Positive Gun Dogs: Clicker Training for Sporting Breeds


At last! The truth about positive gun dog training — revealed!

Positive Gun Dogs by Jim Barry, Mary Emmen and Susan Smith is the first book on positive methods for sporting dogs published in the United States. If you’d like to learn to train your dog in a systematic, efficient manner, with force-free methods you’ll both enjoy and have clear, comprehensive exercises for all stages.

Positive Gun Dogs is a book which focuses on methods that have been studied and proven to work under a variety of circumstances — from the laboratory to the field!  These methods do not require punishment-based training, yet will yield fabulous results. Trainers of wild animals, both in zoo situations and in the wild, have trained for years using these methods with reliable, high-level results.  The world famous trainer, Bob Bailey, has used these methods to train wild dolphins to swim as far as 50 miles away from the training location and return — reliably! And the authors have successfully applied these proven techniques to all types of gun dogs—pointers, setters, retrievers and spaniels.  You can too!

Here is a summary of the benefits you receive

Clear, systematic instructions for all levels of training
These easy-to-follow instructions will make your training easier and and both you and your dog will be more successful
Simple, easy to follow diagrams for key exercises
The diagrams help you understand exactly how to execute the various exercises
Recommendations for solving common training problems
Positive Gun Dogs anticipates problems that will arise and guides you through them in the most efficient way possible
Training logs
Training logs will help you measure behavior and know when your dog is ready to raise the criteria
An introduction into how animals learn
Understanding how animals learn will help you anticipate or overcome problems that arise both in training and in real-life situations
E-book format available
E-book format means no wait or shipping costs – you’ll receive your e-book immediately. Also, you can print out the current exercises and training logs you are working on and take them into the field with you!


Here’s what reviewers are saying:

I am certain that ‘Positive Gun Dogs’ will be a welcome addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in gun dogs, and a valuable source of reference to those who are keen to look at a new and kindly way of training an effective and happy hunting companion . . . ‘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 way of training  your gun dog using a clearly set out and effective reward-based training programme.

Pippa Mattinson
founder of The Gun Dog Club

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A pioneering experiment . . . a valuable and comprehensive training resource. 

Jeff Boston
UK trainer and field trial judge
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This book shows you how you yourself can develop keen, reliable, accurate gun dogs by modern methods, using clicker training instead of correction. The authors are familiar with the demands of the sport, the nature of the dogs involved, and the ins and outs of applied behavioral science as well.

Karen Pryor
author, “Don’t Shoot the Dog”

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This book brims with crafty applications of learning laws.  The discussions of transitioning to intrinsic reinforcers, generalizing and proofing are among many first rate treatments of topics in this goldmine of a book.  Never preachy in tone, Positive Gun Dogs deals rationally with the motivator choices and presents a clear option for those who would rather not employ pain to train their field dogs.

Jean Donaldson
Author, Culture Clash
Author, Mine!
Author, Fight!
Author, Oh Behave!  Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker

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Positive Gun Dogs – Clicker Training for Sporting Breeds provides owners and handlers with highly effective but kinder and gentler dog training methods that motivate dogs to perform desired behaviors without causing the pain of traditional ear pinch and electric shock. The authors have created a valuable step by step resource to help owners in developing a motivated sporting dog for hunting and companionship.”

R K Anderson DVM, MPH, DACVPM, DACVB
Co-Inventor of the Gentle Leader(R) headcollar and Gentle
Leader(R) Easy Walk harness
Professor Emeritus, College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Public Health,
Director, Center to Study Human Animal Relationships and Environments (CENSHARE)
University of Minnesota

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Positive Gun Dogs: Clicker Training for Sporting Breeds provides the following features:

  • A guide to selecting the right breed for the task
  • How to get your pup off to a great start
  • Proven techniques to establish basic obedience
  • Clear, systematic exercises for all gundog tasks
  • Methods based on the LIMA principle (Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive)

Positive Gun Dogs will save you time, money and frustration by helping you train your dog in the most efficient way possible! If you were to hire any of the authors of this book to teach you the techniques contained in Positive Gun Dogs, you would pay thousands of dollars! Other gundog training books do not give you the proven techniques which will allow you to assess your dog’s progress and raise your training criteria at exactly the right time, saving you time and frustration!