Course Outline – Retriever Foundations

SESSION 1

Obedience:

  • Focus
  • Heeling
  • Sit/Stay and Intro to Whistle Sit.

Field Work:

  • Simple single marked retrieves.
  • Return to Handler

SESSION 2

Obedience

  • Swing Finish
  • Recall to Front
  • Sit/Stay at heel with distractions

Field Work

  • Extend distance of marked single retrieves
  • Hunt it up (UK method using tennis ball).
  • Intro to water.

SESSION 3

Obedience

  • Deliveries
  • Heel off lead

Field Work

  • Steadiness Intro to shot.
  • Simple water retrieves.
  • More challenging cover and easy obstacles.

SESSION 4

Obedience

  • Sit/Stay with Handler moving away.
  • Return to heel position from recall

Field Work

  • Introduction to Doubles – Memory Drills
  • Sight lines
  • Trailing lines

SESSION 5

Obedience

  • Heel with automatic sit.
  • Sit/Stay at a distance with distractions

Field Work

  • Split doubles
  • Memory doubles.

SESSION 6

Obedience

  • Heeling with Auto sit + honour
  • Push-Pull (find heel position).

Field Work

  • More challenging land memory doubles
  • More challenging water/land doubles

SESSION 7

Obedience

  • Walk ups
  • Walk ups with honour

Field Work

Introduction to Blinds and Handling – Line to Pile.

SESSION 8

  • Introduction to blinds and handling – taking direction.
  • Return doubles (Intro do diversions)

SESSION 9

Putting it all together.  Mock trial/test.

 

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