This book is directed to owners of retriever puppies in their first year, but the program is equally effective with young retrievers starting beyond that age. It gives your retriever the necessary disciplines and skills he will need to become a reliable hunting companion. The authors assume that most puppies grow up as house pets, and so throughout the program lessons that every companion dog needs to learn are also stressed. Puppies learn best with step-by-step progression, so using this program as a guide, you will have a retriever that can go on to be successful in whatever field you choose competitive or non-competitive. The authors cover how to work with your puppy's unique personality, correlate lessons to the pup's mental and physical development, train with lessons that are progressive, thorough, and uncomplicated, and most of all, effective! Retriever Puppy Training, The Right Start to Hunting has been a favorite with people starting out with their first retriever puppy or those who want to raise a hunting companion from puppyhood. However, experienced retriever handlers and those planning to trial or hunt test with their dogs will also find it very helpful.