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Positive Gun Dogs: Clicker Training for Sports Breeds (Karen Pryor Clicker Books) [Paperback]

Jim Barry , Mary Emmen , Susan Smith
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Sunshine Books (MA) (29 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890948330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890948337
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 20.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A valuable source of reference to those who are keen to look at a new and kindly way of training an effective and happy hunting companion."Positive Gun Dogs" takes an exciting and refreshing new look at the training of gundogs as hunting companions. No more "ear pinching" or "heeling sticks", but at last a systematic, and effective way of training your gundog using a clearly set out and effective reward-based training programme. Contents: Basic Learning Theory Positive Reinforcement and Clicker Training Criteria Setting and Record Keeping Obedience Fundamentals Into the Field Basics of Retrieving Blind Retrieves Upland Hunting The Positive Gundog Gundog Training Resources Gundog Tests and Trials

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this to find out more about gun dogs and the sport. I have heard of many cruel and harsh methods in which gun dogs were trained so I thought this book would be refreshing.
It is!
What impressed me most is the way is explains the science of behaviour. Definitions are clear and to the point and reading this will give you a good grasp of how dog's learn! This book can actually help you through most behavioural courses!

Good book, good explanations and a clear and positive message in how to train gun dogs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 19 Feb 2012
By Sue
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Clearly maps out a plan for gundog owners who want to use positive training - acknowledging and adapting best practice from traditional methods but using a route that makes complete sense, is in line with up to date thinking on how dogs learn, as well as ensuring both owner and dog enjoy the process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 9 Feb 2014
By May B
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This book is an excellent reference, having read it cover to cover I now go back and check it when I need to - it is set out extremely well so you can find the parts relevant to the stage of training you are at and it explains the training techniques beautifully - It's time we all moved on and trained our gundogs using positive methods isn't it! Well this is the book to take you there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Positive training for gundogs 6 April 2012
By Socrates - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book on the recommendation of a gundog trainer in the UK. I have recently changed my training methods to use marker-clicker training. I think that this is an excellent book for the gundog trainer who has an open mind and is willing to give clicker training a shot.

I own 2 gundogs and am currently hunting my golden retriever and hunt testing her. I feel that positive training is helping me greatly.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated and misadvertised 23 Dec 2011
By MTHellfire - Published on Amazon.com
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Extremely disappointing. Decide for yourself, but in my opinion, this book is useless if you are looking for real positive clicker/gun dog training techniques, solutions and instruction. I was left wondering if the author had actually trained a GUN DOG with a clicker. It is an okay book for learning how to train your gun dog puppy to do basic obedience. The positive gun dog concept is great and one I encourage, but the book certainly does not live up to its own title.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for anyone interested in gun dogs. 30 Nov 2010
By Katherine Ostiguy, KPA-CTP - Published on Amazon.com
I recently purchased this book and really, really enjoyed it. The training principles are sound and based on fact, not blindly following tradition. The book assumes that the reader is new to the sport and does a good job of explaining things a newbie might not understand, such as the different roles that different breeds play in the field, what equipment is required, and where to find more information. The chapter on record keeping is excellent! This book far exceeded my expectations.
5.0 out of 5 stars finally, dog training coming into the twenty-first century 3 Dec 2013
By Almost old, almost wise - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for a neighbor who was "training" his new dog by tethering it to the leg of his trampoline in the back yard so tightly that the dog couldn't even stand up all the way. The guy left him alone out there for a few hours, and I heard such pitiful, desperate barking and crying from a block away. Long story short, this guy was told by a gun dog trainer at the Dixie Deer Classic expo at the NC State fairgrounds that this was the way to train the dog to "come." Umm, what???

It's long, long, long overdue for us to start using positive reinforcement training methods for our companion animals, whether it be horses, dogs, goldfish, whales, lions, or amoebas. I'm an animal-loving treehugger, but most of my friends are grumpy ol' rednecks who hunt and fish, and I think we'd all agree on this.

If you were taught to train dogs using traditional methods, you may want to buy a couple other more general positive-reinforcement books along with this one. No clicker necessary; you can use a short word or a sound just as easily. The "click" or word is just a marker pinpointing the precise moment when the dog started doing what you want him to do, so he remembers why you're rewarding him in the long moments it takes you to dig a treat out of your pocket!

A couple other really great books: "Don't Shoot the Dog" by Karen Pryor, "How Dogs Think" by Stanley Coren, and "The Other End of the Leash" by Patricia McConnell. If you read all three of these books, your dog won't just be a gun dog; he'll be a superhero! More to the point, he'll think *you're* a superhero!
Oh, and also, it'll really impress your gun-dog friends when you can do things with your dog that they could never do with theirs. And then when you do it with *their* dogs too!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide 17 May 2013
By Lance - Published on Amazon.com
Well written book that is solidly grounded in learning theory. Very easy to follow and adapt the effective training strategies.
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