Where to start??

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Where to start??

Postby wiscoboy » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:20 am

Ive been duck hunting with my buddy over the past few years and I figure its time we get a good bird dog. I have a six month old chocolate lab and im wondering when and how to start training him? Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Where to start??

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:20 pm

Buy the training books or DVD. Otherwise get one on one training sessions with a trainer.

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Re: Where to start??

Postby mikebosmans » Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:42 pm

A very good program would be SmartWorks by Evan Graham. Available in DVD or paperback.
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Re: Where to start??

Postby wiscoboy » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:25 am

I will have to check it out thank you
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Re: Where to start??

Postby Deuce22 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:06 am

I second smart works. I have a draht, but used Evans system and really like it. Especially smartfetch. My pup is a retrieving machine.
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Re: Where to start??

Postby wiscoboy » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:45 am

Where would I find the dvds?
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Re: Where to start??

Postby Deuce22 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:39 am

Gun Dog Supply is good, or you can get it straight from evan at evan-graham.net.
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Re: Where to start??

Postby wiscoboy » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:06 pm

Im definitely going to start with gundogsupply lot of good info on there thanks again
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Re: Where to start??

Postby tywhite87 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:25 pm

What area of wisco are you in? Check for training groups in your area, working with an experienced trainers will put you leaps and bounds ahead of just reading books. As far as when to start training, if your pup is 6 months old you're about 4 months behind.
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Re: Where to start??

Postby goosie119 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:33 am

tywhite87 wrote:What area of wisco are you in? Check for training groups in your area, working with an experienced trainers will put you leaps and bounds ahead of just reading books. As far as when to start training, if your pup is 6 months old you're about 4 months behind.



Not really behind at all, the real formal training starts once the pup gets their adult teeth, so right around 6 months of age. Most pros won't take a dog until then so they can go right into force fetch and set the tone for everything else that follows. Basic obedience should've been started months ago, but now's a good time to continue to work on that to give the pup a break from force fetch.

Another good video series to look into is Duck Dog Basics 1 & 2 with Chris Akin. It's real easy to follow for someone who doesn't have a lot of experience training dogs and will get you a meat dog and more depending on the level of training you'd be satisfied with. Eventually most end up going with a system like TRT, Smartworks, or Fowl Dawgs, but Akin's videos are good too.
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Re: Where to start??

Postby mikebosmans » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:09 am

Wiscoboy, where are you from?
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Re: Where to start??

Postby Justin Weber » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:42 am

Id take the next month and get her obedience up to par and send her to a trainer for 4 months. You'll come back with a dog that you will have a good foundation.
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Re: Where to start??

Postby wiscoboy » Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:39 am

From the columbus area
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