Long story, short, I recent watched a Retriever Trial. Needless to say, I am hooked. There is sooo much I need to learn, to say the least. My question is, where do I start? Can someone recommend some good resources?
Where are you from?
I would suggest joining a Hunting Retriever club and going from there. There are a lot of knowledgeable people in the clubs that are more than willing to get a newbie addicted!
There are also on-line message boards that are interesting to go and read,
Try The 'Fuge and scroll down to the Gun Dogs board
Good luck and see ya around the message boards!
Karen and the gang
BBI Kodi's Journey To Anotch (Journey)
BBI Kodi's Blackpowder Striker (Flint)
Join your local Hunt Test/Field Trial club! You can find them by searching the AKC and Hunting Retriever Club websites.
There are plenty of things for you to read collected here:
Also, start with a sequential training program like Mike Lardy's at www.totalretriever.com or Evan Graham's "Smartworks" program.
I got to go to part of an Evan Grahm seminar and I think that he has a pretty good system and would recomend it. Of course I am pretty new at this stuff but his work did seem to make sense to me and the pros I train with while not using his system are doing the same things.
Kelly and Amber
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