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"My black lab puppy is just 3 months old and she is healing, retrieving, fetching, sitting and laying down."

By: Casey Archibald From UT

Owns 3 dogs. Hunts. Family pet.

This was very informative about starting your puppy at a young age instead of waiting until they are 8+ months which I believed was the norm for training a dog. My black lab puppy is just 3 months old and she is healing, retrieving, fetching, sitting and laying down. Just from a few minutes a day. She is constantly looking at me trying to understand what I am teaching her, and that will come in handy when I start training her on technical training.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 18793
Reviewed: 2015-02-19
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"It is excellent, not only in my opinion, but several of the dog owners I have met."

By: Carol Drummond From

Competes.

My puppy is now 14 weeks, and this video was recommended by the breeder. It is excellent, not only in my opinion, but several of the dog owners I have met through the breeder. I especially appreciated her information on training a very young puppy -- because that is what I have.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 22614
Reviewed: 2015-08-06
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Customer Review #32564

By: Gage Smith From IA

Owns 1111 dogs. Hunts. Family pet.

The first lab I'm training for hunting, I like the video it's making it easier to train.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 32564
Reviewed: 2016-11-20
"A quality video that helps you get started training a puppy"

By: Eric S From GA

Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet.

It is a quality video that helps you get started training a puppy. If you have trained retrievers before, it isn't likely you will learn much from this video but it definitely reminded me of some things I hadn't thought about. I think anyone that hasn't trained a dog or someone that hasn't had to train a puppy in a while will enjoy this video.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 29405
Reviewed: 2016-05-13
"Very easy to follow."

By: William Nix From AL

Hunts. Family pet.

Excellent video for people looking to learn even the basics of starting your puppy. Jackie makes obedience very easy to follow. I would recommend you watch the DVD as your pup grows up. Some of the more technical work towards the end can overwhelm new puppy owners.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 29146
Reviewed: 2016-04-29
"Great training for pups!"

By: Austin Mackens From TN

Hunts. Family pet.

Great training for pups! Fast shipping!!!

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 26529
Reviewed: 2016-01-16
"Great for training a new pup."

By: Karen Brown From FL

Owns 4 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

Great for training a new pup. We recommend this video to all our puppy buyers.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 25539
Reviewed: 2015-12-15
"Comprehensive video that should be a big help with a new pup."

By: Gerry Schlehofer From WA

Competes.

Comprehensive video that should be a big help with a new pup.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 20365
Reviewed: 2015-04-21
"Great DVD!"

By: Drake Livingston From NC

Hunts.

Great DVD! I like that the puppies in the video don't always respond to commands the first time and actually act like puppies. The video quality is clearly from the 90's, but the content is the only quality that really counts. I would recommend this video to anyone that wants to train their puppy to retrieve when it gets older.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 19824
Reviewed: 2015-03-31
"Great DVD."

By: Caleb Park From TN

Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet.

Great DVD. One of the few realistic DVD's where they actually show the puppy being a puppy and not doing everything she commands on the first try, which we all know doesn't happen.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 17507
Reviewed: 2015-01-08
"Great puppy introduction video."

By: Janie Harpster From WI

Great puppy introduction video. Thank you for offering it. Look forward to future purchases from you.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 17047
Reviewed: 2014-12-27
"Very good for beginners."

By: Mary Graham From MI

Hunts. Family pet.

Very good for beginners.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 17263
Reviewed: 2015-01-02
"Just starting, but looks like it should help a lot."

By: Scott Person From WA

Hunts. Family pet.

So far so good. Just starting, but looks like it should help a lot.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 15031
Reviewed: 2014-10-30
"Begins the training early and logically setting up a solid foundation."

By: George Billings From TX

Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Competes.

Begins the training early and logically setting up a solid foundation. Great for beginners new to training a retriever.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 13653
Reviewed: 2014-09-12
"She's taught this old dog some new tricks!"

By: Carol Hollenbeck From MI

Golden retriever. Family pet.

I have had lots of puppies in my life, and 12-week-old Kep is my fifth golden over the years. But Jackie Mertens' DVD has given me lots of useful tips. She's taught this old dog some new tricks!

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 10964
Reviewed: 2014-05-21
"Excellent DVD"

By: John Goodwin From PA

Labrador Retrievers. Owns 5 dogs. Competes.

Excellent DVD, I recommend it and Gun Dog Supply to all my puppy purchasers (>100 families in the lat three years).

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2323
Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"Excellent product!"

By: Jerry Odell From AL

Chesapeake Bat Retriever. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

Excellent product! Highly Recommend!!

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2703
Reviewed: 2011-09-08
"My dog trainer recommends it to all his clients for the first 6mnths. "

By: Greg Gay From GA

black lab. Hunts.

very good dvd for getting training started. My dog trainer recommends it to all his clients for the first 6mnths. great dvd and very easy to follow !

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2657
Reviewed: 2011-09-07
"I strongly recommend "Sound Beginnings" to build drive and confidence as well as to lay the foundation for more advanced work later."

By: Joel From TN

Golden Retriever. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Competes.

This is a very good video for teaching the basic concepts that hunting or competition dogs will need later as well as for exposing puppies to different stimuli. The video states that it's for a dog's first year. In actuality, it's good until a pup is about six months-old. At that point, it fits in well with a solid program like Mike Lardy's "Total Retriever Training" and "Total Retriever Marking." I strongly recommend "Sound Beginnings" to build drive and confidence as well as to lay the foundation for more advanced work later.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2509
Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"Excellent!"

By: Mac From TX

Labs. Owns 4 dogs. Hunts.

Excellent! Best puppy head start program perfect for first time trainer. Every puppy ought to come home with this DVD.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2394
Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"Very informative and easy to follow."

By: Herman Hirschey From LA

Lab. Owns 11 dogs. Hunts.

Very informative and easy to follow.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2365
Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"This DVD is very helpful and highly recommended"

By: Gary Stuckel From IA

Labrador. Hunts. Competes.

This DVD is very helpful and highly recommended by my Pro Trainer.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2356
Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"Good comprehensive DVD"

By: Chris

2. Owns 12 dogs. Hunts. Family pet.

Good comprehensive DVD about the basics of preparing your puppy for training

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2354
Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"I highly recommend it for beginners and experienced trainers alike."

By: Brian

C. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

Great resource. I highly recommend it for beginners and experienced trainers alike.

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2336
Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"The video was very helpful"

By: Tammy Johnson From MN

PB golden retriever. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

The video was very helpful

Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2347
Reviewed: 2011-09-02
Customer Review #27829

By: Gary Bose From MD

It's a good all around obedience video for basics and obedience.

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 27829
Reviewed: 2016-03-06
Customer Review #27833

By: William Daisey From NC

Owns 4 dogs. Hunts.

It's a good video. Very informative but a little expensive for what it is.

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 27833
Reviewed: 2016-03-06
"I am very pleased I purchased it."

By: Jim2Hunt

Labrador. Hunts. Family pet.

This video has a lot to offer. It covers training from the day you bring pup home up to the start of OB. Very good video. I am very pleased I purchased it.

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2601
Reviewed: 2011-09-06
Customer Review #25028

By: Payce Reynolds From IA

Chesapeake. Owns 2 dogs.

Worth the money! Solid review of how to start your puppy the right way.

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 25028
Reviewed: 2015-11-24
"Simple and sound."

By: John Cottenham From MI

Labrador Retriever. Owns 3 dogs. Hunts. Competes.

Simple and sound. Wish we all had facilities like theirs

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2327
Reviewed: 2011-09-02
Customer Review #29037

By: CJInscore

Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

Really good dvd. Jackie and her team really know what they are doing when it comes to starting pups right. The only thing I wish it had was a defined schedule when certain drills should be started.

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 29037
Reviewed: 2016-04-25
"This video goes over a lot of different things that you can do during the early puppy phases."

By: Jeremy

Lab. Hunts.

This video goes over a lot of different things that you can do during the early puppy phases. The one thing I didn't like about it was it didn't really go into detail on how to do the training exercises. And they didn't really show the progression of the dog from day 1 - completion.

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2422
Reviewed: 2011-09-02
Customer Review #31122

By: Kevin Jarvis From Nc

Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet.

Good for first time dog owners. You definitely need to take notes while you watch the video.

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 31122
Reviewed: 2016-08-12
"Good starter video."

By: Justin Thurston From WI

Hunts. Family pet.

Good starter video.

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 19018
Reviewed: 2015-03-01
Customer Review #2362

By: Jacob Callaway From GA

Chessie. Hunts.

Overall ok. It really is beginning video. I only saw the first video.

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2362
Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"good video"

By: Earlene Lacy From NY

Labrador Retriever. Owns 5 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

this was a good video, but I wish it would have concentrated more on "puppy" training than starting in field work. I purchased it for a friend who just got a new pup and was hoping for more "obedience/basic" type training than the marking/field concepts. Still it has some useful information and may spark his interest in field work.

Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2355
Reviewed: 2011-09-02
Customer Review #2824

By: Bruce Potter From TX

Hunts. Competes.

Somewhat dated material.

There are better puppy ob and intro to field work videos out now. Such as hillman's new series.


Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2824
Reviewed: 2011-09-20
Customer Review #21445

By: Jason Cuthbertson From ME

Hunts. Family pet.

The video is good. Not great but good. I did get some useful tips out of it such as teaching the puppy to come and sit as well as how to introduce him to guns and water. I will say however some of the exercises seem geared towards a competition dog and require multiple people to be involved. I wasn't expecting that as I'm primarily the dogs trainer and don't have that people willing to take time to do some of the exercises. One thing I really wanted was how to keep the dog from talking back to my youngster and trying to nip her. Didn't see anything on that. So again, good video, not great. It was my first time using a video to train, so I didn't know what to expect.

Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 21445
Reviewed: 2015-06-07
Customer Review #7749

By: Karl Bednar From WI

Hunts. Family pet.

It is decent (a little dated). I'm not sure it lived up to my expectations though... especially for $40!

Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 7749
Reviewed: 2014-01-28
Customer Review #24909

By: Ryan Jones From MN

Hunts.

This is a pretty good resource, but it seems to bounce around. I could not tell if this was a step by step guide or just a collection of exercises. The timeline was hard to follow as well. I wasn't sure what ages I'd start moving into the more advanced stuff.

Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 24909
Reviewed: 2015-11-18
Customer Review #2589

By: Randolph Dill

Labs. Owns 12 dogs. Hunts. Family pet.

Compared to videos produced by the likes of George Hickox and Shawn Dustin, the Mertens video is fair at best. I did like the fact that the video showed mistakes by the dogs used in the training demos. On the other hand, the number of people shown assisting in the training exercises is not realistic for a single trainer. Also, not enough detail in the \"whys\" of dog training. For a new trainer, instruction must be step by step, with lots of detail.

Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 2589
Reviewed: 2011-09-05
Customer Review #21747

By: Tammy Wood From OR

Family pet.

We had asked our breeder for a resource for basic obedience training. We informed him we were not interested in using the dog for hunting. This is what he recommended. We got very little out of the cd. A total waste of $50 (with the shipping and handling). So disappointed!

Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 21747
Reviewed: 2015-06-22
Customer Review #18973

By: Bill Waterhouse From AL

Hunts. Family pet.

Waste of money; a starter DVD that does not even teach stay?

Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 18973
Reviewed: 2015-02-27
Customer Review #16182

By: Austin Wadden From IA

Lab. Hunts.

Not what I was expecting. All she tries to teach you is basic things everyone knows how to do. Not worth the money.

Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 16182
Reviewed: 2014-12-02
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Sound Beginnings Retriever Training DVD with Jackie Mertens

Jackie Mertens is one of the most successful amateur retriever trainers and breeders in North America.

Sound Beginnings Retriever Training DVD with Jackie Mertens
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Jackie Mertens is one of the most successful amateur retriever trainers and breeders in North America. She has trained and titled numerous FC/AFC retrievers. She is a six time finalist at the National Open/National Amateur Retriever Championships. She won the National Amateur Championship with her NAFC FC Topbrass Cotton, who is also the all time high point Golden Retriever in field trial history.

Breeding, training and campaigning retrievers are a way of life for Jackie. Her Topbrass kennel, established in 1968, consistently produces high quality performance labrador and golden retrievers.

The video describes in detail a comprehensive and progressive training program for retriever puppies from 7 weeks to 8 months of age. It can also be used to introduce an adult retriever to the world of retrieving.

Topics include:

  • Basic Puppy Obedience
  • Introducing the Tools of Training
  • Your Puppy's First Retrieves
  • Introduction to Water
  • Developing a Positive Water Attitude
  • Puppy Drills
  • Preparing Your Pup for Advanced Training

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