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140 pages, magazine bound softcover, b/w photos and illustrations
With over 40 drills and a section of best training practices and principles, Building A Retriever: Drills & More is a book that will help any retriever trainer develop their dog to his fullest potential. Each drill includes step-by-step directions, a diagram, problem/solution chart, materials list, and a rational description. Particular attention is paid to selecting drills that are within the means of most amateur trainers.
Table of Contents:
MORE: A collection of practical advice and principles of dog training
It's A Team Sport; Dog training is A Marathon, Not a Sprint; A Commie Plot?
A Mistake Does Not Equal Trouble; Read the Dog
"Training is Fluid;" Put It All on the Line
You Can't Mark What You Can't See; Balance
The Law of Two; "What's The Point?;" Throw Singles, Lots of Singles
Don't Hide the Candy; First, The Yard; Then, The Field
Fix It Now!; Hey - I Won!
Slow Down!; Lack of Effort
Last Command; A Consistent Voice
Enjoy the Cast; Touch the Glass
Teach, Not Test and Other Training Tidbits
Phase One -- Obedience, Line Work and Team Building
Holding Blind Drill
Swing With The Gun
Phase Two -- Marking
X Marking Drill
Split X Marketing Drill
Diversion Mark Drill
Depth Perception Marketing Drill
ABCD Marking Drill
Phase Three -- Handling
Pile Work - Problem and Solution Chart
Pile Work - Baseball
Pile Work - Back Pile
Pile Work - T Drill
Back vs. Angle Back Drill
Come-In Whistle Drill
Progressive Blinds - School Blinds
Blind Diversion Drill
MW's Influential Lining Drill
Three In A Row
Bird Boy Blinds
Over Parallel To Shore
Holding Blind Blinds
Back Parallel To Shore
Cast Over Into Water / Through An Obstacle
Christmas Tree Drill
Tune Up Drill
Split or Bucket Drill
Definition of levels of training: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
We have had this book for years - we use all of Carols' drills and find they improve our dogs' performances tremendously. We recommend it to all our clients. . Glenda & Julianne Mitchell - Kanati Kennels, Brownwood, TX
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 4897 Reviewed: Featured Review
Working with a retriever and needed/wanted a guide for retrieving drills. Love this book. Drill directions are easy to follow and in a sensible order. The book has helped me a lot. Kind of my drill bible..Terri
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11065 Reviewed: Featured Review
Building a Retriever is an excellent source for expanding traning drills while providing a cLear explanation. I train weekly with several friends and their gun dogs of various breeds. All enthusiastic waterfowl hunters and several of us handle our dogs guiding hunts during the upland season. Thanks for an excellent training resource. Building a Retriever - Drills and More by Carol F. Cassity is a valuable source of information to us help train and continue to improve our gun dogs.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 30072 Reviewed:
I love how the drills are ranked beginning, moderate, and advanced. And also ranked by how many helpers you need to do the drill. I'm a rookie retriever trainer, many times working by myself; so I can focus on the drills that are for my level and I can do by myself. Also the explanations of the early drills are understandable.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27310 Reviewed:
I love the drills. They are divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The only thing I would change is I wish they were sequenced to #1, #2, etc. You can sort of figure that out, but you have to really dig all the way through the book.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 25793 Reviewed:
"I bought this book as a gift for my nephew. He specifically requested it for Christmas."
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