Copyright 1993, hard cover, 249 pages, black and white illustrations
To use the program described in this book, you should have a remote training collar with continuous stimulation, variable intensity, and selectable intensity at the transmitter.
When and how to use your Tri-Tronics collar for each stage of training. Over 200 photographs plus detailed handling drill diagrams. Covers field work, marking skills, hunting situations and handling program.
To use the program described in this book, you should have a remote training collar with continuous stimulation,
variable intensity, and selectable intensity at the transmitter.
Continuous Stimulation - The stimulation stays on as long as the transmitter button is held down up to a maximum of 8-10 seconds.
Variable Intensity - The trainer can change the level of intensity of stimulation by changing an intensity plus, a contact point, a dial on the transmitter or selecting a different key (button).
Selectable Intensity at the Transmitter - The handler can modify the stimulation level by pressing different buttons or keys on the transmitter.
Tri-Tronics Retriever Training presents, for the first time, a thorough explanation of the proper use of Tri-Tronics electronic collars in training retrievers. The techniques emphasize humane methods based on a solid foundation of canine psychology.
Jim and Phyllis Dobbs and Alice Woodyard take the reader through their step-by-step program for retriever training which emphasizes, above all, "making it easy for dogs to learn."
Included are sections on how to select a pup with good working potential and how to get started early with "puppy headstart" training that awakens the pup's desire to learn. The reader is then carefully educated on the proper introduction of the Tri-Tronics collar. The collar introduction program utilizes Jim and Phyllis' highly successful techniques for teaching reliable responses to commands, while not impairing the dog's enthusiasm and style.
The book covers in detail how to proceed with the young retriever's field work, develop its marking skills, prepare it for hunting situations and finally advance it through a handling program. The important question of when and how to use the Tri-Tronics collar and when not to use it is answered for each stage of training. Over 200 photographs, together with detailed diagrams of the handling drills, are also included.
This book is written particularly for the retriever owner who wants to train his own dog for hunting, hunting tests and field trials. In addition, anyone interested in knowing more about how electronic training collars can be used to enhance effective dog training will want to take advantage of this book.
Jim and Phyllis Dobbs were the directors of the Tri-Tronics Training Center in Marysville, California. They are expert dog trainers who train many types of working dogs to advanced levels, and have competed successfully both nationally and internationally. They work with handlers and their dogs in such fields as pointers, retrievers, spaniels, hounds, schutzhund, police dogs, assistance dogs, stockdogs, companion and competition obedience dogs.
Based on their extensive knowledge of dog training and the adaptability of the Tri-Tronics products, they have developed training methods that are logical and extremely effective. With their students at the Training Center, in their seminars, and now in this book, Jim and Phyllis demonstrate how electronic training collars should be used to produce happy, confident and willing retrievers.
Alice Woodyard has been working with the Training Center for nine years, and has co-authored several articles on electronic odg training with Jim and Phyllis. She has titled retrievers at all levels of the AKC and NAHRA hunting test programs and competes successfully in licensed field trials, utilizing training techniques developed by Jim Phyllis and now described in this book.
"Tri-Tronics Retriever Training covers training how, when, where and why in more detail and with greater clarity than any book I have read or any video I have seen." -- Charles Breslin
"Don't let the word 'Retriever' fool you, this book is an excellent book for many facets of dog training including conventional methods." -- Art Rodger "Spaniels in the Field," Cincinnati, OH
About Jim and Phyllis Dobbs
About Alice Woodyard
Chapter 1: Introduction
Why Dogs Work
A Step By Step System
Chapter 2: The Tri Tronics Training Collar
The History of Electronic Collars
How Tri Tronics Collars Work
Features of the Tri Tronics Collar
Why Use Different Intensity Levels
Continuous vs. Momentary Stimulation
Chapter 3: How to Pick Pup
Chapter 4: Beginning Training
The Puppy Headstart Program
Why Use Food Rewards for Pups
Teaching the "Sit" Command
Teaching the "Down" Command
Teaching the "Here" Command
Teaching the "Kennel" Command
Introducing the Leash
Teaching the "Heel" Command
Teaching the Meaning of "Break"
The "Good Dog" Reward
Teaching the Meaning of "NO"
Teaching the "Sit Whistle"
Teaching the "Come In Whistle"
Teaching the "Look" Command
The Training Table
Teaching the "Over" Command
Is the Pup Left of Right Handed?
Teaching the Left and Right Hand "Back" Commands
Chapter 5: Lessons for the Hunting Puppy
Teaching the "Find It" Command
Teaching the Hunt Whistle
Look Where the Gun is Pointed
Introduction to Boats
Teaching the "Shake" Command
Chapter 6: Developing Retrieving Desire
Chapter 7: Introduction to Water
Chapter 8: Introduction to Gunfire
Chapter 9: Unwanted Barking and Other Misbehaviors
How to Stop Barking
How to Stop Unwanted Behaviors
Chapter 10: Completing the Teaching Phase
Chapter 11: Beginning Electronic Training
Train to Develop Willingness to Obey
Always Teach the Command First
Start with the Three Action Introduction
Guide the Beginner
Make Training Fun for the Dog
Have the Tri Tronics Collar on the Dog
Chapter 12: The Correct Timing of Stimulation
When to Start Stimulation
When to Turn Off Stimulation
When to Phase Out Stimulation
When to Increase Stimulation
Use of the Timing Monitor
Chapter 13: Fitting the Collar on the Dog
Chapter 14: Choosing the Correct Intensity Plug
Determining Sensitivity Level
Using Higher Intensity Plugs
Chapter 15: Conditioning Praise Tone
Chapter 16: The Three Action Introduction
Week One -- The First Action (Moving Toward the Handler)
Training the Dog to Bend with the Collar
Training the Dog to Come with Collar
Training "Heel" with the Collar
Teaching the Dog to Respond to "Break"
Teaching Changes of Pace and Turns
When to Increase Intensity in the First Action
The Avoidance Response
Teaching the Dog to Respond to the "Come In Whistle"
Week Two -- The Second Action (Moving Away from the Handler)
Training "Kennel" with the Collar
Teaching the Dog Accept Praise
Teaching the Dog to Turn Off Stimulation by Leaving Your Side
Teaching the Dog to Turn Off Stimulation by Taking a Cast
Transition to the Avoidance Response
The "Place" and "Stay" Commands
The "Place" Command
The "Stay" Command
Week Three -- The Third Action (Becoming Stationary)
Training "Sit" with the Collar
"Sit" from Motion
Transition to the Avoidance Response
Reinforcing the "Sit Whistle"
Retrieving from a Remote Location
Training "Down" with the Collar
Chapter 17: The Trained Retrieve
Teach the "Hold" Command First
Introducing the Training Table
Introducing the "Drop" Command First
The "Hold" Command
Holding the Dumbbell
Holding Different Retrieve Objects
Hold, Carry and Deliver
The Fetch Command
Fetching Various Objects
Vary the Form of Pressure
Reinforcing "Fetch" with the Tri Tritronics Collar
"Fetch" Off the Ground
Introducing Live Birds
The "Back" Command
Developing a Quick Pick up and a Prompt Return
"Back" and "Over" into Water
Chapter 18: Sit to Flush
Use a Bird Launcher
Chapter 19: Beginning Marking
Some Things to Remember When Setting Up a Simple Mark
Preparation for Retired Guns
Delivery in the Heel Position
Using a Dummy Launcher
Chapter 20: Honoring
Chapter 21: How to Stop Unwanted Chasing
Chapter 22: Developing the Hunting Retriver
Teaching the Dog to "Hunt it Up"
Honoring Another Dog's Flush
Marking Off the Gun Barrel
Catching Diving Ducks
Chapter 23: Taking an Initial Line
Precise Alignment Drills
Alignment Drill 1: Square Pattern
Alignment Drill 2: Backwards Heeling
Alignment Drill 3: Backwards Pivot
Alignment Drill 4: Return to Heel
Alignment Drill 5: One Step Realignment
Alignment Drill 6: Forward Pivot
Alignment Drill 7: Locking On
Alignment Drill 8: Push Pull Drill
Lining Drill 1: Four Bumper Wagon Wheel
Lining Drill 2: Eight Bumper Wagon Wheel
Lining Drill 3: Sixteen Bumper Wagon Wheel
Back Refusal on Land
Chapter 24: Handling
Dogs Are Left or Right Handed
Teaching Left and Right Hand "Back"
Left and Right Hand "Back" Drills
Left and Right Hand "Back" with Diversions
The "Come In Whistle"
Stopping the Dog with a "Sit Whistle"
"Over" with Diversions
Developing Three Parallel Lines
Modified Double "T" Pattern
Modified Double "T" Pattern with Diversion Marks
Modified Double "T" Pattern with Obstacles
Chapter 25: Preventing Popping
Chapter 26: Transition to the Field
Sight Blinds: Running to Visible Targets
Channel Concepts: Running Between Guides on Land
Permanent Blinds: Place Training
Blinds with Diversion