They're not, say Jim Barry, Mary Emmen, and Susan Smith, authors of Positive Gun Dogs: Clicker Training for Sporting Breeds. This brand-new book is a complete explanation of training gun dogs without using threats, punishment, or force while achieving top levels of fluency and reliability in the field. The authors know the demands of the sport and the nature of the dogs involved, and they understand the ins and outs of applied behavioral science, too. Their techniques apply to working with all types of gun dogs—pointers, setters, retrievers, and spaniels.
"People don't want to hurt their dogs in order to train them and they don't have to," says positive training icon and author Karen Pryor, whose company KPCT is publishing the book. "We're proud to publish Positive Gun Dogs. It is a groundbreaking book for the US market and along with Clicker Gun Dog, a book by the UK trainer Helen Phillips, we now have two great books on both sides of the Atlantic for sports long-considered the domain of traditional training techniques."
According to Jean Donaldson, author of the well-known animal behavior guide The Culture Clash, "Positive Gun Dogs brims with crafty applications of learning laws. A goldmine of a book...never preachy in tone, Positive Gun Dogs presents a clear option for those who would rather not employ pain to train their field dogs." Pippa Mattinson, founder of the Gundog Club, agrees: "Positive Gun Dogs takes an exciting and refreshing new look at the training of gun dogs as hunting companions. No more 'ear pinching' or 'heeling sticks,' but at last a systematic and effective reward-based training program."
Positive Gun Dogs includes clear, systematic instructions for all levels of training and solutions for common training problems, with lots of illustrations, pictures, and diagrams for visual learning. Training logs are included to help you see progress and know when to move ahead. A comprehensive resource section provides guidance and support.