GSPCI Field Obedience Workshop Wrap Up Report

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - Event Photos

The GSPCI 2017 training season started off in fine fashion with this workshop presented by GSPCI member and professional trainer Jay Wade of Rude Beaver-Gun Dogs.  

Once again, the clubhouse at the East Grounds of the Des Plaines SFWA was close to capacity with handlers eager to learn from Jay and get the benefit of his 25 years’ experience training gun dogs.  It may sound like a cliché, except that it’s true, this event was a great success.

Many thanks to Jay for making the trip and sharing his knowledge and expertise. 

Jay did a great job of explaining the differences between adaptive and inherent intelligence, and how we can use this to our advantage in training our dogs.  He explained general rules for formal gun dog training as well as specific tactics to employ.  Jay also explained and demonstrated his techniques for starting a dog on heel, whoa, come and rewarding your dog.  A few dogs got to be “stars of the show”.  Jay chose these dogs for certain traits and training problems that might arise.  He then used these dogs to demonstrate what training issues you might encounter, given your dog’s temperament and other characteristics.  Thanks to the owners for providing their pooches.

After the morning session, and a great lunch provided by GSPCI members Henry and Sandy Freitag, we reconvened outside the clubhouse.  There, Jay provided one on one attention to each handler and their dog as the handlers were able to practice some of what was covered in the morning session. 

Thanks to everyone who helped out, and special thanks to Henry and Sandy who provided a very tasty lunch.