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.