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Take the first step in training your dog to be a duck dog.






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Copyright 2008, approx. 2 hour 30 minute runtime

More from this series: Duck Dog Basics II -- Basic Handling DVD with Chris Akin; Duck Dog Basics 3 -- Advanced Handling DVD with Chris Akin; Avery Duck Dog Basics 3-disc DVD Set featuring Chris Akin

How do you create a duck dog? Growing up in the middle of Arkansas' famed green timber and rice fields, Chris Akin knows how to do just that. He's spent the better part of his life training some of the world's finest hunting dogs and establishing his premier training facilities at Webb Footed Kennels. With well over 100 Grand Champions and Master Hunters to his credit, Akins' ability to get the most out of a retriever has been proven repeatedly. He is also the only handler to win the Super Retriever Series Crown Championship twice.

From choosing the right puppy all the way up to opening day, Akins will show you in this DVD how it's done. Upon completion of Duck Dog Basics, you'll be ready for opening day with your favorite hunting partner.

"I've been training and hunting with retrievers for well over 30 years. This DVD is the most fun and realistic gun dog training video I've ever seen. Chris is arguably the best competitive dog trainer of our time and just so happens to be a really serious waterfowl hunter. That's a very tough combination to beat."

--Justin Tackett, Ducks Unlimited Waterdog


Chapters:
  1. Socialization, Laying the Foundation
    1. Picking a Puppy & Pedigree
    2. Akin's Answers - What to do with my puppy?
    3. Fun Bumpers - "Hup Hups", retrieves on land
    4. Akin's Answers - What do I do with my puppy when I come home?
    5. Introduction to Water
    6. Introduction to Covers & Decoys
    7. Introduction to Birds
    8. Akin's Answers - Puppy Teeth?
    9. Introduction to Kennel
    10. Akin's Answers - When should formal training begin?
  2. Formal Training - Obedience & Collar Conditioning
      Introduction to Formal Training
    1. Formal Training - Tools
    2. Formal Training - Obedience
      1. Putting on Checkcord
      2. Heel
      3. Sit/Stay & Here
      4. Sit/Stay & Here with a more advanced dog
      5. Kennel
    3. E-Collar Conditioning
      1. Putting on E-Collar
      2. Heel & Here
    4. Introduction to Gunfire
  3. Chapter Three: Force Fetch -- Fetch, Hold and Leave
    1. Introduction to Force Fetch
    2. Teaching Force Fetch
    3. Akin's Answers - Can I continue to throw retrieves during Force Fetch?
    4. Force Fetch with a more advanced dog
    5. Force Fetch from the ground
    6. Walking Fetch
  4. Chapter Four: Formal Marking - Steady to Singles & Doubles
    1. Introduction to Formal Marking
    2. Steady - Singles & Doubles
    3. Diversions
    4. Diversions - with a less advanced dog
    5. Akin's Answers - Socialize to your hunting environment
    6. Adding Distance
    7. Adding Birds
    8. Adding the Gun
    9. Akin's Answers - Making exceptions with friends and family
    10. Adding Water
    11. Akin's Answers - Teaching your dog his place
    12. Steadying - From the duck blind
    13. Akin's Answers - Taking the right steps on your pup's first few hunts
    14. Steadying - From the pit
    15. Akin's Answers - Pup's first hunt
    16. Good Luck!


    About Chris Akin

    Chris Akin is a duck hunter. His entire career has been built on a love for duck hunting. It wasn't long after high school that Chris figured a way to make a living as close to duck hunting as possible. It was dogs. He began to understand that he had a natural talent to train retrievers, and with time, he developed into one of the very best of our time.

    Chris' training style is what many might call unconventional. Unlike just about every other great, Chris' training doesn't fall into a "Rex Carr or Farmer/Aycock" theory. It's all based on a huge number of retrievers trained. It's a safe argument to say that at 41 years old, Chris may have trained more retrievers than anyone in history. With right under 4,000 retrievers going through Webb Footed Kennels over the past 20-plus years, there are very few that can claim to see and actually handle anywhere close to as many retrievers as Chris has. Chris' style is based on a retriever's strengths as his style uses a less-pressure approach. You'll find that Chris uses more "attaboys" and "attagirls" than almost any trainer in the business.

    Chris, his wife Janet and children Kristen and Clay live about 100 yards west of Webb Footed Kennels in the northeastern tip of Arkansas in Bono. He's well known for training all seven days of every week, so don't be afraid to stop by and ask questions anytime.

    Akin: Duck Dog Basics

    Transcript from Steve's Video:

    Today we're looking at "Duck Dog Basics" by Chris Akin. "Duck Dog Basics" is a basic training DVD. It's going to cover everything from starting your puppy and how to pick him out, doing all your basic puppy work, up to your single retrieves and your double retrieves. It is a complete training video for the majority of the duck dogs out there.

    After you get through with "Duck Dog Basics" and you are ready to take your dog to the next level, then "Duck Dog Basics 2" covers your handling. It's mainly your T Drills and how to get your dog comfortable with hand signals and how to have more control with him over in the field.

    Akin is a big-time hunter and does wonderful work with dogs. It's just a great set of DVDs. If you are looking for a way to train your duck dog this is a great way to go.




    "His methods are proven by the sheer number of champions he has put out."

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    KP

    A great DVD for the new owner or experienced one. You can tell that Chris has a great passion for his work and a love for the dogs. His methods are proven by the sheer number of champions he has put out. Thanks for sharing your talents Chris!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 64
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    "He keeps it simple and allows anyone to understand the thought process behind training a duck dog."

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    Mike Smith From VA

    I think chris did a great job with this dvd! He keeps it simple and allows anyone to understand the thought process behind training a duck dog. His ideas and tactics work great for everyone. Keep it simple and sucess will follow.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 4609
    Reviewed:
    Featured Review

    "Well put together, easy to understand and follow"

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    Dustin

    Labrador Yellow Male.

    Hunts.

    This program is well put together, easy to understand and follow. Will write another review when my Dog has completed the entire program.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 2980
    Reviewed:

    "Great Video!"

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    Angela White From MS

    Hunts. Family pet.

    Great Video! Fast Shipping! Thanks!!!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 11439
    Reviewed:

    "This dvd explained everything clearly."

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    Shawn Heath From Tx

    Hunts.

    I am new at dog training, and this dvd explained everything clearly.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 13697
    Reviewed:

    "A great training tool for her."

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    Roger Carter From AR

    Hunts.

    I purchased this for my 15 year old daughter to help train our pup, and she understands it perfectly. A great training tool for her.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 15321
    Reviewed:

    "Great DVD for the amateur trainer"

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    Walker From WI

    Lab.

    Hunts.

    Great DVD for the amateur trainer and/or the guy who is training his first duck dog.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 18203
    Reviewed:

    "Great products, and fast shipping."

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    Jake Sudduth From TX

    Hunts. Competes.

    Great products, and fast shipping. Just wish they would give me more orange bumpers for free.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 18715
    Reviewed:

    "I would highly recommend this to first time lab owners like us."

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    Melanie Duke From UT

    Hunts. Family pet.

    We have been using the techniques taught in this video for 2 weeks now. We are seeing great results with our black lab, Lexi. I would highly recommend this to first time lab owners like us.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 18503
    Reviewed:

    "This movie is awesome."

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    Kyle Dowling From GA

    Hunts.

    This movie is awesome. This is my first time training a waterfowl dog, and I was lost at where to start or timing on levels of training. But this movie helped a bunch soon impressed play. It won't take no time to catch on and feel better at yourself with your training skills.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 19502
    Reviewed:

    "This is a very good DVD.. Different training methods than I have seen before, but effective."

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    Cole Sirmon From MS

    Labrador Retriever.

    Hunts.

    This is a very good DVD.. Different training methods than I have seen before, but effective. Really like the way he treats the dogs in the training.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 20774
    Reviewed:

    "Very good dvd"

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    Todd Badgley From TN

    Lab.

    Hunts. Family pet.

    Very good dvd

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 22769
    Reviewed:

    "Great video."

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    Michael Hoffman From WI

    Hunts. Family pet.

    Great video. Highly recommend if you plan on training your dog.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 22639
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    Brent Twyman From IA

    Family pet.

    Just bought this for the basic obedience, I had this previously for my chocolate lab. Great video.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 27391
    Reviewed:

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    Bo Stanberry From AR

    Hunts.

    There is a ton of info in this dvd. Chris Akin makes training these dogs look easy. He covers just about everything in this dvd.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 27375
    Reviewed:

    "Informative and easy to follow."

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    BT Steadman From MS

    Hunts. Family pet.

    Informative and easy to follow. Wish he spent more time on force fetch, but otherwise a very good training video.

    Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 13211
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    Country of Origin: Made in USA.





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