Richard A Wolters Trains Retrievers
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The only video featuring the master, the late Richard Wolters. This two hour program is a clear, step-by-step guide to developing any of the popular retriever breeds. Starts with a seven week old pup, through polished field companion.
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It is important to note that Wolter's goals here are to give you:
1.) An excellent well behaved companion-family dog.
2.) A dog the can hunt (upland&waterfowl)and retrieve reliably every time.
He differentiates this from dog owners who want to own field trial dogs.
I would recommend Gun Dog...the book and video tape.
1. "I wouldn't have believed it possible..." but now you know it is.
2. Getting a realistic sense of the rhythm and pace of the communications between the dog and the dog's handler.
3. "Oh the poor dog, making him do all that..." but then you see the enthusiasm--the joy, really--and you see that here is a dog fulfilling the purpose for which retrievers were bred. It sure looks like a happy dog.
But let's go back to #2. People with just a small background in handling their dog really need a sense of the rhythm of communcation. A dog is not a lightbulb. You don't just flip the "SIT" switch and poof, there it is. Sometimes it is like that, with an enthusiastic dog. You know, enthusiasm is like sunshine--great when you have it, but what about when it's raining? That dog has a mind of it's own. It's pretty intelligent or you wouldn't invest in the relationship, right? So there's a rhythm to the relationship. If it's to be a good relationship, then two-way respect will show in the communications.
This video shows a master trainer and some great dogs. Watch carefully--he's not perfectly textbook. Neither are the dogs. But compared to the dogs down the street, this is like watching the Olympics.
Do your dog a favor. Get this vid. Watch it. You'll be anxious to get out the door and try it.