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I didn't find Niland to be urban enough in the book.
 

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I didn't find Niland to be urban enough in the book.
So you sayin' don't judge a book or a field trial ("event") by its cover?

I mean, that could be the legendary lost city of the Aztecs just lacking appropriate urban "cover."

J. Marti, what's your review?

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I just received this book and like it.
It is a quality hardback book, published in 2019. 200 pages.
The authors have successfully trained 10 field champions
and have over 50 years of training experience.

Table of Contents:
1) Early Memories
2) Finding a Special Pup
3) Basic Drills and Concepts to Understand
4) Intermediate Training
5) Advanced Training
6) Advanced Training Properties
7) Judges, Artists in Their Own Right
8) The Double Header Club
9) Shining Stars
10) Tips from Pros and Amateurs

Chapter 4) Intermediate Training :
Key Single Concepts
Head Swinging--Bear's Dilemma
Techniques to Improve Marking:
  • Montana Marking Drill
  • Sliding Y Drill
  • Ghost Marking
  • Enhancing Memory
Keno's Story

Chapter 5) Advanced Training:
Land Marking Skills
  • Running Straight
  • Long Marks
  • Short Marks
  • Retired Guns
  • Increasing Momentum
Water Marking Skills
  • Lining into the Water Drill
  • Shoreline Marks
  • Disassociated and Boat Marks
Blinds
  • Lining
  • Technical Blinds
  • Advanced Land Casting
  • Four Square Drill
  • Water Blinds
  • Advanced Water Casting Drill
  • Conclusion
 

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I just received this book and like it.
It is a quality hardback book, published in 2019. 200 pages.
The authors have successfully trained 10 field champions
and have over 50 years of training experience.

Table of Contents:
1) Early Memories
2) Finding a Special Pup
3) Basic Drills and Concepts to Understand
4) Intermediate Training
5) Advanced Training
6) Advanced Training Properties
7) Judges, Artists in Their Own Right
8) The Double Header Club
9) Shining Stars
10) Tips from Pros and Amateurs

Chapter 4) Intermediate Training :
Key Single Concepts
Head Swinging--Bear's Dilemma
Techniques to Improve Marking:
  • Montana Marking Drill
  • Sliding Y Drill
  • Ghost Marking
  • Enhancing Memory
Keno's Story

Chapter 5) Advanced Training:
Land Marking Skills
  • Running Straight
  • Long Marks
  • Short Marks
  • Retired Guns
  • Increasing Momentum
Water Marking Skills
  • Lining into the Water Drill
  • Shoreline Marks
  • Disassociated and Boat Marks
Blinds
  • Lining
  • Technical Blinds
  • Advanced Land Casting
  • Four Square Drill
  • Water Blinds
  • Advanced Water Casting Drill
  • Conclusion
Dave

Could you be more specific? What did you like about it?

Thanks

Ted
 

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Dave

Could you be more specific? What did you like about it?

Thanks

Ted
I liked that the author's perspective from training in the San Diego area.
They describe drills that can be run most anywhere in the US that has a park, golf course, or farm pond.

I like that the authors have 50 years of experience, have judged the nationals,
and have produced 10 field champions.
Yet the book is so much more than just describing the authors training methods.

The book is not simply the author's perspective, but includes perspectives and drills of many others.
For example, in the Basics chapter they include "Sagacity" by Jerry Patopea
and Chris Ledford's "Come to Me Drill", Don Remein's "Montana Marking Drill".

The book is rich in history in terms of dogs and people.
For example, Rex Carr
"During WWII, Rex was a Major.
His legs were shot up with shrapnel, to the degree that doctors recommended amputation.
Rex resisted, and asked for time for them to heal. He spent a year in an Army hospital,
mostly lying in bed. Afterwards, although his legs healed well enough for him to regain
their use, he often had pain. He said that time wasn't wasted because it forced him
to reflect on what was important about life, and how he wanted to live it. He decided
to turn to animals because they had been a comfort to him as a child.

Once discharged, Rex went to an animal shelter and walked down the aisles of the
kennel there. He said that certain dogs seemed to call to him, so he selected a group
of all types and sizes and began to train them to perform onstage. One of his favorite
dogs was a funny-looking mutt named "Smiley" who became the star of the show. Rex
would tell him to "smile" and the dog would bare his teeth in a really comical way. As
a finale, Rex would offer $25 to anyone in the audience would could come onstage and
make Smiley smile..."


History is in most chapters.
Chapter 9 titled "Shining Stars" highlights some people who have given so much to the sport:
Dennis Bath, Rex Carr, Dean Ellis, Robin Gulvin,Charlie & Yvonne Hays, Mary Howley,
Judy Rasmuson and John Russell.

My favorite chapter on training is Chapter 10: Tips from the Pros & Amateurs
  • The Noisy Dog by Randy Bohn
  • The Noisy Dog Going to the Line by Jay Phelps
  • Desperation by Cherylon Loveland
  • The Complicated Dog by Dana Brown Ister
  • Tones and Inflections by Don Remien
  • Understanding Conflict by Dave Rorem
  • Dogs Mature Differently by Andy Attar
  • For the Love of the Dog by Missy Bell
  • Using Video to be a Better Trainer by Pat Burns
  • Teaching Marking by Jim Gonia
  • Better Marking with the 80-20 Rule by Bill Hillman
  • Running to the Bird by Luann Pleasant
  • The Ten-Minute Drill by Larry Calvert
  • Circle Up by Linda Erwin
  • Pattern Blinds by Eric Fangrud
  • Freezing by Sharon Gierman
  • Freezing by John Henninger
  • Popping by Chris Hatch
  • The Wine Glass Theory by Pete Goodale
  • Securing the Basics By Andy Kahn
  • Foxtail Paranoia by Debi Nicholls
  • The Walk Up by Deb Ziegler

I also like the format of the book.
It is a big hardcover book (8.5 x 12") with large font.
Easy on the eyes with that large font and an easy read.
The font is so large I can easily read the text 24 inches away from my old tired eyes.
 

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Great revue, Dave. A little more of my money out to Amazon.
 

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Thanks, Dave
 

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