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Customer Review #8689

By: Darryl Hinson From LA

Labrador Retreiver. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.
Any amateur that is training a retreiver for either competition or just as a hunting companion should have this book....and they need to read it leisurely at first and then go back and read it closely. It's well worth the money. Nothing I've seen yet in this price range has everything...but Smartwork is written in a easy to read and understandable way. The book has a few extra pages after every chapter to take notes. I plan to use it as one of my training tools...

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 8689
Reviewed: 2014-03-01
"I would recommend it to everyone!"

By: Eric Kubany From MI

Great detailed book, and for $25 can't beat the price! I would recommend it to everyone!

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 11192
Reviewed: 2014-05-30
Customer Review #17162

By: Peter Agud From NC

Family pet.
I gave this book as a gift to my brother-in-law who trains and hunts Boykin Spaniels and he loves it!

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 17162
Reviewed: 2014-12-30
"Very detailed"

By: Chuck Willis From TX

Hunts. Family pet.
Very detailed and well laid out.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 16845
Reviewed: 2014-12-21
Customer Review #20284

By: JCK From AR

Owns 2 dogs. Hunts.
Very good program!!! Details, details, details!!!

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 20284
Reviewed: 2015-04-18
Customer Review #22547

By: Karen Mullinax From GA

I already have Smartwork II, but have a new dog who needs to step back a bit in training. I love his drills, and I love the fact it is so convenient to take to the field to set up your plan for work that day. One of my best training books.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 22547
Reviewed: 2015-08-01
Customer Review #24669

By: Matt Kennedy From Tx

Lab. Owns 6 dogs. Hunts.
Great book

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 24669
Reviewed: 2015-11-10
Customer Review #25060

By: John Beckworth From SC

Hunts. Family pet. Competes.
Smartwork is a very easy book to follow. It allows me, a novice in the world of dog training, to train my dog in a very easy way. It provides pictures as well as detailed instructions. A must have if you want to train your own dog.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 25060
Reviewed: 2015-11-25
Customer Review #29905

By: Mark Loch From DE

The book gives good ideas for training scenarios, like bumper piles to teach dogs not to shop on blind retrieves. The force fetch methodology is a bit old school, using ear pinch pressure. I have used Bill Hillman's approach which doesn't use an ear pinch and have had good results. Overall the book gives good methods.

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 29905
Reviewed: 2016-06-05
Customer Review #9369

By: Jeremy Shaw From LA

Labrador Retriever. Hunts. Family pet.
Definitley not for the beginer.

Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 9369
Reviewed: 2014-03-24

Smartwork for Retrievers Volume I: Basics and Transition by Evan Graham

Detailed, easy to follow instructions for retriever training.

Smartwork for Retrievers Volume I: Basics and Transition by Evan Graham



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Smartwork Volume I: Basics and Transition by Evan Graham features detailed, easy to follow instructions for retriever training, ranging from puppies through basics and early-to-mid transition. Illustrated by the author, this unique training text is designed for your use: It is spiral bound so you can leave it open to the section or diagram you are working on without breaking down the binding. Laminated covers help to protect it from the elements. There are "Notes" pages with each diagram to help you track your dogs progress. Also included is a comprehensive Glossary of Terms to help you to get acquainted with the language of dog training.

Reviewed and Endorsed by The Retriever Journal: informative book with a nifty design,...Smartwork is filled with the kind of information you'd expect from a retired professional dog trainer...laying down a good philosophy that usually gets glossed over in some books, but something that Evan puts first and foremost in his.

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  • Spiral Bound with Laminated Covers
  • Comprehensive Glossary of Terms
  • Notes Pages with Each Diagram
  • BW Illustrations / 188 Pages

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    Chapter 1: Fundamental Training Principles
    Chapter 2: Correct Principles of Application
    Chapter 3: Starter Program for Puppies
    Chapter 4: Basics: an overview with Flow Chart for Development
    Chapter 5: Obedience (formalizing)
    Chapter 6: Force Fetch
    Chapter 7: Pile Work
    Chapter 8: Handling / 3-handed casting
    Chapter 9: Establishing the Mechanics for Tee work
    Chapter 10: "Teaching" triples, and Extending Patterns
    Chapter 11: 3rd Compound
      Double Tee
      Extended Pattern Distances
      Diversion Marks
    Chapter 12: 4th Compound Stage
      Water Tee / Swim By
      Multiple Marks
    Chapter 13: Cold Blind Transition -- Land
    Chapter 14: Cold Blind Transition -- Water
    Chapter 15: Critical Elements of Marking, Diversion Pressure
    Chapter 16: Water Marks
    Chapter 17: Diversion Pressure
    Glossary of Terms
    About the Author

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