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Smart Fetch Book by Evan Graham

The complete guide to retriever force fetching!

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More from this collection: Smartwork for Retrievers Volume I: Basics and Transition; Smartwork Volume II: Secrets of the Pros; The Complete Smartworks by Evan Graham: Volumes I & II plus SmartFetch

Finally, your questions about Force Fetch are answered!

Evan Graham's groundbreaking book SmartFetch examines the history of force-fetching dogs, its goals and purposes while laying a solid foundation for a fully-trained dog. All obedience issues associated with it are fully explained, plus all phases of the program, from the teaching of "hold" all the way to Water Force. No book has ever been so complete in its discussion about, and instruction for, doing it yourself.

Reviewed and Endorsed by The Retriever Journal:
... an informative book with a nifty design ... Smartwork is filled with the kind of information you'd expect from a retired professional dog trainer ... laying down a good philosophy that usually gets glossed over in some books, but something that Evan puts first and foremost in his.

Jake Smith
Managing Editor
Features include:

  • Spiral-bound with laminated covers
  • Laminated covers for added protection
  • Black-and-white illustrations
  • 120 pages

  • Chapters:
    1. Introduction
    2. "Heel, Sit, and Here"
    3. Force Fetching
    4. "Fetch" Compulsion Begins
    5. Collar Conditioning
    6. Force to Pile
    7. When Things Don't Go Like the Books & Videos Say They Should Go!
    8. Water Force
    9. What Good is All That Forcing, Anyway?

    The Reality:

    First of all, force fetch is more than just one thing. It is a definable process with clear goals. But within the process are several steps or phases. Those steps will be laid out later, but first, let's examine the goals.

  • To establish a standard for acceptable mouth habits
  • To provide the trainer with a tool to maintain those habits
  • To provide the trainer with a tool to assure compliance with the command to retrieve
  • To form the foundation for impetus (momentum)

    Mouth habits include such important items as fetching on command, even when your dog may be distracted, moody, or any number of things that might interfere with compliance. Sure, you may get away for years without having such problems, but being smart and being lucky is not the same thing. Force fetch gives you a tool to handle this when it comes up, plus some insurance that it is less likely to come up due to this training.

    Along with compulsion issues we need to mention a proper hold and delivery on command. If my pheasant is punctured, I want it to be from pellets, not teeth. That actually covers some ground in all of the first three categories.

    --excerpt from SmartFetch

  • Training articles by Evan Graham.

    See all of Evan Graham's books and DVDs here.

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    Customer Reviews

    Review Summary
    15 Reviews
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    100% Recommend this product (15 of 15 responses)
    By Don
    Plover, WI
    Smart Fetch
    May 18, 2023
    I like the book so far. Since my dog is a pointer I changed making him sit to a whoa. Other than that that it is an excellent guide to getting your dog to consistently retrieve.
    By Doffie H.
    Excellent Company
    May 9, 2023
    Gun Dog Supply is an excellent company to order from. Everything I have ordered has been shipped and delivered in a timely manner and I am very pleased thus far.
    By Randal
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    Good Read
    January 24, 2023
    Evan Graham presents great information in an easy read. Nice wire bound book.
    By Tom
    East Lansing, MI
    Very Helpful
    August 10, 2022
    Even though I have setters, Graham’s retriever-oriented book is full of instructions and explanations that apply to anyone wishing to get their dogs to retrieve reliably.
    By PCD
    Well Done
    June 21, 2022
    Applicable to any breed of dog that is expected to
    cleanly retrieve Gamebirds.
    • Concise!
    By Bill
    Cleveland Ohio
    Buy this book if you're gonna force fetch!
    August 12, 2021
    This is a very good book on force fetching a dog. This book gave me the confidence and knowledge to force fetch my first retriever. I also purchased the DVD and they both go hand in hand. If your new to dog training this is what you want.
    By Timothy D.
    Excellent read
    March 31, 2021
    As usual, this work by Evan Grahm is excellent. This is a great guide to developing and fully trained retrieve.
    By Patrick N.
    Review for Smart Fetch Book by Evan Graham
    February 16, 2016
    It's kind of early to really get a complete picture since I haven't had it very long, but I did read it and it seems like a balanced approach in practice. The part on how some have left the heeling stick as a tool and gone to the newer, more flexible e-collars was an example of how he doesn't present a method as the only way to do it and I appreciate the need to demonstrate flexibility since every dog is different and needs to be handled accordingly. Also, he clearly doesn't advocate being cruel or heavy handed, which is nice.
    By Wayne H.
    Review for Smart Fetch Book by Evan Graham
    January 10, 2016
    Great reference book.
    By Chris S.
    Review for Smart Fetch Book by Evan Graham
    October 30, 2015
    Great book a must for new trainers use it all the time.
    By Karen B.
    Review for Smart Fetch Book by Evan Graham
    June 3, 2015
    Very helpful.
    By David K.
    Review for Smart Fetch Book by Evan Graham
    November 5, 2014
    Excellent step by step training manual to learn about forced fetch system. Great with tritonic hold and fetch videos.
    By Klint C.
    Review for Smart Fetch Book by Evan Graham
    August 12, 2014
    This book is an excellent tool for re-establishing the groundwork needed to have a successful gun dog. It is written so that everyone can follow and succeed with their training in a method that everyone can understand. Crawl, walk, run...the recipe for outstanding work ethics.
    By Michael M.
    Review for Smart Fetch Book by Evan Graham
    August 3, 2014
    Easy read. Very well thought out and effective method of training.
    By Ryan
    Review for Smart Fetch Book by Evan Graham
    November 1, 2013
    Good read. Some really nice ideas.

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