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Tom Dokken's Retriever PUPPY Training DVD gets your retriever started on the right foot.

Learn how to train your retriever with basic commands. This introductory video gets you and your puppy prepared for his Intermediate Training DVD, and later his Advanced Training DVD.

These are GREAT videos. Do NOT let the $15 price fool you. This should be a $50.00 DVD for the value Tom puts in this series.

Here are my detailed notes on all 12 segments of this DVD

Want a set of ALL 3 Dokken Training DVDs?

PS Read Tom Dokken's Retriever Book as well...

Transcript from Steve's Video:

Today we're looking at the Tom Dokken books and DVDs. This is something that I waited for, for a long time, and Tom has got them released. They came out this year. And they are awesome. It is a very complete method and it's very step-by-step. And it's easy for anybody to understand.

Tom's method just makes a lot of sense. It's something that was developed over a long period of time. He's worked with a lot of dogs. And it just covers things the way that I like to see them covered. The best thing about it is that it's incredibly affordable. The videos are $15 apiece. So you've got a puppy, an intermediate, and an advanced. And then you've got two books that are around $20 apiece.

We've worked with Tom for years. Tom developed the Dokken dead fowl trainers. So it's something that we've been selling for a long time. We've been talking to him for a long time about putting about a training method. So it's something that we've really been waiting for.

What I like about it is that it's broken down in real simple steps. You can buy it as you need it or you can buy it all together. And you've got the advantage of having a book and a DVD that have the same methodology behind them, and that's hard to do. A lot of the books that we sell don't have any sort of videos that come along with them, and a lot of the videos we sell don't have a book. So, depending on how you learn, you've got everything covered.

I just like Tom's method. It's set up for hunters. It's got e-collars. It teaches everything that you need from start to finish. If you want a dog that is a pleasure to hunt behind, this is a really great method to use.

We highly recommend it. It's satisfaction guaranteed. If you are not happy with it we want it back. I can't say enough nice things about it. It's a wonderful collection and I highly recommend it for your retriever and your upland flushing dog. He covers both. So if you are looking for a method that's going to be easy to work with and give you a dog that you are real happy with in the end, check it out: Tom Dokken Retriever Training.

"Easy to follow, even for the trainer."

By: John Limberg From NE

Owns 2 dogs. Hunts.

Easy to follow, even for the trainer.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 4988
Reviewed: 2013-11-04
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"Really great. Answers all my questions."

By: Thomas Hickie From MA

Hunts. Family pet.

Really great. Answers all my questions. My lab puppy (5 mos) loves his dokken mallard. Soon will order pheasant. Thanks. Good dealing with you folks.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 10278
Reviewed: 2014-04-28
"Great to see training in motion. I will purchase Tom Dokken's intermediate training DVD as my puppy progresses!"

By: Dickie Vinent From NC

Hunts. Family pet.

Great to see training in motion. I will purchase Tom Dokken's intermediate training DVD as my puppy progresses! I also have his book, which is excellent.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 11218
Reviewed: 2014-06-01
"Tom's technique works!"

By: Virgil Razak From KS

Hunts. Family pet.

Started our pup at nine weeks using Tom's techniques. Especially like the settle technique which really works. We are into our second week of training and can already see a difference. We had a guide service years ago and have trained many dogs. Tom's technique works!

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 15210
Reviewed: 2014-11-05
"I have all three in the series, and they are all excellent."

By: Stuart Eavenson From MI


I sent a note of appreciation to Dokken's kennel for a very well thought out and clearly produced DVD. I have all three in the series, and they are all excellent. Tom Dokken himself took the time to reply. I was impressed.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 18369
Reviewed: 2015-02-05
"Dokkens is clear, concise, and practical."

By: Lawrence Thibodeau From WA

Owns 2 dogs. Hunts.

Dokkens is clear, concise, and practical. This is by far the best guidance for training retrievers out there. As a result of viewing the video I am scheduling my dog into his kennel for intermediate training.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 18859
Reviewed: 2015-02-22
"The DVD is a great pair with the book."

By: John Morgan From LA

Hunts. Family pet.

The DVD is a great pair with the book.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 18703
Reviewed: 2015-02-15
"Easy to train instructions"


Lab. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Competes.

Easy to train instructions. Had my 4 month old Lab, using 3 place matts, taking overs with in 7 days.

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 3942
Reviewed: 2013-10-19
"Was expecting a little more depth."

By: Dorry Larson From SD

Hunts. Family pet.

Was expecting a little more depth. Was expecting Tom D., not Bob West. Would not recommend.

Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 12386
Reviewed: 2014-07-28

Tom Dokken's Puppy Training (Gun Dog Retrievers) DVD

"This should be a $50.00 DVD for the value Tom puts in this series." -- Steve

Tom Dokken's Puppy Training (Gun Dog Retrievers) DVD
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Tom Dokken's Puppy Training video gives you everything you need to start training your duck dog.

Emphasizing his "pressure on, pressure off" system, professional trainer and breeder Tom Dokken takes you through the fundamentals of choosing and starting a retriever puppy on the path to becoming a completely finished gun dog for both waterfowl and upland game bird hunting.

All of the basic commands -- sit, down, come, heel, kennel, place and no -- plus preliminary retrieving and introduction to water work, live birds, decoys, boats and gunfire are covered. Hosted by Gun Dog Magazine editor Rick Van Etten.

Running time 59 minutes. Made in the USA.


Training & Socialization
Treat Training
Intro to Wing & Feathers
Exposure to Water
Exposure to Deep Water
Leash Introduction
Leash & Treat Training
Working for Praise
Developing Good Retrieving
Exposure to Birds
Introduction to the Shotgun

Steve's Notes from the VIDEO / DVD

Training & Socialization

Introduces Dokken's training METHOD:
  • Pressure On / Pressure Off

  • When puppy starts to struggle, Dokken puts gentle pressure on puppy, and when relaxes, lets pressure off...

    LESSON: Learning compliance. Puppy learns to give in to get what he wants.


    AGE: 7 weeks and up

    • EXAMPLE: Puts puppy on his back while holding him
    • EXAMPLE: Holds foot, applies gentle pressure until puppy relaxes
    • How dog reacts tells you a lot about the personality of puppy.
    • Does 5-8 times a day while holding them
    • Establishes who is boss
    • Better to do this with puppy when smaller (lighter), 7 weeks old --
    • Puppy learns to let you check eyes, ears, feet.
    Socialization -- Very important.

    Take puppy everywhere to get comfortable in foreign environments, with lots of people.

    Treat Training

    Introducing Basic Commands to Retriever Puppies

    AGE: 7-12 weeks

    Even at 7 weeks start some basic obedience when puppy will take a treat --

    • COMMAND: COME. Takes a couple of days...

    • COMMAND: SIT. Push on puppy's rear, gets treat when sitting.

    • COMMAND: DOWN. Pressure on shoulders.

    • COMMAND: HEEL. Puppy follows. Treat at hand level.

    • COMMAND: KENNEL. KENNEL to get IN something. Using a crate to train for housebreaking. Preparing for STEADY TO SHOT -- Making puppy wait to Kennel.

    • COMMAND: PLACE. PLACE to get ON something

    • Teaching puppy to always approach you on your left side

    Intro to Wing & Feathers

    Puppies at this age have heightened instincts. Feathers and wings encourage those instincts to come out.

    • Use something small they can handle. Expect varied reactions from puppies.

    • DO NOT force the wing into the puppy's mouth.

    • Give the wing a little toss and look for "Will they pick it up and carry it a little bit" Don't look for a great retrieve yet.

    • Once you toss the wing and the pup gets it, don't take it away immediately. Praise her first.

    • What you're looking for is "Do they want it?"

    • Once your pup has begun going to the wing on his own, you can being introduction to a moving bird by attaching the wing to a rod and "scampering" it in front of your puppy

    • The first little chase needs to be short. Then work up to longer chases.

    • At this stage we know we have a puppy who likes feathers, will give chase. This is the first step in teaching your puppy to retrieve live birds.

    Exposure to Water

    Training for confidence in the water

    • Needs to be done in small steps focusing on building confidence in your puppy first.

    • Weather is an important factor. Don't go on a cold day.

    • Make sure your puppy has been walked a lot that day.

    • Don't drag the puppy in the water or pick them up and set them in the water.

    • HAve patience. Don't get discouraged if he isn't comfortable the first time.

    • Coax your pup using the treat training if you want.

    Exposure to Deep Water

    Now isn't the time for swimming or retrieving. You just want your puppy to be comfortable in the water.

    • Once your pup gets into the water on his own, just walk around.

    • Once your dog has become comfortable in shallow water you can move on to deeper waters.

    • Start your pup in an area with a natural incline and not a steep drop off.

    • Once you puppy is in the water just walk around him and let him get comfortable and confident with swimming.

    • If your puppy is timid in the water, try introducing an older dog the puppy is comfortable with as a confidence builder.

    • Don't force your dog into the deeper water, let your puppy go in on his own.

    • If your pup is reluctant you can use a wing or treat to entice them into the water.

    Leash Introduction

    You'll need a standard 6ft leash and a choke chain.

    • There is a right way and a wrong way to put on a choke chain. It's important to use the choke chain properly.

    • You can also use a check cord. Your puppy needs to understand he needs to pay attention.

    Leash & Treat Training

    When you are starting with the leash, you are just getting your puppy used to the pressure on and off from the choke chain and leash.

    • Ultimate goal is to ween the puppy off the treats and only be using the leash.

    • Basic procedure is the same with a new puppy. Using the heel and come commands and adding pressure to the leash.

    • Pressure on for the command, pressure off once it's done.

    • You can also use the leash to teach the place command.

    • Ultimately you want your dog to work for praise and not treats.

    Working for Praise

    Getting your dog off treats and to start working for praise.

    • In the beginning of this stage it's ok to over praise your dog. Keep the sessions short. Once your done working use a word like "ok" to signal to your dog that you are done working and it's time to play.

    • Start off with basic commands. Come, sit, heel, etc and praise after each time they complete the command.

    • They will look for the treat at first but eventually they will enjoy the praise.

    • Short sessions, multiple times a day to keep it fresh b/c their attention span is still pretty short at this age.

    Developing Good Retrieving

    Promoting Good retrieving habits -- making sure the retrieve always comes back to you.

    • You need to always keep the check cord on, but you don't need to be chasing your dog.

    • Work the check cord to encourage he brings the retrieve back to you. You can work on sophistication later. right now you just want to get the retrieve back to you without chasing your dog around the yard.

    Exposure to Birds

    Introduction of birds and gunfire are the most critical part of training your hunting dog.

    • This takes time: 2 weeks is the MINIMUM amount of time it takes to introduce your dog to the gun.

    • Start off bird intro by clapping your hands. This encourages your pup to associate a tone with a retrieve.

    • Work the check cord the same way you would when first training to retrieve.

    • It's important to remember that this is a 2 person training.

    • Once your puppy associates the clap and retrieve, start using the blank gun from 40 yards away. Do this over and over for a few days. If your pup is excited and encouraged keep going, if your puppy is hesitant, back track and start again.

    • Once the dog is comfortable with the blank gun from 40 yards, move closer.

    • Your retrieves don't have to be far, you are mainly working on the association of the bird and gun and making sure he's comfortable.

    • Continue to move closer staying in front of him as long as your dog is comfortable.

    • Once he's comfortable with that, move to stand beside your dog to mimic the hunting experience.

    • Last, throw the bird and shoot the blank fun behind the dog. You are looking for your dog to stay focused on the retrieve.

    Introduction to the Shotgun

    Using the same method you started with the blank pistol.

    • As with the blank pistol, you'll stand in front of your dog about 40 feet away. The same method of throw and shoot, constantly watching your dog's reaction to the shot gun.

    • If there is any change in attitude, stop and go right back to the blank gun.

    • Keep it gradual, start out with a 4-10 and keep the sessions short. 3-4 retrieves to keep your pup's enthusiasm up.

    • You want your dog to bring back the retrieve and look immediately toward you for the throw.

    • You aren't looking for the perfect retrieve, you are just looking or enthusiasm and comfort.

    • Continue to move closer and throw and shoot making sure your dog is maintaining enthusiasm.

    • Next step is to graduate up to a larger gauge.

    Introduction to Live Birds

    Pigeons are a great training bird to work with.

    • The wing on the rod is intended to set up for this step in the training. Some dogs can be intimidated with live birds at first.

    • Clip the birds wings so the bird won't fly away but the bird can still move to entice the dog.

    Retrieving Live Birds

    The lock-winged pigeon is going to give enough movement to encourage the dog.

    • You never want the puppy to have a bad experience, so start your dog out with the locked wing and then move into the clipped wing pigeon.

    • The last step is to throw the clipped wing pigeon and shoot the gun while he is chasing.

    Retrieving Birds with Gunfire

    At this stage you will have introduced your dog to the blank gun and several gauges of shot gun

    • Start with the blank gun again.

    • Throw the bird, shoot the blank gun a few times while always watching to make sure your dog stays focused on the bird and isn't uncomfortable with the gun fire.

    • Once you've used the blank pistol with good results, switch to the shotgun.

    Retrieving a Shot Bird

    This is the final step

    • At this phase you want to keep your dog in short grass. You want him to find the bird. You are working on flushing, chasing and retrieving.

    • You want to dizzy the bird up and shoot once the bird is off the ground. Right now you want to watch that your dog is maintaining that singular focus on the bird.

    Exposure to decoys

    More than anything else this is a confidence builder.

    • Start out with your decoys on land for the initial introduction. Walk the puppy around the decoys and let him explore to build his confidence up.

    • Socializing your puppy early on will make this transition easier.

    • You also want to introduce your puppy to the boat with the boat on land

    • Once he's comfortable getting in and out of the boat throw out some retrieves from the boat.

    Retrieving with Decoys

    This is all still on dry land

    • You want to be more concerned with your dog jumping out of the boat for the retrieve

    • You want to look for confidence with the retrieve and that your dog isn't distracted or spooked by the decoys.

    Country of Origin: Made in USA.

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