He did graduate near the top of his class in derby field trials.
Now I have given myself two months to find "the trainer" to help take Bailey to the next step - Steady to wing and shot.
The trainer I choose will be my dog training mentor.
The next level of field trialing will be starting in 2011.
I have never done this type of search before. Kind of like the time we were looking a colleges with our daughters.
A very important decision that will affect my next few years of field trialing.
From a website: HuntingDogTrainer.com
This level in training your dog should be taught to be steady to both wing and shot. Most dogs are introduced to the "hup" command. Your dog when steady to wing and shot should handle in the field and be retrieving to your hand.
The steadying phase in training should be done with great care by DIY type dog trainers. Professional trainers are highly recommended because they can help the dog alleviate any bad habits at this stage. Professional trainers know how to read the dog and apply the exact method of steadying your dog. Steadying is not a clear cut process that all DIY type trainers are capable of. We highly recommend professional trainers assistance at this phase in training.
They can also be trained to honor another dog's point and stopping to wild flushes at this phase in training.We are the complete Hunting Dog and Field Trial Dog Training website.
Countless wild game birds are legally taken each year as a result of highly trained hunting and gun dogs. Hunting is pure pleasure when a well trained gun dog is used. Just try hunting upland game without a dog sometime.
Gun dogs should be trained in realistic settings that totally replicate the type of environment they will hunt in. on the same type of grounds that you will be hunting. Hunting dogs should be trained with live birds such as Quail, Chuckar and Pheasants to further replicate a true hunting environment. Parks and groves are sometimes used by default by some trainers. We recommend consulting with your trainer about what type of environment and conditions your dog will be trained under.
Training facilities are an important decision on how your dog will be treated and taken care of. Will your dog be kept in a heated and cooled indoor kennel, or will he be kept in a plastic crate out side? Will your dog have his own individual kennel with, his own individual kennel run, or will he have to share?
Best Way to Train Your Gun Dog: The Delmar Smith Method