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Training Bird Dogs with Ronnie Smith Kennels by Reid Bryant with Ronnie Smith and Susanna Love

This is the only training book you'll need to raise a great dog for home and field.


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Copyright 2019, 256 pages, hardcover, color photos and illustrations

With its combination of informative instruction and beautiful photography, this is the only training book you'll need to raise a great dog for home and field.

Ronnie Smith Kennels provides trainers, owners, and dog handlers with the most refined, developed, and proven methodology for training a pointing dog. The Smith family has spent two generations working thousands of dogs through a stairstep method of replicable techniques that result in a bird dog that is well adjusted, confident, and driven to fulfill its potential. Training Bird Dogs with Ronnie Smith Kennels shares the tradition of excellence and insight with a broader public.

A great bird dog is a combination of great genetics, optimal exposure to game, and proven training. This book provides clear, concise lessons that enable owners and trainers to see their dogs as individuals and maximize those individual talents. Yet the lessons go deeper too, illuminating frequent mistakes and the process for correcting them.

Written with a keen understanding of how owners go astray, this book allows even a first-time owner the opportunity to work through the phases of training a bird dog. From developing a confident puppy to introducing live birds, this book is an essential reference for bird dog owners.

Table of Contents:

  • Foreward
  • Introduction
  • History
  • Part 1: Development
    • The Development of a Training Method
    • The Relationship Between Dogs and Their Trainers
    • Raw Material: Picking a Puppy
    • Getting the Right Start: Puppy Development
      1. Socialization: What Is Socialization and Why Is It Important?
      2. Building Behaviors and Experience in the Field
  • Part 2: Formal Training
    • The Foundation Level of Training
      1. Understanding Cues, Acknowledgements, and Compliance
      2. The Classroom Setting: The Tie-Out
      3. Field Workouts
      4. Obedience Workouts
    • The Intermediate Level of Training
      1. Transitioning Cues to the Training Collar
      2. Field Work
    • The Advanced Level of Training Transitions
  • Part 3: Becoming a Bird Dog
    • The Rookie Year
      1. Transition to Wild Birds
      2. Competitions
  • What We Have Learned
  • Glossary
  • Acknowledgements

  • About Ronnie Smith:

    Ronnie Smith has professionally trained gun dogs and field trial dogs since 1982. He owns and operates Ronnie Smith Kennels with his wife and coauthor, Susanna Love, a fifth-generation rancher whose articles have been published in magazines such as Shooting Sportsman and Pointing Dog Journal.

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    100% Recommend this product (4 of 4 responses)
    By Patrick B.
    Northern Illinois
    Anxious to apply what I learn
    March 23, 2023
    I was fortunate to attend a training seminar at Pheasant Fest.where Ronnie and Susanna spoke and put on a demonstration. I was impressed by what I saw and talking to various individuals the reputation of the Smiths. I have just acquired a new puppy and will be training to their methods.
    • Easy reading and well written with ample photos to demonstrate points in the book.
    • It is a lot of information to digest.
    By Pete
    Book - Training Bird Dogs w/ Ronnie Smith Kennels
    August 10, 2022
    Long time upland hunter first time gun dog owner/trainer - I've read many books and watched even more videos. Training Bird Dogs is an easy read with great depth to why a training practice is done and how to accomplish your goal. This is a great book for the novice gun dog trainer and I'm sure experienced trainers also refer back to it.
    • Easy to read and follow. Outlines what and how of training gun dogs.
    • non noted
    By Mark
    Mammoth Arizona
    Good book
    January 14, 2022
    This is an excellent book on bird dog training.
    By Lee
    Great read
    June 19, 2021
    Easy to read, great pictures, must have for training collection.

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