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Bird Dog: The Instinctive Training Method

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Author: Ben O. Williams
Format: Softcover, 240 pages, B&W Photos, Diagrams
Dimensions: (in inches): 10.44 x 7.28

Ben O. Williams has become legendary for his hard-charging, bold, and obedient hunting dogs. The training method he has developed over forty years consistently produces dogs that are friendly and affectionate, yet who also perform at the highest level of excellence in the field. And the best part is the Ben O. Williams Instinctive Method revealed in this hunting dog training book is not only easy, but fun for both owner and dog. Both a training manual and a bird philosophy, the heavily-illustrated Bird Dog reveals unique and timed-tested methods that cultivate a dog's desires and instincts to achieve upland hunting bliss, while also creating a loveable home companion.

Williams is an acclaimed dog breeder, trainer, and outdoor writer who is the author of several books. He is a dog magazine columnist, and a member of the Orvis Wingshooting Advisory Board. He and his dogs have appeared on many outdoor television shows, including Gray's Sporting Journal.

Table of Contents:
A Hunting Dog Philosophy
Hunter and Companion
Who is in Charge?
Understanding Your Dog's Senses
People and Dogs
Choosing a Breed for Your Hunting Needs
Making a Selection to Fit Your Lifestyle
Thoughts on Getting a New Pup
Pick the Parents, Not the Pup
Picking Pup from a Litter
Pup or Older Dog
Breeding Program

Don't Take the Dog Out of the Dog
Training a Bird Dog is not a Mystery
The Pup's Early Learning
No Critical Age to Train a Dog
Choosing a Name
Sleeping Arrangements
Eating Arrangements
A Happy Puppy
Commands, Anyone Can Do It
Learning to Give a Command
What's in a Command
Training Sessions

Simplicity Brings Success
Tools for Teaching
Coming When Called
Whoa is Me
A Word on Other Commands
Whistle Blowers
The Wing Game
When to Gun
Retrieving, No Forcing Please
Taking a Dog in the Field

Pen Raised Birds
Wild Birds
Self Training
Steady to Wing and Shot - or Not
Self Backing
Training Myths
The Making of a Poor Bird Dog
Hunting With Others
Tracking Your Dog

Enjoying the Results
Hunting Tips and Observations
The Season Dictates the Scent
Hunting Hazards
Taking a Trip

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