At the Intermediate Seminar you are well on your way to having your dog trained using the Smith Method of Training! 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 remote cues of 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 or Ronnie, 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. If you are unsure of whether or not your dog is ready to participate at this Intermediate level, feel free to contact us and talk it over.
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 of pointing dogs and all levels of handling experience are welcome! Remember though, to gain the most from this experience your dog should at least be ready to complete the whoa post and transition to remote cues for stopping.