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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.
 

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yup, 10 minute retriever is good
Smartworks and Smartfetch by Evan Graham have a following also.
 

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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?
 

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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.
 

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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:

http://www.justlabradors.com/forum/index.php/board,11.0.html
 

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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!

www.mclabstrainingsupplies.com
 
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