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GRCA National Specialty will be in your backyard in a few months! You are so lucky! There will be several different field events to watch and volunteer for. I've found that volunteering in whatever capacity really helps me understand what's happening. It has also helped me meet people. Here's the link to the website with maps and schedule of events: 2017grcanational.org
Also, at the 2017 Specialty there will be a "Field for Newbies" seminar hosted by the GRCA Field Education Committee; in addition to several FEC members, there will be other experienced field folks who will work, one-on-one, with the handlers and their dogs. This is not a demonstration of advanced work some dogs can do, instead this is an opportunity for folks who have either zero or limited field training knowledge/experience to play in the field with their retrievers.

*** Fresh ducks will be provided. ***

The first Newbies seminar was held in 2015 and it was hugely successful and a TON of FUN for the handlers, the dogs, and the folks working with them (there was an article in the GRNews about the seminar). [There was not a seminar held in 2016 due to the lack of a suitable forum.]

There is no need to sign up, you just have to show up with your dog.

I encourage everyone to join the fun at the seminar!

I believe that the time and place is (or will be) posted on the website.

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Wow! Thanks to all who have posted since I was last on here! Sorry I went so long without responding. I used to check in with the forum every day and have become a slacker.

So here's the update. We went to a field training day with 1st state retrievers. (2 weeks ago) I reached out to them through Facebook and mentioned our duck. I was told someone there would be able to give me pointers so I decided to keep it in the freezer where it remains today. I also did not buy any bumpers or anything else, as they said there would be plenty there for us to try.

This training day they were only using bumpers. I introduced her to 2 and 3" plastic bumpers in the parking lot and we did a few short retrieves while on leash. They showed me how to sit in a blind with her and told me to give her cheese when a gun would fire, although the noise didn't phase her, except to notice it.

When it was our turn they had us walk maybe 1/2 the distance to the blind from where the bumpers were being thrown since it was our first time and they wanted her to be successful. A man was with us, using a walkie to communicate to the guy in the blind. I explained that this was a first, and he asked me if she can retrieve anything lol. (which was understandably a good question). I asked how is she supposed to know what I want her to do, (I thought I should mark it with my hand as we do the gloves in OB). Anyway, he told me not to point, but to say "Mark!", and that she would naturally look in the direction of the gunfire and then see the bumper go down. I truthfully thought she might go 10-15 feet away and probably turn and look at me waiting for more direction as to what I wanted. But just as he said, she watched that bumper go down, and I sent her with "Take it!" And off she went! She searched for that 1st bumper, didn't find it, but kept looking. So the man throwing the bumpers gave a "HEY HEY HEY" and threw anther one. She got it and brought it right back. Then we went to a different blind the other direction and did it all over again.

We stayed for their picnic but had to leave before they did the water retrieves. Bottom line it was SO MUCH FUN! We both loved it! The next training day won't be until October. (They have a hunt trail in Sept.) I'm planning to join the club and participate as much as we can. We are going to nationals. I had thought I'd leave her home for the hunt portion (wanting to watch and learn) but after reading the responses here, maybe she'll be coming along for the seminar. Thanks again everyone!



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Also, at the 2017 Specialty there will be a "Field for Newbies" seminar hosted by the GRCA Field Education Committee; in addition to several FEC members, there will be other experienced field folks who will work, one-on-one, with the handlers and their dogs. This is not a demonstration of advanced work some dogs can do, instead this is an opportunity for folks who have either zero or limited field training knowledge/experience to play in the field with their retrievers.

*** Fresh ducks will be provided. ***

The first Newbies seminar was held in 2015 and it was hugely successful and a TON of FUN for the handlers, the dogs, and the folks working with them (there was an article in the GRNews about the seminar). [There was not a seminar held in 2016 due to the lack of a suitable forum.]

There is no need to sign up, you just have to show up with your dog.
Sounds perfect for us! Thanks for the info!



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Where in Delaware are you? We're just across into PA from Newark/UD. If you are nearby let me know and we'd be happy to help you get started if you're interested.

Edited to add: I am REALLY bad at rechecking posts on here, so if you are interested you can email me ([email protected])
So nice of you! We're in southern DE, but do go to Newark for show n go's with WKC so definately driveable. As you can see I'm bad with checking the posts here too. September's going to be busy for us, but I will email you! Would love to meet up, thanks again!



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