Tips on breaking in your dogs for upland bird hunting. A highly seasoned hunter shares his perspective and it's worth listening to. Expert bird hunter John Ryan tells us how he teaches his dogs on when they should be working, when he should reign them in and what methods work particularly well. "Basically I am training my dogs when they are young. I start hunting them at a year. They know because I am walking through and I am sometimes like come on, come on when they are pups so they stay just out in front of my knee. I like a dog who wants to go out. It is easier to bring them in them to make them go out in front of you. It is almost impossible. How do you make a dog go out and work? You can let them go wild and work them back in but it is very difficult to go in the other direction. So, if you have a dog doing that for you, by the time they are 3 years old if they are going to be the dog, which I have right now, he knows that I do want him to creep a little bit and then when I say Whoa, then I mean Whoa. They still screw up and keep creeping and I bust them but typically by then I am right up next to them. It doesn't matter. I have a 30 yard shot instead of a 20 yard shot. I'm good with that." Yet one of the reasons that he is good with that is that he is one heck of an upland bird shooter. Tips on dogs? Give us a shout at aginfo.net.