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The Labrador Shooting Dog: Training the Labrador Retriever as an All-Around Sporting Dog Paperback – February 1, 1999
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"Mike Gould is the most brilliant gun dog trainer in the world. He has raised dog training to a higher plane. Mike's dogs are happy dogs, enthused and birdy dogs, hunting fools, who love their human companions and bond with them so the two of them become a hunting machine miraculous to see. 'The Labrador Shooting Dog' is the best dog training book I've ever read-and I've read 'em all!"-Bill Tarrant, late gun dog editor of Field & Stream and author of 12 dog training books as well as the Pulitzer-Prize nominated "The Magic of Dogs." " 'The Labrador Shooting Dog' is just what it says-it's about dogs that think on their feet, dogs that will take you hunting. It's a great read for the beginner or the professional. Even more important, it touches on the spiritual connection between man, his dog and their environment."-Jim Charlton, professional Labrador breeder and trainer, featured in Bill Tarrant's "Training the Versatile Retriever" and "Gun Dog Training: New Strategies from Today's Top Trainers." -- Publisher Comments
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"Mike Gould is known as one of the greatest thinkers in the world of dog training. He uses love, dedication and a clearly defined structure to train a super-confident shooting dog in the most humane way possible. Some of his comments in 'The Labrador Shooting Dog' are sure to raise the hackles of some of the guys who are deep into field trial training, shock collar training and forceful field training, but this book isn't for them. This book is for the millions of dog owners whose Labradors are part of the family-pet, hunting companion, protector, buddy, and friend. 'The Labrador Shooting Dog' will make ultimate sense to those people who love their dogs as part of the family and want to see them excel in the field as the best possible gun dogs they can be. I think this book is destined to become the classic work in the field of Labrador retrievers." -Gary Hubbell, publisher, Clinetop Press
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Water Dog, by Richard Wolters shows how and why obedience should be started at 7 weeks old. A dog goes through many stages during growth just like a human (example: the terrible two's). Wolters shows exactly how to overcome these stages by starting the training early and immediately.
Mike, you can't take a dog hunting if you're not the boss. Dogs are naturally very competative. This comes from years of ancestery of living in packs. Try to show an untrained 6 month old dog who is boss. Your obedience training must be quite frustrating.
Even though Mike Gould's book is mostly for upland training and Richard Wolters book, Water Dog is for water training I would suggest that both be read if you plan on having a good hunting dog. Both present very good points and training techniqes. However, the best way to train your dog is by combining the two's techniqes together.
Mike sees it in a totally different way. For him, the perfect day is to flush 40 or 50 birds, pass up shots on a dozen or more, and put two or three in the bag. He will often let his dogs range as far as 300 or 400 yards away, and yes, he gets plenty of shooting. He loves dogs and he loves nature. He would much rather form a team with his dog so that the two of them work in concert with one another, with rarely a word spoken or a whistle blown...and certainly not a knock-down, drag-out battle with the handler screaming at the dog and jolting the hell out of an unwilling dog with a shock collar. Not that Mike lets his dogs run wild. Far from it. His obedience techniques are without peer.
If it sounds like fun to you to spend a lot of time with your best friend--your dog--and do it in peace and quiet, then this is the book for you. Just be willing to open your mind and try Mike's revolutionary training techniques. It's a lot of fun.