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Speed Train Your Own Bird Dog: Hunting Dogs expert teaches you his completely reliable program Paperback – April 1, 1990

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1 edition (April 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811723046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811723046
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book when I unexpectedly had a new german shorthair puppy to train. I purchased it because it had an extensive section on puppy training and I was anxious to get started. I also soon purchased several other bird dog training books, including some very famous ones, but I kept coming back to Larry Muellers book. I like his attitude toward dogs and his willingness to go against commonly held beliefs and techniques. He is a very obsevant man who incorporates the latest dog psychology into his obsevations. The emphasis is on avoiding mistakes or techniques which cause setbacks and cost you time to correct. This gives you a lot of insight into dogs minds and training in general. Most importantly every technique he recommended WORKED! I cannot say that about any of the other books. Also every thing that he said to avoid that I did not manage to avoid cost me time. He was right. I have repeatedly received compliments on my dogs performance and manners even by pros. The biggest factor in that was this book. This is an excellent book to purchase before acquiring a pup. His puppy training section(2-4months old) is extensive, excellent and effective. He also has techniques for selecting a pup which make a lot of sense.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mel Potts on December 30, 1997
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Larry Mueller offers his unique way of speed training a bird dog, however, I do feel that his techniques are stressing to a dog - especially a sensitive dog or a young dog (say six-months). Larry does offer some excellent ways to train your dog on the basic obedience/hunting commands, but his use of force training goes beyond my personal preference. If you are a first-time trainer, training your own dog, this book is excellent - if you approach training with love and patience. Remember, you are training a friend and companion, not a strickly business hunting dog.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Rickey on December 19, 2008
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This book has the best method of how to pick a puppy and how important it is to start training immedieatly. I got my English Pointer pup at 7 weeks of age and wish I had this book at this time. I had a CD with 4 volumes (Actually only one CD with slick marketing making you think that you were getting more than you were really getting.) Unfortunately, I did not discover this book until my dog was 14 months old. As I read this book I realized how lucky I was to have inadvertaintly done most of the things that was recommended in this book starting with visiting the pups over a several day period and manged to pick a pup with all the attributes that Larry recommends with the exception that my pup had a tendency to put his paw on top of all the other pups. This according to Larry, means that the pup was the dominate pup. However, if you follow Larry's advise you will have a dog that is smart, not too dominate or submissive, is birdy and has the instinct to retrieve and point. with dumb luck, I got all of that in my dog. What I did not do was get him onto birds between 2 and 4 months of age which Larry insists is critical to developing the dogs desire to hunt. I can see some of that in my dog. I did start obideance training at that young age and that has made a difference.

One thing that set Larry's book apart from others is that his training techniques do not rely on hundreds of dollars of training equipment and is designed for both those who are in a rural as well in a suburban setting. I would highly recommend this book. Especially if you are thinking about getting a bird dog of any breed or thinking about getting another dog.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cynthia haberin on April 16, 2013
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This book has all the fundamentals and easy trainig methods. Good for the dogs and the people, no stress!! I can use it on the older dogs as well as the pups.
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This book does not get the respect it deserves. I have used this book for two dogs and it worked great. Not many other books focus on the puppy years like this book does and it really makes a difference. The guy that said that he flipped through the book and did not like the harsh treatment should have read the whole thing. I read a new book for my third dog that did not have the emphasis on whoa training like Larry's does and I screwed up. I am going back to this book because it is simple and it works. I am reminded that some of the "top" books out there expect us to have dog training facility in our back yard and 40 hours a week to train. This book is for the average Joe.
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We used the methods in this book to train our 1st GSP & had wonderful results! We are training our 2nd GSP puppy and seeing great results! Oh yeah, our children also follow the methods~ seriously anyone can do this! Its a no brainer... buy it... read... apply the material & you WILL see results! Oh & remember to have fun along the way! You WILL Have a great hunting partner for life as long as you read & apply the info in this book!
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I really like this book because it provides numerous ideas on how to incorporate training into everyday life with your dog. Instead of training being some specific activity that happens on Saturday, this book shows how to provide valuable lessons to the dog at all times. I learned a lot of great "pointers" on how to keep training the dog even when the weather is bad, or I don't have time for a training session.
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