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    Has anyone ever heard of or tried the Retriever Fever training? What are the up's and downs of Dustins training program? I liked the idea that he walks you through JH to MH tests. (I want to be able to train a pup up to the MH level.) Retriever Fever is about half the price of Lardy's. So, what do you guy's think? Lardy's or Retriever Fever?

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    Retriever Fever is very light on content when it comes right down to it. As far as walking you through the test, that is not really the case. He spends about 2 mins on the JH test and no more than 5 on the other. He has his kids set up as judges and gives a brief spiel about what each test entails. You can glean about as much information by reading the hunt test rules.

    That said, I believe that something can be taken from just about every book/video/resource concerning retriever training and I took some helpful tips away from the RF videos. If I were only going to buy one set though, the Lardy tapes are much better in my opinion.

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    Thanks for the help. I was thinking of Lardy also.

    Joe

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    Retriever Fever is educational and entertaining but you will not be able
    to develop a training program by the tapes. The Lardy tapes are a true training program. The Smartworks books are also a very good training program.
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    I liked the videos. Shawn Dustin is enthusiastic and shows a variety of dogs working in various settings. I think the material is solid and it is worth the viewing.

    The ?Puppy? video covers picking a healthy pup, encouraging early retrieves, introduction to throwers, guns, birds and water. Simple guidelines and rules to follow with young retrievers to develop a desire to please, retrieve and the ability to understand pressures in training are covered. There is also some very cute footage of both human and canine puppies interacting.

    The ?Gundog? video includes: family obedience, gun dog obedience, force training (force fetch), confidence in water, putting together desire and obedience in the field. A step-by-step walkthrough of a junior hunt test is also presented. This video also has a segment that covers answers to common problems associated with a dog in the transition stage.

    The Advanced video is one of the best I have seen. It has information about electronic collar conditioning, step-by-step double retrieves with diversions, stop and sit on the whistle, blind retrieves, angle casts, cold blinds, combining marks and blinds and step-by-step run throughs at senior and master level hunt tests. Shawn Dustin shows several retrievers going through different drills to help progress a dog?s handling ability.

    My only complaint on this series is most of the dogs do not make any mistakes. However, throughout the video lessons, Shawn Dustin does offer possible problems and solutions that may arise during a particular lesson, we just don?t get to see many mistakes and if a mistake was made, the reason for the lesson and the dog?s ability level was taken into account for on any correction.

    The information presented in this video series is not really new. However, I highly recommend this video series. Shawn Dustin?s knowledge and enthusiasm are readily apparent. His screen presence and demeanor with the dogs is very positive and he has multiple dogs to work with. So, we see a variety of dogs at all different levels in real training sessions.

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    blast from the past...

    my friend was considering getting this set at a discount. I personally have seen the Gun Dog DVD and felt the guy did a good job in being enthusiastic and clear in what he was trying to get across. Also made it entertaining, I think his voice is a bit overdone but... I think some people will get something out of this. I remember seeing him on A Dog's Life with a Chessie and felt that was one of my fave episodes.

    But can anyone comment on his e-collar conditioning methods? I am curious and I never got to see that DVD.

    I know Lardy's material is pretty much the standard but I am curious and like to check out all methods of e-collar conditioning / training methods. I have already done it (using Lardy) but a friend of mine is wanting to see the "big picture" before choosing which method.

    He is curious about Shawn Dustin's method.

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    Shoot me a PM if you would like to hear my story with the videos and sending my dog to Dustin Retrievers

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    hmmmm, I think I getya. Someone else kinda told me their experience with Shawn and also pointed out that episode of A Dog's Life where he was "attempting" to handle his chessie. I forgot about it so I went to myoutdoortv.com and looked up that specific episode and re-watched it. Hmmmmmm. Good guy but...????

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    I found the advancd video very informative.

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    I have the set. As said previously info can be gleaned from any source, but I was disappointed in this set. He consistently ignores/tolerates mistakes by the dog...whether it's dropping the bird, not heeling properly or not remaining steady. He should have taken those opportunities to show how to correct. I honestly asked myself "how could he let this product go to sale?" I understand the dogs will do these things, but he needed to address it, not ignore it. IMO, it took away his credibility.

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