Please recommend one or two training books. We are of course interested in basic obedience as well as basic gun dog/retriever training. Thank you.
I have been reading 10 minute retriever and it seems pretty good.
yup, 10 minute retriever is good
Smartworks and Smartfetch by Evan Graham have a following also.
If you are new to fieldwork and plan to do force fetching and/or use the e-collar, my suggestion would be to learn from a pro, not a book. You may already be doing this, and if so, my apologies, but any aversive-oriented training program can have unpleasant side-effects if you don't structure it properly and work hard to keep the dog's desire and enthusiasm high. It's an art as much as a science, and your best bet for learning it properly is from someone you trust. Are you working with a club?
New to fieldwork as far as labs. We had an English Setter for 14 years who DH hunted upland birds with just as a hobby. Never have done any tests, formal work, etc. with dogs. We live in a rural area so we may need to do some leg work in looking up a trainer, but it is a point well-taken. I am sure we need to be trained as much as the dog. Thanks.Originally Posted by theoconbrio
For general obedience training, I recommend Jean Donaldson's "Culture Clash."
It follows the basic principles of learning theory (theory as in the "theory of gravity" -- not just a supposition or hypothesis; rather, you'd better bank on it.)
For training in hunting skills, I suggest you ask on this JL sub-board:
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
caveat - I haven't read this book, nor do I hunt/field trial my dogs, BUT this looks like a good read:
I say waterdog. I know some people would rather use them as beer holders... put Thank god everyone has opionions! I have a 8 month old that is doing great.
Darin has some top notch Lab's and here's a link to his ideas!
A fresh bone after a long walk... Wow! It's the simple things! <br /><br />http://www.myspace.com/maximus_feather_chaser
Culture Clash and 10-Minute Retriever are two of my favorites!!!