Thanks moosegooser for the link idea. We have to be careful throwing marks if the ground is too slippery or the snow too deep. Had one of mine blow a crusiate winter training here in the great white north.
i love our club training days. if i don't feel like training dogs the day it is scheduled.....i always go!;-)
just kidding. our hrc club trains one saturday a month outside of hunting season. the sessions are always good but people usually seem to enjoy a "pic nic" test environment more than marking drills. we always do a big ft setup in the afternoon too. last spring i did a new puppy class with live bird introduction as part of our membership push at one training day.(i enjoyed it, not too sure about the new folks?)
our ft club trains every saturday. we have fun......mostly!
The next time you come to play with us John, be sure to bring Justin.
I've always heard "join a club,"join a club" "join a club" when people are talking to new folks just getting into the game but I seeing several people here say its basically a waste of time. What gives?
I'm in west KY and the nearest HRC clubs that I can find on the net are about 2 hours away in TN. Will I be wasting my time joining or is it a club by club deal where some are good and some others..not so much?
For some reason, I'm getting this picture of JFK's inauguration...."Ask not what your ........"
As to the O.P.
Our club will usually have a Sr/Master level setup (multiple marks with a blind). At times, it can take too long to get things setup & there can be too much time between dogs, but I still find a way to work on something with my dog and hangout with my dog friends. It ain't perfect, but there are worse things to do on a Saturday.
My club holds maybe a dozen "training days" throughout the year. It's a HT based club . We train on State Properties most of the time. So, I would say that the major drawback is quality of the grounds first and foremost. Very little tech water. Do the best with what you have though. We do have nice rolling farm fields.
I usually chair a few sessions a year . I try to find out in advance if there is a common concept that alot of people need to work on and then we try to repeat that concept in the two or three series of work we can accomplish during the session.
Because of the different levels of dogs/trainers present, you always try to have multiple options for blinds, and some of the other work. We usually devise one or two SH level blinds off to the side of the marks, vs. the MH level blinds that will be up the middle of the marks, or tight to the back of gunning stations etc. etc.
To make it all work though, you've got to delegate some of the jobs out, start working at the designated time, and everyone who comes "works". Keep it fun, and try to teach and reinforce something each session. And, have some fun !