Richard A. Wolters, more than anyone else, is the man who preserved the traditions of dog training. And, in his unique way, he raised the sport of upland and waterfowl hunting to new levels of popularity. In times when we are rapidly losing our heritage and traditions, Richard A. Wolters has helped us to keep one of our long time treasures, having the well mannered Family and Sporting Dog in our homes and for our favorite activities and pastimes.
In doing this, Richard touched a lot of people through their mutual passion; their dogs. He accomplished this by studying animal behaviorists by working with his own dogs. After many refinements, he felt satisfied with his techniques for training retrievers for the average hunter. At that time, over thirty years ago, Richard wrote the revolutionary book, "Water Dog". This book has become the "bible" of the average hunter, which shows him how to quickly turn his dog into a skilled retriever. And, "Water Dog" is still the standard from which retrievers are trained.
Richard wrote many other books based on the same, proven training methods. He also demonstrated his techniques over the years in this country and throughout Europe. He became a symbol representing the serious, dedicated dog trainer. Manufacturers of sporting products courted him to promote their wares, names such as Orvis, Iams, Beretta, Trebark and Barbour, to name a few. Richard would spend hours talking to a dog owner who had read his books but was having trouble mastering one training area. He loved the whole sport and was loved back.
For the family dog, Richard banished the old wives’ tale that you could not train a dog until he is one year old and that you should leave your dog to live in a doghouse in the back yard. The 1963 classic book, "Family Dog", was a turning point that made the dog a well-behaved member of the household.
In 1961, Richard wrote his first training book "Gun Dog" for pointing dogs and it continues to sell more copies every year. Mr. Wolters wrote his last training book in 1985 entitled "Game Dog". It is for both upland and water fowl hunting. "Game Dog", like his other books, has become a classic. Since then, Richard lived a full life promoting his passion, the well trained dog and his/her place in our society and in our homes and lives. In October 1993, Richard Wolters unfortunately had heart failure and passed on, leaving many of his friends in grief and also in anger because he left us so early.
However, to perpetuate his spirit and his teachings and continue to preserve our traditions, Olive Wolters, his widow, and Joseph Middleton, his longtime friend, have made the video versions of "Game Dog", "Gun Dog", "Water Dog" and "Family Dog". These one-hour, top quality videos are step by step guides to rapidly transform a seven-week-old puppy into a well-trained and loving animal.
Richard Wolters’ books have sold over one million copies over the past thirty-seven years and have helped millions of dog lovers train their dogs. His books continue to sell more every year. They are passed down through generations of family and friends. His legacy lives on through his classic books and now through his easy-to-follow videos.
We owe Richard Wolters a great debt of gratitude because he has not only attained the very rare achievement of continuing his dreams after his death but he has allowed us to preserve our valued traditions and heritage and carry them into our future.
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