Bird Placement Seminar - Grenada, MS April 19, 2014
Southern Flight HRC was pleased to have pro-trainer Clark Kennington with Maximum Potential Retrievers conduct this seminar discussing the important aspect of bird placement when it comes to training your hunting retriever.
Clark discussed where marks should be placed for all levels of dogs. From puppy marks, making birds easy to get to AND easy to find, all the way into advanced marking. As a young dog advances in training, so should placement of the marks. For example, you will want to place some marks that will be easy to get to, but hard for the retriever to find. At other times, you will want to set up the mark so that it is hard for the retriever to get to, but easy to find.
Another important aspect of bird placement is something called factors. Factors can be lots of things like wind direction, cover, terrain, water and more. Clark will give insight on how factors influence a dog and how to teach the retriever to fight those factors. We will also cover the beginning of teaching marking concepts with singles. This is sure to make the upcoming Marking Concept Seminar that much more interesting and insightful.
Thanks to Kristy Armstrong for amazing photos of the retrievers in action learning some new concepts.
In this example set-up, Clark shows the group an example of "easy to get to, hard to find" concept. The bumper was thrown into the cover, beyond the grass, He explained how to take a young dog and progressively teach them by adding distance, angles and more. - Thanks to Leslie Ballard for sharing the setup photos!