2018 Sporting Dog Instinct Clinic

MSDA will be conducting its second set of Instinct Clinics this spring with sessions on Friday March 2nd and Saturday March 3rd during the MSDA Sporting Group Dog Show at the Howard County Fairgrounds (2210 Fairgrounds Rd, West Friendship, MD 21794). If you have a sporting breed dog with little or no field experience, this is a great way to get started. Your dog will be able to scent a bird and find a bird, triggering their basic hunting instincts.

This will be a fun, relaxed, and encouraging activity. The clinic includes a general discussion and individual work with each dog and handler. Clinics will be run by AKC hunt test judges for flushing, pointing, and retrieving breeds. There will be lots of fun, and great information too!

View photos, videos, and a description of the 2017 Instinct Clinic (which focused on flushing breeds). 

This is a wonderful stepping stone for you and your dog to get involved with training for your parent club’s WD/WC program or the AKC Hunt Test program, or to simply see how much fun you can have when your dog gets turned on to birds!!

Four identical sessions will be held:

  • Friday March 2nd at 9:30 am
  • Friday March 2nd at 1:30 pm
  • Saturday March 3rd at 9:30 am
  • Saturday March 3rd at 1:30 pm

Entries will be limited, so sign up early. Scroll down to register on-line now, or sign up at the MSDA Catalog table in the main hall of the dog show on Friday or early Saturday. Your dog does not have to be entered in the dog show to participate in the Instinct Clinic.

The fee is $20 per dog, payable when you arrive at the clinic session. (Pre-registration is required.)

In addition to all breeds in the AKC Sporting Group, Airedale Terriers, Standard Poodles, and Miniature Poodles are welcome to participate.

The clinic will be held outdoors on the show site in a designated field near the main show hall. Live birds will be used. There will be no gunfire. (Flushed birds fly away.)

Fill out the information below to register for the Sporting Dog Instinct Clinic. For questions, please contact Steve Roth.

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