SmartFetch for Retrievers PDF

The complete guide to retriever force fetching!


by Evan Graham

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  1. Introduction
  2. "Heel, Sit, and Here"
  3. Force Fetching
  4. "Fetch" Compulsion Begins
  5. Collar Conditioning
  6. Force to Pile
  7. When Things Don't Go Like the Books & Videos Say They Should Go!
  8. Water Force
  9. What Good is All That Forcing, Anyway?


SmartFetch for Retrievers

Detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for retriever training.

First of all, force fetch is more than just one thing. It is a definable process with clear goals. But within the process are several steps or phases. Those steps will be laid out later, but first, let's examine the goals.

  • To establish a standard for acceptable mouth habits
  • To provide the trainer with a tool to maintain those habits
  • To provide the trainer with a tool to assure compliance with the command to retrieve
  • To form the foundation for impetus (momentum)

Mouth habits include such important items as fetching on command, even when your dog may be distracted, moody, or any number of things that might interfere with compliance. Sure, you may get away for years without having such problems, but being smart and being lucky is not the same thing. Force fetch gives you a tool to handle this when it comes up, plus some insurance that it is less likely to come up due to this training.

Along with compulsion issues we need to mention a proper hold and delivery on command. If my pheasant is punctured, I want it to be from pellets, not teeth. That actually covers some ground in all of the first three categories.

--excerpt from SmartFetch

120 pages

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"Easy to read and follow. Explains things in a great way. Would definitely recommend!"

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"Covers everything from start to finish in training plus problems that every trainer runs into. Easy to read and very informative."

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About Smartwork

Smartwork is a system I developed over 30 years and is presented in a multimedia format to provide the premier learning tool for aspiring trainers. The three books, Smartwork for Retrievers Volume I: Basics and TransitionSmartwork Volume II: Secrets of the Pros; and SmartFetch constitute the full system.

However, to allow ease of learning and a fuller understanding of the material, we provide a growing collection of video modules of the system.

Each video module offers the most detailed and graphically illustrated explanation of the steps of development for your retriever available anywhere!

We include all the sequential steps and tips you'll need to do your own training with your dog and develop him or her to the highest level you desire.

In addition, in future video productions we will be presenting even more instruction beyond that which is contained in our books. Handling, marking, practical hunting applications, and competition-based instruction are all proposed for future productions.

The cost of each item has been kept at an affordable level to allow you to expand your library of information at your own pace while giving you the information you need to enjoy the pride of having done it yourself! This will continue to be our commitment to you.

NOTE: Because it is important to me that my system is presented as it is intended to be used, we shoot all our own video and do all our own editing and video production.

No non-dog trainers participated in the production process, and that has allowed each presentation to be geared toward the trainer exclusively. No aspect of our information has been watered down, modified, or omitted because of production concerns.

Every effort has been made to assure that this program is enjoyable to watch while sparing no effort to provide extensively detailed instruction.

--Evan Graham

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