Presented by AKC Field Representative Tom Meyer
and hosted by the Maryland Sporting Dog Association
Sunday, February 18th 2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mason Dixon Hunting Farm, Inc. 5112 Hildebrand Road, Glen Rock PA 17327
$45 fee includes light breakfast and lunch Registrations must be received no later than February 5th
The seminar is designed to review and explain the regulations and guidelines for the AKC Spaniel Hunt Test program. Seminar participants will improve their understanding of the performance requirements and standards as well as additional AKC policies. The program is presented using multimedia demonstrations, lecture and group discussions. Attendance at the seminar is recommended for anyone interested in learning about the program as well as newcomers already participating in the program. In addition, all AKC judges are required to attend once every five years to maintain active status.
The American Kennel Club’s Spaniel Hunt Test program is open to seventeen breeds of dogs (Airedale Terriers, American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Clumber Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, Curly-Coated Retrievers, English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, Sussex Spaniels, Poodles – Standard and Miniature, and Welsh Springer Spaniels). These breeds are used to find, flush, and retrieve upland game birds. The Spaniel Hunt Test program is designed to give owners of these breeds an opportunity to train and evaluate their dogs against three levels of non-competitive performance.
Also at the spring show, MSDA is planning to offer four “Instinct Clinics” to introduce sporting dogs to birds and AKC hunting events. In the clinic we will look at prey drive, biddability in association with retrieving, and the instinct to hunt and find birds. There will be no gunfire, but live birds (pigeons or quail) will be used. Details of the schedule, pricing, and how to sign up will be available soon. Meanwhile, you can learn more and watch short videos of last year’s clinics, which focused on flushing breeds. For more information about the Instinct Clinics, contact Steve Roth.
What else has MSDA been up to this year? We’ve certainly been busy!