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Today we're looking at the Huntsmith DVD collection. This is the Rick and Ronnie Smith Silent Command method. It's one of my favorites. I started training birddogs as a 10, 11 year old based on the Delmar Smith method. Delmar Smith is Rick's dad, Ronnie's uncle.

This is the continuation of the method that Delmar developed in his "Best way to Train your Gundog" book that was a classic for years. It is the Silent Command method mainly because they are not big fans of using all sorts of commands with your dog until the dog understands what's going on.

It's a complete system. They use what's called Point of Contact. Rick and Ronnie use e-collars exclusively in their method, so if you are not looking for an e-collar system this is definitely not the way to go.

The use low level continuous stimulation and they teach what's called Point of Contacts where they teach the dog that stimulation on different parts of his body means different things. They teach a dog how to walk at heel, how to come to you when called, how to stop. Their whoa post technique is my favorite way to teach a dog how to stop. It's hands down the most effective method that I've seen as far as low stress on the dog. Incredibly effective. When you do it with an e-collar you can actually stop a dog in the field for any reason whatsoever just really fast. Works great. I was amazed the first time I saw Rick do it with a dog. The first time I saw it was on one of my dogs and couldn't believe how fast he took a dog from having no idea how to stop to being able to stop with just the slight press of a button with a really low level stim.

It's a great technique. They have two puppy videos. The first one starts off with a very young puppy, teaches you care, basic table work, and real intro as far as just puppies. The second video covers field work with your puppies, getting them out in the field, introduction to guns, introduction to birds.

And then you've got the silent command method. You've got the first book which covers whoa post work using the Wonder Lead, working off of the chain gang. And then the intermediate video covers taking the commands learned on the rope and on the check cord and transitioning those over to using the e-collar.

It's a complete method. The majority of my dogs are trained with this method. It's one of my favorites. If you are looking for a great way to train your dog using a remote training collar, this is the way to go. It's designed for pointing dogs but it has applications for retrievers also. The Huntsmith DVD set.

"The tools learned in the DVD will make your dog a better hunter and a better member of your family."

By: Scott Kaufman

Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet.

I found this DVD to be the most helpful reference of any book or tape available. The best thing about this DVD (and the whole series from Puppy to Intermediate) is that it lays out a logical, easy to understand, stress free method to develop your dog into a hunting companion that you can be proud of. The tools learned in the DVD will make your dog a better hunter and a better member of your family. How can a dog learn to stand still and point with intensity until it can learn to stand still and be calm at your side!?!? This DVD is all about controlling, yet building your dogs desire.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 6497
Reviewed: 2013-12-16
Customer Review #12052

By: Scott Krise From PA

German shorthair. Hunts. Family pet.

It was less detailed than I had hoped. What was on the DVD was good, but I expected a little more. I was considering buying the second cd in the series, but still not sure it'll answers all the questions I have.

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 12052
Reviewed: 2014-07-14
Customer Review #3195

By: Tim

Llewellin Setter-Springer Spaniel - Chessie. Owns 8 dogs. Hunts. Family pet.

The information on this DVD on their training system was very sketchy at best. It left my scratching my head as where/how to start out. Their concept was not very well presented.. Nothing was mentioned about intro do gunfire, intro to birds, use of an e-collar, etc.. From what I gather, this is not a silent command system as the verbal commands are added in at some point in time....not sure when as it didn't give that information... It mentioned nothing about whistles, hand signals, etc. The dogs used for demonstation purposes were trained, so it was difficult to envision what to expect when starting out with a pup/untrained dog. This is a $10 DVD selling for $39.95.

Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 3195
Reviewed: 2012-10-08

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Copyright 2003, 55 minute runtime

Rick Smith and Ronnie Smith are the products of bird dog training knowledge. Bird dogs have been a Smith family tradition for almost a century. Rick and Ron bring to you a lifetime of experience, including everything from operating their own public training kennels to guiding quail hunts in south Texas; training numerous National and International Champion Field trial winners, and helping thousands of people all over the world train their gun dogs via their highly popular seminars.

This video will give you an overview and outline of the Silent Command Dog Training System developed by the Smiths and used in their training programs, seminars and magazine articles in Pointing Dog Journal. It's called the Silent Command System because it is based on using the language your dog already knows, and verbal commands are not added until the correct behavior is being performed. They believe in a strong foundation of the basics building on the language and instincts that dogs already have. Using this system, your dog will learn more easily because he doesn't have to learn our language, and we will be eliminating the frustration that can result when dogs are pushed too fast and too hard.

The introduction to the Silent Command System covers proper use of the Stakeout Chain, Command Lead, Check Cord, Whoa Post, Reading Scent and Working Birds. You can then continue your training with The Silent Command System vol. 2: Intermediate which transitions from mechanical stimulation to using the remote e-collar.

  1. The Silent Command System
  2. The Stake-Out
  3. The Figure 8
  4. The Command
  5. The Check Cord
  6. Puppy Development
  7. The Whoa Post
  8. Bird Work

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