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Training A Gundog For Retrieving Trials Electronic Edition

by Doug Cocks

$AU25.00

170 Pages

A valuable reference for beginners in the sport of retriever trialling. This book documents many of the lessons Doug Cocks learned when training his first Labrador, Gough. The book addresses many of the questions a beginner in the sport may want answered.

What questions do you get anwered when you buy a copy of Training A Gundog For Retrieving Trials? Here's the book's contents list:


1. PRELIMINARIES
Buying a dog (health and soundness, temperament, age, sex, breed, conformation, bloodlines, retrieving ability)...Looking after your dog (housing, feeding, health care, safety, exercise, socialisation, play)...Understanding your dog (dogs is people, how dogs learn, trainer psychology, helpful and not-so-helpful attitudes).

2. THEORY OF RETRIEVING
The Victorian gundog...Victorian retriever breeds...The retriever's bird-finding skills (sighting, scenting, searching)...The shooter's role in retrieving fallen game...A comment.

3. BASIC OBEDIENCE TRAINING
Value of obedience training ( everyday control, foundation for retrieving, learning to learn) ...When and where to train...Theory of training and learning...How to teach the four basic obedience commands...Stage one---working on lead (sit, stay, sit and stay while trainer moves, walk at heel, come, come to heel)...Stage two---working off-lead (signals and commands, sitting at a distance, signal work, working out of sight)...Rewards and punishments...Corrections (consistency, alacrity, gradualism)...Importance of positive attitudes...Value of obedience trials and tracking trials...A concluding comment.

4. NON-SLIP RETRIEVING TRIALS
Purpose and control of retrieving trials...Trial organisation...Eigibility rules (dogs, judges, handlers, game and gun stewards, spectators)...Run procedures...The stewards' responsibilities...Judging...Rewards and awards (places, qualifying certificates, certificates of merit, points and championships).

5. TEACHING NOVICE RETRIEVING SKILLS
Dummies...Training session...Hand, voice and whistle commands...Fetch and give commands (teaching the basic retrieve in parts, pickup problems, breaking, adding hand signals)...Directional commands (go right, go left, go back, mixing directional commands)...Putting it all together...Bushwalk training.

6. FIELD TRAINING
Introduction (goals, training sites, useful equipment) ...Guns, pigeons and whistles...Marked retrieves...Blind retrieves...Water retrieves...Double marks and double rises...Walkups and callups...Training sessions.

7. COMPETING IN TRIALS
Before play commences...Questions of style and strategy (handling in the control area, picking the route, planning multiple retrieves, overhandling and underhandling)...Keeping your cool.

8. FIXING FAULTS
Faults and their importance...Prnciplels of fault correction (avoidance, acknowledgement, action)...Control area faults (lagging, surging and wide heeling, unsteadiness, inattention)...Major faults (breaking, mouthing, field disobedience)...Moderate and minor faults: Bird handling faults (dropping and poor delivery, blinking or over-running)...Attitudinal faults (propping, pottering, slowness, voicing) ...Navigation faults (poor marking, taking a bad line).

9. ADVANCED RETRIEVING
What is it?...Reading the run...Working the dog...Advanced dog skills (taking directions in water, taking long and short directions, hills, trees, water and fences, decoys, wounded game retrieves, general purpose commands)...In conclusion.

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