Great reference to refine your training program. All done without electric collars (nothing wrong with them, though). I recommend the drills to finish or refresh your retrievers handling and marking skills. Should be on every retriever owner's bookshelf.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 4444 Reviewed: 2013-10-28
"This is a great book for someone new to this sport."
By: Bobby Zeringue From LA
Lab. Hunts. Competes. Every retriever owner that wants to train his dog to handle should read and USE this book. This is my second book. I loaned my first one out and didn't remember who had it and lost it. This is a great book for someone new to this sport.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 8605 Reviewed: 2014-02-27
By: Claudia From VA
Hunts. Excellent book.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 13940 Reviewed: 2014-09-22
"This is a great guide to many of the line drills necessary for Senior Hunt."
By: Joan Peterson From SK
Hunts. Family pet. Competes. This is a great guide to many of the line drills necessary for Senior Hunt. Step by step progression, easy to understand each drill.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 20411 Reviewed: 2015-04-23
"Great book for learning how to teach retrievers how to handle blind retrieves."
By: Rufus Brown From NC
Hunts. Family pet. Competes. Great book for learning how to teach retrievers how to handle blind retrieves. Covers every aspect of training for blinds.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 23927 Reviewed: 2015-10-05
"Not for a beginner or started young dog."
Lab. Owns 5 dogs. Hunts. Competes. Great Book if you have a retriever that has finished its basics and needs polishing on handling, or if you just need to learn how to clean up handling on a more advanced dog. Not for a beginner or started young dog.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 684 Reviewed: 2011-05-06
By: William Rountree From AL
Competes. Good book. Always good to look at older methods to understand how newer ones have developed. There are a lot of good methods for correction without collar use as well.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 22099 Reviewed: 2015-07-09
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Copyright 1979, 133 pages, hardcover, b/w photos and illustrations
D.L. Walters was raised in his profession, helping his parents train hunting dogs. In 1945 he joined them in the business, specializing in retrievers. Before long he was on the field trial circuit and won his first Open Stake in 1951. In the years to come, he trained and handled two dogs to National Championships and one to a National Derby Championship. He also trained the winner of a National Amateur Championship. Retrievers have been his life.
In 1967, D.L. and Ann edited "Charles Morgan on Retrievers," spending three years in organizing letters, manuscripts and tapes of Charley Morgan before his death. They subsequently retired from handling dogs on the field trial circuit to stay on their farm in eastern Kansas. There they trained retrievers and developed this step-by-step program to teach handling. D.L. writes the "Ask D.L." Retriever Column for The Retriever Journal.
The training procedures used here are adaptable to all types of dogs and are specially designed to promote stylish, confident, hard running dogs on blind retrieves. The program stresses the creation of good habits and the prevention of bad habits. The steps are well illustrated with 12 photos and over 50 diagrams.
Anyone interested in the training of retrievers will find this a useful book, whether for serious field trial competition or for the training of a first class hunting dog.
From the Introduction:
"This book is about training retrievers to handle. Handling is the act of directing a dog to the fall of a bird by whistle, voice and body signals, a fall the dog has not seen or has forgotten. The book is meant for the man or woman training a retriever for field trial competition and for the duck or pheasant hunter who wants to hunt with a well-trained dog. The training procedures in it are not complicated, but they are meant for the dog and handler who have progressed through the early stages of retriever training. Before starting this work, a dog should be completely obedient. He should come when called, sit, stay, heel on command. He should deliver properly, and he should be steady."
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Training Yourself as a Handler
Lining your dog
Blowing the whistle
Chapter 3: Step 1 Part 1 - The 3 Leg Lining Pattern
Setting up the pattern
Starting on the pattern
Using the "no" command
Correcting a poor line
Dog plays with the dummies
Lining the dog
Step 1 Part 2 - Introduction to the Whistle
Chapter 4: Step 2 - Simple Baseball
Left over and back
Using two dummies, overs
Using two dummies, backs
Introducing the stop whistle
Come in cast
Chapter 5: Step 3 - Walking Baseball
Setting it up
Come in cast
Complete view of walking baseball
Chapter 6: Step 4 - The 3 Leg Pattern with Casts
Setting it up and lining
Including ditches or other hazards
Chapter 7 :Step 5 - Water Patterns
Setting up first pattern
Forcing dog to go into the water
Coming back by water
Using the shot pistol
Variations and pattern blinds
Setting up second pattern
Starting second pattern
Ssmoothing out second pattern
Scenting the spit
Casting into the water
Chapter 8: Step 6 - The 5 Leg Pattern and Introduction to Diversions
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