Training Retrievers to Handle Author:Ann Walters, D. L. Walters D L Walters was raised in his profession, helping his parents train hunting dogs. In 1945 he joined them in the business, specializing in retrievers. Before long he was on the field trial circuit and won his first Open Stake in 1951. In the years to come, he trained and handled two dogs to National Championships and one to a National Derby Champ... more »ionship. He also trained the winner of a National Amateur Championship. Retrievers have been his life.
In 1967, D L and Ann edited "Charles Morgan on Retrievers", spending three years in organizing letters, manuscripts and tapes of Charley Morgan before his death. They subsequently retired from handling dogs on the field trial circuit to stay on their farm in eastern Kansas. There they trained retrievers and developed this step by step program to teach handling. D L Walters writes the "Ask D L " Retriever Column for The Retriever Journal.
The training procedures used here are adaptable to all types of dogs and are especially designed to promote stylish, confident, hard running dogs on blind retrieves. The program stresses the creation of good habits and the prevention of bad habits. The steps are well illustrated with 12 photos and over 50 diagrams.
Anyone interested in the training of retrievers will find this a useful book, whether for serious field trial competition or for the training of a first class hunting dog.« less