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    Hello Everyone,

    I was wondering if anyone could reccomend a good book for training a retriever. I am not interested in competions or anything like that, just to have a respectable hunting partner.

    Thanks,

    James

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    Welcome to the RTF jry.
    Top of this page, the brown Mike Lardy Banner. Click and find the printed stuff, his volume 1 for $25 will kick your can down the road purty far.
    "So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold

    "The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin

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    I used to drive over to Maine to run tests in "The Bog" Saco River club, great folks. Are you near the west edge of Maine?

    edit- checked a map, you ain't near anything 'cept Steve Kings pet cemetery.!!
    Last edited by Ken Bora; 04-04-2013 at 09:19 AM.
    "So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold

    "The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin

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    Ha Ha ya I'm a ways up there. After more research I've discovered the Lard books as well as Retriever Puppy Training. Is this a good start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jryan09 View Post
    Lard
    Edit: Lardy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jryan09 View Post
    Hello Everyone,

    I was wondering if anyone could reccomend a good book for training a retriever. I am not interested in competions or anything like that, just to have a respectable hunting partner.

    Thanks,

    James
    Tom Dokken's Retriever Training : The Complete Guide to Developing Your Hunting Dog is right up your ally. This is what I am currently working on with my pup. It is very easy to understand, very well laid out and is 100% geared towards hunting. If you are into the "positive training" thing, Robert Milners Retriever Training: A Back-to-Basics Approach book may be of interest to you as well.
    Labrador Retriever, a 20g & grouse...is there a better combination?

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    i just ordered all the Lardy stuff and Mertens Sound Beginnings

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    I would add James Spencer Training Retrievers for marshes and meadows

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    I start off with Mertens "Sound Beginnings' and Bill Hilmann's 'Training a Retriever Puppy' Everything else after I use the "Smartwork for retrievers" 1 & 2....these are idiot proof, just right for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jryan09 View Post
    Ha Ha ya I'm a ways up there
    do you hunt off shore? I hear the tides are wicked up that way.
    "So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold

    "The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin

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