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Copyright 2010, approx. 1 hour 58 minute runtime
Jackie Mertens is one of the most successful amateur retriever trainers and breeders in North America. She has trained and titled numerous FC/AFC retrievers. She is a six-time finalist at the National Open/National Amateur Retriever Championships. She won the National Amateur championship with her NAFC FC Topbrass Cotton, who is also the all-time high point Golden Retriever in field trial history.
Breeding, training and campaigning retrievers are a way of life for Mertens. Her Topbrass kennel, established in 1968, consistently produces high-quality performance labrador and golden retrievers.
The DVD describes in detail a comprehensive and progressive training program for retriever puppies from 7 weeks to 8 months of age. It can also be used to introduce an adult retriever to the world of retrieving.
Basic Puppy Obedience
Introducing the Tools of Training
Your Puppy's First Retrieves
Introduction to Water
Developing a Positive Water Attitude
Preparing Your Pup for Advanced Training
Side Hill Marks
"My black lab puppy is just 3 months old and she is healing, retrieving, fetching, sitting and laying down."
This was very informative about starting your puppy at a young age instead of waiting until they are 8+ months which I believed was the norm for training a dog. My black lab puppy is just 3 months old and she is healing, retrieving, fetching, sitting and laying down. Just from a few minutes a day. She is constantly looking at me trying to understand what I am teaching her, and that will come in handy when I start training her on technical training.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 18793 Reviewed: Featured Review
"It is excellent, not only in my opinion, but several of the dog owners I have met."
My puppy is now 14 weeks, and this video was recommended by the breeder. It is excellent, not only in my opinion, but several of the dog owners I have met through the breeder. I especially appreciated her information on training a very young puppy -- because that is what I have.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 22614 Reviewed: Featured Review
It is a quality video that helps you get started training a puppy. If you have trained retrievers before, it isn't likely you will learn much from this video but it definitely reminded me of some things I hadn't thought about. I think anyone that hasn't trained a dog or someone that hasn't had to train a puppy in a while will enjoy this video.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 29405 Reviewed:
Excellent video for people looking to learn even the basics of starting your puppy. Jackie makes obedience very easy to follow. I would recommend you watch the DVD as your pup grows up. Some of the more technical work towards the end can overwhelm new puppy owners.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 29146 Reviewed:
Great DVD! I like that the puppies in the video don't always respond to commands the first time and actually act like puppies. The video quality is clearly from the 90's, but the content is the only quality that really counts. I would recommend this video to anyone that wants to train their puppy to retrieve when it gets older.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 19824 Reviewed:
This is a very good video for teaching the basic concepts that hunting or competition dogs will need later as well as for exposing puppies to different stimuli. The video states that it's for a dog's first year. In actuality, it's good until a pup is about six months-old. At that point, it fits in well with a solid program like Mike Lardy's "Total Retriever Training" and "Total Retriever Marking." I strongly recommend "Sound Beginnings" to build drive and confidence as well as to lay the foundation for more advanced work later.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2509 Reviewed:
This video goes over a lot of different things that you can do during the early puppy phases. The one thing I didn't like about it was it didn't really go into detail on how to do the training exercises. And they didn't really show the progression of the dog from day 1 - completion.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2422 Reviewed:
this was a good video, but I wish it would have concentrated more on "puppy" training than starting in field work. I purchased it for a friend who just got a new pup and was hoping for more "obedience/basic" type training than the marking/field concepts. Still it has some useful information and may spark his interest in field work.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2355 Reviewed:
The video is good. Not great but good. I did get some useful tips out of it such as teaching the puppy to come and sit as well as how to introduce him to guns and water. I will say however some of the exercises seem geared towards a competition dog and require multiple people to be involved. I wasn't expecting that as I'm primarily the dogs trainer and don't have that people willing to take time to do some of the exercises. One thing I really wanted was how to keep the dog from talking back to my youngster and trying to nip her. Didn't see anything on that. So again, good video, not great. It was my first time using a video to train, so I didn't know what to expect.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 21445 Reviewed:
This is a pretty good resource, but it seems to bounce around. I could not tell if this was a step by step guide or just a collection of exercises. The timeline was hard to follow as well. I wasn't sure what ages I'd start moving into the more advanced stuff.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 24909 Reviewed:
Compared to videos produced by the likes of George Hickox and Shawn Dustin, the Mertens video is fair at best. I did like the fact that the video showed mistakes by the dogs used in the training demos. On the other hand, the number of people shown assisting in the training exercises is not realistic for a single trainer. Also, not enough detail in the \"whys\" of dog training. For a new trainer, instruction must be step by step, with lots of detail.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2589 Reviewed:
We had asked our breeder for a resource for basic obedience training. We informed him we were not interested in using the dog for hunting. This is what he recommended. We got very little out of the cd. A total waste of $50 (with the shipping and handling). So disappointed!
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 21747 Reviewed:
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