Need help: Training Tips

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  1. Tdawg5664

    Tdawg5664 Refuge Member

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    I have a purebred black lab and this is my first dog that I am training. I have taught her to sit, stay, bring the object she's retrieving back to me. I want to know what else I need to teach her since I'm new to this. I am planning on using the dog when hunting over water out of a blind.
     
  2. EvanG

    EvanG Elite Refuge Member

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    Welcome to the world of working retrievers. One of the advantages you're about to get acquainted with is that there are many fun, rewarding hours, days, months, and years ahead of you! The good news is that there's a lot to learn. The better news is that both the learning and the work of training are incredibly fun and exciting.

    How old is your dog?

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  3. Tdawg5664

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    My dog just turned 1 and picks up what Im teaching her super quick. She loves retrieving and will go for as long as I want and doesn't slow down.
     
  4. Doc E

    Doc E Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Are you following any particular training program ?
    Also if we knew where you live, there are probably "Refuge" people who would invite you to join them in some training sessions.

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  5. Tdawg5664

    Tdawg5664 Refuge Member

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    I am following a book called "water dogs" that my uncle has used with all his dogs
     
  6. Doc E

    Doc E Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    "Water Dog" (by Richard A Wolters) was a good book - - - - 50 years ago.
    There are MUCH better training programs available now.
    And, we still don't know where you live.

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  7. Tdawg5664

    Tdawg5664 Refuge Member

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    There are a couple of Hunting Retriever Clubs on your side.
    Do a google search for
    Whistling Wings Hunting Retriever Club (they usually train near Carnation)
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    Cascade Hunting Retriever Club (they usually train near Snohomish)

    Get ahold of them and find out when their next training day is.

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  9. Tdawg5664

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    Ok. Thanks for your help. I will have to look into one of them
     
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    Wolters' books are fine for training a gun dog. And yes, it is a fifty plus year old book and the fact it still sells should say something to its effectiveness. I used the same principles on my first 3 labs. Worked every time. If you plan on playing the field trial game then be ready to shell out big bucks on travel and time. And I would recommend a better program for training at that point. I like Hillman's approach best for starting my pup. He makes it fun and simple. And also more single trainer oriented. By no means am I trying to say there aren't great training books and DVDs on the market. But to say you can't train a gun dog with Wolters would be a mistake. Whatever you decide, consistency will be the key.
     
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