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potshot
05-30-2004, 10:22 PM
What are your favorite training books and videos and why? I like the following:

For puppies:

Jackie Mertens Sound Beginnigns (video)
Water Dog (video), not the book
Finished Dog
Tri-tronics Retriever Training

For dogs:
the above, plus

Top Dog I and II (videos) and accompanying book
10 minute retriever
Smartfetch (at least the first part)
Spencers Blind Drills
Spencer's Marking Drills
Spencer's Retriever Test Training


I am undecided on the following:

Smartwork
Smartfetch (i havent studied the part after teaching the fetch command yet)
milner's retriever training for duck hunter
Spencer's training retrievers for marsh and meadows (although i like Spencer's writing style the best)
Quinn's Working Retrievers (because i haven't read it --i ordered it about a week ago from amazon, but it's not yet arrived)
Lardy's Total Retriever Training

Mike Peters-labguy23
05-30-2004, 10:40 PM
My mom always told me that if I didn't have anything nice to say don't say anything.

I like all of Evan's books, and I also enjoy and have learned from the Dahl's book. I have learned the most from the Lardy material including his articles and videos.

Thats my 2 cents worth,
Mike Peters

GA labman
05-31-2004, 08:55 AM
Evans books. Everything is laid out simple for a beginner like myself.

chasd
06-01-2004, 06:43 AM
Lardy with the Video is good ONCE you understand the jargon of this game. I was a newby when I got the lardy material and trying to understand it gave me a headache. I then went to Evan Grahams smartworks and found it easy to understand but once I got to the complicated marking and handling drills Evans book was a bit confusing so I crossed back to Lardy because it had a video which makes it easier. Now if Graham had videos to go along with his books................