RETRIEVER TRAINING DRILLS FOR MARKING
Drills prepare a retriever for hunt tests. Drills will also prepare your retriever, whether a Golden Retriever, Flat Retriever, Curly Coat Retriever or other retriever breed, to perform with consistent success out in the field. Retriever Training Drills for Marking is the most comprehensive collection of drills ever compiled into book form while keeping in mind the limitations under which most amateurs train. Single mark concepts, preliminary drills, lengthening drills, marking drills, straight line drills, double mark concepts, double mark memory drills, switch-proofing drills, triple mark concepts, preliminary drills and memory drills are carefully diagrammed and include a complete explanation of the purpose, prerequisites, necessary equipment and pitfalls to avoid. The drilling exercises in Retriever Training Drills for Marking are for field work and geared to those amateur trainers who want to their retrievers for hunting or hunt tests. Written as a companion guide to his book, Retriever Training Drills for Blind Retrieves, this guide focuses on effective drills and why you should use them. As author Jim Spencer says, “essential to the success of any technique is repetition . . thus the term ‘drilling’.”
USE DRILL REPETITION TO POLISH YOUR RETRIEVER’S PERFORMANCE
• Learn the drills that have been developed by professional trainers.
• Each drill is diagrammed and explained.
• The purpose, prerequisites, necessary equipment and pitfalls of each drill.
• Train your retriever to excel in hunting and hunt tests!
Trade paperback, 6 x 9, 200 pages, illustrated, appendix, index
AUTHOR JAMES B. SPENCER
Jim Spencer is an award winning dog and outdoor writer, with several books and over 500 magazine articles, including a regular column in Gun Dog magazine. He has titled his own dogs in AKC hunting tests and judged hunting tests for both spaniels and retrievers. Other titles by Spencer include Point! Training the All-Seasons Birddog; Retriever Hunt Tests; Hup! Training Flushing Spaniels the American Way; Retriever Training Drills for Blind Retrieves; Retriever Training Tests – 3rd Edition; Training Retrievers for Marshes and Meadows (all published by Alpine Publications).
RETRIEVER TRAINING DRILLS FOR MARKING CONTENTS
• Chapter 1: Why drill?
• Chapter 2: Single mark concepts and preliminary drills
• Chapter 3: Drills for mouth problems
• Chapter 4: Single mark lengthening drills
• Chapter 5: Single mark marking drills
• Chapter 6: Single mark straight line drills
• Chapter 7: Double mark concepts and preliminary drills
• Chapter 8: Double mark memory drills
• Chapter 9: Double mark switch-proofing drills
• Chapter 10: Double mark head-swinging
• Chapter 11: Triple mark concepts and preliminary drills
• Chapter 12: Triple mark memory drills
• Chapter 13: Selection
REVIEWS OF RETRIEVER TRAINING DRILLS FOR MARKING
“This book and its companion are my favorite retriever training books for the intermediate to advanced retriever. The books include endless drills to improve your dog’s performance. With all these different drills, each training session can be unique and such keeps the trainer and the dog from getting bored.”
– Reader review
“Great book on what marks are for retriever training. It has clear examples of what makes up a mark, and how to set them up on land and water. Good book for the beginner."
– Reader review
“ . . . lays out the blueprints for each drill, giving a brief description, the purpose, the prerequisites, equipment and facilities, precautions and pitfalls, steps in training and a few words to wrap each section up. Each book . . . is filled with drills that will improve your dog’s performance in the field, if you do your homework."
– Hunting Retriever
“ Each chapter is very clearly outlined and includes definitions, the causes of problems and drills to correct each problem. . . immensely readable.”
– Golden Retriever News