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Impeccable credentials seem to be in rare supply today. When they are truly found, however, it restores one's faith. So, it is with Joan Bailey, author of a new book that's a real gem for hunting dog owners, entitled How to Have the Best Trained Gun Dog. Here is a very fine, invaluable step-by-step manual, which, if faithfully followed to the letter, should guide any bird hunter to the promised land: ownership of a gun dog that performs as a really well trained field dog should, obediently and with confidence and success. The new book is a logically natural segue from the author's earlier tome: How to Help Gun Dogs Train Themselves. It provides straight forward explanations and extremely helpful illustrations leading to the principal goals of a good serviceable hunting dog, one that brings home the bacon every time. Every owner of a new gun dog pup would do well to combine both manuals to start that pup along the right road into the field. Naturally, though, the new book alone can shape an adult pointing, flushing or fetch breed to best trained status within several months. John Falk is a well known author of many books and articles on gun dogs. --Dogs4ever, December 2008.< ><br / --<br /><br />, --Dogs4ever, December 2008

Many of you are already familiar with the writing of Joan Bailey through her first book, How to Help Gun Dogs Train Themselves...that book focused on what the owner of a...hunting dog can do in the first year of the dog's life to lay the foundation for training and performance. This second book picks up from there with more specific training strategies that Joan describes'...easy for me to use and are successful in producing a fully trained gun dog...a dog that I can control in any hunting situation as well as in any day-to-day family life.' Topics covered in the book include basic obedience, force retrieve training, the drop (also called down; or halt), retrieving in field and water, retrieving from a drag track, steadiness to wing and shot, and steady at the blingd..this book is very well organized. Each topic is broken down into logical steps, and guidance is given for progressing through these steps. A good number of photographs clarify positioning, etc., and there are suggestions for solving common problems...The detail in this book makes it an excellent choice for a new trainer, but there is a lot there for more experienced trainers, too. the emphasis on obedience and control is congruent with many of the articles and columns you have recently read in the Drahthaar News. Joan Bailey's book takes training that one step further to ensure that your hunting companion is reliable when it really counts." --Sandy Hodson, Jan-Feb 2009 Drahthaar News

Whenever people ask for my favorite book on dog training, I have long recommended titles by trhe Late Richard Wolters...Now I sugest Bailey's new book, which explains simple-yet-effective methods that are natural and do not require electonic aids. The author, who lives in Oregon, has established a reputation as a great contributor to what is now a plethora of books and information about the best ways to train dogs. Larry Mueller, hunting dog editor for "Outdoor Life" magazine, calls her "One of America's great dog people," an accolade I believe comes not just from Bailey's knowledge but from her ability to communicate simply and clearly. She does this not only with words but with helpful black-and-white photos. Owners of flushing pointing and retrieving breeds will learn plenty from this slim no-nonsense guide." --Tom Huggler, Michigan-Out-of Doors, December 2008 and Pointing Dog Journal, Jan and Feb, 2009

About the Author

Bailey spent most of her life hunting upland birds and waterfowl. She was a field judge with NAVHDA, WPGCA, and the KDK for over 25 years. She was editor of The Gun Dog Supreme for 26 years and received 13 awards from the Dog Writers Association of America. Bailey's earlier book, How to Help Gun Dogs Train Themselves, gained national and international attention from outdoor writers Larry Mueller, ;Outdoor Life, Bill Tarrant, Field & Stream, Bill McClure, American Hunter, John McGonigle, Gun Dog and is now in its 4th revised edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Swan Valley Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963012754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963012753
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joan Bailey is one of the founding members of NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association), was a field judge of versatile hunting dogs for 28 years, judging in field tests in all parts of the U.S. plus Ontario and Quebec, Canada. She received 13 awards from the Dog Writers Association of America. Larry Mueller, hunting dog editor of Outdoor Life, refers to her as "the gifted editor of The Gun Dog Supreme," and Larry calls her "one of America's great dog people." At a field test in Maine, Judge Joan Bailey gives the handler some advice before he starts his dog on the track of a pheasant.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Philip G. Bennett on October 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
It is the end of first day of the 2008 hunting season here in Maine. I have a full game bag, a tired Wirehaired Pointing Griffon asleep at my feet, and a copy of Joan Bailey's latest book, "How to Have the Best Trained Gun Dog" in hand. I would not have any of the above had I not read and followed to the letter the wisdom contained Joan's first book, "How to Help Gun Dogs Train Themselves". This new companion volume picks up right where the first book left off and like the first volume, is a simple, to the point guide to dog training. Both are a must for any serious hunter or for anyone who wants a well behaved dog in the field and around the house. Joan has dedicated a lifetime to judging, traing and breeding fine versatile hunting dogs and her insight into canine behavior is remarkable. I recommend this new book with the same enthusiasm that I have recommended her previous work. Buy it. Buy them both. Your dog will thank you in many ways.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Meyen on December 25, 2008
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Simplify your life--this is the only book you need to train your bird dog. I have collected a variety of "how to" training books during 40 years of owning and training pointing breeds--Brittany, Drahthaar, and many Griffons. Something was lacking in each book causing me to pull a chapter here and there to reach my goal of a finished hunter. The problem was that each author had a slightly different philosophy about what worked for them and my piecemeal approach lacked the continuity dogs (and trainers) need. The steps in Joan's book flow seamlessly together and are based on what works with dogs and are not are just a collection of someone's personal training regime. This is the only book I will pull off the shelf for my next pup or to hone the skills of my current canine companion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnn on February 1, 2009
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Joan Bailey's pair of hunting dog training books are excellent. Her new one,"How to Have the Best Gun Dog", is a great addition to any book shelf and helps fill the modern void of books needed to take your bird dog to the next step of development. Your favourite canine buddy will certainly appreciate Joan's practical advice. I have already adopted her use of the "drop" command and like the results with my four year old Griffon who is racked out right now, tired from some fun training sessions and field work this afternoon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I'd Rather Be Outside on November 14, 2011
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I used both of Joan's books to train my first bird dog and I found them both very useful. The instructions are clear and concise, with the right amount of detail to understand what you are doing. I enjoyed the simplicity of training without an e-collar and felt it helped me understand my dog which is paying off this fall!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Corey McGehee on January 18, 2011
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"I will either come home with a bag full of dead birds, or a kennel with a dead dog." Those were my words referring to my beautiful 1.5 year-old German Shorthair hunting partner. Obviously, I could never actually harm my dog (rest assured, she is VERY well loved, regardless if she ever points or retrieves another bird in her life), but that statement reflects the pinnacle of my frustration with my dog regarding downed birds. I read Joan's first book, "How to Help Gundogs Train Themselves", and implemented it to the letter for my pup's first year. It worked beautifully, and both pup and I were bursting with happiness after our first hunting season together. Then she suddenly decided she had no interest in bringing a downed bird back to me.

Before she became accustomed to this behavior, I started on Joan's second book, "How to Have the Best Trained Gun Dog". Everything was going swimmingly until we got to retrieving training. Sparing the laborious details, let's just suffice to say that even with force, I could not get the retrieve to transfer from the yard to the field with live birds. At my wits' end, I called Joan for help. She thoroughly worked through the issues I was experiencing and advised me on the best way to proceed, which was in no way different from the book. Rather, she pointed out critical areas that I focus on and ensure were mastered before progressing to the next step. After several weeks of the retrieving training detailed in her book, it was finally time for us to get back onto birds. I am overjoyed to report our first "new" hunting results together: 15 birds pointed, 11 birds taken (yes, I fully admit I missed 4 birds that I shouldn't have), 11 birds retrieved to hand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary on June 9, 2011
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"How to Have the Best Trained Gun Dog" by Joan Bailey is a winner. It's concise. Her tight writing style makes this book easy to read and understand. She takes the reader through the process in a logical, step-by-step manner that makes this a guide to have by your side as you make it possible for your dog to tap into what is already there. We followed her guidelines and are thrilled with the results (and our freezer full of wild game).

How to Have The Best Trained Gun Dog, Taking Advantage of Proven, Unique Training Methods, All Natural - No Expensive Electronics Needed

In addition to "How to Have the Best Trained Gun Dog," Joan Bailey also wrote "How to Help Gun Dogs Train Themselves," a must have for any hunter "BEFORE" bringing home a gun dog pup.

How to Help Gun Dogs Train Themselves, Taking Advantage of Early Condtioned Learning
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