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Training Pointing Dogs Second Edition by Paul Long

"A classic! A quick read covering a lot of the basics. Lots of ideas that you may not see anywhere else."

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Training Pointing Dogs back cover

Copyright 2005, softcover, 98 pages, b/w photos

"What does Paul Long say about it?" is the question often asked by most serious trainers. This book highlights the guidance of this master dog trainer. In simple question-and-answer format, Long answers the questions most asked.

  • Should I try to train my dog myself?
  • Do I need to use a whistle?
  • How do I deal with a dog who sulks after correction?
  • When should I breed my male dog?
  • How do I stop my dog from barking at night without cause?
  • What should I do if my dog will point a dead bird but not pick up and retrieve it?

    Paul Long's answers to these question are practical and filled with the good sense and subtle, wry humor of a wily veteran.

    Table of Contents:


  • Chapter 1: Things to Ponder
    1. Picking a Puppy
    2. Keeping a Dog Happy
    3. Food
    4. Should I Train Him Myself?
    5. The Main Things in Training
    6. Training Needs
    7. Whipping as Discipline
    8. The Four Most Important Commands
    9. Do Dogs Think
    10. Should I Use an Electronic Trainer?
    11. Anticipating the Dog's Intentions
  • Chapter 2: Pre-School
    1. When to Start Training
    2. Introducing the Leash
    3. Is Sight Pointing Good for a Puppy
    4. Running Off at Pickup Time
    5. Quartering
    6. Introducing the Check-Cord
    7. Using a Whistle
    8. Getting the Puppy Birdy and Pointing
    9. Working Close on Birds
  • Chapter 3: Elementary Education
    1. Importance of Yard Training
    2. Yard-Training Lessons
    3. Sitting or Dropping in Yard Training
    4. The Electronic Trainer in Yard Training
    5. Introducing the Gun
  • Chapter 4: Higher Learning
    1. Conditioning before Bird Training
    2. Liberated Birds
    3. How to Set Birds
    4. The Electronic Trainer in Bird Training
    5. Reaction to First Shock
    6. How Powerful a Trainer?
    7. Making the Dog Staunch
    8. Steadying to Wing and Shot
    9. Backing
    10. Retrieving
  • Chapter 5: Problems
    1. Gunshyness
    2. Running Too Wide
    3. Catwalking on Point
    4. Wildness After Frequent Finds
    5. Trailing Birds Too Fast
    6. Trailing Another Dog
    7. Running the Track
    8. Running to the Gallery
    9. Flagging on Point
    10. Pointing Dead
    11. Dropping Dead
    12. Dropping on Point
    13. Biting Birds
    14. Running Off with the Bird
    15. Destroying Birds
    16. Jumping In
    17. Seeing Birds on the Ground
    18. Sulking After Correction
    19. Slipping the Collar When Chained
    20. Safety in an Open Truck
    21. Night Barking Without Cause
    22. Parasites and Ailments
  • Chapter 6: More Things To Ponder
    1. What Makes a Good Grouse Dog
    2. Working in the Off Season
    3. When to Breed a Male
    4. Penning Versus Chaining
    5. How Training Became a Profession
    6. The Trainer's Signature
    7. Training as a Career

  • Long: Training Pointing Dogs

    Transcript from Steve's Video:

    Today we're looking at "Training Pointing Dogs" by Paul Long. This is one of the classics for pointing dogs. It's a book that was written back in the early '70s. Paul Long was a Setter man. It's one of those books that's old school. It's a short book. I've enjoyed it. It covers a lot of different things in a real quick method. They reshot the cover a few years ago with a German Shorthair on it, but Paul Long was known as the Setter man. Pointing dog books are pointing dog books. You can train an English Pointer, English Setter, a German Shorthair Brittney all with the same techniques. So that really doesn't matter.

    Just a classic in the field. I recommend it. It's a quick read and covers a lot of the basics. It is not a modern book. His e-collar stuff is a little dated. But it's one of those books that there's some thoughts in there that you may not see everywhere. And I recommend everybody check it out.

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    Customer Reviews

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    83% Recommend this product (5 of 6 responses)
    By Mary S.
    Whitehall, Mt
    Old School
    January 7, 2021
    Some good information. But mostly old school. 1st edition and Second edition are identical.
    By Richard E.
    Review for
    April 4, 2016
    Great book, full of tips and tricks that will expedite your training process exponentially. Being an older book it doesn't try to spoon feed you all that positive reinforcement on stuff. But provides excellent tips for corrections that will help you avoid damaging heavy handed tactics that will cause your pup to lose trust in you. Worded straightforward in common sense lingo that even us common folks can understand easily. Also provides a lot of easy, inexpensive tactics for fixing scores of commonplace hunting dog problems. Must have book for training a new dog, in my opinion.
    By Michael G.
    Review for
    July 23, 2014
    It was an easy read as stated before, but a little outdated. He addressed some topics such as quartering, but did not really cover much other than depends on where the was bred at...north or south. I was hoping there would have more on retrieval. The heel portion was good and some pointers with a few techniques such as introducing the E collar. I think scents are more obtainable than actual birds these days, which make a difference. All in all, not a bad book, but not complete.
    By Kevin W.
    Review for
    June 16, 2014
    Excellent book. I don't read many books, but I read this one.
    By Shylee U.
    Review for
    March 23, 2014
    Very easy, simple approach with a direct guide on how to best help you train your bird dog. Fast and easy read with timeless advice you will review over and over again.
    By Larry K.
    Review for
    October 19, 2013
    Not done yet, but what I have seen, I like so far. My GSP is just 11 months, and we have some work ahead of us in field and agility.

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