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Retriever Troubleshooting: Strategies & Solutions to Retriever Training Problems by John and Amy Dahl

Retriever Troubleshooting: Strategies & Solutions to Retriever Training Problems by John and Amy Dahl


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Copyright 2006, 256 pages, soft cover, black and white photos and illustrations

Despite the eagerness of most retrievers to retrieve, there are many opportunities for problems to occur in their training, especially at an advanced level. Professional trainers John and Amy Dahl are uniquely suited to discuss training problems and techniques for solving them. John (a full-time professional trainer since 1975) has been training, hunting over, and competing with retrievers for 55 years, a span which has seen profound changes (and a number of fads) in training methods. John and Amy have trained countless dogs that came to them with problems already established, and have coached many more owners, often long-distance, through solving their training problems themselves.

From this basis of experience, John and Amy discuss many of the problems that occur in the training of retrievers, and suggest solutions in the context of how retrievers learn, maintaining their motivation, and adapting training methods to capitalize on the strengths of each individual. Retriever Troubleshooting provides valuable guidance on training dogs to go straight, developing marking and hunting ability, using pressure effectively, and promoting stylish, clean retrieves through clear lessons and judicious use of force.

Training Topics Include:

  • How advanced training applies to hunting and to competition
  • Blind retrieves
  • Achieving range and multiple blinds
  • Handling
  • Hazards and formidable obstacles
  • More disciplined lining
  • Marking
  • Use of an e-collar in advanced field work

    Problem Solving Topics Include:

  • Challenges of training high-drive dogs
  • Controlling excitement level and related problems (creeping, breaking, vocalizing, crushing birds, freezing)
  • Mouth problems (too rough, eating birds, dropping birds, unwillingness to handle cripples)
  • Pace issues (keeping training moving and the dog challenged)
  • Inhibitions
  • Problems related to pressure
  • Lack of response at a distance
  • Line manners
  • Hunting problems (poor perseverance, unwillingness to enter cover)

    Retriever Troubleshooting also discusses good general practices and individuality in training, along with specific real-life dog training stories that help you see how the experts deal with unique problems.

    About the Authors:

    John and Amy Dahl have over 40 years of retriever training experience between them. They have won numerous field trials, five State Gun Dog Championships, handled six dogs to Field Championships, and trained owner-handled dogs to their titles, including two Chesapeakes and two Dual Champions. They are popular columnists for The Retriever Journal and Just Labs magazines, and they are the authors of the book, The 10-Minute Retriever published by Willow Creek Press.

    Table of Contents:
      Introduction
    1. Basic Obedience
    2. Mouth Problems
    3. No-Goes
    4. Line Manners
    5. Lack of Hunt
    6. Lack of Style
    7. Directness
    8. Sufficient Range
    9. Popping
    10. Blinking Birds and Bugging
    11. Marking Problems
    12. Aggression
    13. Special Puppy Concerns
    14. Force Fetching Problems
    15. Manners
    16. Index

    Country of Origin: Made in USA.


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