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    Default Training Books and Videos

    What are your favorite training books and videos and why? I like the following:

    For puppies:

    Jackie Mertens Sound Beginnigns (video)
    Water Dog (video), not the book
    Finished Dog
    Tri-tronics Retriever Training

    For dogs:
    the above, plus

    Top Dog I and II (videos) and accompanying book
    10 minute retriever
    Smartfetch (at least the first part)
    Spencers Blind Drills
    Spencer's Marking Drills
    Spencer's Retriever Test Training

    I am undecided on the following:

    Smartfetch (i havent studied the part after teaching the fetch command yet)
    milner's retriever training for duck hunter
    Spencer's training retrievers for marsh and meadows (although i like Spencer's writing style the best)
    Quinn's Working Retrievers (because i haven't read it --i ordered it about a week ago from amazon, but it's not yet arrived)
    Lardy's Total Retriever Training

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    My mom always told me that if I didn't have anything nice to say don't say anything.

    I like all of Evan's books, and I also enjoy and have learned from the Dahl's book. I have learned the most from the Lardy material including his articles and videos.

    Thats my 2 cents worth,
    Mike Peters
    Mike Peters

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    Evans books. Everything is laid out simple for a beginner like myself.

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    Lardy with the Video is good ONCE you understand the jargon of this game. I was a newby when I got the lardy material and trying to understand it gave me a headache. I then went to Evan Grahams smartworks and found it easy to understand but once I got to the complicated marking and handling drills Evans book was a bit confusing so I crossed back to Lardy because it had a video which makes it easier. Now if Graham had videos to go along with his books................

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