Handling is the trained ability of the dog to acknowledge
a single blast from a handler's whistle, turn around, sit
down and take a proper cast from the handler to the right,
left or back in order to complete the retrieve. This usually
takes at least six months to become truly proficient in these
skills. Of course, more than just training, but actual day
to day, on the job experience, is necessary to advance, successfully,
through the competitive events.
All dogs in this program will be thoroughly drilled on marking
skills as well as the mechanics of singles, doubles, triples,
quads, modified's, diversions, poison birds, blinds, etc.
Various types of cover will be used to challenge the dogs
natural abilities, and acquired abilities. Water retrieves
and land/water retrieves will be taught on areas that have
been specially designed just for this purpose.