Tollers were originally bred for hunting and retrieving in the icy rivers of Nova Scotia.
Tolling is the action of the dog dancing, playing and retrieving objects from the shoreline to lure in waterfowl.
Hunters will hide in a blind and throw out a ball or stick for the dog to retrieve and play with. This action attracts waterfowl into gun range. Tollers then retrieve the fallen birds.
Tollers are great companions in both waterfowl and upland hunting. They love to work! Most Tollers are eager for the hunt and enthusiastic about working with their people.
Training a Toller to hunt is a fun and rewarding experience. They are the smallest and smartest of the retrievers. They can do everything the big boys can do – pound for pound they are the most efficient retrievers.
While most Tollers can be trained to hunt, some Tollers have a stronger instinct to hunt then others.
Make sure to let your breeder know if you are looking for a hunting companion so that they can match you with the right Toller.