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Fri/Sat March 24-25, 2023 -- Hosted by Gun Dog Supply at Prairie Wildlife (West Point, MS)
  • Learn INDISPENSABLE retriever training skills at EVERY level
  • Get a SOLID training foundation for your retriever
  • Become a SUBSTANTIALLY BETTER trainer for your retriever



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    SEMINAR OVERVIEW

    Evan Graham, former pro dog trainer and author of the Smartwork book and video series, will be in West Point, MS on Friday and Saturday, March 24-25, 2023. This seminar will cover the Basics and Transition phases of retriever training, from collar conditioning and force fetch to pile work, from double-T to pattern blinds to cold blinds.

    The focus is on retriever owners and handlers ("train the trainer"), how to work with the electronic collar, and on handling skills. As you move beyond the Basics level, your dog will also have to acquire the ability to run simple double marks or more complicated multiple retrieves.

    WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

    Handling Basics and Transition is bringing the skills your retriever dog has acquired in the basic program in the yard to the field in order to do blind retrieves on land and water with confidence. Teaching, building confidence, building drive and therapy drills will keep you and your hunting dog on top of your game.

  • BASICS -- The vitally important foundation for all advanced skills:solid, detailed, formal basics such as handling drills, obedience, smart fetch, and more.

  • TRANSITION -- Learn to elevate those basic skills step-by-step toward a fully-trained state:learning drills, water force, swim-by tune-ups, advanced mark and blinds, proper handling, and more.

    You are welcome to bring your dog to the seminar, but note that this is not a "train the dog" day. This is a "train the trainer" day.

    RESERVATION INFORMATION

    Reserve your spot now!

    The two-day Smartwork Basics and Transition Seminar will be held at Prairie Wildlife in West Point, MS. Sessions will begin at 8:00 am and continue until 5:00 pm.

    The cost is $195.00 per student. As reservations are 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.

    As often as possible we will use attendees' dogs for the drills and exercises done over the course of the seminar, but there is no way of knowing how many may be used. It must also be understood that for the sake of covering substantial amounts of information, we may only run one or two dogs on any one drill or exercise.

    FOOD

    Meals are included in the price of the seminar. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served on Friday, and breakfast and lunch will be served on Saturday.

    TRAVEL INFO

    Prairie Wildlife is in West Point, Mississippi, close to Starkville and Columbus. It is about 2 1/2 hours from Jackson, MS, Memphis, or Birmingham.

    Prairie Wildlife
    3990 Old Vinton Rd
    West Point, MS 39773

    Phone (662) 494-5858

    Lodging is available at Prairie Wildlife. Visit prairiewildlife.com/lodging for details.




    SEMINAR OUTLINE

    Friday
      Introductions and announcement of the day's events

    • Brief overview of training principles and a short explanation of what distinguishes the Smartwork system from any other
    • Discussion of Stickman Drills: Explanation and Q&A. Included in this segment will be an explanation of why it is so important to use white in the training of gundogs and hunt test dogs. This is a major issue!
    • Demonstrations of force fetch procedures: Ear Pinch, CC to fetch, Walking fetch, Force to Pile, and Water Force (with demonstration dog). Explanation of pressure conditioning.
    • Member's dogs to participate in Force to Pile and Water Force (possibly water force 2-3 member dogs before lunch)

      Lunch Break

    • Q&A regarding Forcing procedures (appox. 15 min.)
    • Discussion of Tee work, and demonstration of Double T with member dog (1 only)
    • Definitive Casting Drills; discussion and demonstration with demonstration dog and one member dog
    • Discussion of Four-Phase drill, then Blind Drills w/ member dog(s) including poison bird
    • Cast Into Water drill (time permitting)


    Saturday
      Announcement of day's events. *Request presence of problem dogs.

    • Puppy marks and the use of Stickmen, plus Walking Marks drills ("Walkers")
    • Marking for dogs in Basics: Stickman drills
    • Marking for dogs in Early Transition: Stickman drills, Delayed Double procedure, Blind drills

      Lunch Break

    • Retired Gun Stickman drill. Involvement of as many member dogs as possible. At conclusion of this drill: Discussion of Retired vs. Hidden Guns
    • Wide spread triple marks: adapted to be run constructively for all levels except puppy
  • Reserve your spot now!



    ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR, EVAN GRAHAM

    Evan Graham is a former pro trainer of retrievers and other gundogs and is recently retired from a metropolitan hospital as a Registered Nurse. He has also been a contributing writer for The Retriever Journal and HRC Magazine and has trained and handled many dogs that earned positions on the National Derby List, including five in a single year. One of them was number three with 49 points (seven wins). All but one was qualified All-age during their Derby careers, and he trained many others that were also QAA. At least three of the dogs he trained as a professional became Field Champions.

    2023 Smartwork Basics / Transition Seminar

    Do you want to be better at training your dog?

    Do you want to get your kids into working with dogs?

    I'm proud to announce that Gun Dog Supply will be hosting our first-ever Smartwork Basics and Transition Seminar with Evan Graham on March 24th & 25th, and I REALLY want you to be there.

    Plus, this is a great opportunity for parents to introduce their kids to dog training, so sign up today and YOU CAN BRING YOUR KID FOR FREE! (ages 10-16)

    It's 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. If you have any questions about the seminar, drop me an email or give me a call at (800) 624-6378.





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