To internally scent your Dead Fowl Trainer: Inject the training scent into the middle of the foam duck body in six different locations using the Dokken's Dead Fowl Scent Injector or a syringe (not provided). The foam body is designed to hold the training scent whether using the dummy in or out of the water. 1/2 to 3/4 ounce of training scent is sufficient.
How to Deodorize Your Dokken Deadfowl Trainer:
Mix 1 qt. 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, a squirt dish soap, and enough warm water to cover your dummy (up to a 1/2 gallon if needed). Soak dummy overnight and rinse off the next day. Set out in the sun to dry.
Tom Dokken's Dead Fowl Trainer may be one of the best tools ever designed for training retrievers. Once my pups get old enough to carry them, I switch over to them for the majority of their work.
While you can't substitute using real ducks, the Dokken Ducks allow you to train with the natural weight and feel of a dead bird all the time. It can make a huge difference in your dog's attitude over time. My labs absolutely love them!
This is a Dokken dead fowl mallard. This is one of my favorite products that we sell. Designed by Tom Dokken, this is the closest you can get to a real duck for your dog to retrieve. Dead fowl trainers are made of a foam that has the weight and the feel of a dead duck. It is designed for your dog to have the correct hold on a bird.
The dead fowl trainer has a hard head, has a foam body, has hard feet, and then the throw rope is included and it actually passes through the body. It's the same rope that attaches the head, so real secure.
The design with this, because of the foam, you can actually inject scent straight into the body. It's just designed to teach that dog to go for the middle of the bird. You will find, too, that if you have a dog that shakes, if he shakes the head is designed to actually give him a small correction. So it will stop dogs from shaking birds. Just a really neat device.
This is a great tool. It's a great way for your dog to get used to picking up birds. We start dogs on them as young as four or five months with the smaller teal, then we move them up to the mallard. Just a really great product. My dogs absolutely love them.
We occasionally run across a dog that once you move over to dead fowl trainers, they don't like to go back to dummies. They only want to pick up these and they want to pick up birds.
Best training tool in the bag. Just got it today, and it just amazing. I have a 1 year old black lab that is hyper and very active. She didn't like retrieving bumpers, so I bought this and very happy. Also, Tom Dokken is my favorite dog trainer. If you have a retriever or just a dog that likes to play fetch, buy this. No regrets whatsoever. Plus they have fast shipping.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3344 Reviewed: Featured Review
"The dog loves it! it is his favorite retrieving item"
The Dokken is a very versatile and awesome training tool. It floats, and works awesome on land. I originally picked up 2 from a local store, and then ordered 5 more from GDS, as they are the dog specialist. These are excellent for training my 5 month old and durable as heck, so if you get a tug of war, nothing happens to the bird, and I can use to train in water and dry land. Far better than bumpers and many other toys.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 4319 Reviewed: Featured Review
"Simulates the size of a duck and teaches the dog to open its mouth wider, instilling muscle memory."
I had the most wonderful experience when my master threw the Mallard the first time for me, and everytime after. His wife took pictures that hit the internet with accolades from all. Thank you for a great fun and educational product, and I can't wait until we are out again running. Maybe someday we will go hunting to use the skills I will learn from the Dokken Mallard.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5415 Reviewed: Featured Review
My Lab Dolly absolutely loves her mallard, as well as her pheasant dummy Dokkens. From a pup, she has been somewhat indifferent when it comes to dummies, much preferring the real thing. But she has taken to these dead fowl trainers with enthusiasm, retrieving them on the run and delivering to hand. I highly recommend them!!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11037 Reviewed: Featured Review
I found that my dog likes the dead fowl trainer more than the traditional bumpers. He rips after them and holds them longer than the canvas bumpers. I bought 4 of the dead fowl training bumpers for the advanced training at a later date.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 8973 Reviewed:
Great tool for teaching young pups how to pick up and hold a big duck. The hard plastic head forces the dog to grab the dummy correctly, and prevents shaking. My nine month old, black lab Kahle will now only retrieve a dokken dead fowl dummy, or a real bird.
-Capt. Nate Skinner
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 9253 Reviewed:
"When I threw the other brands he wasn't excited, but when I threw the Dokken he jumped into another gear."
When I first started using the Dokken dummies my dog acted like they were the real thing. When I threw the other brands he wasn't excited, but when I threw the Dokken he jumped into another gear. I finally bought all Dokken's, and he is excited about every fetch.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 23413 Reviewed:
Even though I have a mixed breed of lab and pitbull, I really don't use her for hunting, mostly pet. She loves the water and will do anything for the down duck, and also a stick in the water, but sometime could not see it and swim around in circles. But with the duck floating above water she can see it, and its soft body she loves. Thanks again. She LOVES IT.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11766 Reviewed:
I like everything about this training tool. It is rugged enough to have survived a few winters of training, it holds scent very well. Most importantly it is large enough so a dog will not bite down hard, thus helping if you have a pup with a strong mouth.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1467 Reviewed:
"My girls leap further off the dock when I use this training duck."
What a great product. If I could own 100 of these and never use another type of retrieving dummy again I would. I love the Dokken whether it's training for hunt tests or waterfowl season. Can't get much closer to a real duck than this, I recommend buying the scent injection kit for added realism.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 28233 Reviewed:
What a great product if I could own 100 of these and never use another type of retrieving dummy again I would. I love the dokken weather it's training for hunt tests or waterfowl season can't get much closer to a real duck than this I recommend buying the scent injection kit for added realism.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 28277 Reviewed:
I really like this. I will probably be in the market for a pheasant and dove version soon. How about a sale on these. I can buy them locally for the same price, but I would buy them from you again,...the sale would encourage me to do it sooner rather than later.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5577 Reviewed:
"I will be happy to rate it once I have tried it."
I like the dokkens for training and use them in my mini z's. I cut the attached throw rope off the ones I use in the wingers and the teal and dove dikkens to keep puppies and young dogs from trying to carry them by the tail.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 19930 Reviewed:
I bought this to add to my training routine. I only hunted upland last year and decided I was going to do waterfowl in the upcoming season, so I wanted a trainer that looked like the real thing. It works great. My dog loves it. I own three dead fowl trainers, and we love them all.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 21177 Reviewed:
Product was as expected. Unfortunately my dog likes to destroy his toys. I got this trainer duck specifically as a toy, and he's already chewed some of the foam rubber off the tail end. I guess I should have expected that. Really like the duck though.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 22437 Reviewed:
This thing is awesome! My dog would retrieve anything I threw, but he LOVES this thing. In fact, he starts jumping in the kennel when he sees me grab it. One of the best purchases I've made for my dog!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 22489 Reviewed:
The head is attached by what seems like a continuation of the cord through the body of the duck. Multiple throws and the duck is still intact. The "detached" head prevents my dog from shaking the duck after retrival. The body is soft and doesn't get chewed up after training. Recommended highly.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 14454 Reviewed:
We really like these! We start all of our young dogs on them. Puppies have no problem with them, they are light, soft without being too soft and the color makes them easy for us to spot. Great product! I don't have anything negative to say about them.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1516 Reviewed:
"very durable, great training device, dogs love it"
With the first retrieve of the duck after mostly canvas dummy work my lab tried to pick up the doken duck at a couple of places and quickly found the spot. No hesitations after that. The product works as claimed.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1519 Reviewed:
Great training tool. a little story: while training one day, a friend's labrador decided to retrieve the dummy instead of his normal canvas fetch toy. When he returned, he didn't want to give up the doken and took it into the truck with him where he hid it in the back seat. When someone came around, he would pick up his doken and place it further away from the tail gate as possible until finally he dropped it in his master's seat. He didn't want anyone to take it away from him! The funny part is that his master didn't think he would even like the doken because of the weight. This dog has never experienced ducks or dokens before and now it's his favorite retrieving tool!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1541 Reviewed:
Great training tool, helps them get the feel of a real flopping duck in their mouth. If I were to say there was a downside was the head was to heavy and to hard. after a while they get tired of it hitting them in the face and want to start picking it up by the head. Other than that it gets a thumbs up from me. Its time for me to order some more. Great job Steve!!! Regards Geoff
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1581 Reviewed:
The water toys I bought, dummies and the Dokken dummy are holding up well, I have to tell you, I am not training water fowl retrievers, I have two lab mixes that are maniacs and one got hurt on a stick, (bad throat injury, she's OK now) so at swim time no more sticks! The dummies are a perfect substitute and are very durable. The Dokken dummy still floats, but "Puppy" took a big hunk out of it. I guess hunting retrievers don't get that rough.
I would recommend your products to anyone who has dogs that llike to swim and retrieve....
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1606 Reviewed:
Most realistic waterfowl training dummy I've ever used. The injectable scent and weighted-head features of the dummy quickly teach a young dog not only to retrieve a duck but also the best way to carry it.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1633 Reviewed:
I don't hunt with my dog, but he loves to retrieve these out of the pool. I've bought several of them over the last couple of years. They're pretty durable, but they do finally end up a bit chewed up. LOL...
It must be instinct, but these drive him crazy, he gets so excited when he sees me pick it up....
Thanks for a great product.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1715 Reviewed:
Soft body encourages proper hold, and my dog seems to really enjoy retrieving it over the standard cylinder dummies.
I've owed many of these, and the only down sides are, they are easy to destroy if you forget to put it away and your dog gets to play with them, and they can pick up some pretty bad smell if you use it in a body of water that isn't so clean, like at a dog park.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1740 Reviewed:
Excellent training tool, feel help with a soft mouth. Max has learned to retrieve year round, he will do want ever it takes to get his Dokken Deadfowl duck dummy. This has reinforced his field retrieves. I would recommend this dummy, after two years of use it is still going strong. Time to get Max a Dokken Deadfowl goose dummy for fall.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1798 Reviewed:
"By the way, y'all are the best online dog supply store there is."
One thing I might add is that the foam part had some indentions on it that looked like it had been handled roughly. Not that it had been used or anything, just weird marks from the manufacturer. I hadn't seen these marks on Dokken's in the store (Academy and Bass Pro Shops) but they are holding up good, so it does not bother me anymore.
By the way, y'all are the best online dog supply store there is. I ONLY shop with y'all.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1803 Reviewed:
I've always obtained my training and other supplies for numerous labradors which I've trained and hunted since the early 1980's from Steve's parents. And doing business with Steve is a pleasure and his products are first-rate. Bert Ehrhardt
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1470 Reviewed:
Great item. Am in the process of training our first hunting Golden Retriever and this is an invaluable tool for teaching hold, land and water retrieves, give, etc. The ball for the end is a must add so you can get some distance when throwing. The solid head and ball help keep the dog from shaking off and getting you all wet at the end of the retrieve as well. Solidly built, great price and quick ship from Steve!!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 33390 Reviewed:
These Bumper's are very durable, visible, affordable and small enuff for a puppy to retrieve without any complication! ! I had never used them until my puppies trainer turned me on to them and I will use these from now on!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1481 Reviewed:
Very durable. I train two out of every three days so they get a lot of use. I currently have about twelve assorted duck and one big Canada goose dokkens. I also train with a group often and use my equipment. They hold up extremely well.
The only negative I have is a lot of the heads have broken, but it doesn't effect the use of the product.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1485 Reviewed:
She loves it as always. Keeps her very engaged in her swimming exercise. Thanks to this thing, which I replace every year or two, she doesn't even look at tennis balls anymore. This duck goes everywhere with us. Everyone knows she carries it in the truck and it's always around for tossing. It holds up very well; shipping was fast; and your price is always way better than retail. Thanks.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1488 Reviewed:
"It's construction is well done, we use this every day through out the summer."
This dummy is perfect for what I use it for. The weight is very very close to what our birds around here weigh, so the dog is ready for anything I can knock out of the sky. It's construction is well done, we use this every day through out the summer and is not the worse for wear.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1489 Reviewed:
I have been pleased with my Dokken. It has survived many years and several dogs through their formal retriever training. It has especially help with one of my dogs that had a hard time picking up large hard bumpers, he was more receptive to training with the Dokken. The Dokken is also the best transition to real birds that I have found in training.
Pam Hind Mallard Pointe Retrievers Member of PRTA
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1503 Reviewed:
"Both my dogs think the Dokken is the best thing going!!"
Both my dogs think the Dokken is the best thing going!! They get pretty worked up over training bumpers but if they see the dokken come out...you would think it was the real thing. Any concepts that require some extra motivation, bring out the dokken. A big reward in their books. We have had Dokkens in the past and have lost some but we have never worn one out!!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1500 Reviewed:
I have Dokkens from teal to goose. I like to introduce puppies to the shape, weight and feel of the birds. Dokkens make it easier to transition to real birds. I have noticed that my oldest Dokkens have slightly discolored, getting darker. I don\'t know if this was due to sun exposure or from aging of the foam. The units I have are all still very usable.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1513 Reviewed:
"Life size replica, dogs favorite thing to retrieve"
It's holding up quite well. We've done over 200 water and 50+ rough field retrieves. Other than some teeth puncture wounds and it taking on a little water through absorption, it's good. I'll buy another another one coming up, maybe the goose this time.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1751 Reviewed:
I like the Dokken overall. It will get a funky odor at times if left out in the elements. Seems to come about when doing more water work, The material is good and they last as long as any other dead duck bumper I have used. They are great coming out of wingers. I even use the little teal and quail out of box launchers when training my pointers. I am still using some from 3 years ago.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1478 Reviewed:
"At one practice hunt we tossed the dummy it hit the side of the bank (muddy, not hard) and the head of the duck split."
The plastic head. At one practice hunt we tossed the dummy it hit the side of the bank (muddy, not hard) and the head of the duck split. Very disappointed in that. It was so sharp on the edges I haven't used it since. Otherwise the body and weight is great.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1719 Reviewed:
After a few months of using the dokken regularly, both on land and water, it has held up quite well. The foam body has a few scuffs, and minimal tooth marks (thank god for a non-hard-mouth dog). My only two gripes thus far are that it would have been nice if these came with the throw ball (similar to how GDS provides a throw rope with all their plastic bumpers), and also that the body gets dirt and grass stained very easily. Aside from those two relatively minor issues, this is a pretty good product for keeping your dog trained on size and weight of a real bird, when real birds are hard to come by. I'd buy another!
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1491 Reviewed:
I have 7 dokkens. I have broken the heads on 2. I was loading them in the truck and dropped them on the concrete drive and they broke right behind the eyes on both. A rubber head would be much more durable…..
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1618 Reviewed:
"One of our dokkens rolled onto the floor in the house, and the head split in half."
hunt tests, obedience, tracking, agility and therapy visits
One of our dokkens rolled onto the floor in the house, and the head split in half. The dogs don't seem to notice, so we go ahead and use it! Some of the dokkens that other members of our golden retriever club have used for years are beginning to have pieces come out of the rubber bodies from where the dogs bite down on them as they are retrieving. I'm not talking about chewing up the dokkens, just regular use.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1626 Reviewed:
Overall good product and very practical for retrievers. The goose I have though is so heavy it's tough to throw any distance. The head fell off (rope came out of the head?). But one of my Labs goes nuts over the goose more than any of the ducks. I actually like the Avery ATB over the Dokken. Little more durable it seems and they don't get funky smelling over the years.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1504 Reviewed:
Hi Steve My Brit doesn't really like to rerieve the Duck. I'm not sure if it is too unrealistic or what. She will go for dead chuckers and even frozen birds. Sorry I cant't give it a great review. I love everything else I have gotten from you. Charlie I can't seem to get the rating to work, but I give it a neutral to bad rating
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1627 Reviewed:
"Great for dry training... water training is not advised with this product, as the material absorbs alot of water and becomes water-logged."
Great for dry training... water training is not advised with this product, as the material absorbs alot of water and becomes water-logged. This makes throwing much harder and also makes the dokken bird smell after a couple weeks of water work. Overall I would purchase this again for dry training, but never again for water training. I have found the avery ATB is a much better all around choice as it does not take in water and can be used on dry land as well. It does lack legs and the throwing rope may not hold up quite as well as a dokken rope but the dokken itself wont outlast its own rope. Overall I am not too happy with the Dokken...
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1629 Reviewed:
"After first couple retrieves, the body material was tearing."
The dokken started out to be what I wanted/expected. Over time it has become water logged and heavy not to mention the head broke off. I've tried even standing on it to try and get the weight back down. That being said I still use it and if I'm doing pile work it is the first dummy the dogs will pick up over the canvas or knobby bumpers.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1472 Reviewed:
Played with it for a while and he has a soft mouth but it tended to get messed up too easy.. then wouldnt float well.
Product Rating: 1 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1512 Reviewed:
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