Yea, Lardy has a thing or two to learn about making training DVDs.I am reviewing TRT series now. Did not care for the start of Disc 3. I dislike training videos when they run an experienced dog. A large percent of Ams and weekend trainers do not learn from watching a dog on their third week of this and or that drill, we learn by watching the dog on their first day and seeing the mistakes that can happen and the corrections for such mistakes. Discussing what problems will or can arise is not as good as seeing the mistakes in action and what was done in real time to work thru them. Just a heads up on Disc 3 swimby with an experienced dog was a let down.
Definitely, Marylin knows everything about the program. Contact her with any questions.Yea, Lardy has a thing or two to learn about making training DVDs.
To the OP, Mike addresses your question on the Total Retriever web site. Listen to what mike says about training. Its more than just a series of drills that take you to a finished retriever. Follow the program and you will end up with a very good dog.
Be sure to take Marilyn up on her offer. She has written many articles on retriever training so she not only knows Mike's program but she knows retriever training beyond the program. And to top it off she had a National winner in 1996 NFC-AFC STORM'S RIPTIDE STAR.
What was experience like at the Lardy seminars?Many six packs and falling asleep many times over and over again and it will finally all come together. After you watch them both about three times and you start to think you understand the program go to the basics and advanced seminars he puts on and you will leave knowing you still don't know anything about dog training. The man is such a expert most of us will only get the very basics of why his program works so well.
First off congrats Chad! Secondly, for having both Mike and Jim in the state of Wisconsin they have not had a handlers seminar here in over two years. Jim canceled his last year and never attempted to have one this year. It is just disappointing in a state like WI with so many great trainers that we have minimal handler seminars if any to attend in the last few years. Kind of a vent but I would love to go to either one of their seminars and I was in JVE last year but it was canceled. Because you are right you can only learn so much from watching the videos.You can't take enough notes fast enough Mike puts everything into a very practical way were even a hillbilly can understand. I don't care if you are just wanting a great hunting dog or a national finalist Mike's program and seminars are a great experience. Jim Van Engens basics seminar I have been to twice and he shows the program for young dogs that is essential in making a great competitor. Jim worked for Mike and understands the program inside and out. That is the reason dogs coming from Jim work so well when they move onto Mike's truck. Its not rocket science Jim says we are going to do marks and blinds today and tomorrow and the next day.
Read this:What was experience like at the Lardy seminars?
Did you come away with practical experience that could be immediately applied to your training?
What other seminars have you attended?
It is enough different to justify purchasing for certain. I have found that my current pup, just starting CC, is either a much quicker learner than my older ones, or I am much better trainer now than 3 years ago, or I learned something new from watching Mike do FF and simple casting in the new DVD. Maybe a little of all three but I know I'm picking up things from this DVD that I don't think I got from the previous version, and this pup is progressing very well.I own the Lardy DVD's TR Training and Marking. Is the new version much different?