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Old 02-10-2016, 07:30 PM   #1
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I pick up my first pup at the end of the month, a male black lab. I've never been involved in training a retriever before and I'm looking for advice on books/dvds or advice in general.

He will predominantly be used duck and goose hunting, but I'd like to use him for pheasants too.

Also not sure if it makes a difference, but I'm not looking to run him in any trials or hunt tests. I'm just looking to train a solid gun dog.

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Old 02-10-2016, 07:40 PM   #2
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It might look stupid but look up Dave Dikeman command performance.

Training never really clicked till I watch his step by step method.

Then Bill Hillmann is worth wile to get.

Start watching on retriever training sites for used videos that you can pick up cheaper.
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Tom Dokken's retriever training book is what I used and my dog is awesome. Still needs some work as I did not finish him with the book. I really liked the book. If there is a training club around join. Those people have great advice for new dog owners. Have fun. I miss the puppy stage.
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Bill hillmann "training a retriver puppy" http://www.hawkeyemedia.net/puppy.html
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Bill Hillmann is also a solid resource as stated there are several retrieving clubs around the state great folks for advice and they brain for hunting as well the hunt test just help keep the dogs in tune in the off season, hunt test also help put the dogs in a hunting situation as well
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Freddy King has a really good training series on YouTube. I used a lot of his methods when I trained my pup. As a rookie trainer, it was very, very helpful.

Here's the link to the series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...5IsvpvhVYqT_XR
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I'm in the process of training my first. We started with Bill hillman and training a retriever puppy. Moose is over with Todd at arrowhead kennels currently getting FFd. When he comes back we will be starting the Mike Lardy Total retriever training program. I learned a ton with Hillman and lardys programs, but you can't go wrong with a lot of these suggestions. Read everything you can, as there's more than one way to skin a cat!

If your interested in the hillman training a retriever puppy dvd set I'd be willing to part with it.

When I first got my pup I thought I just wanted a meat dog, after spending as much time as I have with him we are going to start training for hunt tests. Hopefully get a JR title this summer!
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My pup is a Hillman pup, he helps you get good with the basics. Now he is a year old and has the basics down, I am joining a HRC, and I am going to start him on FF in the coming weeks, before it gets warm enough to start working with piles.
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Jackie Mertens - Sound Beginnings
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The 10-Minute Retriever: How to Make an Obedient and Enthusiastic Gun Dog in 10 Minutes a Day
It's by John and Amy Dahl, I used this to train my first ever retriever also and it's very informative with a good layout with the training steps.
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I will second Freddy Kings video series. I'm no dog trainer either, and a monkey could follow his videos. I like them because he uses the same dog for the entire series, and when he films, the dog has not been trained yet. It's nice to see some struggle, and difficulty you may face compared to a video that the dog is already trained and they just go through the motions to make it look so easy. I've followed this series, and my dog has done a fantastic job. We are working on our T drills now with his left and right backs, and overs..
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Old 02-11-2016, 06:47 PM   #12
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Water Dog by Richard Wolters is a good book if your looking for a more old school approach that is simple.
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Robert Milners Retriever Tranning for the Duck Hunter is a great resource.
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