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Gun Dog: Revolutionary Rapid Training Method Hardcover – May 26, 1961
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Praise for Richard A. Wolters
“The most popular method ever. Because it works and it's easy!”—Field & Stream on Family Dog
“Gun Dog is one of the most valuable, probably THE most valuable, training tools the average amateur could have.”—Sports Afield
“Water Dog is a classic—definitely the place to start with your new retriever.”—David G. Meisner, Editor and Publisher, Gun Dog magazine
“Anyone who wants to try turning his dog into a well-mannered retriever will do well with Water Dog.”—The New York Times
“Wolters has produced a solid book that will be of great help to anyone training his retriever to work. He is an acknowledged master in the field and an excellent instructor.”—Dog Fancy on Game Dog
About the Author
RICHARD A. WOLTERS was a leader in applying the scientific discoveries of animal behaviorists to dog training. His books on training—Game Dog, Water Dog, Gun Dog, Family Dog, and Home Dog—are recognized as classics in their fields. His historical book, The Labrador Retriever: The History...The People, was chosen as Best Dog Book of the Year by the Dog Writers Association of America. In 1984 the DWAA honored Mr. Wolters as both Writer of the Year for Game Dog and Columnist of the Year for his popular column “Gun Dog” in Gun Dog magazine. Well-known for his lectures and seminars on retriever training, Mr. Wolters also was a president of the Westchester, New York, Retriever Club, as well as a vice president and director of the North American Hunting Retriever Association, which he was influential in founding.
A veritable Renaissance man, Mr. Wolters worked as an atomic scientist, fine-arts teacher, photographer, and as picture editor at Sports Illustrated. His sporting interests included hunting, angling, bobsledding, ballooning, and soaring in sailplanes, in which he held the highest rating.
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Get the book! Read it! It takes 5 mins per day to have a well trained dog with these methods!
NOTE* This book is mostly for people getting young (8 week) puppies. It can work for older dogs but know that it starts training at 8 weeks.
My favorite is the recommentation that you do not use food to get your dog to do things - rather you should get them to like you!
I follow it fairly religiously and our dog is perfectly trained. We started really early (Brittany) and she had everthing down after about 4 weeks. Some of the principles like how you train them from being gun shy are really great too. I have used technique for training my dog not to be afraid of lightning and thunder.