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    Thumbs down Confusion puppy training

    Hello all... I am new to this forum and new to training in general. That said, I have a 8 week old pup that I want to be a great house dog and a good hunter. In that order. While I hunt trials are great that is not what I am focused on. I have read a bunch of book/articles/videos etc in the past six months I am more confused then ever. I know most have very strong opinions on training methods I am looking for advice. Honestly I am trying to stay away from ecollars simply because I don't have one. I have read many books as stated earlier and really like the ideals behind wildrose (Stewart). While I may get negative feedback here I am looking for a great puppy DVD since Stewart doesn't have one. Again I am very new to this so go easy on me here. I am also not looking to spend a fortune on series of DVDs. While some will say you get what you pay for I'm just looking for ideas here.

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    Sound Beginnings is one.
    Southland Dixe's Hunter Boy, JH (Hunter)
    Triple J's Hotta Habanera Mo Betta, (Mo)
    Freezeland's Carbon Squared, (CC)

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    Try Smart works. I am not sure of price. Chris Akins also has one that is about 20.00. You might be able to buy a used video that someone is finished with.

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    Buy the smartworks book series from Evan Graham. I like the books better because more detail, quick reference, take with in the field, etc. And cheaper!

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    X2 on the books from Evan.. The DVD's are great, but i think you can get what you need to get going from the books... I own the whole DVD series and still have to refer back to the books at times...

    FYI he also has a bunch of free articles you can print off of Gun Dog Supply as well...
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    If you like Wildrose, don't waste your money on Smartworks or Lardy. Focus on Wildrose and anything you can from Duckhill if that's what you prefer to do. The methods and expectations are very different.

    Mertens is a good start.

    You can also look at Michael Ellis "Power of Training Dogs With Food" as a place to get started. Michael has a cool "language" he uses, that when incorporated into a retriever program works very well.
    Darrin Greene

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    Another good program is Retriever Fever by Shawn Dustin.

    Another option not mentioned.
    Join a local retriever club, get involved and learn.
    Don

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    good luck on the journey and remember have fun.

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    See this site:

    http://billhillmann.net
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