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Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee

Learn how Maurice Lindley trains pointing dogs.

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Copyright 2010, 92 pages, softcover, b/w photos

Training With Mo focuses on how to best train pointing dogs and how to do it with compassion. Author Martha Greenlee has used Maurice Lindley's methods while training her own pointing dogs, and she describes these methods in a clear and concise manner.

Lindley ("Mo" as he is called by friends and family) jointly owns and operates the family business, Lindley's Kennel. He is a professional dog trainer, and his brother Bobby takes care of the boarding facility. Mo's wife Kaye is the glue that holds it all together by taking part in both kennel and training efforts.

Born and raised in Greenville County, South Carolina, Maurice still lives in the same area. Even as a youngster, he worked with dogs. At the age of 10, he and his brother went hunting with a neighbor who raised English setters. With that very first point and covey rise, Lindley says he "was hooked for life" on pointing dogs. He trained his first pointing dog, a German shorthaired, for a client when he was just 16 years old.

Lindley has been training pointing dogs for almost 30 years, having trained pointing dogs for hunting, field trials, and hunt tests, as well as amateurs who compete in field events, such as American Field, AKC, and NSTRA. A gifted teacher, he is able to communicate the reasoning behind his training methods to both the handler and the dog. Often Kaye will be there, helping with communication using sign language.

This is because Lindley cannot hear the spoken word. A little over a decade ago, he contracted Meniere's disease, an inner-ear disorder that resulted in the loss of his hearing. When you watch Mo work dogs, you quickly come to believe that his communication skills have been enhanced with an extraordinary ability that replaces audible sound. He makes an obvious but valid point when he says: "Dogs don't speak English."

Years ago Lindley began searching for training methods that relied less on voice and more on other types of communication with the dog. Often loud voice commands will unintentionally frighten a dog. He worked with several well-known trainers, including Bill Gibbons, Dave Walker, and Bill West. Combining their knowledge and experience with his own, he determined that dogs prefer communication through visual and physical contact, not verbal. Body language is a key part of Mo's training method. This, of course, applies to all parties involved in a training session, both dog and trainer.

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Table of Contents:
  • Note on Chapter / Section Headings
  • List of Photographs
  • Preface
  • Introduction by Dave Webb
  • Chapter 1 -- Understanding Mo's Method
    1. Meeting Bill West
    2. Seeing the Big Picture
    3. Notes from Mo

    Part I -- Early Training

  • Chapter 2 -- Developing the Pup
    1. Training with Pigeons
      1. Remote Bird Launchers
      2. Carded Pigeons
    2. Training with Pen-Raised Quail
    3. Getting Started
    4. Introducing the Check-Cord
    5. Introducing Gunfire
      1. Introducing the Blank Gun
      2. Introducing the Shotgun
    6. Early Handling
      1. Introducing the Stand Command
      2. Using the Pinch-Collar to Teach "Here" and to Introduce the E-collar
    7. Going Bird Hunting
    8. Notes from Mo

    Part II -- Formal Training

  • Chapter 3 -- Techniques for Teaching Manners
    1. Gaining Control
    2. Teaching the "Here" Command
    3. Teaching the "Stand" Command
      1. The Set Back
      2. The Spin and Set Back
      3. Working the Head
      4. Training Young or Soft Dogs
    4. Introducing the E-Collar
    5. Teaching "Whoa"
    6. Notes from Mo
  • Chapter 4 -- Training Steps in Launcher Work
    1. Preparing for Launcher Work
      1. Developing the Pointing Instinct
      2. Pointing Birds in Launchers
      3. Shooting Birds
    2. Using the E-Collar in Launcher Work
    3. Launchers with the "Stand" Command
    4. Launchers with Stop-to-Flush Training
    5. Pointing Launchers
    6. Gunfire with Launchers
    7. Backing with Launchers
    8. Looking for the Weak Link
    9. Putting it Together
      1. Phase I
      2. Phase II
      3. Phase III
      4. Phase IV
    10. Notes from Mo
  • Chapter 5 -- Training Steps in Loose Bird Work
    1. Finishing on Pen-Raised Quail
      1. Planting Pen-Raised Quail
      2. Using the E-collar around Loose Birds
      3. Getting Started
      4. Catching Birds
      5. Trying Options
    2. Advanced Training
      1. Polishing
      2. Running Naked
      3. Using the E-collar for Advanced Training
    3. Teaching Steady-to-Kill
      1. Firing the Shotgun
      2. Shooting Birds
    4. Notes from Mo

    Part III -- Training Advice

  • Chapter 6 -- Talking to Mo
    1. Problem Solving
      1. Blinking Birds
      2. Bumping Birds
      3. Chasing Dickey Birds
      4. Circling
      5. Deer Chasing
      6. Delayed Chase
      7. Dropping on Point
      8. Flagging
      9. Gun-Shyness
      10. Pointing Bugs
      11. Retraining an Older Dog
      12. Retrieving Naturally
    2. Notes from Mo
  • Chapter 7 -- Three Tales
    1. Major, the Pointer
    2. Dot, the English Setter
    3. Bud, the Brittany

  • Appendix A: Resources

  • Appendix B: Picking a Pup
    1. Choosing a Pointing Breed
    2. Finding a Breeder / Reading a Pedigree
  • Appendix C: Interview with Mo -- "Calm Dogs, Calm Trainer"

  • Glossary of Terms

  • Index

    About the Author:
    Martha Greenlee established Piney Run Kennel in 1991. She currently lives in south-central Virginia, where she breeds and trains Brittanys, although she enjoys working all pointing breeds. She has trained and handled her dogs to wins in all-age and shooting dog championships, and many of her dogs have earned AKC Field Champion Titles. Her dog NAC/FC/AFC Piney Run Sam won the Brittany National Amateur Championship in 2000, and her dog NFC/FC/AFC Pine Run Art won the Brittany National Championship in 201. Besides breeding and training, Martha also enjoys writing about dogs. She wrote Training Tips Your Bird Dog Will Love, co-authored The Brittany: Amateurs Training with Professionals, and co-edited Hunting Dogs, Field Trial Dogs, Brittanys. She has contributed stories to another anthology and written for several publications, including Field Trial Magazine and American Brittany. In 2011, she authored What's the Point, an eBook that is also available in Kindle format.

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    Customer Reviews

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    96% Recommend this product (26 of 27 responses)
    By Amanda
    Fantastic book!
    January 25, 2023
    This was one of the best training books I’ve read yet. The methods are straightforward and simple to understand. I really like how the book addresses a lot of common issues that may come up in training and how to address them with your dog. I highly recommend for anyone who trains their own bird dogs.
    By Luke
    Great service
    September 8, 2023
    I heard about this book on a lot of podcasts. This is one of the only places you can purchase it online. So far, the book is well organized and the method is easy to follow. I’m happy I bought it. The service from Gun Dog Supply was great. The book came fast and was well packaged.
    By Doc C.
    South Alabama
    Best Book I Have Around Pointing
    November 9, 2022
    I have a shelf full of dog training books but this one has proven the most useful as far as pointing training goes. My dogs have to do other things (tracking game, waterfowl retrieving) but for the pointing work, I found this book excellent.
    • Straightforward; easy read with rationale behind the recommendations
    • None
    By Andrew
    North Carolina
    Pointer training book
    March 15, 2022
    Love the book! Came quickly! Hassle free experience. I won’t hesitate to order any other dog/hunting related stuff from Gun Dog Supply!
    By Travis
    Good book
    February 8, 2021
    I like this method and philosophy. What I like the best is the simplicity and lack of gear required. No post, barrels or tables. I am planning on getting Martha’s other book.
    By Nick R.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    October 22, 2018

    Straight forward approach. Very good read for one who tends to talk too much.

    By Marshall C.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    October 19, 2018
    Well written and love the approach. I have been using the techniques to train my Brittany pup.

    By Richard A.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    October 18, 2018

    He has a very different way of doing things, some of which I will incorporate into my training. To much reliance on the e collar but maybe that is a better way...just not mine.
    By Jay L.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    October 11, 2018
    By Ron S.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    July 25, 2016
    Solid training information. Less formal and more straightforward.
    By Chris H.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    June 18, 2016
    Great training book. He even gives you all the steps to train your dog.
    By ERIC A.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    June 7, 2016
    Great read. I like the physical aspect of teaching the dog with limited or no voice commands. A more natural feel.
    By Christopher P.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    May 15, 2016
    One of the best training books I have read yet!
    By Beth L.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    January 15, 2016
    Loved it!
    By Barbara C.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    January 8, 2016
    Excellent read with lots of valuable info for training your dog.
    By Jamie B.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    September 25, 2015
    Great read!!!
    By TW
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    June 11, 2015
    He does a nice job developing a dog in an appropriate fashion. There is not an Easy Button with his technique, just honest, thoughtful, application of proven methodology. It takes work, but the results are worth the effort! Thank you Mo!
    By Scott M.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    April 10, 2015
    This book was recommended to me by my breeder who also trains Brittany's to hunt and field trial. The book is an excellent read. Mo's methods are simple and direct so they made sense, even for an amateur like me.
    By Ryan S.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    January 28, 2015
    Great book! For the price I had hoped it would be hard back, but the information contained within is fantastic.
    By MItch W.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    October 20, 2014
    The book is excellent. I received it a couple of days after placing my order. I will be using Gun Dog Supply again.
    By Bennie A.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    May 9, 2014
    I currently have 7 German Shorthair Pointers that I have trained using a different method, and they are spot on in the field. With that said, this book contains great alternative ideas to training hunting dogs that seem to be very effective. I am going to incorporate in to my training on a new 10 week old that I have just gotten to start working with.
    By James Y.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    February 28, 2014
    I'm going to give this method a try this summer on some new pups. We have recently breed a Grid Iron bitch to Chip's Little Sparky male.
    By Shad S.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    January 29, 2014
    Easy to read and understand.
    By Roger F.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    January 5, 2014
    The training with Mo is a very good training book .
    By Steven E.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    December 6, 2013
    This book broke down the steps needed to start and train an upland bird dog. It's helped me a lot.
    By Razvan D.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    November 20, 2013
    Very pragmatic with lots of advanced advice. Mo is a real dog psychologist.
    By JOSEPH D.
    Review for Training with Mo by Martha H. Greenlee
    November 5, 2013
    A great read. Wish I read this book years ago.
    Not a book for a quick fix or hurry up, but a very clear training book.
    Something to keep in your training bag,not on the coffee table.

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