Great news! My the Real Bird Bumper® has been endorsed by well-known dog trainer and seminar leader Ronnie Smith. I’ve become a convert to Ronnie and his cousin Rick’s training philosophy after a seminar at Pheasant Fest. Maybe you are too? Known for the “Silent Command System” of training seminars and DVDs developed with his cousin Rick, Ronnie said this about my Bumper:
“Realistic training aids help all dogs to be better prepared and more successful in the field. Because of the realistic feel and nature of the Real Bird Bumper®, we incorporate it into our training program at Ronnie Smith Kennels.”
I developed the Real Bird Bumper® to solve his own training problems but soon myself making and giving copies to friends. When a local company opened the door to a design-distribution deal I jumped on it.
It is manufactured in Bend, Ore. of all U.S.-sourced, non-toxic materials. Available in pheasant and quail sizes, it is the same weight, shape, and size as a real bird. The body is limp and floppy like a shot bird with a loose “skin” to simulate a bird’s. It has an articulated wing to familiarize dogs with the challenges of navigation while “blindfolded,” has no extraneous hard plastic parts to poke a dog’s eye or encourage head grabbing, and it floats.
Smith’s endorsement joins that of pro trainer/author George Hickox, “Hunting with Hank’s” Dez Young, NAVHDA founder Ed Bailey, and hundreds of satisfied pro and amateur trainers nationwide. Take a look at it here.
The Smith family has been training fine bird dogs for over 60 years. Ronnie and Rick Smith’s training videos, seminar schedule and other information is available here.
Smith added: “We train for top performance, whether working with field trial prospects, personal hunting, or commercial guide dogs. “Realistic training aids help all dogs to be better prepared and more successful in the field. Because of the realistic feel and nature of the Real Bird Bumper, we incorporate it into our training program at Ronnie Smith Kennels.”