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Customer Review #18873

By: John Arrington From ID

Owns 2 dogs. Family pet. Competes.

Good information for a beginner and as a refresher for someone with experience and a new pup, however the book has too few actual drills and like Spencer's book on blind retrieves, not nearly enough drill diagrams, especially for landmarks. What I would like to find is a book with page after page of marking drill diagrams and a brief description of the drill and its purpose.

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 18873
Reviewed: 2015-02-23
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CLEARANCE -- Retriever Training Drills for Marking by James B. Spencer Book

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    Copyright 2001, 188 pages, soft cover, black and white photos

    Retrievers mark falls and retrieve naturally. But useful as these instinctive behaviors are, they are not sufficient in themselves to produce finished workers. We must condition a dog through various training techniques. Essential to the success of any technique is repitition...thus the term "drilling."

    Here is the most comprehensive collection of drills ever compiled into book form--techniques that formerly have been spread primarily by word of mouth. Throughout Spencer keeps in mind the limitations under which most amateurs train. Each drill is diagramed, with a careful explaination of the purpose, prerequisites, necessary equipment, and pitfalls to avoid. The exercises herein are limited to field work and oriented to amateurs training their own dogs for hunting or hunt tests. Only you can turn them into drills-by running your dog through them repetitively!

    This book is a supplement to a complete training manual. It focuses on how to set up effective drills and why you should use them.

    James B. Spencer is a well-known retriever trainer, clinician, hunting test judge, as well as an award winning and engaging writer. He is the author of Training Retrievers for Marshes and Meadows, Retriever Training Tests, the companion to this book, Retriever Training Drills for Blind Retrieves, and several other titles. He writes regularly for Gun Dog and Wildfowl magazines. He resides in the Midwest with his wife, Theresa.

    CONTENTS

    Chapter 1 WHY DRILL?

    Chapter 2 SINGLE MARK CONCEPTS AND PRELIMINARY DRILLS

    Chapter 3 DRILLS FOR MOUTH PORBLEMS

    Chapter 4 SINGLE MARK LENGTHENING DRILLS

    Chapter 5 SINGLE MARK MARKING DRILLS

    Chapter 6 SINGLE MARK STRAIGHT LINE DRILLS

    Chapter 7 DOUBLE MARK CONCEPTS AND PRELIMINARY DRILLS

    Chapter 8 DOUBLE MARK MEMORY DRILLS

    Chapter 9 DOUBLE MARK SWITCH-PROOFING DRILLS

    Chapter 10 DOUBLE MARK HEAD-SWINGING

    Chapter 11 TRIPLE MARK CONCEPTS AND PRELIMINARY DRILL

    Chapter 12 TRIPLE MARK MEMORY DRILLS

    Chapter 13 SELECTION

    Appendix 1 EQUIPMENT

    Appendix 2 THE ELECTRONIC COLLAR

    Country of Origin: Made in USA.


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