A foundation gives you a solid base to build upon and is the first formal step in molding your pup into a good bird dog. With Rick or Ronnie’s guidance, you will actually begin your dog’s formal training. In it’s simplest form, a bird dog needs to know three behaviors; to go with you, come to you, and stand still.
The Smiths will show you how to have your dog walk calmly beside you (the onset of having your dog go with you in the field), introduce your dog to birds, develop points of contact for cues, work your dog on a checkcord, including pointing and backing exercises… and much more. Key training tools at this stage are the Smith’s Wonder Lead, check cord, and whoa post. This is the beginning of teaching your dog the fundamentals that every bird dog needs to know. The Foundation is the most important phase of training your bird dog.
All of our seminars are geared to help bird dog owners develop a better relationship with their dogs, both at home and in the field. The Smith training 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 true nature. Throughout the weekend, attendees will be given tips on reading dog’s body language, as it is a dog’s sole means of communicating with his owner. Over the course of the weekend you’ll be able to improve your ability to read your dog’s body language and understand his canine nature.
All breeds and levels of experience are welcome!
2013 Foundation Schedule
5023 S. 48th Ave.
New Era, MI