MSDA will hold Sporting Dog Instinct Clinics on Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd during the MSDA Spring Weekend at the Howard County Fairgrounds (2210 Fairgrounds Rd, West Friendship, MD 21794). For a bird dog with little or no field experience, this is a great way to get started.
This is a fun, relaxed, and encouraging activity. The clinic includes a brief introductory discussion followed by individual work with each dog and handler. Trainers get the dogs excited about the birds, and then the dogs are able to scent a bird and find a bird, triggering their basic hunting instincts. Clinics are run by AKC hunt test judges and experienced handlers for flushing, pointing, and retrieving breeds. There is lots of fun, and great information, too!
Instinct Clinic also is a wonderful stepping stone for you and your dog to get involved with training for your parent club’s WD or WC program or the AKC Hunt Test programs, or to simply see how much fun you can have when your dog gets turned onto birds!!
There will be a total of four identical clinics, at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm on both Friday 3/1 and Saturday 3/2. Online registration will be available right here on this website starting January 1st. You also can sign up at the MSDA Information Desk in the main building at the Spring Weekend Event. Your dog does not have to be entered in any other dog show events to participate in the Instinct Clinic. The clinic fee is $20 per dog. The number of registrations for each session is limited to ensure that each dog gets plenty of attention.
The Instinct Clinic is the only MSDA Spring Weekend event to be held outside, so please dress for outdoor fun!
Live birds are used. There is no gunfire. (Flushed birds fly away.)