Timely question. I received my Farmer/Aycock video yesterday and watched it last night. It is very well done and I would definitely recommend it.
A lot of what Danny and Judy said in the video is in the book's "MORE" section. Some of the training principles that were presented in the DVD that are also in the book include: Teamwork, Training Is Fluid, Balance, A Mistake Does Not Equal Trouble, Put It All On the Line and The Law of Two.
Wagon Wheel, Push Pull, Holding Blind Drill, Head Swinging and Holding Blind Blinds (Diversion Drill) are some of the drills covered or mentioned in both the DVD and the book.
The DVD offers the chance to hear and see the information in "real" time. The book lets you toss the information in your truck and work on skills to improve a retriever for competition or hunting. Currently there are 40 drills in the book.
Building A Retriever is not intended as a step-by-step program. It is a collection of drills and training principles. The book contains a problem and solution section for each drill presented. I did not invent the VAST majority of the drills presented in the book – I did name some of them. I am also willing to bet that the ones that I “think” I invented, others have done slightly different and just called it something else. Most of the drills are common to every solid program out there – T, wagon wheel, push-pull, etc..
I truly believe the book and the DVD compliment one another.
So, which one? Both.
Owner, handler and trainer of:
HRCH, CH Rippling Waters Lagundo Sula, MH – Chessie
GRHRCH Rippling Waters Talladega, MH – Chessie
HRCH Rippling Water’s Captain Marvel – Chessie
HRCH Rippling Water’s Daytona, MH – Chessie
HRCH Ambertrails Bring The House, MH – Golden and
Danu’s Fendi of Kendall, JH, CD, WC, CGC – Golden - my first dog who was had bad hips and bad elbows – she was five years old when I learned about hunt tests. Retired due to health issues.