“The Art of Raising a Puppy” by The Monks of New Skete
Their philosophy of raising dogs accentuates the essential human-canine bond, whereby owners must learn to understand a dog's instincts, needs, and behavior. Understanding a dog, the monks say, is the key to successful training. Basic puppy training techniques are explored and executed, all of which puppy owners should find easy to implement.
“How to be Your Dog’s Best Friend” by The Monks of New Skete
This is a training manual for dog owners. The Monks of New Skete advocate that “understanding is the key to communication, compassion, and communion” with your dog.
“Gun Dog” by Richard A. Wolters
A step by step training book in pictures sequences. It not only shows you what to expect of your dog, but what your dog expects of you.
“Water Dog” by Richard A. Wolters
A step by step training book with no extraneous material. It covers everything from the day you get your puppy to the finished dog.
“The 10 Minute Retriever” by John & Amy Dahl
The 10-Minute Retriever reflects the authors' belief that daily ten-minute training sessions best suit a retriever's attention span and lead to rapid learning. This book is easy to use for the absolute beginner and yet deeply informative for the serious student of retriever training.
“Don’t Shoot the Dog” by Karen Pryor
This is easy reading for anyone who would like to change the behavior of their pet. It stresses that reinforcement is the key.
“Smartwork for Retrievers” by Evan Graham
This is a spiral-bound book that deals with basic training and transition work.
“Training with Mike Lardy” by Mike Lardy
This is a spiral-bound collection of Mike’s articles on retrievers. The book provides great guidelines for electronic collar use.