If you want to train your dog for duck hunting but don’t know where to begin, books and training videos can be a great way to help get you started. Even experienced trainers can learn new tips and tricks that will help you train your dog in less time than ever before. With so much material out there, it can be hard to know which manuals and DVDs you should get. These a the three best dog training books/videos for how to train a duck dog.
1. Water Dog: Revolutionary Rapid Training Method by Richard Wolters
Water Dog is considered by many to be the bible of duck hunting training guides. Wolters was the first to publish a book in the retriever field and he personally developed several of the training methods that are still used today. The book is extremely well written and easy to follow, even for those with no training experience whatsoever. Water Dog provides step by step instructions that are accompanied by photographs for each training method.
2. Retriever Training for the Duck Hunter by Robert Milner
Robert Milner is a well known breeder who focuses his training on building a relationship between the hunter and his dog. By understanding the psychology behind training, Milner’s techniques help teach obedience faster than traditional training methods. Retriever Training is very accessible for new trainers, even children looking to train their first dog. At the same time, the book provides a wealth of new information that is useful to long time trainers. Milner teaches trainers not only what methods to follow but when to do each training exercise and for how long to do them.
3. Fowl Dogs DVD Series by Rick Stawski
If you prefer to learn from a video instead of a book, Rick Stawski’s DVD series, Fowl Dogs, is the answer. Stawski is an avid hunter and has trained dogs professionally for decades. His videos provide lots of great instruction and feature footage from actual training sessions done in his state of the art training facility. Fowl Dogs is a great way to teach any dog the fundamentals but the DVDs are not just for new trainers. Stawski also covers a number of drills that are a great way for veteran dog trainers to take things to the next level.
No matter what your experience level is, these books and videos can help anyone train their dog. While some of the material focuses on certain breeds, the basic concepts can be applied to any dog. These training materials are much cheaper than the cost of obedience school and by training your dog yourself, you create a better bond. Any dog can be trained and any person out their can learn how to do it with help from the right materials.
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