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Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin

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

  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.

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    Customer Reviews

    Review Summary
    18 Reviews
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    100% Recommend this product (18 of 18 responses)
    By Melissa
    Great video for training
    December 28, 2021
    This is a great video to show first time lab owners how to train their dog for duck hunting. Gave great information & easy to follow. Showed every piece of training & not only talked about it. We have learned a lot. Would highly recommend getting this DVD if you are wanting to train your lab & get it when he is a puppy so you will not be behind on training.
    By Clint G.
    Conroe Texas
    October 24, 2021
    Great video. Steveā€™s pick are all way right on point
    • Easy to follow very good video worth every penny
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    By Brent T.
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    February 20, 2016
    Just bought this for the basic obedience, I had this previously for my chocolate lab. Great video.
    By Bo S.
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    February 19, 2016
    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.
    By Todd B.
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    August 12, 2015
    Very good dvd
    By Michael H.
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    August 6, 2015
    Great video. Highly recommend if you plan on training your dog.
    By Cole S.
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    May 9, 2015
    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.
    By Kyle D.
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    March 17, 2015
    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.
    By Jake S.
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    February 16, 2015
    Great products, and fast shipping. Just wish they would give me more orange bumpers for free.
    By Melanie D.
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    February 9, 2015
    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.
    By Walker
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    January 30, 2015
    Great DVD for the amateur trainer and/or the guy who is training his first duck dog.
    By Roger C.
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    November 7, 2014
    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.
    By Shawn H.
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    September 14, 2014
    I am new at dog training, and this dvd explained everything clearly.
    By BT S.
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    August 28, 2014
    Informative and easy to follow. Wish he spent more time on force fetch, but otherwise a very good training video.
    By Angela W.
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    June 9, 2014
    Great Video! Fast Shipping! Thanks!!!
    By Mike S.
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    October 31, 2013
    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.
    By Dustin
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    January 26, 2012
    This program is well put together, easy to understand and follow. Will write another review when my Dog has completed the entire program.
    By KP
    Review for Duck Dog Basics DVD with Chris Akin
    August 13, 2009
    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!

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