What Pup Training Program to Choose for these goals?

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What Pup Training Program to Choose for these goals?

Postby C.J. » Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:46 am

I am getting my Yellow Lab pup in April (male) and want to go ahead and start reviewing a training program to use with him. I can work with him every day, money is not an issue, E collar training will be used if needed. I have had labs before but have never used a training program. I would prefer DVD
I also have access to dead and Live ducks/dove/pigeons at any time.

I would like program to also include:
-Intro to water
-Introducing birds
-Introducing gun fire

Here are my goals for him
-Basic Obedience – Sit/stay/down/here/kennel
-Deer and Antler Shed Tracking
-Duck retrieve from blind
-Dove retrieve in field
-Double retrieve/Blind retrieves of birds

I'm not trying to compete in field trials or anything since I don’t have enough time with family/work/hunting already. I just want a dog who can do the above efficiently and most of all want to start him off correctly with the right program. I have been researching more on Sound beginnings, smartworks, and fowl dogs, just would like some other opinions.

Here is a list of programs I found
Mike Lardy-Total Retriever Training (DVD/Hard Copy Series)
*Rick Stawski-Fowl Dawgs (DVD Series)
*Evan Graham-SmartWorks (DVD Series/book series)
Jackie Merten -Sound Beginnings Puppy/Young dog (Hard Copy)
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Re: What Pup Training Program to Choose for these goals?

Postby krazybronco2 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:02 am

Bill hillmans Training a Retriever puppy is an awesome dvd for the first 6-8months of the dogs life. everything is about keeping it fun and exciting. just about each session has three things you work on and they are always sit, walk with a lead, and chase something. it introduces water, dead and live birds, gun fire, starts teaching doubles and ever so slightly introduces the blind retrieve.
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