and entertaining. So don't be shy, post up what you think, what you want to see/read about and how you might approach a similar canine situation.

I look forward to hearing from you!