MAHSC GROUSE TRIAL

Fun Stuff!!

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Location: Mason Dixon Hunting Farm
5112 Hildebrand Rd.
Glen Rock, PA 17327
Registration: Starts at 7:30 am (RSVP is appreciated)
Entries will remain open until the start of that particular stake.
Event: Starts at 8:00 am with Puppy and Gundog
Cost: $55.00 per dog entry (checks payable to MAHSC)
Stakes:
Open (Steady)
Gundog (Unsteady)
Steady Puppy
Unsteady Puppy
Judges:
Puppy and Open – ler and Mike Wilkerson
Gundog – Mary Lackey and Janie Hayward
Trial Chairman – Jim Zimmerman (RSVP is appreciated) jjzimm1@comcast.net or (717) 968-2891

Historical Cocker Field Trial in South Carolina

I am excited to be involved in this historical Field Trialing event! South Carolina will be host to it’s first Cocker Field Trial to be held at H. Cooper Black Trialing Area in Cheraw, SC.

January 22 will start with an All-Age Stake, and the Amateur All-Age Stake, in an alternating stakes sequence. The Puppy Stake will be held at the conclusion of the
second series. The third series will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016, if it is not completed on Friday.
The second event will start at the conclusion of the first event, on Saturday, January 23, 2016. It will be the Open All-Age Stake, and the Puppy
Stake. The Puppy Stake will be held at the conclusion of the second series of the Open Stake, not before noon. The Amateur All-Age Stake
will start Sunday, January 24, 2016.
Start time will be 8:00 am. each day.
We are looking forward to starting a new trialing tradition in the south!!!!

2015. Shogun’s year in review by Joe

It was an exciting year for Shogun Kennels and our Clients. In December, I won a Cocker trial in Ohio with Trinket who is owned by Ruth Heston. She is now only 5 points from her FC

Shogun’s Retha, a beautiful Springer, earned her AKC Master title in the Spaniel Hunt Test program. She presently has one led toward her Master Advanced title.

Shogun’s Reba completed 4 series at the National Cocker Championship in Michigan. She also took a 3rd place and the guns award in New York.

Shogun’s Skeeter took a second and won the guns award in Maine and took a 3rd in Ohio. This  is a powerful Beetle son.

At only two years of age, 2 Beetle/Reba litter mates have won an Open Stake Cocker Trial!!!. Starting with Chester, owned by Vickie Dahlk, Mary Lou Dunn and me won in Wisconsin and Tolo owned by Jean-Marie Tate and handled by Mike Ludwig won in Ohio. Beetle has left his mark!

From the show side, Shogun’s Mia has won her show Championship…and she is not even two years old. Mia is now concentrating on her field work and show good promise.

Trinket takes a 4th!!!

Trinket, owned by Ruth Heston and handled by Joe DeMarkis, took a 4th place on Friday, October 17th, at the Mid-Atlantic Hunting Spaniel Cocker Field Trial.  This qualifies Trinket to enter the National Cocker Field Championship to be held in Altoona, PA , starting on Tuesday, October 28th.  The trial will run through Saturday.  Joe will also be handling our Reba, who is co-owned with Mary Lou Dunn.  Let’s wish Team Joe D. the best of luck!  Check back here for updates at the trial progresses this week!

Hunt Test

Retha in the field

Cheryl and I  had fun at the Mid-Atlantic Hunting Spaniel Club hunt test last Saturday. Retha, our English springer, was the last of 40+ dogs to run that day. She scoured the field, gun to gun, amazingly and in record time produced her two pheasants. Unfortunately, she forgot to ask “Joe may I?” before taking a giant step on the second one! Uh oh, no master leg for her! We had a great time and thank those responsible for holding this fun event!

Buying a Started Hunting Dog

A started Gun Dog can save you a lot of time and frustration.

When buying a started dog you should expect a good response to basic commands needed for that particular breed and a dog that understands what hunting is all about.

With a finished dog you can expect a hunting dog that is well polished in his performance. Steady with a reliable recall and retrieve.

Picking a Puppy

First of all, make sure that the sire and the dam are doing and acting the way you in-vision your new companion to turn out. It is hard to replace sound breeding.

Never buy two pups at the same time “to keep each other occupied” . Two pups at the same time is a formula for problems. They will definitely keep each other occupied and it will be very difficult to get them to pay attention to you.

Sometimes a breeder will keep 2 dogs out of a litter to grow them a bit and see which one fits their program the best. Then they will sell the one they feel does not make the best fit.

This can be a great opportunity for you. In most cases a good breeder has socialized the pup and done the basic training. Will an older dog bond to you? Yes. Feed them, train them and love them. That’s all a dog wants.

Professional Trainers

Working with a Pro can save you an immense amount of time. If you decide to send your dog off to “Boot Camp”, be certain the trainer can do what you want him to do. Start off by meeting with the trainer and setting realistic goals. Once your trainer starts the process, do not be in a hurry to work with your dog. A good trainer goes through a bonding period before the dog will take the training.

Follow –up lessons are the key! This way the trainer can keep an eye on you and your dogs’ progress.

Field Training

Starting your Pup properly is the key. Proper ground work should be instilled before introducing it to too much game. Once a dog shows you it likes to hunt, it is time to put in the controls.

Be very cautious when introducing it to gunfire.

One of the biggest problems I am paid to fix is gun nervousness. This is usually created by the owner. The dog does not understand that the sound of a gun is part of the hunt. Gun nervousness is something that can easily be avoided. Please go to the F.A.Q page on my web site. There you will find my gun proofing program.

Retrieving is an important element in making a good gun dog. Some are natural, some are not. For certain, one of the biggest causes for a poor retrieve is not properly developing it

If it is a pup go to F.A.Q page on my web site. There you will find my starting program.

If it is an adult dog, you must teach the dog to first recall, then hold, then recall and hold. Training an older dog to go hunting is not impossible. If your dog has a desire to hunt but you must use a conservative approach.