Give yourself a good reason to be outside despite the weather.
Do something 'hands on' in an increasingly virtual world.
Upgrade your dog from a put-putter to a Cadillac to a Rolls Royce.
Develop a bond with your dog closer than you ever dreamed possible.
Learn Dognacular: Bridge the human-canine communication gap.
Communicate with your dog in three languages: voice, hand and whistle signals.
Get your exercise doing something you love with someone you love (your dog).
Make new friends with common interests.
Work toward concrete goals: AKC hunt test titles (Junior Hunter, Senior Hunter, Master Hunter), NAHRA (North American Hunting Retriever Association), Search and Rescue and more.
Network with training partners about training issues, veterinary concerns, canine nutrition, supplies for training and the home, hunting, travel, etc.
Teach good behavior which carries over to all situations.
Generate button-bursting pride in your dog and your dog's abilities and achievements.
Make your dog happy and satisfied. Dogs love to work. Work time should be 'play' to your dog.