Training exercises that will help the owner of any breed of retrieving gundog.
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Copyright 2009, 240 pages, hardcover, color photos
A guide for training any retriever breed
Offers help for training everything from family dogs to show pets
Extensive details and photographs help explain training exercises
This training book will help the owner of any of the retrieving breeds of gundog, from those who simply want to train their family pet to use his brain and work on training exercises in the way for which he was originally bred, to those wishing to compete in Field Trials, gundog working tests, or to work on a shoot.
Detailed photographs show each of the exercises and are accompanied by details of what may go wrong, how to recognize potential problems, and how many difficulties can be rectified before they become real problems.
Training the Working Retriever also has advice on choice and care of a puppy and shows how early domestic training can prevent many behavioral issues. The author shows that reward-based reinforcements with praise are the essential motivating factors which will encourage puppies to learn from an early age what is required - for life!
Table of Contents:
Section One: Breeds, Choosing a Puppy and Domestic Training
The Retriever Breeds
Choosing and Buying a Puppy
Domestic Training: Sleeping, Feeding, House-Training, Collars and Leads
Domestic Training: Biting, Chewing, Use of the Garden, Travel and Leaving Alone
Section Two: Laying the Foundations
Heelwork and the "Sit" Command
The Recall, "Hold" Command and the Meaning of "Leave It"
Water Experience, Training and Work
Introducing the Whistle
Section Three: Retrieving
Marks, Blinds, the "Go back" Command and Advanced Whistle Work
The "Get On" Command and Diagonal Lines
Double Retrieves, Diversions and Distractions
The "Get Over" Command, Hunting and Training Exercises
Swimming and Retrieving from Water
Noise, Gunshot and Shooting
Gundog Competitions, assessments and activities terminology
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