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03-04-2007, 07:50 PM
just wondering if anyone knows of any good training books or videos for bird- dogs, I have a ten-month old chocolate lab and might be interested in training him as a retreiver
03-04-2007, 09:54 PM
I would suggest joining a local lab hunting club. The members will be more than happy to help you out. But as for labs I have heard that hickox does a good job.
03-05-2007, 01:04 AM
Tom Quinn has a really good retriever book, also the "ten minute retriever" is a good one. Good luck! We have 2 Chesapeake bay Retriever F 17mth and M 8mth. The female has one hunting season under her belt and the little guy got 2 easy retrieves last year. If your dog comes from good stock it'll be natural to them. There isn't anything better than to see them work!
03-05-2007, 02:06 AM
If your not a big reader there is a DVD/VHS series that is excellent called retriever fever. A little price-y but worth it.
03-05-2007, 12:47 PM
I'd do as Ryan suggests. All the books and video's are fine, but they tend to tell you only how to train your dog, when in actual fact, You need to also be trained in how to properly train your dog. Working with a bunch of people who have loads of experience will go a long way...then by Wooters books/tapes.
03-06-2007, 09:23 PM
thanks for all the info guys!!!
03-06-2007, 09:59 PM
Lardy's videos are great, Evan Graham (Smartwork) is good stuff, Fowl Dawgs is a good vid and easy to understand, and the 10 Minute Retreiver by Dahl is a great book. Pick a program, stick to it, and you should do good...
Rack, how is the training coming along on your lab? The reason I ask is that I remember you saying that you got one at about the same time I got mine. 3 yrs-3 1/2 years old?
04-09-2007, 09:27 PM
All books by Bill Tarrant, Butch Goodwin, Tom Quinn. The rest your taking your chances. Butch has a great cd also.
04-09-2007, 09:42 PM
I just finished paying a guy out of Magrath down south $800 a month for the last 3 months. It was well worth the money and couldn't have done better if I spent the time doing it myself. You really need to know how to train a dog or be with someone that knows how to make it worth the time and effort.
04-10-2007, 12:44 AM
where are you located mka.? I'm near Provost and wouldn't mind getting a training group together.
04-10-2007, 06:50 AM
Does anyone know of any groups or retriever clubs near Edmonton ?? Or Id like to hook up with someone for some training and maybe fall waterfowl and bird hunting.
04-10-2007, 08:05 AM
Depends on your interest - hunt test or field trial clubs? There are both in the Edmonton area.
NAHRA (hunt test)
National Retriever Club of Canada (mostly field trial clubs)
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