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Training the Versatile Hunting Dog Second Edition by Chuck Johnson

"A new approach to training your dog for field and water."

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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:

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Do-It-All Dogs
  • 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
    1. The First Eight Weeks
    2. 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
  • Camas
    1. Bringing a New Pup Home
    2. Socialization with Us and the Other Dogs
    3. Introduction to Retrieving
    4. First Introduction to Birds: Sixteen Weeks Old
    5. First Wild Bird Hunt - Learning to Track: Seventeen Weeks Old
    6. Camas' First Track on a Wild Pheasant: Seventeen Weeks Old
    7. First Contact with Sharptail: Eighteen Weeks Old
    8. Camas' First Pheasant Hunt: Twenty-One Weeks Old
    9. Second Pheasant Hunt: Twenty-One Weeks Old
    10. Third Pheasant Hunt: Twenty-Three Weeks Old
    11. Sharptail
    12. Thanksgiving Hunt
    13. Camas: Range-Search-Cooperation
  • 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:
    1. Phase One
    2. Phase Two and Three
  • Whoa Training:
    1. Phase One
    2. Phase Two
    3. Phase Three
    4. Phase Four
  • 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
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix One: Gun Dog Training Supplies
  • Appendix Two: Versatile Hunting Dog Associations
  • Dog Kennel Plans

  • Johnson: Training the Versatile Hunting Dog

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    Bonus features include easy-to-build plans for a quail recall "Johnny House," Pigeon Coop, and Dog Kennels. This is also a great book for folks that participate in NAVHDA events.

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    Customer Reviews

    15 Reviews
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    93% Recommend this product (14 of 15 responses)
    By Larry B.
    Great Resource
    December 20, 2020
    This book can take new born pup to a full fledged hunting companion. Also very useful tips and training strategies for older dogs. A must read if you doing any dog training.
    By James S.
    Boone Iowa
    Training the Versatile Hunting Dog Second Edition
    May 17, 2022
    A very novel approach for the first year. Basically let your dog be a dog and allow him to learn without any interference. I think this is a good way to put a great attitude in a pup that will last a lifetime. Good read from a guy that knows his dogs and is not worried about being a control freak over their dog.
    • Unique and novel approach over most training books.
    • Could stand a little more depth on some chapters.
    By Andrew
    Missoula, Montana
    Great read!
    December 9, 2021
    This book is thoughtfully laid out and very helpful in thinking through how to maximize the potential of your versatile hunting dog.
    By John
    Good info, not so much on instruction
    August 4, 2021
    I bought this book to gather more info and hoped the chapters were more organized vs Bob Farris's book. All in all great general tips and info on versatile hunting dogs; has a different philosophy for hunting your pup young on the 1st year then starting to put control on the dog during the 2nd year.
    This books seems to miss the basic obedience and how to's, not a problem if you've already trained a previous dog.
    Alot of chapters repeat the same info, alot of anecdotes.
    All in all, still has valuable info but I was hoping there was more of a clear directive
    • Good info on versatile hunting dogs
    • Offers different perspective on training/hunting with your pup
    • Repeated info, book could be shorter
    • Chapters in book could be organized to fit dog's timeline
    By Kimberly
    it is good book
    December 22, 2020
    I learned alot from reading this book.
    • It gives good source information for further study
    • It could be clearer on some of the words used. I am new to this and some of the terms were not familar to me. I did find some later in the book. This is very minor.
    By K w.
    Good advice
    December 22, 2020
    Had good information just wish the pictures were colored and they had better visuals
    • Info
    • No colored pictures
    By Ec
    Silver Spring, MD
    Gun dog Book
    September 2, 2020
    Good advice, well written. Going to be very helpful as puppy matures.
    By Jonathan L.
    Review for Training the Versatile Hunting Dog Second Edition by Chuck Johnson
    February 29, 2016
    Great book for Griff owners. Recommended by the breeder I'm buying from.
    By Robert W.
    Review for Training the Versatile Hunting Dog Second Edition by Chuck Johnson
    February 20, 2016
    Great reading book there are a lot of helpful tips for training.
    By Brandon C.
    Review for Training the Versatile Hunting Dog Second Edition by Chuck Johnson
    January 29, 2016
    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.
    By David S.
    Review for Training the Versatile Hunting Dog Second Edition by Chuck Johnson
    October 2, 2015
    This is a great book with great tactics for training.
    By John R.
    Review for Training the Versatile Hunting Dog Second Edition by Chuck Johnson
    July 12, 2015
    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.
    By Nknolan980
    Review for Training the Versatile Hunting Dog Second Edition by Chuck Johnson
    May 1, 2015
    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.
    By Steve D.
    Review for Training the Versatile Hunting Dog Second Edition by Chuck Johnson
    April 15, 2015
    Gave me a few new ideas to try while training my started 3rd shorthair. Would have been better with an index of a more descriptive table of contents.
    By Skyler L.
    Review for Training the Versatile Hunting Dog Second Edition by Chuck Johnson
    December 19, 2014
    It's a very good book, not overly detailed, but it has enough information in it and is a great baseline to follow. Would definitely recommend the book.

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