Here are Bird Dog Chat’s Top Bird Dog Training Books for the Do it Yourself trainers.

Getting all the gear for upland hunting can get spendy. However, upland hunting gear isn’t the most expensive part. It’s going to be the investment in your bird dog training.

If you’re unable to pay professional bird dog training fees, buying a couple books online might be a better alternative. Here are the places you can start reading up on doing it yourself.

Pointing Dogs: How to Train, Nurture, and Appreciate Your Bird Dog

Overview

Pointing Dogs departs from traditional training guides by treating dogs as individuals with different temperaments who need to be trained according to the individual needs of their owners. This book covers not only field-training fundamentals, but the ten lessons our dogs try to teach us: how to personalize the training to fit the needs of both hunter and dog; how bloodlines, training, and experience combine to form the complete bird dog; insights into a dog’s scenting abilities; proper care of a bird dog; and how to live with your dog the other ten months of the year.

Game Dog: Second Revised Edition

Overview

The most efficient system to train retrievers for hunting upland birds and waterfowl—from the author of Water Dog.

This time-proven guide by legendary trainer Richard A. Wolters offers a step-by-step method for completely training your dog, resulting in a skilled hunting retriever by the time your pet is one year old. 

In Game Dog, you’ll discover:

• How to choose a pup—what to look for, where to find the best
• The five critical periods of a dog’s mental development
• Which retrievers are easier to train—males or females
• How to get two dogs to work together
• Why feeding time is more than food
• How to teach your dog to track, quarter, and swim after game
• How to get your dog to betray his instincts and obey your commands
• Which tasks your dog must master to qualify as a hunter
• And much more…

Fully illustrated, Game Dog is an invaluable book for every hunter training a retriever and every pet owner who wants a better-trained dog.

“Wolters has produced a solid book that will be of great help to anyone training his retriever to work. He is an acknowledged master in the field and an excellent instructor.”—Dog Fancy

Sporting Dog and Retriever Training: The Wildrose Way: Raising a Gentleman’s Gundog for Home and Field

Overview

A comprehensive guide to transforming your dog into a valuable wing-shooting companion in the field and at home. Created by Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels, the Wildrose Way is a unique, low-force, positive training method that is field-proven for upland and waterfowl gundogs. The training prepares dogs for versatility—any game, any terrain, any destination—and makes them desirable companions for any situation. Now, for the first time, Stewart’s methods are compiled in one indispensable reference book, fully illustrated with photographs and diagrams. Containing chapters on establishing essential behaviors, the core skills of the hunting retriever, and waterdog finishing work, as well as sidebars on such topics as breed selection and effective canine leadership, this step-by-step book is designed specifically for wing-shooters who want to transform their pup into a gentleman’s gundog.

Tom Dokken’s Retriever Training: The Complete Guide to Developing Your Hunting Dog

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Hunting Success Begins Here!

In Tom Dokken’s Retriever Training, America’s leading trainer helps you channel your hunting dog’s huge ambition so he works for you, the way you want, and does so happily.

After using the time-tested methods in Tom Dokken’s Retriever Training, you’ll have a reliable retriever that:

  • Obeys commands on- and off-leash
  • Retrieves birds to hand
  • Remains steady to shot
  • Quarters and flushes upland game
  • Finds downed birds
  • Takes hand signals

Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems

Overview

In Cesar’s Way, Cesar Millan—nationally recognized dog expert and star of National Geographic Channel’s hit show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan—helps you see the world through the eyes of your dog so you can finally eliminate problem behaviors.

From his appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show to his roster of celebrity clients to his reality television series, Cesar Millan is America’s most sought-after dog-behavior expert. But Cesar is not a trainer in the traditional sense—his expertise lies in his unique ability to comprehend dog psychology. Tracing his own amazing journey from a clay-walled farm in Mexico to the celebrity palaces of Los Angeles, Cesar recounts how he learned what makes dogs tick. In Cesar’s Way, he shares this wisdom, laying the groundwork for you to have stronger, more satisfying relationships with your canine companions. 

Cesar’s formula for a contented and balanced dog seems impossibly simple: exercise, discipline, and affection, in that order. Taking readers through the basics of dog psychology and behavior, Cesar shares the inside details of some of his most fascinating cases, using them to illustrate how common behavior issues develop and, more important, how they can be corrected. You’ll learn: 

• What your dog really needs may not be what you’re giving him
• Why a dog’s natural pack instincts are the key to your happy relationship 
• How to relate to your dog on a canine level
• There are no “problem breeds,” just problem owners
• How to choose a dog who’s right for you and your family
• The difference between discipline and punishment
• And much more!

Filled with fascinating anecdotes about Cesar’s longtime clients, and including forewords by the president of the International Association of Canine Professionals and Jada Pinkett Smith, this is the only book you’ll need to forge a stronger, more rewarding connection with your four-legged companion.

Training Pointing Dogs

Overview

Training Pointing Dogs highlights the sage guidance of this master dog trainer. In simple question-and-answer format, Long addresses the issues most often raised by trainers, professional and amateur alike. Paul Long’s practical advice is filled with good sense and enhanced by the subtle, wry humor of a wily veteran. This is the book to have if you plan to train your hunting dog on your own.

Gun Dog: Revolutionary Rapid Training Method

Overview

Gun Dog is:

  • The first book is written for the man with limited time and facilities who wants a gun dog fast and who wants to train it himself.
  • The first book is written in this field with scientific information on the mental development of a dog. From this study by one of the nation’s outstanding animal behavior laboratories, Wolters has changed the procedures in training a gun dog.
  • The first book for the upland bird hunter that teaches the hunting commands with the use of bird dog training tools, making training easier for you and your dog.
  • The first book to show the complete training procedures step by step in picture sequences. It will show you not only what to expect of your dog, but what your dog expects of you. You will be able to see how to do it.

Gun Dog is a revolutionary rapid training method.

The Ultimate Guide to Bird Dog Training: A Realistic Approach to Training Close-Working Gun Dogs for Tight Cover Conditions

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The perfect book for both beginning and experienced bird dog trainers.

The Ultimate Hunting Dog Reference Book: A Comprehensive Guide to More Than 60 Sporting Breeds

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Find and train the perfect hunting dog with this expansive reference book.

For centuries, man has hunted with dogs. Today there are dozens of purposefully bred sports dogs to choose from. The Ultimate Hunting Dog Reference Book delves into the various breeds that exist, offering information on their temperaments, skills, and looks. Included in The Ultimate Hunting Dog Reference Book is advice on:

Choosing the perfect hunting dog
Caring for your dog’s health
Training your dog
Fun games to play with your dog
The best hunting strategies

With more than sixty breeds of hunting dogs to choose from, there is bound to be the perfect match for you and your hunting style.

Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for hunters and firearms enthusiasts. We publish books about shotguns, rifles, handguns, target shooting, gun collecting, self-defense, archery, ammunition, knives, gunsmithing, gun repair, and wilderness survival. We publish books on deer hunting, big game hunting, small game hunting, wing shooting, turkey hunting, deer stands, duck blinds, bowhunting, wing shooting, hunting dogs, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

The Complete Guide to Bird Dog Training

Overview

This classic, practical book on bird dog training is now updated and expanded with material on the latest field-training equipment and live-game training techniques with released quail and recall pens. A useful chapter on the services and guidance offered by organizations for owners, amateur trainers, and those who wish to participate in field trials and other bird dog competitions is also included. The Complete Guide to Bird Dog Training covers all pointing and flushing breeds, and also offers sensible approaches to buying a dog, bringing up a pup, yard and field training, and equipment. In addition, the helpful appendices list recommended books and periodicals, other literature, breed registries, organizations, and suppliers of equipment and accessories to help bird dog owners with all of their training needs. Complete with dozens of instructional photographs throughout, The Complete Guide to Bird Dog Training is a gem of a book that any serious new or veteran owner or trainer of bird dogs should get their hands on.

The 10-Minute Retriever: How to Make a Well-Mannered, Obedient, Enthusiastic and Controllable Gun Dog in 10 Minutes a Day

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The 10-Minute Retriever reflects the authors’ belief that daily ten-minute training sessions best suit a retriever’s attention span and lead to rapid learning. This book is easy to use for the absolute beginner and yet deeply informative for the serious student of retriever training. The text has the information most needed by the owner of a pet retriever: how to make it reliably obedient and well-mannered.

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