The Pet Gundog Puppy: A common sense approach to training your gundog: 1
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The information contained in the book is sound common sense but something which we can miss out on unless told. It contains 52 training exercises colour coded into beginner, intermediate and advanced to inspire you while out training with your gundog. There are chapters on breeds, choice of puppy, pre-training, and all phases of training including equipment, obedience training, water work and advanced training, shooting days, field trials, good mouths and bad, and the wildfowler's dog. With a follower, walk in a tiny circle round him and then gradually spiral your circle outwards so that he can sit there and know that you aren’t actually leaving him behind.
If dreams of puppies mix regularly with dreams of your full-grown dog retrieving birds to hand, then these books focused on hunting dog training should be in your library.Chapters include: The first lesson - obedience; Teaching to drop at a distance; First lesson in retrieving; Exceptions among dogs, and sundry hints; Finding promiscuously hidden dummies; First lesson with the spring thrower; The report of the gun, and further lessons in steadiness; Introduction to fur and teaching to point; Teaching to get through a fence; Teaching to jump fences and gates, together with seasonable hints; Teaching to find game and follow a runner; Teaching to follow a laid line; Teaching to retrieve from or across water; Teaching spaniels to hunt their game; The first shooting expedition; Mainly about spaniels. Whatever the reason for your interest, a great way to understand why something works is to read about it and then try to put it into practice. trekmoor wrote:My advice for good HPR books is to read a few books on pointer/setter training, a few books on spaniel training and a few books on retriever training. Revised and updated, this is the all-encompassing foundation guide for living with and training your gundog. Keep in mind that anyone can view public collections - they may also appear in recommendations and other places.
I bought your ‘passing grade 1 ‘ book and found it very informative, especially the views from the dogs perspective regarding walks and hunting! The text is accompanied by line drawings and photographs all of which amplify the various points made by the author. Fast forward a few more years to 1989 for Martin Deeley’s thorough guide, and introduction to training and handling working gundogs. I have only had a terrier before, and although she is reasonably good for a terrier, it doesn't matter too much if she tears off after something when we are out walking on our own farm, but I realise that this is a complete no for a gun dog.
Please note: The sequence of books is The Pet Gundog Puppy OR The Pet Gundog, followed by The Advanced Pet Gundog. That’s what this book covers, and it does so in a step-by-step way rather than taking a theoretical edge. In my work with both dogs and horses, I’ve found operant conditioning to be the quickest and most engaging tool with which my animal partner enjoys learning.