Ocotber 8 - 10, 2021
Cost: $800 per Dog
At the Intermediate Seminar you are well on your way to having your dog trained using the Smith method. At this point, your dog has a solid foundation and has completed his whoa post work. The Intermediate Seminar will take you through the transition to the e-collar. This transition to light cues with an e-collar allows an off lead heel, honoring another dog’s point, and steadying your dog on game. This seminar enables you to move away from training with the mechanical cues of a rope. One-on-one sessions with Rick combined with numerous opportunities for learning from dogs on their bird work, make this a particularly fun seminar. The agenda for this seminar will fluctuate according to the level and proficiency of each class. In order for your dog to be ready to participate in this level, your dog needs to have completed the whoa post series. These seminars are geared to help you develop a better relationship with your dog, both at home and in the field. Our format concentrates on animal behavior and reading what each individual animal is feeling. We believe that to understand the world through your dog’s point of view, you first have to be able to understand your dog’s nature. Throughout the weekend we will give you tips on reading your dog’s body language, as it is your dog’s sole means of communicating with you. Packed full of great information, the seminars are also a lot of fun and a good way to meet other people that are active with their bird dogs. Our seminars have something to offer people at every level of expertise. So bring your dog and a lawn chair and come have a fun weekend with us! All breeds and levels of experience are welcome!
Hands on training will begin at 8:00 Saturday and Sunday mornings. During the seminar Rick will go over the Foundation Level of training in depth and get you going through the steps with your dog. You will work on bird introductions, checkcording to birds, pointing, honoring, recalling, heeling, and general behavior issues. Rick will teach you to start reading your dog's behavior and help you to understand what your dog is truly feeling. Seminar sessions will adjourn at 4:00 pm. If you have any questions regarding this seminar, don't hesitate to contact Mark.
A meal package fee of $80 for all meals ( Friday evening fireside snacks, Saturday’s lunch and dinner, Sunday’s lunch - coffee and water throughout the event) Adult beverages (beer) for after hours will be available for a donation. You may tent or RV camp on the site at no cost. We have limited power with no sewer hook ups. There are several State parks in the area with dump stations. We have a shower house and toilet facilities on site for your convenience.