My black female Pointing Lab (Betty) will be coming home in just a few weeks. She will mainly be a waterfowl dog, but I may do some upland hunting as well. Right now I'm just soaking in as much information as possible and trying to prepare myself. I've watched the Water Dog and Game Dog DVD's, and I've read the Water Dog book. While these have been great resources even I, a newbie trainer, can tell that a lot of the methods are a bit outdated. I am planning on buying the Smartworks Vol 1 and the SmartFetch books. I'm also going to pick up 10-Minute Retriever. While I'm making an order through Lion Country Supply, I was thinking I should probably pick up a few more "must-have" training items while I'm at it.
So far, all I've got is a 30' check cord. I'll probably make a few custom leads out of rope or something. I'm assuming I'll need a good choke collar, a whistle... and I'm planning on getting a Tri-Tronics Sport Basic G3 e-collar soon, too.
Can you think of any other must-have training items that I should pick up, for use in the first couple months of training? Do you have any recommendations on which model/type of whistle that I should purchase?