Steve Says: Bonus features include easy to build plans for a quail recall "Johnny House," Pigeon Coop, and Dog Kennels. This is also a great book for folks that participate in NAVHDA events.
Training the Versatile Hunting Dog:
"A new approach to training your dog for field and water."
By Chuck Johnson -- Second Edition
Over 100 photos show step-by-step training instructions
Shows how to train your dog for both upland birds and
Softcover 6" x 9"
225 pages w/ 100+ BW photos
Training The Versatile Hunting Dog shows you how to develop a great hunting dog with Chuck's new approach. This approach emphasizes letting your young dog develop his natural abilities, desire, search, pointing, and tracking first. Then, after his first season, putting on the controls, force breaking to retrieve, and whoa training. The versatile breeds also love water, and there are detailed chapters showing you how to train your dog to be an outstanding water retriever. This is a revolutionary book written for many of the popular versatile hunting breeds including German shorthair, wirehair, griffon, vizsla, and Weimaraner, among others. Each training chapter has a detailed explanation of the training techniques along with numerous photos.
Training the Versatile Hunting Dog is a book written for the amateur trainer and hunter. If you are interested in owning a dog that will hunt for you and will become a part of your family as well as a hunting buddy, then this book will help you in training your dog. Training the Versatile Hunting Dog is different than any other training book. We will not only cover the training methods for hunting upland birds, but we also cover how to train your dog for waterfowl hunting and retrieving. The ability of your dog to track and retrieve wounded game is very important. We will show you how easy it is to train your dog to become an excellent tracker.
Chuck Johnson has owned and trained versatile hunting dogs for 25 years.
He and his wife, Blanche, have been hunting together for over 40 years. They have been breeding, training and hunting German wirehaired pointers since 1979.
-- Chuck Johnson
He is also the Versatile Gun Dog Department editor of Pointing Dog Journal and Blanche is the photographer for his column.
Table of Contents:
What to Look for in a Versatile Dog
How to Select the Right Puppy
Setting Up a Home for Your New Puppy
Dogs Learn by Association
Puppy Training and Socialization
Basic Obedience and Good Canine Citizenship
The Proper Introduction of Your Puppy to Birds and the Gun
Who Is the Leader of Your Pack?
The Importance of Reading Your Bird Dog
Training Your Young Bird Dog: A New Approach
Natural Ability vs. Trained Ability
- The First Eight Weeks
- Eight to Sixteen Weeks
Your Dog's First Year in the Field
Use of Nose
Desire and Cooperation: The Balancing Act
Developing Your Dog's Ability to Search
Introducing Your Dog to Birds and Developing the Pointing Instinct
Waterwork: Introducing Your Young Pup to the Water
Developing Your Dog into a Natural Retriever
Tracking: Dog Work After the Shot
Advanced Training Methods: Training Your Dog to be a Brag Dog
Advanced Training - The Essentials
Using a Professional Trainer
Proper Use of the E-Collar for Training and Communication with Your Dog
The Trained Retrieve:
- Bringing a New Pup Home
- Socialization with Us and the Other Dogs
- Introduction to Retrieving
- First Introduction to Birds: Sixteen Weeks Old
- First Wild Bird Hunt - Learning to Track: Seventeen Weeks Old
- Camas' First Track on a Wild Pheasant: Seventeen Weeks Old
- First Contact with Sharptail: Eighteen Weeks Old
- Camas' First Pheasant Hunt: Twenty-One Weeks Old
- Second Pheasant Hunt: Twenty-One Weeks Old
- Third Pheasant Hunt: Twenty-Three Weeks Old
- Thanksgiving Hunt
- Camas: Range-Search-Cooperation
- Phase One
- Phase Two and Three
A Versatile Hunting Dog's Comfortable Range
How to Handle Your Dog in the Field
Training Your Dog for Water Retrieves
Finishing Touches: Healing, Steadiness by Blind, Honoring Point
How to Develop a Slow-Starting Dog
Conditioning Your Dog for the Upcoming Hunting Season
First Aid Essentials in the Field
Hunting the Older Dog
The Quail Pen: It Takes Birds to Make a Dog
Pigeons: The Ideal Bird for Dog Training
Appendix One: Gun Dog Training Supplies
Appendix Two: Versatile Hunting Dog Associations
Dog Kennel Plans
- Phase One
- Phase Two
- Phase Three
- Phase Four
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