We know that everyone is eager to be able to gather again with friends and dogs and we are working hard to facilitate this. Still, we are making changes and adding safety measures to try to keep everyone safe and healthy, so please pay attention to the restrictions that may be put in place, and don’t sign up unless you are willing to cheerfully comply (and accept the risk of being with other people).
MSDA is planning some small activities for this fall. Details are still being sorted out, but here is what we’re working on right now:
Field Training Basics: Saturday October 24th and Sunday October 25th, 10 am – 3 pm in Dickerson MD. Field work training for all sporting dogs. Limited registration of not more than 25 dogs per day, dispersed among multiple fields and simultaneous activities. No shot birds. More information and online registration are here.
Puppy Match: Saturday November 14th or Sunday November 15th, in a field at Howard County Fairgrounds. Fun match (conformation only) for puppies at outdoor location. For AKC-registered sporting breed dogs ages 3 months up to 18 months. CGC testing also to be offered for any dogs. Plans for this event are subject to AKC approval.
Safe Gun Handling: Saturday December 5th, approximately 10 am – 3 pm in Chester Springs PA. (Tentative) Relevant to handlers of all sporting dog breeds. Activities will include firing a starter pistol, carrying a shotgun in the field (e.g., as required for some flushing hunt tests), and firing a shotgun at a target and maybe clays. No birds at this event. Dogs welcome but they must be under control and will not be run in the fields. Limited to about 20 human participants.
Once finalized, much more information will be available here and via our monthly newsletter. For each of these events, registration will be online via MSDA’s website and is expected to open about six weeks before the event date.
There will be fees for all events, but they will be set to cover costs, which we hope will be minimal. We’re also aiming to schedule activities so that these will be day trips for Maryland and nearby residents, with no hotel stays required. Lastly, MSDA will not be serving food (lunch or snacks) so you will have to bring your own.
If you are able to help with one of these events, please contact Steve Roth (for the field events) or Richard Jackson (for the Puppy Match and CGC testing).
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