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Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD

Jackie Mertens is one of the most successful amateur retriever trainers and breeders in North America.



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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.

Topics include:
  • Basic Puppy Obedience
  • Introducing the Tools of Training
  • Your Puppy's First Retrieves
  • Introduction to Water
  • Developing a Positive Water Attitude
  • Puppy Drills
  • Preparing Your Pup for Advanced Training


  • Chapters:
    1. Philosophy
    2. Obedience
    3. Enviroments
    4. Puppy Play
    5. Double Retrieve
    6. Water
    7. Gunfire
    8. Land Marks
    9. Multiple Guns
    10. W Drill
    11. Side Hill Marks
    12. Water Marks
    13. Water Obstacles
    14. Whistles
    15. Casting Drills

    Country of Origin: Made in USA.


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    Customer Reviews

    4.3
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    93% Recommend this product (41 of 44 responses)
    By Gage S.
    IA
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    November 20, 2016
    The first lab I'm training for hunting, I like the video it's making it easier to train.
    By Kevin J.
    Nc
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    August 12, 2016
    Good for first time dog owners. You definitely need to take notes while you watch the video.
    By Eric S.
    GA
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    May 13, 2016
    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.
    By William N.
    AL
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    April 29, 2016
    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.
    By CJInscore
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    April 25, 2016
    Really good dvd. Jackie and her team really know what they are doing when it comes to starting pups right. The only thing I wish it had was a defined schedule when certain drills should be started.
    By Gary B.
    MD
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    March 6, 2016
    It's a good all around obedience video for basics and obedience.
    By William D.
    NC
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    March 6, 2016
    It's a good video. Very informative but a little expensive for what it is.
    By Austin M.
    TN
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    January 16, 2016
    Great training for pups! Fast shipping!!!
    By Karen B.
    FL
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    December 15, 2015
    Great for training a new pup. We recommend this video to all our puppy buyers.
    By Payce R.
    IA
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    November 24, 2015
    Worth the money! Solid review of how to start your puppy the right way.
    By Ryan J.
    MN
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    November 18, 2015
    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.
    By Carol D.
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    August 6, 2015
    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.
    By Tammy W.
    OR
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    June 22, 2015
    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!
    By Jason C.
    ME
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    June 7, 2015
    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.
    By Gerry S.
    WA
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    April 21, 2015
    Comprehensive video that should be a big help with a new pup.
    By Drake L.
    NC
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    March 31, 2015
    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.
    By Justin T.
    WI
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    March 1, 2015
    Good starter video.
    By Bill W.
    AL
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    February 27, 2015
    Waste of money; a starter DVD that does not even teach stay?
    By Casey A.
    UT
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    February 19, 2015
    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.
    By Caleb P.
    TN
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    January 8, 2015
    Great DVD. One of the few realistic DVD's where they actually show the puppy being a puppy and not doing everything she commands on the first try, which we all know doesn't happen.
    By Mary G.
    MI
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    January 2, 2015
    Very good for beginners.
    By Janie H.
    WI
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    December 27, 2014
    Great puppy introduction video. Thank you for offering it. Look forward to future purchases from you.
    By Austin W.
    IA
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    December 2, 2014
    Not what I was expecting. All she tries to teach you is basic things everyone knows how to do. Not worth the money.
    By Scott P.
    WA
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    October 30, 2014
    So far so good. Just starting, but looks like it should help a lot.
    By George B.
    TX
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    September 12, 2014
    Begins the training early and logically setting up a solid foundation. Great for beginners new to training a retriever.
    By Carol H.
    MI
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    May 21, 2014
    I have had lots of puppies in my life, and 12-week-old Kep is my fifth golden over the years. But Jackie Mertens' DVD has given me lots of useful tips. She's taught this old dog some new tricks!
    By Karl B.
    WI
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    January 28, 2014
    It is decent (a little dated). I'm not sure it lived up to my expectations though... especially for $40!
    By Bruce P.
    TX
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    September 20, 2011
    Somewhat dated material.

    There are better puppy ob and intro to field work videos out now. Such as hillman's new series.
    By Jerry O.
    AL
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    September 8, 2011
    Excellent product! Highly Recommend!!
    By Greg G.
    GA
    Review for Sound Beginnings Retriever Training with Jackie Mertens DVD
    September 7, 2011
    very good dvd for getting training started. My dog trainer recommends it to all his clients for the first 6mnths. great dvd and very easy to follow !



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