Stawski began his professional dog training career in 1990 with Wayne Curtis of Fox Hollow Kennels. In 1992, he established Fine Line Retrievers, a state-of-the-art dog training facility located in Milaca, Minnesota. Years of working as a professional trainer allowed him to develop an extremely efficient and effective training program. Along with producing some of the finest hunting companions, these proven training techniques have helped Fine Line Retrievers train 70-plus qualified All Age Dogs, and numerous FC, AFC, CFC and Master National Qualifiers to date.
"I find the instruction in these video's very thorough"
I have several videos on retriever training and this has been by far the set I have been refering to most. It takes you from beginning to a retriever capable of SH test and possibly some MH. The methods are very detailed and Rick presents methods for dealing with problems that may pop up along the way. He stresses methods that maintains a dogs momentum and happiness. One of my frustrations in the past with other videos and books is that they all seem to leave some part of a total program out. This set will get you the whole way from A-Z with a dog you can be proud of. I would not recommend it for someone just wanting a good ol hunting dog only, but if you have a little more than that planned for your dog then I would highly recommend it. The only reason I didnt give it five stars was the production level and video quality is less than I have seen in some of the others.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 111 Reviewed:
"Having only seen Vol 1 and 2, it's what I expected so far!"
Great DVD set! What I like the most is Rick shows the progression of the dogs through the drills. Rick does not perform the drills with a finished retriever. This DVD set also gives you the information to train your dog for field trials at a competitive level. Well done Rick!
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 17193 Reviewed:
Recommended by a local pro and have gone through volume 1. It's seems to be a straight forward approach showing real life dogs being trained. Not fancy, but covers the topic well. I look forward to watching the whole series and applying the methods on my 4 month old pup.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27505 Reviewed:
Stawski's Fowl Dawgs came recommended to me by several people, and I'm glad I bought it. I've been following it to train my first bird dog, who is a pointing lab. Aside from the fact that it was filmed sort of poorly, it has great content and Stawski lays it out really well. I think he failed to properly explain how to transition whistle sit into stopping on a whistle while the dog is running to pile, which caused me to go elsewhere for advice. But other than that it's been great. Can't really beat the price.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 28269 Reviewed:
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