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thank you so much Klamath Gold I love your threads.

I also want to get into field work with my golden, although have been mostly doing agility with her so far.

I would love to learn more about the sport before I get into it so your reading references are very appreciated.

One question though: I am what people would consider a 'positive trainer' (using clicker training and such) so do you have any book recommendations for the 'less traditional' training?

How positive vs traditional are the books you recommended so far?
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One question though: I am what people would consider a 'positive trainer' (using clicker training and such) so do you have any book recommendations for the 'less traditional' training?
Motivational Training For The Field Author is Lorrie Jolly. I think you will feel comfortable with her training methods.
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Motivational Training For The Field Author is Lorrie Jolly. I think you will feel comfortable with her training methods.
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very interesting posts here.
I started a little Bumper training with Bogart all for fun and I'm sure not all right LOL since I'm doing it on my own. Bogart is now about 3.5 years old, the first couple of years he was not hugly motivated to follow any flying object into the brush or high grass (there could be cactus around). He is a little softy and he doesn't like prikly things.
Since about a year now he is getting more and more interested in retrieving, even going through the pricklies now (very gingerly but still), he finds tennisballs hiden in the grass (lost my other dogs) and we first just threw sticks and balls. Now I bought a couple of Bumpers and he really likes it. I have been working on steadyness which is is doing very well with. Sometimes on the trail I lose the Bumper on perpus we keep walking and I then send him back. I make him wait then keep walking throw the Bumper in the high grass then go back to him and send him. He is doing well. I just have to watch that I don't throw to many or he is getting bored or too long same thing he is getting bored.
I have only worked with one Bumper for now but have bought a couple more today and want to get him to work some more.
How long do you keep your sessions so the dog doesn't get desinterested?
I also do RallyObedience with Bogart and that's his forte so to speak. He really likes it. But I also like to try new things with him.
Also how do you teach the sit whistle stop or how ever you call it and the come whistle? I would love to teach him that.
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How long do you keep your sessions so the dog doesn't get desinterested?
With young dogs or older dogs new to it, the key is to keep it short. Watch your dog and try to quit before they become bored. You want it to be fun at this point.


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I also do RallyObedience with Bogart and that's his forte so to speak. He really likes it. But I also like to try new things with him.
Also how do you teach the sit whistle stop or how ever you call it and the come whistle? I would love to teach him that.
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I just start adding it to the command. We work on sit. When he knows that, I start blowing the whistle when saying sit. Keep at it and eventually you can blow the whistle by itself and he will know it means sit.

Same with the come in whistle. Sit him away from you, call him and blow the whistle.
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Also how do you teach the sit whistle stop or how ever you call it and the come whistle? I would love to teach him that.
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First the dog must know sit and come on command before using the whistle.
To teach sit you blow the whistle one toot and say sit. You do this several times a day first starting out next to you then adding distance as the dog gets the idea. You will also see the dog start to sit after you blow the whistle but before you say sit. Praise this behavior. At this point you can start doing it in the yard randomly when he is busy doing something else. At first you may need to again add the verbal sit but he will get the idea very quickly.
For the come it is not much different. Toot the whistle two times then tell him to come. increase the distance gradually and once he starts cmimg after the two toots but before the verbal come you know he has the idea. Just like when teaching the come command in the beginning you may want to use a treat reward after he comes to you, but done "lure" him with it just use it as a reward.

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Thank you, I will try this. Bogart does sit at a distance and downs in a distance also. It's always exiting to me to try something new with him. Usualy he always eager to learn.
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