Instructor: Cassia Turcotte
In this class, the handler and dog will be introduced to the concepts necessary to navigate retriever hunt tests (the water series!). It is the goal to give each team a systematic progression to teach water skills, from obedience and ‘delivery to hand’ through basic lining drills and handling skills necessary for upper level tests. Specific factors in the water series of retriever tests will be addressed and discussed in depth including cheating, de-cheating, squaring the shore, angled entries and exits, whistle stops, casting, dealing with current, hand delivery of wet game, and live game considerations. Progressions in each skill will be based on the level of the team, from puppy foundations to dogs preparing for Senior or Seasoned testing.
Next session starts: August 1, 2017Registration starts: July 22, 2017Registration ends: August 15, 2017
Registration will begin at 9:30AM PDT.
Enrollment limits: 15 gold, 25 silver, unlimited bronze. If you are interested in a bronze-level spot you can register any time during the registration period.
Syllabus GDF2 - W
Concept: Foundation Work Begins On Land
Lectures: Foundations on the Land, The Come In Whistle, Teaching Return Line Adjustment Cues, Introducing Hazard Training, What Is Cheating?
Skills: The Come In Whistle, Line Adjustment Cues, Hazard Training
Concept: Water Deliveries
Lectures: To Shake or Not to Shake, Generalizing Straight Entries, Go Swim, Non-cheatable Recalls, Finding An Appropriate Training Pond
Skills: Go Swim, Water Deliveries, Land Progressions
Concept: Teaching Cheaty Lines
Lectures: Reviewing Whistle Stops in the Water, What is A Cheaty Mark/Line?, Teaching the Obvious Cheat, Water Decoy Generalizations
Skills: Land Progressions, Cheaty Marks and Lines, Water Deliveries
Concept: Angled Entries and Exits
Lectures: Applying VDP Basics, Introducing Water Casting, Water Casting Discriminations, Water Hazards
Skills: Water VDP Drills, Water Casting, Progressions
Concept: Setting A Back Pile
Lectures: The I-Drill Applied to Water, Setting A Back Pile, Common Water Pictures, Introducing Distance
Skills: I-Drill, VDP Progressions,
Lectures: T-Drill Applied to Water, Suction, When to Push and When to Break It Down, Cold Blinds
Skills: T-Drill, Review
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)
- Duck Call
- 4 Small Food Bowls (or Frisbees/Target Lids)
- Flagging (orange and white)
- Starter Pistol
- Human Assistant(s) OR Remote Bird Launcher(s) (Zinger Winger or Gunners Up)
- Blank loads that fit your starter pistol or bird launcher
- Tall Traffic Cones (or lining poles or equivalent)
- Shoestring slip (literally a shoe string or equivalent)
- Minimum weekly access to at least 3 different water locations, preferably one pond that you can walk all the way around no larger than 30 yards x 40 yards.