Gigi took our training seminar in TX and had such a fun time learning so many new training concepts, and Todd thought what fun it would be to have Gigi run DJ in the puppy stake. This would be the first time Gigi ran a puppy stake and with DJ. Todd had Gigi run many of our field trial dogs during a training session to get a feel of how each one of the dogs runs. Not many Pros would hand off their field trial dogs to just anyone. We hope you had fun Gigi and keep at the dog training and hopefully run one of your own dogs in the field trials soon. Enjoy a few photos and a short video.
John and Allie had a great hunting season in 2017 together. They had many adventures in many different states. Here are a few photos of their travels.
Here are a few photos and video of our latest spaniel training seminar in Texas this past weekend. Thank you all for coming to the seminar, Todd and I really enjoyed watching all of you with your dogs. The video is below and here is the link for the photos.
Carl woodcock hunting with his Boykin Spaniel in NC. Carl has spent many training days with Todd at our farm in GA. All of Carl’s hard work is coming together to make a really nice hunting team.
Terry with family and friends bird hunting with his Springer Mitch and Setter Callie in IL.
The most picturesque are the SD Public Lands pics. Kermit and I went out by ourselves. We put up some praire chickens but that is all we saw all day long. Vast beauty and desolate. Not a soul around but us. Great time.
Notes from Scott in NE!
Two roosters and a quail! Heavy cover. Can’t even explain how good Lincoln did on the second rooster. He was on and off it for what felt like 5 minutes. I knew he was on something and we didn’t move that much because of the cover and then he kept working it out and finally beat the bird because it was determined to lose him in the thick grass and not fly. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with him. Then to top it off he flushed a covey of quail and I actually shot one. Miracles never cease.
We have a three English Springer Spaniels prospects (2 male/1 female) and one English Cocker Spaniel prospect (female) we are accepting reservations on in advance. We are assuming all the risk in developing these puppies. Your requirement is a 50% deposit for the finished dog and a commitment to an additional 6-9 months of training/transition to you as the new owner/handler, plus all bird costs, entry fees and veterinarian costs.
When it is all added up, you should plan on a roughly $15,000 commitment over the next 24 to 30 months, with an initial deposit of $4,000.
These puppies are now approximately seven months of age and we have selected these to be developed to the highest standard based on the talent exhibited and the personality characteristics to go to work based on how biddable they are. Once fully developed/transitioned at about three years of age, our goal would be for the new owner to be fully competing with the dogs themselves.
The first person to sign up will get first pick as the pups are developed. Contact us with questions. This has been a successful model to reduce your risk at obtaining a competitive dog as compared to the risk of buying a puppy, paying for training and “hoping” the puppy makes it. Our other puppies being developed will be sold as gun dogs as they lack the potential to reach the highest level of training.
Here are a few photos from Scott and Rich with their dogs during the resent pheasant hunting trip in the Dakotas. This trip for Dibbs and Indie was very special as it was their first time hunting wild pheasants with their owners. As you can see Scott and Rich are pretty happy with their dogs. Great job!
Indie has been amazing and I really had a great time with her on this road trip. I can see why John Goode hasn’t been home in a few months. Attached is the first South Dakota pheasant I shot over my dog.
Scott and Dibbs!
Dibbs had an excellent run today.
Dudley has won the United States Open High Point Award for 2017! This award goes to the Open All-Age Dog that accumulates the most points in open stakes from the 2016 Open National Championship up until the 2017 Open National Championship. Dudley had two wins, five second-place awards, two third-place awards and two fourth-place awards. It went down to the last trial of the year, but a fourth-place ribbon secured the annual award!
During 2017, Dudley finished 70% of his trials, placed in 55% of his trials and was awarded placements by a remarkable 19 different judges! He is a true joy and a testament to a strong foundation and level-headed personality. This fall, he ran 11 trials in five weeks; a true test of a dog’s ability to “hold it together” in the field trial world. We are so excited for Dudley’s owner Pat and having been able to win this award.
Dudley has 30 puppies on the ground with Rich’s puppy DJ being the oldest and showing great promise. Pay attention for additional Dudley litters coming in 2018!
Minnie ran in the annual Rolling Rock Field Trial and tied for first place! Unfortunately, the other dog was 23 seconds faster flushing her first bird so we lost on the draw. Minnie did us all proud – she was in control on the walk to the field ( yup!), worked the field beautifully, listened to whistle commands, and flushed three of four birds on a hot, no wind, dry day. Brought all to hand on the retrieve. Several dogs never found a bird at all. The judges loved watching Minnie work and her enthusiasm! What fun and we are so proud of her.
Minnie and I owe it all to Todd’s training!!
Ravenscourt Kate wins her second puppy stake at The Sportsman’s Spaniel Club Field Trial in Wilmington, IL. Todd handled Kate and then turned her over to her owner Bob. Bob was able to take his girl home with all the winning hardware. We are so proud of Kate!