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: Maryland Retriever Club Training Seminar

05-03-2006, 04:02 PM
The Maryland Retriever Club
presents it?s first
Lily Pons in Frederick Maryland
July 22 and 23, 2006
Friday Noon until 4:00 ? fun time.
Saturday and Sunday 8am to 5pm

?Becoming a Better Handler?
For those interested in hunt tests, field trials, and field work for hunting retrievers.
Improving handling skills on marks and blinds:
Research, planning and execution

This seminar focuses on developing essential handling skills that will be useful in training, and instrumental in your success at hunt tests and field trials.

After a brief overview, Pat will present a series of set-ups featuring a variety of training and handling challenges. Key elements in the test situations will be discussed and a variety of approaches will be offered before handlers run their dogs on the set-up. Pat will provide comments, suggestions, and a critique of each run.

Specific topics to be addressed:

? How to work the line to your advantage.
? Overcoming cover challenges.
? The best path from the holding blind to the line.
? How to point out the marks and the order of the throws to set your dog up for success.
? How to handle walk-ups.
? How to handle honors
? How to determine what order to pick up multiple marks.
? When to handle on marks in a trial or a test ? and how these situations differ from handling on marks in training.
? Dealing with no-birds.
? When to put your dog in the water for angle entries on water marks.
? How to identify and approach the objectives and hazards on a blind.
? Finding the acceptable corridor of travel on blinds of varying complexity.
? How to deal with poison birds on marks and blinds.
? When to handle on a cross wind blind.

For more information, please contact Vikki Diehl at

Anthony Petrozza
05-03-2006, 05:34 PM
Hey Vikki, I hope to see you there!!!


05-04-2006, 08:34 AM

Are you referring to the seminar in June or July?


05-04-2006, 11:55 AM
Hi Vikki,
Check your PM.

Anthony Petrozza
05-05-2006, 07:28 PM
Hello Vikki, July most likely.. Talk to ya soon.

05-08-2006, 03:59 PM

I sent you an email. The seminar is filling up fast, so please get your entry form in soon.


Dave Van Wick-Wickler
05-12-2006, 10:33 AM
I was at the 3-Rivers seminar and this was the best yet.

Pat set-up marks and blinds that covered some serious trial/hunt test conditions. The ability to listen to Pat describe what your looking at, watching you run and then critiqueing it is INvaluable!

out of order marks and blind combinations showed clearly where your strengths and weaknesses are. It was total fun!

Bring SUNSCREEN a wide brimmed hat and something to cover the back of yur neck! I got a nasty case of sun poisening and thought I was prepared!!!

Sitting in the sun all day is challenging too!


05-25-2006, 05:40 AM
We still have a few dog/handler team openings!

06-14-2006, 05:54 AM
If anyone still wants to get in, please let me know.


Miriam Wade
06-14-2006, 08:48 AM
Do you still have dog/handler openings or just observer spots?


06-14-2006, 03:05 PM
Hi Miriam,

We still have a few openings in both handler and observer. This seminar will have less classroom, but a lot more dog handling on lots of different set ups.

Email me at and I will send you an information package and entry form.

Wow! Hope you can make it - I would love to meet you!!


07-07-2006, 05:42 AM
We still have openings for observers without a dog. Let me know if you are interested. It should be a fun time!


Julie R.
07-24-2006, 02:29 PM
I want to thank Vikki, the Maryland RC, the helpers and Pat for a great seminar. Though I think I had the dubious distinction of owning the naughtiest dog there I think I learned more because of it.

For everyone who missed it definitely get on the list for the next one. I've taken Pat's seminars before but this was the first time I participated as a handler with a dog--definitely worthwhile. Oh and Vikki's husband make a mean BBQ so the food is an added perk.

07-25-2006, 06:27 AM
Thanks, Julie. It was good to see you and I'm glad to had a good time. Hey, someone has to have the naughtiest dog :wink: But you are right, you generally walk away learning from your experience - and others do too.

I think lots of folks were delighted to see the president of the club (Newt Cropper) attend the seminar. Looks like he's got himself another nice derby prospect coming along! Of course I would think that because she is one of my Auggie/Echo pups. :D :D :D