Must Read: The 10 Minute Retriever


Alligator Hall, Sarah Sanford, Pets, Peat, hunting dogs, labs



It’s hard to think about working with your dog during the dog days of summer, but if you can, you’ll be glad you did. Right now, there’s one simple trick: keep your workout short short short if you’re working in the heat. A few years back, I was given a wonderful book that revolutionized how I have worked with our dogs: The 10 Minute Retrieverwritten by John and Amy Dahl.


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This book helps you train a well mannered, obedient and happy dog — in really short, enjoyable workouts (wish they’d written one for training kids.) which is the key all the time, but especially when it’s hot and everybody can get a little testy and distracted.


I’m working on a post about what I’m doing now with Peat — the kid’s best pal and a vastly improved working lab. The keys to keeping him in training are all in that book. Let me say, he didn’t start out this way…here’s a link to an archival story about Peat as a pup. Suffice to say, he’s come a long way!

The Many Faces of Peat the Pup


Alligator Hall, Sarah Sanford, Pets, Peat, hunting dogs, labs

He looks a little more professional here…



One thought on “Must Read: The 10 Minute Retriever

  1. Love this site! Keep the blogs coming. It’s so much fun reading about life at Alligator Hall. Sure beats waiting 30 minutes for the Lexington Avenue 4 train and then getting jammed inside with 400 other hot and sweaty commuters!

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