- Fundamental Training Principles
- Correct Principles of Application
- Starter Program for Puppies
- Basics: An Overview with Flow Chart for Development
- Obedience (Formalizing)
- Force Fetch
- Pile Work
- Handling / 3-Handed Casting
- Establishing the Mechanics of Tee Work
- "Teaching" Triples, and Extending Patterns
- 3rd Compound Stage
- Double Tee
- Extended Pattern Distances
- Diversion Marks
- 4th Compound Stage
- Water Tee / Swim By
- Multiple Marks
- Cold Blind Transition -- Land
- Cold Blind Transition -- Water
- Critical Elements of Marking, Diversion Pressure
- Water Marks
- Diversion Pressure
Glossary of Terms
About the Author
Smartwork for Retrievers Volume I: Basics and Transition
Detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for retriever training.
Instructions for training your dog ranging from puppies through basics and early-to-mid transition. Also included is a comprehensive glossary to get acquainted with the language of dog training.
Reviewed and Endorsed by The Retriever Journal:
... an informative book with a nifty design ... Smartwork is filled with the kind of information you'd expect from a retired professional dog trainer ... laying down a good philosophy that usually gets glossed over in some books, but something that Evan puts first and foremost in his.
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"A concise, easy to read, informative manual with all the information and illustrations you need at your finger tips. Very user friendly!"
"Easy to read and follow. Explains things in a great way. Would definitely recommend!"
"Covers everything from start to finish in training plus problems that every trainer runs into. Easy to read and very informative."
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 Transition; Smartwork 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.