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Copyright 2016, 228 pages, softcover, b/w photos and illustrations
Training The Versatile Hunting Dog, which is autographed by author Chuck Johnson, shows you how to develop a great hunting dog with Chuck's new approach. This approach emphasizes letting your young dog develop his natural abilities, desire, search, pointing, and tracking first. Then, after his first season, putting on the controls, force breaking to retrieve, and whoa training. The versatile breeds also love water, and there are detailed chapters showing you how to train your dog to be an outstanding water retriever. This is a revolutionary book written for many of the popular versatile hunting breeds including German shorthair, wirehair, griffon, vizsla, and Weimaraner, among others. Each training chapter has a detailed explanation of the training techniques along with numerous photos.
Training the Versatile Hunting Dog is a book written for the amateur trainer and hunter. If you are interested in owning a dog that will hunt for you and will become a part of your family as well as a hunting buddy, then this book will help you in training your dog. Training the Versatile Hunting Dog is different than any other training book. We will not only cover the training methods for hunting upland birds, but we also cover how to train your dog for waterfowl hunting and retrieving. The ability of your dog to track and retrieve wounded game is very important. We will show you how easy it is to train your dog to become an excellent tracker.
-- Chuck Johnson
Johnson has owned and trained versatile hunting dogs for 25 years. He and his wife, Blanche, have been hunting together for over 40 years. They have been breeding, training and hunting German wirehaired pointers since 1979.
He is also the Versatile Gun Dog Department editor of Pointing Dog Journal and Blanche is the photographer for his column.
Table of Contents:
What to Look for in a Versatile Dog
How to Select the Right Puppy
Setting Up a Home for Your New Puppy
Dogs Learn by Association
Puppy Training and Socialization
The First Eight Weeks
Eight to Sixteen Weeks
Basic Obedience and Good Canine Citizenship
The Proper Introduction of Your Puppy to Birds and the Gun
Who Is the Leader of Your Pack?
The Importance of Reading Your Bird Dog
Training Your Young Bird Dog: A New Approach
Natural Ability vs. Trained Ability
Bringing a New Pup Home
Socialization with Us and the Other Dogs
Introduction to Retrieving
First Introduction to Birds: Sixteen Weeks Old
First Wild Bird Hunt - Learning to Track: Seventeen Weeks Old
Camas' First Track on a Wild Pheasant: Seventeen Weeks Old
First Contact with Sharptail: Eighteen Weeks Old
Camas' First Pheasant Hunt: Twenty-One Weeks Old
Second Pheasant Hunt: Twenty-One Weeks Old
Third Pheasant Hunt: Twenty-Three Weeks Old
Your Dog's First Year in the Field
Use of Nose
Desire and Cooperation: The Balancing Act
Developing Your Dog's Ability to Search
Introducing Your Dog to Birds and Developing the Pointing Instinct
Waterwork: Introducing Your Young Pup to the Water
Developing Your Dog into a Natural Retriever
Tracking: Dog Work After the Shot
Advanced Training Methods: Training Your Dog to be a Brag Dog
Advanced Training - The Essentials
Using a Professional Trainer
Proper Use of the E-Collar for Training and Communication with Your Dog
The Trained Retrieve:
Phase Two and Three
A Versatile Hunting Dog's Comfortable Range
How to Handle Your Dog in the Field
Training Your Dog for Water Retrieves
Finishing Touches: Healing, Steadiness by Blind, Honoring Point
How to Develop a Slow-Starting Dog
Conditioning Your Dog for the Upcoming Hunting Season
First Aid Essentials in the Field
Hunting the Older Dog
The Quail Pen: It Takes Birds to Make a Dog / Quail Pen Plans
Pigeons: The Ideal Bird for Dog Training / Pigeon Coop Plans
This is a well written book. Very clear and to the point. Recommended to me by a well known breeder of Pudelpointers, and I'm glad I asked him for his leading on a training system. Chucks system of training just makes sense.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 22143 Reviewed:
"This is a great book with great tactics for training."
I am an avid waterfowler and well versed at training a retriever but I am extremely new at training a versatile gun dog. This publication/instruction book on training this type of hunting dog has proved to be very helpful. I have not used the training methods listed in the book yet as my new puppy won't be home till march 2016 but prereading this has given me a better understand of training my new addition. Would recommend this read to anyone who trains dogs to hunt versatile or retriever.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 26834 Reviewed:
There is a lot of good info. Author has years of experience training versatile hunting dogs. Don't follow it verbatim, but you can pull many good snip-its.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 20587 Reviewed:
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