GDIY is the podcast for all do it yourself dog trainers. The mission for the podcast is to instill the knowledge and confidence in the average handler to train their own hunting dog. On this podcast we focus on the WHY rather than just the HOW. We dive deep into discussions with other DIY dog trainers, industry professionals, friends, & hunters. GDIY interviews the trainers and hunters who have developed unique training skills and methods that can change the game for many struggling DIY handlers. Though bird dogs are our main focus and passion, we put out episodes featuring other breeds that are used for other game, such as, hogs, squirrels, turkey, tracking, & many more. We also feature episodes focusing on wildlife and habitat conservation as well as monthly bonus episodes such as "Listener Profiles" that shares relatable stories of everyday dog owners and handlers. No matter what the interest in hunting dogs, GDIY has it covered!
Nick got into hunting dogs when he was 19 with a Redbone Coonhound named Crocket. He spent a few years chasing his hound through the woods before he realized a desire to try out bird dogs. Shortly after doing some quick research and calling a bunch of breeders, he decided to bring home a started German Shorthair Pointer named Rachel. He was hooked after taking her hunting for the first time! With Rachel being his first bird dog and unsure how to train her, he was frustrated with how difficult it was to find quality or dependable information on how to train her himself. This is when, along with a couple of friends, he decided to start Gun Dog It Yourself (GDIY). He figured if he had these questions and desire to learn that other people would as well. So in August of 2019 the first episode was released and after 4 years GDIY has become one of the top hunting dog related podcasts being published today. Nick has since added a Small Munsterlander, Lucy, and an English Setter, Quinn, to the stable and spends almost all of his time figuring out how to train, travel, and hunt with his dogs.
When Nick isn't training or hunting he is spending time on his small farm in middle TN with his wife, Pam, and daughter, Raylan.
These are the girls that travel the country with me chasing birds and adventure!
German Shorthair Pointer
Rachel is out of Mohr-Ohi Kennels in West Virginia. When I think of "bird dog" this is the type of hunter I think of. She has made it common practice to make me look like a much better hunter than I truly am. She's chased birds all over the country and hasn't found a species she didn't perform for me on. She's getting more and more stubborn the older she gets but who doesn't?! I hope the saying "You only get one great bird dog in your lifetime" isn't true because if it is then I already spent my credit on this girl right here!
I got Rachel as a started dog when she was almost 1 year old. The breeder promised his daughter she could name the entire litter and so she named the entire litter off the cast from "Friends." So Rachel's full registered name is Mohr-Ohi Rachel Karen Green.
Lucy simply lives to make me happy. Sometimes to a fault to be honest. She is one of the most enthusiastic dogs you'll come across with a very infectious energy. While she has hunted and found success on a wide number of upland birds across the country, her best strength is her retrieving. She has a very strong nose and desire to please so if the bird is down then you can usually count on her coming up with it. If shes hunting with confidence then theres not much this dog cant accomplish in the field. Her main hurdle is keeping her confidence level consistent.
Half of my family is from the state of Louisiana and I grew up a very big LSU fan. As a way to pay homage to the family traditions from the bayou state, her full registered name is Hunting Hills Kajun Lucy Anna.
Quinn is my little prodigy at the moment. She is still a puppy but so far is really showing me what all the hype about English Setters is all about. She is obsessed with finding birds in the field but completely turns off inside the house. She's been a really fun pup to start her on the journey and I'm really looking forward to seeing her pointing some Ruffed Grouse during her first hunting season this fall. I have a lot of high hopes for this girl!
I haven't competed in anything with my dogs so far. Only NAVHDA hunt tests. So I got Quinn to be a rockstar Grouse dog but I also intend to start experiencing some trials in a number of different venues with her. So to keep me on target, her full registered name is "Adair to Win Quinn."