The Alaska Working Retriever Club and the Retriever Club of Alaska are pleased to release the agenda for the upcoming seminar by Professional Retriever Trainer, LuAnn Pleasant of Red Rover Kennels!!


The seminar’s target audience is any one aspiring to get a retriever puppy and train it successfully from the start. This seminar is aimed in part at fulfilling the Club’s Articles and By-laws to further the advancement of the retriever breeds; to further the conservation of wildlife, in particular upland game birds and waterfowl and; to protect and advance the interests of the retrieving breeds by encouraging sportsmanlike conduct and competition at field trials and hunt tests.

Very importantly, the seminar is being offered to encourage participation by youth, as well as adults, in the successful training of retriever breeds. We encourage all to attend, and consider sponsoring a young student of conservation or compeition. Youth are critical to carry forward Alaska's hunter heritage!

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22, 2017
Cost: $100.00/person for the two-day seminar
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with lunch break noon-1:30 pm

Location: Alyeska Canine Trainers, 549 West International Road, Anchorage, AK 99518

We appreciate LuAnn’s willingness to offer this broad spectrum training seminar in an effort to expand our target audience!

To register for the class, please reply to this email or to Gwen Haynes at [email protected] Payment arrangements will be made to secure your spot for this limited occupancy event.


DAY 1:
I. Introduction to puppy selection
• Sex, color, size
• Choosing a breeder
• Choosing a pedigree
• Health clearances
• Clear, Carrier
• What age to get puppy?
• Do you let the breeder pick for you?
• Can you pick your own? How do you do it?

II. When your puppy arrives
• Shots
• Crate training
• Food
• Toys

III. Starting your puppy: 8 weeks to 6 months
• Play
• Sleep
• Routine
• Learning to learn
• Discipline
• Retrieving
• What to teach
• What not to do

IV. Formal training basics: 6 months to 12 months (Demo dogs and white board demonstration*)
• Obedience
• Collar Conditioning
• Force Fetch
• Single Retrieves
• Water Retrieves
• Singles off Multiple Guns

DAY 2: Foundation work continued (Demo dogs and whiteboard demonstration*)
• Pile Work
• Steady
• T Pattern
• Swim –by
• Cutting Corners on Water
• Cheating Singles
• Bird-in-mouth
• Simple Doubles
• Long Non-Cheating Water Retrieves
• Introduction to Pattern Blinds

*The seminar will be held indoors at the Alyeska Canine Trainers facility making actual demonstrations of some concepts limited. If a demo dog cannot be used, procedural methodologies will be provided using a whiteboard.
Questions will be fielded throughout the day to allow participants to get the most out of the agenda offerings.

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