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    Hello all, I have been looking around the thread for a while now, and getting more into hunting every year. I would like to start researching training a partner to spend time in the woods with. Was wondering if anyone could recommend some books that might get me started. I would like to have a dog that I could hunt both waterfowl, and upland/ small game with. Kind of leaning toward a Lab, but not set in stone, open to almost any breed. I have a good amount of experience in basic obedience training of dogs, and realize that I will probably benefit greatly from some professional help and plan on enlisting some when the time comes. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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    look up Vickie Lamb she has several good books on training dogs.

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    I have used books by richard wolters (spelling and exact name may need a google) with great results. Gun dog, water dog, and game dog, were three great books for me the first go round. Some folks don't like em. Only a suggestion. Just ordered all three from amazon for $50 since my dad won't return the ones i lent, and my new friend will be here on the 30th.

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    monk, I would say you need to define your realm a bit. Make a list of the critters you actually hunt and where you actually hunt them. How much training does it cost to be that "versatile". A lab can hunt waterfowl and pheasants. Consider why and what that means. Hunting pheasants, a lab is a flusher until the shot. A flusher working alone or with other flushers need to be traind to work close in, within gun range. The reason is that that kind of dog will not hold a point for you to get in range if you are out of it. Birds gone, no shot. So point a holding bird, flush a running bird and bark at a hare. Needs a nose for all of them and the time to be trained for each. Try both links attached...

    http://vommoorehaus.com/truly-versatile-video.php

    http://vommoorehaus.com/truly-versatile.php

    http://vommoorehaus.com/how_to_buy_a_gun_dog.php

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    There are a few threads here that have asked the same question...you could search those threads and start with those books that are listed.
    As armyMark says you will need to narrow your parameters some, your OP was pretty broad.

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    "Water Dog", by Richard Wolters worked great for my chessie....

    She also ended up pointing pheasants as well.....
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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    I got alot of tips and advice from Larry Mueller's book, "Speed Train Your Own Retriever" . I used this on my last GSP and although it was more for a water dog, the GSP do like water also. I read the book before I even bought the dog as it has some pointers about picking out a pup. Here is the book at Amzon. Good luck

    http://www.amazon.com/Speed-Train-Yo.../dp/0811722015#_

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    Thanks for all the advice, I have alot of reading to do. I dont plan on getting my new hunting partner for a couple years but wanted to start my research early so I can make sure that I can be as ready as possible when the time comes. I have started ordering a bunch of books, and I am very excited to start learning what I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markopolo50 View Post
    I read the book before I even bought the dog as it has some pointers about picking out a pup.
    You made me think about something.......I do believe Wolters said something along the lines of when you go pick out a pup, bring a small ball with you. Get all the pups attention with it, and then roll it away from them. Look for the one who shows the most aggression towards retrieving the ball.

    When I picked out my chessie, I really didn't have the choice as she was the last one. But there was a small ball there and I rolled IT along the floor. She made a nice beeline towards it right off. Like I said, she was the last of the litter, but I'd be willing to bet she was the best. I've never had a better hunting dog in all my life. But I did put all kinds of time into her for sure.

    If the dog you pick out is smart and has good instincts, the way your dog turns out will be DIRECTLY related to how much QUALITY time you devote to it's training. It can be nerve wrecking at times, and quite frustrating as well, but the end result will be well worth it. You just have to do your part and really make it a point to consistently MAKE the time. With today's fast paced lives it's not always an easy thing to do.

    There is nothing like hunting over a good dog....!!!

    Good Luck...!!!
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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    Another great way to pick a pup is just take a kid and let them pick. Any pup no matter the breeding is still a gamble.

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    Just a few books & DVDs:

    "Sound Beginning" by Jackie Mertens (DVD) - available at http://www.puppyvideo.com/ & other gundog supply places

    "Retriever Puppy Training : The Right Start For Hunting" by Cherylon Loveland & Clarice Rutherfood - http://www.gundogsupply.com/bkk-0523.html Excellent, covers the basics and inexpensive

    "The 10-Minute Retriever : How To Make A Well-Mannered, Obedient, Enthusiastic Gun Dog in 10 Minutes A Day" by John & Amy Dahl - you can find it at Amazon.com

    Evan Graham's "Puppy Program" DVD I haven't seen, but a lot of people like it. His "Smartwork For Retrievers", vol. 1 covers basic training, step-by-step. His books/DVDs are available at http://rushcreekpress.com/allproducts.html

    Bill Hillmann's training DVDs - http://www.hawkeyemedia.net/

    Mike Lardy's DVDs & books - http://www.totalretriever.com/

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