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Old 12-13-2011, 09:49 PM
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Suggestions for dog training books/videos

I am curious to see what everyone uses for dog training literature. I have a well trained Lab, just not a duck hunting trained lab. I know there is a puppy in my future and would like to start researching the training process. I will probably buy a dog that is started, from a reputable breeder, and then do the rest myself.
I want to start reading about it now, and then would go back through the book as I am working through the training. Not really big on DVD's but that seems to be a common method from what I have seen so far.

Thanks for any input..

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Old 12-14-2011, 07:23 AM
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Re: Suggestions for dog training books/videos

Smartworks series is the best, or if your on a tighter budget get the fowldogs series. The smartworks has both books and dvds. Stay away from watardog and other such book only programs. The books only approach is usually not as comprehensive.
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:45 AM
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Re: Suggestions for dog training books/videos

I used jim waters water dog gun dog series, some will say its dated but if it works thats what matters to me
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:04 PM
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Re: Suggestions for dog training books/videos

Hey Kevin,

Send me a pm with your address, and I'll mail you my copy of Water Dog by Richard Wolters.

Or, if you prefer to come get it, I live up here in Vero Beach.

Either way, give me a holler.

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Old 12-14-2011, 08:07 PM
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Re: Suggestions for dog training books/videos

I am not a professional by any means of the word, I am on My first dog, and he is 2, and does well. Very obedient, and handles well, by far not the fastest horse in the barn but gets the job done. I used the smart works, I also used the 10 min retriever by Amy and John Dahl, Retriever training drills for marking and Retriever training drills for Blind Retrieves by James Spencer, Water Dog by Richard Wolters, and Training your retriever By James Lamb Free. I think that it helped me to learn a bunch of different concepts. Also having friends that are training is priceless, as you can bounce ideas off of each other. One thing for sure is consistency in training is key. You are going to make mistakes and when you realize it it will be a pain to correct. For me I think I handle my dog to much, and from what I have read that is common among new trainers. It causes the dog to pop, and now we are going thru the painful correction phase.
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:18 AM
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Re: Suggestions for dog training books/videos

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Smartworks series is the best, or if your on a tighter budget get the fowldogs series. The smartworks has both books and dvds. Stay away from watardog and other such book only programs. The books only approach is usually not as comprehensive.
I agree. Read all the books, but get the Smartworks DVD series. If you are a novice, it will give you excellent detail on "how to's" and "what to do when's". You can get the entire series (recommended) here:

http://www.rushcreekpress.com/homepage.html
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:56 AM
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Re: Suggestions for dog training books/videos

Kevin, go to a few hunt tests, make some friends, maybe even join the treasure coast retriever club. I had my chessie pro trained. Learning how to do what the trainer does with him was a big challenge. Members of the club and other competitors get together to train , working with them as a group and sharing ideas and suggestions was invaluable to me and my dog. Rich
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:16 PM
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Another good suggestion - join a retreiver training group (HRC or UKC).
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:21 PM
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Re: Suggestions for dog training books/videos

Thank you so much for the info. I am going to start with reading a few differant books. I am not in the position to buy the pup yet, so lots of time to read and figure things out. I figure planning early is my best option.

My biggist difficulty is going to be I am out of town 4-6 days at a time, but when I am home 3-5 days at a time I will have a fair amount of time to work with her.
Thanks for the info guys. Will be looking into local retriever clubs.

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Re: Suggestions for dog training books/videos

Bill Hillman (DVD) is excellent, Hey pup Fetch it Up is a great book in addition to the others mentioned. Many ways to train a pup, find what works best for your pup and you.
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