Ok after all my kind welcomes to the world of the Labrador forum, here is my first post and I hope to get some good advice. I have trained my previous two GSP in traditional methods using praise and aversives mostly advised by other GSP owners and training books. I first came across pippa and her methods in the total recall book and it all seemed to make sense to me. When you consider I work my dogs out to 200yds then recall is stupidly important to me. Firstly what I do with my dogs. My dogs hunt for me and my gun and in front of several other guns due to how well the dogs range. My dogs hunt, point and retrieve feather and fur and are also my best friends and companions. They live outside in kennels and runs and come into the house after hard days work in the field. So here goes, new pup arrives in 7 weeks its life will be to the ultimate goal of my dogs above. Its a slow process 2 years at least until my dog enters the shooting field but what I want to know is should I Clicker train this dog ? How does it transfer from training field to shooting field ? And a sneaky question as mention in my introduction thread, when in clicker training does the dog learn its name ? Is there a risk of associating a dogs name with an action we are trying to reinforce rather than a command. I use a whistle and hand signals for my commands.