The "right decision"to a retriever is generally that decision which feels good or is the most convenient.So its the trainers job to teach the dog that what feels good is that which pleases the trainer.
Am afraid this won't work for your vacation, but I was given, at one time, a big black binder and on the outside it said "The Bible" --- it was filled with Rex Carr's notes sent to some of his clients. Much of it has become the foundation for many of the books that were mentioned. The foundation was built upon, modified, variations were added and continue to be expanded upon.
For a vacation, there are some excellent training DVDs you could view.
Last edited by Ken Bora; 07-04-2014 at 03:59 PM.
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The Smartwork System for Retriever Training (link)
The material in James Lamb Free's book is still good, it just doesn't address the ecollar, but does mention some of the not so good old days methods for long range correction such as shotguns and slingshots.
Nevertheless, you teach before using the collar so there is useful information, plus it is a fun and sometimes hilarious read.
The Charles Morgan book is great too and there is one, The Cotton Pershall method that is fun as well.
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