Smartwork Volume I: Basics and Transition by Evan Graham features detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for retriever training, ranging from puppies through basics and early-to-mid transition. Illustrated by the author, this unique training text is designed for your use: It is spiral bound so you can leave it open to the section or diagram you are working on without breaking down the binding. Laminated covers help to protect it from the elements. There are "Notes" pages with each diagram to help you track your dog's progress. Also included is a comprehensive glossary to get acquainted with the language of dog training.
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.
Spiral-bound with laminated covers
Comprehensive glossary of terms
Notes pages with each diagram
Fundamental Training Principles
Correct Principles of Application
Starter Program for Puppies
Basics: An Overview with Flow Chart for Development
Any amateur that is training a retreiver for either competition or just as a hunting companion should have this book....and they need to read it leisurely at first and then go back and read it closely. It's well worth the money. Nothing I've seen yet in this price range has everything...but Smartwork is written in a easy to read and understandable way. The book has a few extra pages after every chapter to take notes. I plan to use it as one of my training tools...
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 8689 Reviewed:
I already have Smartwork II, but have a new dog who needs to step back a bit in training. I love his drills, and I love the fact it is so convenient to take to the field to set up your plan for work that day. One of my best training books.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 22547 Reviewed:
Smartwork is a very easy book to follow. It allows me, a novice in the world of dog training, to train my dog in a very easy way. It provides pictures as well as detailed instructions. A must have if you want to train your own dog.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 25060 Reviewed:
The book gives good ideas for training scenarios, like bumper piles to teach dogs not to shop on blind retrieves. The force fetch methodology is a bit old school, using ear pinch pressure. I have used Bill Hillman's approach which doesn't use an ear pinch and have had good results. Overall the book gives good methods.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 29905 Reviewed:
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