Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. This book is an excellent tool for re-establishing the groundwork needed to have a successful gun dog. It is written so that everyone can follow and succeed with their training in a method that everyone can understand. Crawl, walk, run...the recipe for outstanding work ethics.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 12786 Reviewed: 2014-08-12
Finally, your questions about Force Fetch are answered!
Evan Graham's groundbreaking book SmartFetch examines the history of force fetching dogs, its goals and purposes, while laying a solid foundation for a fully trained dog. All obedience issues associated with it are fully explained, plus all phases of the program, from the teaching of "hold" all the way to Water Force. No book has ever been so complete in its discussion about, and instruction for, doing it yourself.
BW Illustrations / 120 Pages
Chapter 1 "Heel, Sit, and Here"
Chapter 2 Force Fetching
Chapter 3 "Fetch" Compulsion Begins
Chapter 4 Collar Conditioning
Chapter 5 Force to Pile
Chapter 6 When things don't go like the books & videos say they should go!
Chapter 7 Water Force
Chapter 8 What good is all that forcing, anyway?
First of all, force fetch is more than just one thing. It is a definable process with clear goals. But within the process are several steps or phases. Those steps will be laid out later, but first let's examine the goals.
To establish a standard for acceptable mouth habits
To provide the trainer with a tool to maintain those habits
To provide the trainer with a tool to assure compliance with the command to retrieve
To form the foundation for impetus (momentum)
Mouth habits include such important items as fetching on command, even when your dog may be distracted, or moody, or any number of things that might interfere with compliance. Sure, you may get away for years without having such problems, but being smart and being lucky are not the same thing. Force fetch gives you a tool to handle this when it comes up, plus some insurance that it is less likely to come up due to this training.
Along with compulsion issues we need to mention a proper hold, and delivery on command. If my pheasant is punctured I want it to be from pellets, not teeth. That actually covers some ground in all of the first three categories.