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Game Dog Second Edition by Richard Wolters

Teach your dog to be a skilled hunting retriever.


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Copyright 1987, 201 pages, hardcover, b/w photos and illustrations

For over 30 years, Richard Wolters' unrivaled expertise in training dogs has saved millions of owners many months of wasted time and labor. Now, this updated edition offers an efficient system to train retrievers for hunting upland birds and waterfowl. With this concise new method, you can have a skilled hunting retriever by the time your dog is 1 year old.

Based on scientific discoveries in dog psychology and synchronized with your dog's natural development, Wolters' method follows a clear, week-by-week timetable. His step-by-step instructions, illustrated with sequence photographs of dogs in training, tell you:
  • How to choose a pup - what to look for, where to find the best
  • The five critical periods of a dog's mental development
  • Which retrievers are easier to train - males or females
  • How to get two dogs to work together
  • Why feeding time is more than food
  • How to teach your dog to track, quarter, and swim after game
  • How to get your dog to betray his instincts and obey your commands
  • Which tasks your dog must master to qualify as a hunter

    This revised Second Edition is complete with the latest advances in training equipment, a full discussion of the new Hunting Retriever Stakes, and an appendix containing the complete official rules for competition in these popular events.

    Table of Contents:
  • Chapter 1: Setting the Stage
  • Chapter 2: From Little Acorns Grow ...
  • Chapter 3: Choosing a Pup
  • Chapter 4: Getting the Training Started
  • Chapter 5: Making 'Em into Workers
  • Chapter 6: Vocational School Begins
  • Chapter 7: Handling ... Separates the Men from the Boys
  • Chapter 8: Testing the Hunting Retriever
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix I: Rules for Competition of the North American Hunting Retriever Association
  • Appendix II: A Dog's Mental Development: The Five Critical Periods
  • Index

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    By Joel
    Great read
    February 3, 2021
    I have both game dog and gun dog books and they are really the best books you could own if you are serious about training a bird dog. I had minimal experience training a dog but these books are straightforward and easy to understand. He explains every aspect. At first read, you may think “well I already knew that was how you do it”, but he explains it very well and it’s basically repetition, and starting your dog as soon as you bring them home. I started my pup (gsp) at 8 weeks using this book and she just turned 6 months and I just went through a mock hunt and she was steady and retrieved perfectly to hand. No forcing, just repetition and making retrieving into a game.
    By Tom N.
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    March 16, 2016
    Used his books for all my hunting dogs, pointers and labs. I recommend them for anyone who has the desire to train their own dogs. If you have a little time everyday and common sense, you can train them following these methods. Pro trainers may come up with all kinds of reasons why you need them, but you don't if you follow Wolters books.
    By Art C.
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    May 11, 2015
    Easy reading, nice step by step lessons and time frames.
    By Michael T.
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    November 5, 2013
    Already have gun dog an water dog. Wanted to see if there was any additional methods in game dog.

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