OVRC Central Ohio Retriever Training Day
Here’s the info and our goals for the day. My personal interest here is giving those with hunting retrievers (and those that are planning on a hunting retriever) the opportunity to work with a group that both hunts and tests their dogs. Spending most of my time on the dog forum at DHC, I know there are numerous myths and inaccuracies about tests versus trials versus hunting dogs along with “what a hunting dog needs” to be a good dog in the field.
The PRIMARY reason I joined a club was so I could train a dog to get my birds. All of them, every single one. Marked falls in any environment and the ability to direct my dog to birds he didn’t see fall. Let’s face it…Ohio ain’t the duck capital of the world and every bird counts. We all work hard to find them and drop them.
Nor had I really ever hunted over a solid retriever. I didn’t really know what a dog was capable of and how much fun it is to get them there. So the goal is to invite people out for a day, with or without their dog (folks planning on buying a pup are certainly welcomed) and have some fun running dogs and picking up some birds. The day is for you and your dog.
So the agenda is as follows:
Brief intro to Ohio Valley Retriever Club and our Mission
Walk through of protocol (dogs when not running should be kenneled – bring plenty of water for them)
Intro to obedience by example (quick walkthrough on the importance of obedience to a gundog using example club dogs)
Intro to e-Collar and conditioning (many myths out there – we’ll review the proper use and theory behind e-collars)
Use and purpose of a Heeling Stick (an important and inexpensive tool)
Use of a program (what materials are out there for training yourself and what purpose they serve)
Set-up run by a JH, SH, and MH dog to show work levels (we’ll set up with throwers and dead ducks – running through junior type dogs all the way to master dogs to show their work, providing a benchmark you may want to set for your dog)
Set-up for participating dog and handlers (this is where you get to play – we’ll do some set-ups that your dog can run and get birds in their mouths – no pressure, all fun!)
Pigeon flyer shoot ( we’ll do some live birds as you handle your dog – club members will do the shooting)
We are asking for a reservation response so we can plan. Please PM here or send me an email with any questions to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions provided upon reservation