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Building a Retriever Book

Building A Retriever: Drills and More By Carol F Cassity


 Building A Retriever: Drills and More By Carol F Cassity

Building A Retriever - Drills & More, Third Edition book presents over forty-eight training drills useful in developing young to advanced retrievers for the field or competition.  Each drill is outlined with a materials list, procedure, purpose, problem/solution table and a diagram.  There is also a best practices section that explains training principles that can be used with any retriever training program to help develop a successful retriever trainer. Particular attention is paid to selecting drills that are within the means of most amateur trainers.

Table of contents


  • Holding Blind Drill
  • Clockwork
  • Remember Me?
  • Where’s Waldo
  • Swing With The Gun
  • Head-Swinging Drill
  • X Marking Drill
  • Split X Marking Drill
  • Walk-Away Marks
  • Diversion Bird Drill
  • Perception Marking Drill
  • Double Drill
  • Creamsicle
  • Inline Marks
  • Wipe-Out Marks
  • Channel Marks
  • ABCD Marking Drill
  • Slot Marks
  • Two-Along-The-Shore-Marks
  • Ladder Blinds
  • Wagon Wheel
  • First Look
  • Push-Pull
  • Pile Work Problem and Solution Chart
  • Pile Work - Baseball
  • Pile Work - Back pile
  • Pile Work - T Drill
  • Straight Back
  • Back Vs. Angle Back Drill
  • Come-In Whistle Drill
  • Progressive Blinds – School Blinds
  • Swish Drill
  • Look Far
  • Blind Diversion Drill
  • Cast Off
  • Looking Glass
  • W Drill
  • MW’s Influential Lining Drill
  • Three In A Row
  • Bird Boy Blinds
  • Over Parallel To Shore
  • Holding Blind Blinds AKA KRD
  • Back Parallel To Shore
  • Cast Over Into Water / Through An Obstacle
  • Christmas Tree Drill
  • Poison Bird
  • Chair Drill
  • Tune Up Drill
  • Split or Bucket Drill
Training Principles: 
  • It’s A Team Sport; Dog Training is A Marathon, Not A Sprint;  A Commie Plot?
  • A Mistake Does Not Equal Trouble;   Read the Dog
  • “Training Is Fluid”;   Put It All On The Line
  • You Can’t Mark What You Can’t See;   Balance
  • The Law of Two;   “What’s The Point?”;   Throw Singles, Lots of Singles
  • Don’t Hide the Candy;   First, The Yard; Then, The Field
  • Fix It Now!;   Hey - I Won!
  • Slow Down!; Lack of Effort
  • Last Command; A Consistent Voice
  • Enjoy the Cast; Touch the Glass
  • Teach, Not Test and Other Training Tidbits
  • Puppy Stuff
  • Definition of levels of training:  Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
  • A Quick Word About E-Collars
  • Puppy Stuff - Marking Guidelines
  • Force To Pile Sidebar
  • Body English Sidebar
  • Help Guidelines for Marks
  • List of Drills by Level of Difficulty
  • Jargon
  • Training Group Etiquette
  • Hunt Test/Trial Etiquette
140 pages, B/W, “Magazine Bound” soft-cover, illustrated.

Building a Retriever Drills and More, Carol F Cassity Book, Retriever training book