Recommended training related books AND ARTICLES
It is not surprising, given the number of poorly trained dogs in the country, the market is saturated with “how to” books on dog training. On this page we will try to list a few resources being used and recommended by our members which are pertinent to training spaniels for hunting, hunt tests and field trials.
General Dog Training Resources
The Puppy Primer by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. and Brenda Scidmore (Feb 23, 2010) is a short, to the point, step by step manual of how to begin training your puppy from the age of 5 weeks through 16 weeks. “This is my Puppy Bible and should be required reading for everyone starting a puppy” says Tom Hooker.
How Dogs Learn by Mary R. Burch, Ph.D. and Jon S. Bailey, Ph.D. (Feb 19, 2009) “...this book should be on every animal trainer's bookshelf. How Dogs Learn covers the content of an undergraduate course in learning and behavior, but the examples are taken from dog training, it is practical and very useful without sacrificing scientific and technical accuracy. --Jack Michael, PhD, Department of Psychology, Western Michigan University.
The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
The Other End of the Leash begins with an eloquently simple premise: "All dogs are brilliant at perceiving the slightest movement that we make, and they assume each tiny movement has meaning." With that in mind, all of Dr. Patricia McConnell's recommendations for communicating with your canine make immediate sense. Chapters are categorized by senses such as sound, sight, and smell; specific pack behaviors such as dominance and play also merit their own sections. McConnell uses the same humor and patience she recommends with dogs on her readers. Whether she's referring to maggots as "a value-added commodity in canine economics" or ruminating on attempts to verbally cue her dogs to exit the house one at a time, her wise and gently self-deprecating book brings training--of both dogs and humans--to new levels. Jill Lightner
Specific Resources to Hunting Spaniels
HUP!: Training Flushing Spaniels the American Way by James B. Spencer provides the reader with the basic knowledge and procedures generally used in the training of field spaniels. This book, along with the two mentioned above, will give a person new to training spaniels for field work (hunting) the information necessary to get started in the right direction.
How to Help Gun Dogs Train Themselves, by Joan Bailey "The best book there is on raising and training young hunting dogs of any breed is Joan Bailey's How To Help Gun Dogs Train Themselves." John McGonigle in his regular column on flushing dogs, Gun Dog Magazine, March/April 2008.
The Spaniel Journal archive of articles by noteworthy professional and amateur spaniel people http://www.spanieljournal.com/archives.html