2024 Foundation Seminars

March 23-24
Rick Smith Instructor
29625 County Rd. 14
Zamora, CA 95698
Quail Point Hunt ClubDavid Martin
May 25-26
Rick Smith Instructor
265 North Society Rd.
Canterbury, CT 06331
Quinebaug KennelsJennifer Broome
June 1-2
Rick Smith Instructor
7228 Juniper Dr.
Mott, ND 58646
High Fly'n KennelsCarla Fryar
June 22-23
Rick Smith Instructor
2000 Lower Valley Rd.
Kalispel, MT 59901
Flathead Valley Pheasant Chapter #138Mark Vanartsdale
June 29-30
Rick Smith Instructor
N300 Birch Dr.
Thorp, WI 54771
Fly-N-Gun KennelsCraig Steinbach
July 13-14
Rick Smith Instructor
37355 Clayton Center Rd.
Clayton, NY 13624
Webfoot Outdoors & Rimrock Kennels Martha Imperato or Mark Gawron
August 10-11
Rick Smith Instructor
924 Horse Creek Rd.
Circle, MT 59215
Todd Lehner Kennels Todd Lehner

2024 Intermediate Seminars

April 26-28
Rick Smith Instructor
8620 Oak Street
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Stoney Brook OutfittersLiz Hafstad
May 18-20
Rick Smith Instructor
37355 Clayton Center Rd.
Clayton, NY 13624
Webfoot Outdoors & Rimrock Kennels Mark Gawron & Martha Imperato
September 13-15
Rick Smith Instructor
5215 Workman Road
Fallon, NV 89406
Nauty Dog Kennels Tim & Wendy Ricketts

2024 Advanced Academy Seminars

March 11-13
Rick Smith Instructor
2326 Cherrybend Rd.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Cherry Bend Pheasant FarmBeth Ellis

2024 Handlers Seminar

May 24
Rick Smith Instructor
265 North Society Rd.
Canterbury, CT 06331
Quinebaug KennelsJennifer Broome

08.07.2017Foundation Seminar Video

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11.20.2013Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin

For almost 20 years, Americana Outdoors® has entertained and informed viewers by documenting adventures filmed in many of the best destinations in the world. Americana Outdoors is the leader in...

09.09.2011The Command Lead (also known as the Wonder Lead)

Our past several columns have dealt with some of the psychological aspects of dog training. In contrast, our next columns will cover the steps in training from start to finish. Step...

09.09.2011The Check Cord

In every dog's training, there comes a time to ask the dog to work out away from us at a distance. This is best accomplished gradually and in small steps using...


Gunshy,The mere mention of the word makes hunters cringe. The big question on the minds of many new puppy owners is whether or not their puppy will be afraid of...

09.09.2011The Dangers of Anger

Anger? What on earth does anger have to do with training a bird dog? Good question! And here is the answer: Absolutely nothing. Anger has no...

05.17.2009Is Your Dog Desensitized to Your Commands?

Over the years, we’ve covered several training topics related to desensitizing your dog, such as gunfire or fixing the gun-shy dog. In these cases, we want the dog to consider...

05.05.2009Puppyhood and Puppy Development: Immaturity vs. Capability

You’ve waited for weeks for this day, maybe even months. At last, your new puppy is old enough to take its place in your home, your family, and your heart. In...

04.29.2009Stopping On Scent

Scent is one of the truly fascinating things about dogs: Their whole world revolves around their noses. If there were some way we could put ourselves in a dog’s...

04.11.2009Making the Switch From Pigeons to Gamebirds

It takes birds to make a bird dog. We don't think anyone reading this article will argue that point. And as we've said before, in a perfect world, each of us...

11.20.2008The Whoa Post Redux - Part 2

In part 1 of this article, we gave you the foundation for teaching “whoa” using the whoa-post, and now it’s time to move to the finishing steps that take it to...

11.18.2008The Whoa Post Redux - Part 1

One thing we’ve always said about the Silent Command System of training is that it’s always evolving. We’re always looking for a way to build a better mousetrap, and we...

08.10.2008Pigeons and Scent

In a perfect world, each and every one of us would own a thousand acres, and every bit of it would be filled with lots of cover and loads of wild...

06.15.2008What is a Figure 8?

Before we tell you what a figure eight is, we're going to tell you what it is not. It is not a substitute for good training, and it's not a miracle...