In this book, Martin Deeley, a professional gundog trainer, explains how to refine and improve the skills of dog and handler up to the level of formal shoots and competitions. Building on his earlier book, Working Gundogs, the author covers all areas of fieldwork—including picking up, beating, wildfowling, pigeon shooting, and rough shooting. He goes on to explore in depth the training and skills needed for field trials and gundog tests.
Covers various aspects of gundog training from choosing a suitable puppy to beating and picking up on a shoot. This book examines how to choose the right dog, praise and punishment, puppy training and character-building, basic procedures in the early days, and following a scent trail. It is suitable for gundog owners and trainers.
Release Date: 2005
Genre: American literature
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Nationally-recognized retriever trainers John and Amy Dahl (The 10-Minute Retriever) tackle advanced training methods and problem-solving using a dog's innate strengths to compensate for its weaknesses. They discuss how dogs learn at an advanced level while encouraging readers to tailor their training so the dog keeps progressing. Training topics include: how advanced training applies to hunting and to competition; blind retrieves; achieving range and multiple blinds; handling; hazards and formidable obstacles; more disciplined lining; marking; and the use of an e-collar in advanced field work. Problem-solving topics include: the challenges of training high-drive dogs; controlling excitement level and related problems (creeping, breaking, vocalizing, crushing birds, freezing); mouth problems (too rough, eating birds, dropping birds, unwillingness to handle cripples); pace issues (keeping training moving and the dog challenged); inhibitions; problems related to pressure; lack of response at a distance; line manners; and hunting problems (poor perseverance, unwillingness to enter cover). The authors also discuss good general practices and individuality in training, along with specific real-life dog training stories that help readers see how the experts deal with unique problems.
Author: Pippa Mattinson
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2015-10-01
Pippa Mattinson, dog-training specialist, tells you everything you need to know about training and caring for your labrador. From puppyhood to old age, this book provides an in-depth guide to raising your labrador, making for a contented owner and a happy dog. Pippa Mattinson is in touch with over 300,000 dog owners every month through her website www.thelabradorsite.com and online forum www.thelabradorforum.com and knows exactly what labrador owners want. Founder of The Gundog Trust, her first two books Total Recall and The Happy Puppy Handbook have won praise from many happy dog owners.
Expert advice on choosing, training, and caring for a retriever is supplemented by comprehensive data on retriever trial-championship winners and the official specifications for each breed of retriever
Foot and mouth disease and BSE have both had a devastating impact on rural society. Alongside these devastating developments, the rise of the organic food movement has helped to revitalize an already politicized rural population. From fox-hunting to farming, the vigour with which rural activities and living are defended overturns received notions of a sleepy and complacent countryside. Over the years "rural life" has been defined, redefined and eventually fallen out of fashion as a sociological concept--in contrast to urban studies, which has flourished. This much-needed reappraisal calls for its reinterpretation in light of the profound changes affecting the countryside. First providing an overview of rural sociology, Hillyard goes on to offer contemporary case studies that clearly demonstrate the need for a reinvigorated rural sociology. Tackling a range of contentious issues--from fox-hunting to organic farming--this book offers a new model for rural sociology and reassesses its role in contemporary society.
Author: Susan Scales
Publisher: Swan Hill Press
Release Date: 1992
Aimed at owners of retrievers who wish to train their dogs as gun dogs, but also at any reader interested in the correct choice and education of a puppy. The book contains the advice of 12 top trainers and a progressive training programme as well as advice on the initial selection of a puppy.
With Absolutely Positively Gundog Training, Milner has taken the latest scientific research into how dogs learn and combined it with his own vast experience and commonsense training methods. The result is an approach that is as effective as it is easy. For the hunter who wants a calm, steady, and obedient retriever, there's no better training method. This book provides everything needed for you to turn out a sporting dog that excels at life. Whether you want your dog to be a gundog, a water dog, a shed dog, an upland dog, a deer tracker or a fishing companion, this book charts the course Every other page exclaims, "That makes perfect sense." Milner debunks a number of groundless myths and counter-productive training practices that proliferate in today's sporting dog culture. A big divide exists today in the gundog sector in America. The opposing views are tradition-based compulsion training versus the science-based positive training model derived from B.F. Skinner's operant conditioning theory. Robert Milner's new book bridges that gap. Milner brings to the table vast experience in both training methods. He has trained over two thousand gundogs with traditional compulsion and has trained several hundred gundogs with a positive training model. He pronounces the positive model a definitive winner. His new book covers all the bases for a beginning gundog trainer. Milner covers the dog's history and domestication as it relates to training. He shows you how the dog perceives the world, how the dog communicates, and how he learns. Big surprises await some readers. Milner cites many examples of recent dog research that upend traditional training theories. This book gives the reader a simple roadmap to success in producing a gundog that is extremely well-mannered, a persistent hunter and very responsive on whistle stops and hand signals. The simplicity of the training model will be a pleasant surprise to many new trainers. Most importantly, Milner's training model is fun for the trainer and the dog.
Author: William R. Koehler
Publisher: Ravenio Books
Release Date: 2016-04-09
When the complexities of modern living demanded that, for his own protection as well as his master’s convenience, the dog be made controllable, the average owner sought advice from the most available source, which was, too often, some local dog-show exhibitor. Not realizing that, excepting a few praiseworthy individuals, these exhibitors were only superficially concerned with the qualities of use and companionship, an unfortunate dog owner would accept the sight of trophies or ribbons as the credits of an expert. Growing numbers of people and dogs continued to emphasize the advantages of proper dog-behavior and when, in 1935, The American Kennel Club instituted its obedience trials, the competition necessary to focus attention on results and improvement of methods was provided. And something else was observed. It was evident that thorough obedience training does more than assure a dog’s response to his master’s command; capacities for learning and emotional stability could be increased and integrated as permanent qualities of character. Recently, leading magazines of both general and specialized nature have made the public aware of the trained dog’s potential, and of the recreational possibilities of dog training as a hobby. Interest in dog-training classes and other activities where dogs are dignified by usefulness, rather than merely looked at, is evidence that the dog-training public has outgrown the “make a game” and “tid-bit tossing” techniques that, by not being founded on positive and proper motivations, demonstrate the inadequacy of the master, thus promoting failure of response at those times when control is most needed, as well as contributing to the dog’s feeling of insecurity. Dog owners of perspective have come to want the type of obedience upon which a blind person might stake his life, and the emotional stability that is vital to dogs in the presence of small, unpredictable children. This classic includes the following chapters: Introduction Lesson I. Fables and Foibles Lesson II. Correct Equipment Lesson III. The Foundation Lesson IV. Heeling Lesson V. Sitting Lesson VI. The Automatic Sit Lesson VII. The Sit-Stay Lesson VIII. The Down Lesson IX. Down-Stay Lesson X. Stand-For-Examination Lesson XI. Recall Lesson XII. Finish Lesson XIII. Polishing Lesson XIV. The Throw-Chain Lesson XV. The Light Line Lesson XVI. Don’t Lose It—Use It Problems