Scott Linden’s retrieving training tool, the Real Bird Bumper has been endorsed by well-known dog trainer and seminar leader George Hickox. Part of Linden’s “Signature Series” of dog training gear, Hickox said:

“This bumper teaches the dog to grip the body fully … with the wing in the locked-down position it prevents young dogs from developing the habit of dragging by the wing.”

Linden, host/creator of the television series Wingshooting USA, developed the Real Bird Bumper to solve his own training problems but soon found himself making and giving copies to friends. It is now 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. The entire “Signature Series” is available at

“The Real Bird Bumper should be in every dog owner’s tool box,” Hickox added. George Hickox conducts training schools for owners and their dogs across North America. The Real Bird Bumper is an integral part of his retrieving training. More information on George’s schools, videos, and seminars is available at:

photo: Scott Linden

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