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Unfortunately, due to circumstances related to COVID-19, this year's Foundation Seminar has been cancelled. Please check Ronnie Smith's website for another seminar near you. We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you in 2021!
Huntsmith Foundation Basics Seminar with Ronnie Smith Register now to make sure you have a spot!
April 25-26, 2020 -- Hosted by Gun Dog Supply at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford, MS
Get MUCH better at training your dog
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Ronnie Smith, co-founder of the HuntSmith Bird Dog Seminars and owner of Ronnie Smith Kennels, will be in Crawford, MS on April 25-26, 2020, to present his internationally-famous bird-dog training seminar for all breeds of pointing, flushing and retrieving dogs.
The two-day Foundation Seminar will be held at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford, MS. Sessions will begin at 8:00 am and continue until 4:00 pm with a break for lunch.
This is a hands-on field work instructional weekend to which you bring your own dog(s).
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
The Foundation Seminar teaches the concepts and methods of basic training for all dogs -- field, show or pet -- in a simple hands-on format, then moves on to cover yard and field training, preventing and correcting faults, bird work, natural and force retrieving, and the nuts and bolts of using the Command Lead, the check cord, the whoa post, and the electronic collar.
From puppyhood through the basics of being a bird dog, all the foundation skills you and your dog will need can be found here. You will be trained to train your dog with Ronnie's guidance. Each technique is first presented to the group and then practiced individually in the field by you and your dog. Opportunity for individual counseling ensures you master each step before moving on to more advanced work. If you're looking for a better relationship with your dog both at home and in the field, you've come to the right place.
The Smiths' skills with difficult dogs bring whistles of admiration. Owners finish the seminar satisfied that they, too, can have a mannerly pet and a disciplined field performer without raising their voice, striking, kicking or shaking their dog.
The Foundation Seminar is $395.00 per student. This seminar is limited to a maximum of 30 students. As reservations are limited and strictly on a first-come, first served basis, contact Steve Snell at (800) 624-6378 for further information.
Full payment is required to reserve a slot in the seminar.
YOU CAN BRING YOUR KID FOR FREE! (ages 10-16) This is a perfect opportunity to get your kid involved in the outdoors, get your kid interested in dogs, AND build the right foundation for training dogs for the rest of their lives.
YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED
The seminar is unconditionally guaranteed. If you don't feel that you obtained your money's worth, then it will be fully refunded.
Burnt Oak Lodge is in Crawford, Mississippi, close to Starkville, West Point, and Columbus. It is about 2 1/2 hours from Jackson, MS, and about 3 hours from Memphis or Birmingham.
Easy going and fun to learn from, Ronnie is an effective teacher, whether the pupil is human or canine. However, working with bird dogs remains Ronnie's main passion and focus. Ronnie grew up involved with his father's bird dog training operation. As soon as he was big enough, he began tending to dogs and cleaning kennels. Ronnie spent many days in his youth at field trials with his dad, either riding his pony in the gallery or hanging back with the dogs listening to other trainers "talk dog."
Ronnie's first lessons in dog training came from his dad. He trained his first dog professionally at 14 years old. To this day he continues to draw from and build upon the principles that his father taught him. Ronnie took over his father's operation in 1982 and continues to build the business today.
Main Dog Training Foundation:
You will learn how to teach your dog to come to you on command, how to go with you, and how to be still. You will also learn quartering (moving from side to side). Master teaching these commands: COME, HEEL, WHOA or SIT/STAY.
Working With Birds:
Work your dog on a check cord in the field, moving your dog into bird scent with planted pigeons. Learn how to teach your dog to stop on detecting scent and how to stay steady to the flush.
Learn how to teach your dog to stand still (pointing breeds) or sit still (flushing/retrieving breeds) using the whoa post.
Putting it All Together:
We will take all the things we have learned and put it all together so you can get your dog on the right track.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING TO THE SEMINAR
Your Dog (if you can't bring your dog, ask Steve to borrow one of his 17 dogs)
Lawn Chair (a must for discussions and demonstrations)
Gloves (good fitting leather gloves for check cord work, also a must)
Rain Gear (seminar continues regardless of weather)
Rubber boots for damp conditions
Pans for water and feed
Flat Leather Collar*
*Will be available for sale at the seminar if you don't have one
DON'T HAVE THE GEAR YOU NEED FOR THE SEMINAR?
We have put together a Foundation Seminar Participants' Kit that includes a leather D-end dog collar, a 20 ft. firm lay rope check cord, and the Delmar Smith Wonder Lead at a discounted price. Order now, and we'll have it waiting for you when you arrive at the Seminar!
With over 60 years of experience guiding, trialing, and training, Rick and Ronnie Smith believe "you have to think like a dog to successfully train a dog."
This natural approach to training is effective with all dogs, no matter the discipline or breed. The Smith's focus and passion happens to be upland bird dogs. Their life's work has been based on a love and respect for bird dogs and they are dedicated to understanding natural canine instincts and psychology.
The training system developed by the Smiths enables people at all levels of proficiency and knowledge to have a better bird dog and to build a better relationship with their bird dog.
Whether you are looking for a companion dog that you can take hunting on the weekends or a field trial champion, this training format will benefit you. Start with the Foundation Level and follow the Smith's training steps to a confident finished bird dog.
Rick Smith believes everyone is capable of training their own bird dog. He has dedicated himself to helping people achieve this goal by refining the system his father, Delmar Smith, started decades ago. With Rick's and Ronnie's updated methods, the "Silent Command System" was created.
Drawing on generations of family background in bird dog training, Rick and his cousin, Ronnie Smith, have trained thousands of dog owners worldwide. They believe in a strong foundation of basics which are covered in the original and highly popular Foundation Seminar. This builds on the language and instincts our dogs already have and teaches dog owners how to understand the way dogs think and react without bringing human emotions into the training process.
As dogs and owners progress to the next stages of training, Team Huntsmith has added new seminars to encourage progress and give graduates of the basic seminar new challenges. The methods are proven, both in the field and in competition. Rick has compiled an enviable record including 3 National Championships, 7 US Open Championships, 6 International Championships, and well over 100 All-Age firsts. Some of the records he set still stand today, years after retiring from competition!
In the field, both Rick and Ronnie put their methods to work, guiding on the Mariposa Ranch in South Texas. Rick is a breeder as well, raising fine Brittany pups that are pleasing owners all around the globe. Ronnie Smith is a well-respected trainer and field trial judge.
He maintains his public training kennel in Big Cabin, Oklahoma. Ronnie's excellent training and teaching skills combine with his sense of humor to make him a favorite at seminars.
"We are dedicated to helping each and every individual at every seminar. The classes are fun, entertaining, and full of information. From problem dogs to complete beginners, there is something for every person and every dog no matter what breed, age, or hunting style."
The foundation seminar is about the people, not about the dogs. We are going to show you the steps to go through to get a good foundation under your dog, meaning they understand what they are supposed to do with birds, how they are supposed to react to you, what you are asking of them, and learning that you are the Alpha.
In the seminar, the dogs are there so we can understand what we are talking about. I will demonstrate, then we will talk about, and then we will get up and practice it. The seminar is a hands-on seminar.
But remember, the seminar is for the people, not the dogs. The dogs do benefit from it, but it is for the people. When you become proficient with knowing what to do, your dog will become proficient. If you go out to work your dog and you are confused, your dog is going to be confused. So we are teaching you how to train your dog.
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