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Through years of training & competing with our own Chessies we have learned what it takes to be not only a successful "trainer", but a successful "handler" as well. A good trainer brings out the best in his dog.............knows his dogs strong points and weaknesses, and trains accordingly. A good handler is an assest to his dog and plays a key role in the success or failue of his dog in competition. 'Knowing' your dog and 'Common Sense' are a must in being a good trainer and/or handler.
If you are interested in participating in the AKC Hunting Tests we would recommend that you find someone who has experience in that area to train with........you are best advised to train with someone who has trained and handled a dog to the 'Master Level'. People with dog experience and who are successful at that level are more capable of giving you and your dog the help and advice you may need.
If you decide to seek a professional dog trainer for obedience, force fetching, handling or for any other area of retriever work we recommend that you include the following in your requirements:
~One who is successful at the level & in the area you want to pursue.
~One who knows your breed and who has worked with them.
~One who will adjust his method of training to the individual dog instead of expecting the dog to fit his mold.
~One who is willing to show you how to work with and keep up with the training he has put on your dog.
~One who does not have a "herd" of dogs to train........not being able to give a fair amount of time to your dog.
Below are a couple of links to give you more
insight and information about the Hunting Tests: