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Old 02-12-2016, 12:22 PM   #14
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Keep an eye out on the classifieds on retrievertraining.net and you might score a good deal on training material.
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Old 02-17-2016, 08:57 AM   #15
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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.
I'll second this! His whole series is worth a read.
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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.
It doesn't make any difference. The basics are the same for a gun dog, a hunt test fog or a field trial dog.
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Training is simple! Spend time with them and teach them the basics. If you found the right male from the right background his instincts are going to be what carries him. As far as spending time with them, there are few bonds stronger than that of the bond between man and dog if you choose to let it become that. Getting that little guy to learn to trust you is going to go a long way in helping him to become the gundog you want him to be. Take him with you when you go places. Ex: running uptown to get groceries, out for a jog, to mom's house for sunday dinner, etc... The more time you can spend with him the greater that bond will be! As far as the training make it fun! Think about what it is you want that dog to do and train them to do that. There are a lot of philosophies out there of what others think a gun dog should be, and many of those philosophies are great, but at the end of the day if he does what it is you want him to do that's all that matters!
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:27 PM   #18
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http://www.totalretriever.com/index....ing-flow-chart
Here's the link to the Mike Lardy Flow Chart. Follow this without shortcutting any steps and you will have a nice retriever. Someone may have mentioned it already, but try to find a group to train with.
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"The Labrador Shooting Dog" by Mike Gould. An old book that really teaches you how to train in a manner that both you and your pup will enjoy. No electricity just building relationships with your pup that will make them want to work for you.
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