Mason – Dixon Game Outfitters and Training Kennels
Smith Method -Puppy Development Seminar
September 8th 2012 – (9am – 3:30pm)
This is a seminar to teach you how to develop your puppy's behavioral patterns. Conquering behavior at a young age means a better behaved dog later. Working through the steps in this seminar will prepare your dog to listen to orders so that you can train him successfully. Puppy Development I will review six opportunities to gain your dog's willing acceptance of restrictions which are necessary in training. This willing acceptance behavior will be demonstrated in six sections - Crate Conditioning, Care, Maintenance, Table Work, Puppy Drag Line, & Stake-Out Chain.
Puppy Development II continues the focus on conquering behavioral patterns in your puppy. It reviews four opportunities to build your dog’s enthusiasm for training. Before you can begin formal training, your dog Puppy Development II continues the focus on conquering behavioral patterns in your puppy. It reviews four opportunities to build your dog’s enthusiasm for training. Before you can begin formal training, your dog must be successfully introduced to the Field, Birds, Retrieve and the Gun.
Introduction to the Field
Your dog must become comfortable and confident in the field before you can move forward in his training. Taking short walks with your pup will make him familiar with the types of terrain where you will later be hunting.
Introduction to Birds
A key component to developing a hunting dog is to create enthusiasm for birds and conquering their prey instinct. Practicing with birds will further develop his senses of smell, taste and touch.
Introduction to the Retrieve
Some dogs are natural retrievers but most can be taught to retrieve. Don’t ask your pup to retrieve anything too big or too heavy. It is important to reward the retrieve action to make it fun for your dog.
Introduction to the Gun
Once your dog has become familiar with birds and retrieval, you can begin introducing the gun. Shooting should begin gradually and from a distance until the dog is comfortable with the noise and does not lose concentration on the bird. We will discuss options for your puppy’s gun introduction.
Please bring your puppy and join this fun learning experience.
2012 Summer Training Sessions:
* All classes will be at least 2 hours long or will maintain until we can end each student on a successful note.
* Each lesson will have at least 2 trainers and possibly up to 4 trainers working together to keep everyone engaged.
* We will run each class in small group sessions with some yard work training or problem spot work and then some bird fun.
* Cost- $60 for instruction time and 2 birds/dog. (If more birds are needed to make your dog successful that will be an additional charge) * Please contact us if you have any questions or want to sign her up. We will meet at the home farm unless noted otherwise.
* We can handle a few walk-ins, but prefer for you to let us know if you are attending so that we can have help and birds lined up for the day.
Summer 2012 Schedule:
Saturday, May 12 – Puppy/ Foundation (9am start time)
Saturday, May 26 – Intermediate/ Advanced (9am start time)
Saturday, June 30 – Intermediate/ Advanced (9-11) & Puppy/ Foundation(1-3)
Saturday, July 7 – Puppy/ Foundation (9am start time)
Saturday, July 21 – Intermediate/ Advanced (9am start time)
Saturday, August 11 – Puppy/ Foundation (9am start time) Saturday, August 18 – Intermediate/ Advanced (9am start time)
Young dogs need the opportunity of exposure to birds in the field to develop their inherent prey drive.
At the beginning of training the dog may require a month of PUPPY DEVELOPMENT. This ensures a
young dog is excited about birds and has learned the basics of how to utilize his instincts. This level
elevates the dog's intensity of prey drive and readies them for the formal stages of training.
The FOUNDATION LEVEL begins formal training by establishing Points of Contact on the neck and
flank. Through the use of the points of contacts conditioned responses are taught, thus shaping
behavior or in some cases re-shaping undesired behavior. This is also when work is begun on the
dog's natural retrieve.
- We introduce the pups to the chain gang, command lead, the long line and birds, birds, birds.
- The one big bonus for the pups on this group session is that they are building prey drive by watching the other pups work through the field and seeing the birds fly in front of them from each pup that is working.
The INTERMEDIATE LEVEL transitions a dog from mechanical cues to remote cues in the field and ultimately verbal commands are overlaid to the conditioned response. At this level dogs are becoming steady on game, learning to honor another dogs point, and quartering on cue.
At the ADVANCED LEVEL, dogs are reaching the point of learned behavior. They learn to work scent in adverse conditions, how to look for and recognize backing situations, mark and hunt dead, retrieve, and take direction and go with you in the field.
Mason-Dixon Game Outfitters
2200 Channel Rd.
Pylesville, MD 21132
(410)452-8472 or (410)836-1800