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    Default Review of 25 Essential Retriever Training Drills for Handling by Dennis Voigt

    I have just concluded my review of the dvds. It took me four sessions as I wanted to study the drills as I went along rather than just scan through them.
    I think it is outstanding and would give it a five star rating. My head is swimming with the things that I want to get out and do with Rowdy.
    I like the field guide because the sequence, sketch and distances are shown in a notebook that fits easily in my training bag or glove box in my mule. I won't have to make a copy of Lardy's sketches to take with me any longer.
    As I was reviewing the problem solutions section, I was thinking who does this apply to: Rowdy, Hank, Shadow, Bear or Daisy?
    I really like the 3X3 blind concept for teaching and maintenance. The other most important things to me were:
    Breaking down the drills into increments that I could understand (no easy task)
    Explanations of the variants that you might encounter.

    I could go on but my hat is off to Dennis for putting together and excellent training video.
    I highly recommend it.
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    Thanks Wayne for posting the other video. Very helpful and to have Dennis chime. Thank you both.
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    My dog and I reviewed a drill on the DVD while waiting for the sun to come up so we could go out and train... Best money I have spent in a while.
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    Yep. We caught a break in the rain and went to the little park in our development. We did Drill 6, Reverse Lining 7 Bumper Drill.
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    What possible drills could there be on the DVD that haven't been used by trainers or covered in Retrievers Online?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooper View Post
    What possible drills could there be on the DVD that haven't been used by trainers or covered in Retrievers Online?
    Guess you gotta get the DVD to find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooper View Post
    What possible drills could there be on the DVD that haven't been used by trainers or covered in Retrievers Online?
    Not sure what that has to do with the DVD? I like it a lot, think it's very well done and does an excellent job of demonstrating and explaining.

    It's titled "25 Essential Retriever Training Drills for Handling", not "Secret Drills That Have Never Been Seen Before".

    Nicely done, Dennis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooper View Post
    What possible drills could there be on the DVD that haven't been used by trainers or covered in Retrievers Online?
    Dennis does an excellent job of showing what he has talked about for years in Retrievers Online.

    For example, he shows a 3-peat blind where the first blind is a little rough and by the third blind his retriever really understands the concept and lines the blind. The DVD is not simply about drills, it clearly portrays Dennis's training philosophy and rationale. His 3X3 method (walkaround blinds, 3-peat cold blinds, and returning to old blinds) is excellent.

    I especially appreciated his "donut" philosophy of where ideally a retriever should be trained at.

    Fourty+ years of retriever wisdom is clear on this DVD!
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    One of my favorite Dennis Voigt articles is the swimby tuneup drill. I believe that may be shown on this DVD.

    I look forward to finding out myself!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Atkinson View Post
    One of my favorite Dennis Voigt articles is the swimby tuneup drill. I believe that may be shown on this DVD.

    I look forward to finding out myself!
    Yes it does Chris. I haven't watched very much of it but what I have watched, I really liked. Thanks Dennis!
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