Instructor: Cassia Turcotte
This class is designed for the upland hunting dog –hunt test competitor, upland hunting dog, or versatile hunting companion. While we will focus on pointers and spaniel tests, this course will apply to retrievers working to build a foundation for HRC or NAHRA upland tests as well.
We will build on Gun Dog Foundations to give you the skill sets you will need to progress to the next level and beyond. The focus will be on proper mechanical skills of both dog and handler to develop independent proficiency using a concept based approach.
These skills sets are broken into six specific context areas complete with progressions, fun training drills, and games. Each concept can be progressed and generalized at different rates based on the specific focus points of each team. This class is a perfect fit for those who want to do any level of upland hunt test work or take do upland hunting in the real world.
Next session starts: December 1, 2017Registration starts: November 22, 2017Registration ends: December 15, 2017
Registration begins at 9:30am PDT.
Enrollment limits: 12 gold, 25 silver, unlimited bronze. If you are interested in a bronze level spot, you can sign up any time during the registration period.
Lectures: Foundation Hunting Styles, All About Wind, The Affects of Weather, Seeking Out Cover, Hunting Games to Improve Bird Finding Ability
Skills: Baseline, Mechanics, Games
Concept: Pointing (or Sit To Flush STF)
Lectures: Whoa Review (or STF), To Long Line Or Not to Long Line, Auto Whoa, Developing Staunchness and Intensity, Introducing Birds
Skills: Hunting Progressions, Pointing Baseline
Concept: Retrieving for Upland Dogs
Lectures: Delivery to Hand, Marking for the Upland Dog, Bird Generalizations, How to Introduce Cripples/Wounded Game, Residual Scent Versus Source Scent
Skills: Hunting Progressions, Pointing/STF Progressions, Retrieving Baseline
Concept: Steadiness and Honoring
Lectures: Steadiness to Wing/Shot/Fall, The Visual Honor, Fly Aways, Steadiness and Honoring Progressions, Balancing Arousal, Steadiness, and Desire
Skills: Hunting Progressions, Pointing/STF Progressions, Retrieve Progressions, Steadiness Baseline
Concept: Trainability and Foundations Review
Lectures: How and When to Use the Starter Pistol, Whistle Stop, Whistle Recall, Whistle Directional, Heeling
Skills: Progressions and Foundation Baseline
Lectures: Putting it All Together, Specific Test Scenarios, Developing a Training Plan for Long Term Maintenance, Incorporating Conditioning for the Upland Dog
Prerequisites and Equipment
Gun Dog Foundations
- A range of toys for tug/ball play and treats
- Video Camera Access to Youtube Upload
- Deadfowl Trainers or Bumpers
- Placebox or Barrel
- Long Line
- Upland Collar (Flat Buckle Orange Collar, Bell Optional, GPS Optional)
- Flagging (orange)
- Starter Pistol
- Blank Loads that fit your starter pistol
- Tall Traffic Cones or Driveway Stakes or Lining Poles
- Gamebird Wings (12-18)
- Flirt Pole or wing on a string
- Live Gamebirds (this is optional for younger/newer dogs, but necessary for dogs that are already working on live birds)
- Access to Field Locations or home yard at least once per week where you can use blank pistols… and birds (if you are at that level)