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a good book?

Postby huntingwidow » Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:57 pm

My hubby decided to try to make my mutt into a duck dog if he'll take to it. He loves to swim, retrieves and could care less about gun shots so we figured we give him a try instead of getting another dog. Is there a good book out there on training a retriever?
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Postby 98ramtough » Thu Apr 28, 2005 2:56 pm

I would recommend Even Grahm's books. 10 minute retriever is also a great book.

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Postby shrpshtr » Thu Apr 28, 2005 3:17 pm

i personally like richard wolter's books. gun dog, water dog, game dog, etc. his philosophy has served me well.
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Postby gahunter » Thu Apr 28, 2005 6:23 pm

I agree with 98 ram. 10 minute retriever is a good'en. :thumbsup:
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Postby Greg Wile » Thu Apr 28, 2005 7:41 pm

All of the above are good books to go with. I personaly followed the teachings of Wolters in Water Dog, plus some of my experiace with handling and working with the large and small hounds that I have had.
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Postby gsphunter » Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:21 pm

I like all the suggestions so far, but I like Evan Graham's books alot. Very thorough in how he teaches.
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Postby likesbigspreads » Thu Apr 28, 2005 9:06 pm

ANother vote for Water Dog by Richard Wolters :spam: Very easy to follow and also has some statement in there that says "if your dog is not black, yellow, or brown throw this book away because you dog is worthless" or something like that :toofunny:
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Postby Greg Wile » Fri Apr 29, 2005 2:38 am

I should have added that it really depends on what you want for a finished dog. There are books that show the basics and some that show how to make a champion field trial dog or a bench and comformation champ. It depends on what you want. If you want a dog that is obeadiant and will retrieve birds well and don't give a hoot about showing, then there are numerous books out there that will give you the basics. Good luck with your training what ever you decide you want as a finished dog. :thumbsup:
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Postby huntingwidow » Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:32 am

Thanks Guys. I think we'll be sticking with the basics. Luckily he is mostly black so he mostly qualifies. I hope a few grey and white spots won't do him in. lol
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Postby wa.duckhunter » Fri Jun 03, 2005 1:43 pm

I would suggest water dog as well. :thumbsup:
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Postby cmelik10 » Fri Jun 03, 2005 3:37 pm

10 min retriever is a good one but it has alot of holes...I would recommend reading that and filling in the holes with Evans series. There is a new on out that you might want to look at its in DVD form. Its by Butch Goodwin called Retrievers from the inside out. I have talked to a few pros that say it is by far the best book for training from beginning to finish. I haven't personally checked this one out yet but I hope to eventually.

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Postby CALLEMQUACKTN » Fri Jun 03, 2005 11:07 pm

I have the Water Dog book.
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