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Leerburg Training Videos & Books DVDs Training the Forced Retrieve with Tom Rose DVD

Training the Forced Retrieve with Tom Rose DVD
Training the Forced Retrieve with Tom Rose DVD

This DVD is no longer available. It has been replaced with Training the Retrieve with Michael Ellis.


It has been our policy to take our older DVDs (LIKE COMPETITION HEELING) and stream. My thinking is to let current dog trainers look at how it used to be done. This is an opportunity to let people look back 20 to 30 years (or more) and see the older methods of how people used to train dogs. You can see our streaming videos by clicking here.

I produced this DVD on the forced retrieve back in the 1980's. I am not a fan of the methods used in this training.

I also NEVER RECOMMEND training dogs with force before motivational methods are tried. If you are a new dog trainer I do not recommend that you buy this dvd. There are much better ways to motivationally train the retrieve.

The methods used in this video involve putting a dog on a table and teaching them that they MUST RETRIEVE when asked to retrieve.

Over the years there have been a number of methods used to train the forced retrieve. The ear pinch, the electric shock collar, a line attached to the dogs toe that a handler would pull. While all of these methods work, none work as quickly as the techniques shown in this video.

In the video Tom Rose took 2 dogs that had never had retrieval training. Both dogs were holding the article after their first training session.

This method produces the quickest results with the least amount of stress on the dog for any forced method of training the retrieve. You will see that Tom offers very little room for avoidance during the work. Tom progresses through very small training steps.

Over the years I have seen trainers in Europe and the United States use one part or another of this program, but I have never seen it put together this way. Tom Rose and his students have refined the forced retrieve to a program that anyone can follow.

But with this said, I believe you owe it to your dog to try and train the retrieve with markers before you resort to force.

Hello Ed:

Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for selling me such a fine working bitch. Xena vom Leerburg (Holly/Orfey breeding) received her SchH I today with high in trial. (72- 90- 96) Pronounced courage/fighting drive. With a little more work in the tracking phase, I hope to improve her scores for her SchH 2 in the fall.

Your tapes have been a great help especially the Training The Forced Retrieve with Tom Rose. The tape really assisted me and has really made Xena's dumbbell work reliable. Again, thanks for the great dog and I will be sending photos of the trial in future.

Mark G

To Ed:

I just wanted to say that I really like the video I just received from you, Training the Forced Retrieve with Tom Rose. I have a young beagle that I have trained in obedience and wanted to expand his skills. This video works. I particularly like the extra clips at the end where you show tracking police work and competitions over seas. I was amazed at the level of training these dogs were at.

Hugh K

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