For over thirty years, Richard A. Wolters' unrivaled expertise at training dogs has saved millions of owners many months of wasted time and labor. Now this updated edition of Game Dog offers the most efficient system to train retrievers for hunting upland birds and waterfowl. With this concise new method, you can have a skilled hunting retriever by the time your dog is one year old.
Based on scientific discoveries in dog psychology and synchronized with your dog's natural development, Wolters' method follows a clear, week-by-week timetable. His step-by-step instructions, illustrated with sequence photographs of dogs in training, tell you:
How to choose a pup - what to look for, where to find the best
The five critical periods of a dog's mental development
Which retrievers are easier to train males or females
How to get two dogs to work together
Why feeding time is more than food
How to teach your dog to track, quarter, and swim after game
How to get your dog to betray his instincts and obey your commands
Which tasks your dog must master to qualify as a hunter
This revised Second Edition of Game Dog is complete with the latest advances in training equipment, a full discussion of the new Hunting Retriever Stakes, and an appendix containing the complete official rules for competition in these popular events. It is an invaluable book for every hunter training a retriever and one that anyone who loves dogs will find great fun to read.