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Absolutely Positively Gundog Training: Positive Training for Your Retriever Gundog Paperback – July 9, 2015
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About the Author
In 1996 Robert Milner sold Wildrose Kennels, a retriever training kennel which he had owned and operated since 1972. That same year he retired from the USAF Reserve after 26 years of service as a disaster response officer. Those two paths would cross again in 2002. Shortly after the tragedy of 9/11 Milner got a call from the Memphis Fire Department requesting his assistance with their FEMA disaster search dog program. He took the job and went to work rebuilding their disaster search dog program. Slow progress of the transformation led him to reexamine the traditional dog training model of compulsion. He adopted B.F. Skinner’s positive training model and was able to speed up the training program by 300%. Subsequently he adapted that training model to gundog training and discovered positive training to be much faster, easier to learn and decidedly more fun for both dog and trainer. Milner has trained over 2,000 dogs with compulsion and since 2002 has trained hundreds of gundogs with a positive training protocol. He owns and operates Duckhill Kennels at Somerville, TN, breeding and training Labrador Retrievers for gundogs and also for disaster search and for explosive detection. His website is www.duckhillkennels.com
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One of the really nice things about this book is that it is written specifically for the hunter not the field trialist. Many of the methods developed with lots of marking and teaching the dog to avoid using it nose to find the retrieve are for AKC hunt tests where one is likely to have 300 yard retrieves with lots of distractions and such. Having hunted for years, I have never had a dog that needed that kind of precision nor have I ever wanted a dog that didn't want to search. Mr. Miler has a well written and thoughtful training plan for your next hunting dog. It is simply the best training plan for a hunting dog available to date.
Or better yet, go to the source...like I am about to have to do : "Milner Answers Training Questions".
The book is HIGHLY recommended !
Thank you Robert, you have now written my three favorite retriever training books ! It was getting sticky applying OC and PR only to your first book, but dang did I love that book ! I trained well over 100 dogs with that gem. If I had had this model 28 years ago, the number could have been significantly higher ! Operant conditioning, combined with positive reinforcement is , by far, the easiest (for dog and trainer) method of introducing new concepts to these wonderful creatures to which I have ever been exposed.