I waited a long time for Tom Dokken's retriever training books. They are finally here, and they are AWESOME.
These books are set up for hunters: They cover e-collars. They teach everything that you need from start to finish. I highly recommend them for both your retriever and your upland flushing dog. He covers both. If you want a dog that is a pleasure to hunt behind, this is a really great method to use.
Tom's method just makes a lot of sense. It is very complete and very step-by-step, making it easy for anybody to understand. It's something that was developed over a long period of time. He's worked with a lot of dogs, and it covers things the way that I like to see them covered. The best thing about it is that it's incredibly affordable -- you've got two books that are around $20 a piece.
We've worked with Tom for years. He developed the Dokken Dead Fowl Trainers, which we've been selling for a long time. We highly recommend his training method, and your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you are not happy with these books, we want them back.
I can't say enough nice things about them. If you are looking for a method that's going to be easy to work with and give you a dog that you are really happy with in the end, check them out.
Unbelievable book. Can't say enough good things. Highly recommend!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 19092 Reviewed: 2015-03-02
"This is the first book I have read by Tom Dokken. While the material is solid & helpful, the book is mostly photographic."
By: Stephanie Roberson-Thomas
Hunts. Family pet. Competes. This is the first book I have read by Tom Dokken. While the material is solid & helpful, the book is mostly photographic. Quite frankly, I think it is too heavy on photographs & not heavy enough on actual teaching/content.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5053 Reviewed: 2013-11-05
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Copyright 2013, 254 pages, soft cover, color photos
Many hunters consider their retrievers to be "polished" if the dog sits, stays, retrieves marked singles and won't run off. However, retrievers of every breed have so much more potential. This book condenses Tom's 40-plus years of dog training into a concise, easy-to-follow guide that helps you unlock the magic within your retriever. Working at your own pace, and with vivid visual instructions, you'll learn how to teach your dog honoring, multiple marked retrieves, blind retrieves over land and water, and much more.
Table of contents:
Equipment for the Serious Trainer
Advanced Obedience and Force Fetch
Lining Drills and Advanced Back Command
First Blind Retrieve
Advanced Marked Retrieves, Honoring and Other Waterfowl Skills
Advanced Upland Skills
Retriever Safety Tips
About the Author:
Tom Dokken has more than 40 years of experience turning retrievers into successful field trial competitors, hunt test participants, waterfowling companions, and upland bird finders. Tom is the creator of the popular Dokken Deadfowl Trainer, and Dokken's Oak Ridge Kennels in Northfield, MN, is one of the largest all-breed hunting dog training facilities in the United States.
Tom Dokken has many talents, the greatest of which is his ability to take your happy, untrained dog and, weeks later, return to you a trained companion that's still happy.
Host of Pheasants Forever and Minnesota Bound Television
Anyone who has attended one of Tom's seminars knows he is a hands-on trainer, beginning with handling your puppy on the very first day. This book provides a well-illustrated, step-by-step program to develop your pup into a willing and happy retriever.
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