Dog instructors that use the clicker philosophy or reward based methods in their gun dog training:
- Helen Phillips (Evesham, UK), https://www.thegundogclub.co.uk/?page_id=1252
- Thomas Stokke (Örebro, Sweden) www.fannygott.com
- Positive Gun Dogs by Jim Barry, Mary Emmen and Susan Smith http://www.positivegundogs.com/
- Positive Gun Dogs of Minnesota www.positivegundogsmn.com
- The Gundog Club, UK https://www.thegundogclub.co.uk
Web pages in Swedish
- Anna-Karin Lundmark and Håvard Bakken (Åre, Sweden) www.canis.se/are
- Eva Thorén Söderström (Norrtälje, Sweden) evaths.hundbenet.se
- Eva Bodfäldt (Stockholm, Sweden) blog.evabodfaldt.com
- Grethe Eklund (Gävle, Sweden)
Please let us know if you know any other instructors that use force free, reward based methods or clicker training for their gun dog training so that we could add a link to them as well!
If you want to read more we recommend the following books.
Gun dog training
The only books we’ve found about clicker training and gun dog training are the following two. Here you will find an explanation of the method as well as many exercises for retrieving, flushing and pointing gun dogs.
Clicker gun dog – Helen Philips
Positive gun dogs – Jim Barry, Mary Emmen & Susan Smith
The following books are not based on the clicker philosphy, but contain a lot of information about hunting and more advanced exercises:
Gundog training – Keith Erlandson
Follow me – a deal with your dog – Eva Bodfäldt
Sound advice and great exercises for a creating a good relationship with your dog.
Clickertraining: The 4 Secrets of Becoming a Supertrainer – Morten Egtvedt & Cecilie Køste
A comprehensive introduction to clicker training. We usually call it “the bible”. On the web page you can also sign up for a free 7-day clicker training course.
Don’t shoot the dog – Karen Pryor
The book of books within learning psychology with focus on “clicker training”. Easy and entartaining to read. A book that every one should read, even non-dog trainers.It’s not just about dog training but also about how to train people, for example how to teach your room mate to pick up his dirty socks from the floor.
Shaping success – Susan Garrett
The creation of an unlikely champion. We follow the border collie Buzz during his training from “impossible” dog to agility champion.
Control unleashed – Leslie McDevitt
Many dogs find it difficult to work an concentrate when there are other dogs near by. In this book you will get very good advice on how to make your dog relax and focus on you despite distracting environments.
Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog – Emma Parsons
Describes how you solve dog meetings and dog aggression problems by the help of counter conditioning and positive reinforcement.
Click for Joy! – Melissa C. Alexander
An encyclopedia with answers to many of the questions that will arise, especially when you’re new at clicker trainng..
Field trial regulations
For field trial regulations in Sweden, go to the Swedish Spaniel- and Retriever Clubs web page: www.ssrk.se