Dakota Creek wrote:Take a look at the Fowl Dawg series (there are 4 DVD's) to the series so you could pick up the DVD's as needed in your training depending upon how in depth you want to go in your training. Rick works slowly through the training so you will get the visuals you are looking for.
Fowl Dawgs 1 covers basic training - introduction to land and water marks, obedience, hold, force fetch, collar conditioning, steadying your dog and quartering.
Fowl Dawgs 2 covers advanced basics - force to pile, indirect pressure, whistle sit, mini T, double T, swim-by and remote swim-by.
Another possible training DVD is Chris Akin's. I have not seen this, but many mention it so maybe someone else will chime in here.
The Fowl Dog individual DVD's are not too $$$$ .... But if you are concerned on cost, again I would suggest you take a look at the Classified Section on Retriever Training Forum (RTF) as there is always someone looking to sell their lightly used training DVD's.
Would also suggest locating a retriever club that you can go out and train with as club members will happily work with a new member and their pup and all that will cost is throwing a few birds at the club's training day!
Chris aikens duck dog basics:
He uses more atta girls and boys than no's. Its all based on positive reinforcement.
Picking a puppy ( pedigrees and clearances )
What not to do to start bad habits ( tug-o-war as example )
Basic ob - here, sit, sit-stay, down, and kennel
Returning to heel after commanding here
Intro to birds
Intro to guns
Intro to water
Intro to decoys
Intro to blinds/boats/stand
How/where/why to train in different places, terrains, and cover
Intro to collar
Force Fetch which starts with hold
Reintro to birds after FF
Practicing hunting situations with birds, guns, calls, and blinds.
I used this program and I was very satisfied with outcome. I felt like it was informative throughout each step. Like any program, you have to stick to it, and not take shortcuts.
Then DDB 2 moves on to advanced training such as t, mini t, swim by and such.
I think I covered it well, may have forgot something though. Biggest mistake I made and learned from was don't try taking the lead off too soon. I've seen many threads where others had the same problems. Take it slow. If its not working simplify it back a step.