Hello--I would like advice on AMATEUR books or training videos for my 3 1/2 black lab and his AMATEUR handler. The dog is a pet. I have been to one field trial practice and gotten interested in the sport. And this duck season learned that casting is very important. But this dog is first and foremost a family pet and my primary goal is to not mess anything up in that department.
Here are things I need to work on:
The other day I sent Jake (my lab) to find a tennis ball some kids has lost. I did blind retrieve/casting with voice commands. He did it perfectly. That got me pumped.
- Whistle-When I first got the dog I taught him to sit with one whistle and to come with three whistle toots. Something has happened and he is now confused with whistle commands, but still responds nicely to voice commands. I am scared I am responsible for the confusion/lack of confidence due to poor use of electric collar.
- Electric Collar--This thing scares the hell out of me due to Whistle issue above. The dog is not ruined--he still has hard drive and all the basics down. But I can definitely see where a dog could be easily ruined with an electric collar.
- Casting -
So I went out today to work on him with the whistle. I need to get him to sit 100% of the time at distance with whistle toot. And I could see his confidence erroding with collar use--even at low setting. So that thing is being put up until I am sure I know how to use it right.
I have read "Smart Work" by Evan Graham. It is for professionals. I need something geared toward amateurs.
I know it is important to teach things in order according to flow chart. If I had time machine I would go back and fix it. But it is what it is now. I need to teach: whistle sit, casting, electric collar correction without harming his enthusiasm. That is what I need help with currently.
Any suggestions on progams/books/dvds suitable for me and Jake are greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!