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Professional Gundog Training


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Preface The 'Macsiccar' Training Plan 1 Absconding Association - Learning By Amateur Trainers 2 Behavioural Boundaries Biddability Boundaries v Hunting Blinking Game Blood scent v Powder scent Boredom Breakers Breaking Cover Breeder Breeding 3 Car Sickness Case Hardening Chastisement Check Cords Conditioned Experience Creative Imagination Crowd Shyness 4 Dangerous Venues Dashing along the Hedgerows Dead There Directing the 'Turn' Signal Discipline Discouraging Game Disobedience Disobeying the 'Return' Whistle Dog Schoolmaster Drop - Disobedience Drop - Disobedience To Dummies Dummy Launchers 5 Ears Eye Colour - Hard Eye Shy Eye Wipe Eyesight Experts 6 Field Trials First Season's Experience 7 Game Game Sense Genetics Genetic Insight Get In Get On Get Out/Go Back Gone Away Gun Nervous Gun Shy 8 Habits Hand Signals Hand Training Hand Training - Sitting at a Distance Hand Training - Returning to Whistle Hard Mouth Heel Hi-Lost Hiss 9 In-Breeding Indiscriminate Breeding Inheritance Injuries 10 Judges and Judging Jumping 11 Kennels - Reluctance to Return To Kennel Sickness Know-How 12 Leave It Line Breeding Lineage Lining Ground Scent 13 Mistakes 14 Neurotic Aversion to Scent No 15 Out-Cross Breeding 'Over' 16 Pickled Piper Prankish Gun Predators Preparation For a Field Trial Professional Trainers Professionalism 17 Quartering Quartering - Cheek Wind Beat Quartering - Down Wind Beat 18 Rabbit Pen Construction Rabbit Pen Substitutes Retrieves - Frozen Retrieving - Encouraging a Good Delivery Retrieving - Forced 19 Scent Sheep Dogging Shot - Dropping To Sighted Retrieves Stinking Out Substitute Judges 20 Taking Signalled Directions at Distance The Three Ladies Tracking or Taking a Line Training Collars Trust Your Dog Trust Yourself 21 Unmarked Retrieves Unseen Multiple Dummies 22 Videos Voice 23 Water - Introduction To Water - Retrieving From Whistles Wind-Cheek Treatment Wind - Down Treatment 24 Yapping - Yipping - Giving Tongue

About the Author

Joe Irving, winner of the prestigious McNeil Professional Handlers' Cup, was the author of a number of gundog training books including the classic titles 'Training Spaniels' and 'Gundogs; Their Learning Chain' (both published by Quiller Publishing). He was training gundogs since acquiring his first Springer Spaniel in 1963. A former child psychiatrist, he discovered that his psychiatric training gave a unique perspective to gundog training. He used this method to great success as a professional trainer.


Professional Gundog Training looks set to become a classic in its own right. A must for anyone eager to understand more about his or her pooch. * Shooting Times *
Written in a straightforward A-Z format this is a very handy reference book for anyone undertaking the challenging task of training a gundog. * Shooting Gazette *

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