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book recommendations for training a puppy

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I just picked up a male black lab puppy. Can you guys recommend any good traing resources for me? Thanks

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I like to read, and I do alot but I also like training videos and I feel they are better when starting out.

1. Sound beginnings by Jackie Mertens alot of fun stuff for you and the puppy to do

2. Training a retriever puppy by Bill Hillman, hands down the best puppy program out there, alittle spendy but the best $100 bucks youll spend on your puppy.

3. and when your puppy gets a little older Fowl Dawgs 1 2 3 By Rick Stawski of Fineline Retrievers. Solid program that will produce FT HT and solid gun dogs.

Most important is to follow some type of a program. You wouldn't build a new house without a plan no sence in trying to train a dog without one.

Good luck and have fun.

And don't forget to post pictures....

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I second Bill Hillman's training a retriever puppy video.

As for a book, I've found Tom Dokken's Retriever Training to be a great resource. For a book it is pretty comprehensive and also not as expensive. It is very straight forward and breaks down what can be expected of a pup at different stages of development. I thought it was very easy to follow, but also made sure to keep in mind that each pup is different and will progress at different rates.

Congrats on your new addition! Have a fun!

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I would second The Dokkens book. You can also find videos for some of his training lessons on YouTube and google videos.

Good Hunting!,

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