Originally Posted by puddles everywhere View Post
But for all you FT groups/trainers in the NE TX/ARK/LA area, remember to encourage the newbies. This has been a very frustrating process and I'm not the needy type but totally understand why so many people don't get involved with their dogs... at least in this area. It shouldn't be this hard to get your foot in the door. When people inquire, take a minute to respond even if you can't help. Answer questions about your sport. Groups around here could offer "fun" events, the newbies are willing to volunteer. Share your love of a working dog, it's more than a job.. it's a sport. And everyone had to start somewhere.
Have you visited the GRCA website?
At the following link, you will find a list which includes several trainers in Texas who, at some point in time, offered to help folks who want to break into the game of field training. (Note that if you join a group to train, you will need to offer to help by throwing bumpers or birds, carrying stuff into the field, etc. ... maybe even bring plenty of drinks and snacks to offer to everyone ... the more you help, the greater likelihood that you'll be invited back.) https://www.grca.org/wp-content/uplo...-3-16-2017.pdf
Additionally, the field liaison to the GRCA Board of Directors, Roger Fuller, is a Texan and can be reached at [email protected]
. I suspect that he is in California for the National Specialty, but he may be checking his email and, if not, can be reached after he returns home.
More generally, you can find more about field training at the following link: https://www.grca.org/events/field-ev...ield-training/
And finally, the Field Education Committee of the GRCA has (or, at least, used to have) a Facebook page ... you must be a GRCA member and be admitted to join the site, but you may find someone through that avenue of social media.
I hope this helps.