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Sporting Dog and Retriever Training the Wildrose Way: Raising a Gentleman's Gundog for Home & Field by Mike Stewart

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Sporting Dog and Retriever Training the Wildrose Way Back Cover

Copyright 2012, 256 pages, hardcover, 200 color photographs

DVDs from Mike Stewart include Training the Upland Gundog and The "Wildrose Way" Retriever Training

Created by Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels, the Wildrose Way is a unique, low-force, positive training method that is field-proven for upland and waterfowl gundogs. The training prepares dogs for versatility -- any game, any terrain, any destination -- and makes them desirable companions for any situation. Now, for the first time, Stewart's methods are compiled in one indispensable reference book, Sporting Dog and Retriever Training the Wildrose Way, which is fully illustrated with photographs and diagrams. Containing chapters on establishing essential behaviors, the core skills of the hunting retriever, and waterdog finishing work, as well as sidebars on such topics as breed selection and effective canine leadership, this step-by-step book is designed specifically for wingshooters who want to transform their pup into a Gentleman's Gundog.

Table of Contents:



The Essentials:
  • Chapter 1: Begin with the End in Mind
  • Chapter 2: Train Yourself to Train Your Dog
  • Chapter 3: Starting Your Pup the Wildrose Way
  • Chapter 4: Foundational Excellence

    Field Training:
  • Chapter 5: Gundog Basics: Part 1
  • Chapter 6: Gundog Basics: Part 2

    Finishing Work:
  • Chapter 7: Finished Waterfowl Retriever
  • Chapter 8: The Upland Dog
  • Chapter 9: Picking Up
  • Chapter 10: Destination Wingshooter

    Final Thoughts

    Glossary and Resources


    Reviews and Comments:

    "One of the most exciting training manuals to be released in years this easy to read, practical book tells you everything you need to know from socializing young pups to producing a finished gundog worthy of the field." -- Ducks Unlimited Magazine's Waterfowler's Bookshelf

    "Your new book is just awesome. You guys nailed it. Congrats." -- David DiBenedetto, Editor, Garden & Gun

    "We received a copy here at The Retriever Journal. What an impressive book. Chip does a lot of our photography, so we were interested in that as well. Again, a beautiful piece. Congratulations." -- Steve Smith, Publications Director, Retriever Journal

    About the Author and Contributors:

    Mike Stewart is president of Wildrose Kennels and has more than thirty years of experience training a variety of sporting dogs. His unique, positive training method is recognized and celebrated by sportsmen across the country. Paul Fersen has been with the Orvis Company for almost two decades and is now a senior writer. He has been published in Gray's Sporting Journal and American Angler and has written several books. John Newman is president of Ducks Unlimited, the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving waterfowl habitats.

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    Customer Reviews

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    100% Recommend this product (3 of 3 responses)
    Good book Great price
    January 5, 2021
    Still reading the book but it provides valuable information on training my dog, it's not the only way or method but it is always good to know and sometimes employ new techniques, this book does that.
    • Great price, I shopped around and GDS beat every other vendor and by quite a margin.
    • Wish the book was available in a softcover
    By JT
    excellent book
    December 22, 2020
    read the book once I received it. have started applying the lessons to my current 8 year old dog with some success! I am sure the lessons will work much better on my next gundog!
    • excellent lesson with great pictures to better understand application to the dog. also helps you better understand lessons for an upland dog vs a waterfowl dog
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    By Thomas G.
    Review for Sporting Dog and Retriever Training the Wildrose Way: Raising a Gentlemans Gundog for Home & Field by Mike Stewart
    August 26, 2015
    Well written and well laid out for training purposes. Having used the Wildrose Way, I can attest to great and immediate success; a disciplined dog at home and in the field. However, The finished Wildrose Gentleman's dog is too robotic for me. I implement more of a personal and fun relationship when training is not in session, giving the pup more freedom after school.

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