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Breeding & Training Versatile Hunting Dogs Paperback – February 25, 2018
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (February 25, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 212 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1985413388
- ISBN-13 : 978-1985413382
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #136,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I’ve never had a dog bred and trained to a specific task. I’m in fact a dog lover. Always had a dog. Always felt it was necessary for that dog to be a good citizen. I’ve never had a dog that was misbehaved.
Of course my dogs have never been perfect and if a person is a dog lover, they can’t really expect that degree of machine-like precision in a living being.
I find myself now in a place and time when I can invest the money and the time and energy needed to get a dog devoted to hunting. Done a great deal of research on the topic. Talked to everyone that would listen or offer an opinion.
Then somebody said, hey, you need to get Bob’s book, it lays it all out.
The book, in fact does just that. Well written, addresses all the aspects of what to look for in a gundog and how they are bred by people that love their dogs and want healthy happy hunting companions. Covers training in a compasionate loving manner.
If you have an interest in this topic or think you might want a gundog and have little experience with these breeds, you need to start with this book.
While the section on breeding doesn't apply to me, it's still interesting to read and it's also a refreshing break from all the other books that rehash how to find a reputable breeder and all the usual stuff that goes along with it. And the same with the section on shed hunting - I don't shed hunt, but it's interesting to see how it's done and it's there should I ever wish to take it up. I enjoy reading the stories and his memories of his dogs that he shares.
He describes the steps for training the dogs for hunt tests and hunting very well and makes it sound easy (which in reality, none of it is difficult) - it's clear and the processes are outlined very nicely. I really can't say enough good things about this book!
With the combo of my previous Lab training book for the puppy/home training and this for the advanced training, this is still a solid book
Other books may have been written by excellent trainers, but they weren't writers, so a lot of their knowledge is lost in translation. That's not the case here - it's clear, concise, and applicable. I sent my first brace of dogs to a trainer because I wasn't up for it with what I had gleaned from other books, but after reading this book, the pup that I'm bringing home next month will definitely be trained by me!