Retriever Training Forum     A website offering a forum for retriever issues, event information, classified and much other useful information.   Smartworks by Evan Graham. Comprehensive training program packed with great drills and training scenarios.     Mike Lardy is arguably the best retriever trainer in recent times. The Total Retriever Training site offers all of his programs in books and on DVD’s along with other useful training information.


Training Resources

Books, DVD's

Sound Beginnings  by Jackie Mertens….puppy retrieving for field work.

Could also be used with inexperienced older dogs.

Good demonstrations of drills, etc to introduce retrieving and build desire.

Training and Campaigning Retrievers, The Principles and Practice  by Jack Gwaltney, Jr M.D....

.Now in it's third printing. It has interesting perspectives on retriever training from an amateurs point of view

and is a nice supplement to Mike's videos and manuals.

Total Retriever Training, 2nd Edition  by Mike Lardy....Mike Lardy guides you through his comprehensive training

program that emphasizes teaching in a positive environment.

Training Retrievers Alone and 25 Essential Retriever Training Drills for Handling  by Dennis Voight....

Dennis Voigt has trained multiple Field Champions and won 3 National Championships while training alone

the majority of the time.

Building A Retriever: Drills & More  by Carol F. Cassity....A compilation of drills for the hunting retriever

These drills were chosen because of their direct relevance to the retriever HT program and the skills that are

required to be successful in that program.

These resources are just a few. There are many more to be found on the websites and links listed above.

Entry Express        Entry Express Management Systems is the main website for entering Retriever Hunt Tests and Field Trials. It also has classifieds and seminar information.      Bill Hillman is a well-respected and experienced retriever trainer.  Author of The Art and Science of Raising a Puppy and Training a Retriever as well as many articles and DVD's.

Jim Dobbs Training Center     The developers of the low-level stimulation method for e-collar use. We have an online library of training tips for various dog sports.