DFG Opens Gun Dog Handling Clinic
The Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Advanced Hunter Education program has scheduled a daylong clinic on training techniques for hunting dogs featuring some of the best and most experienced dog handlers in the country.
DFG’s Gun Dog Handling Clinic will offer hunting-dog owners instruction from some of the best handlers in the field. The clinic on June 4 runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 4 Seasons Hunt Club in Tehachapi. Cost is $40, and space is limited.
Advanced Hunter Education program coordinator Susan Herrgesell said because DFG has brought in top gun dog handlers to teach participants, the clinic promises to be a fantastic learning experience for participants. There will also be opportunities to watch some of the best gun dogs in action.
• Featured instructor is Dez Young and his Llewellin Setter, “Dash.” The duo host the Outdoor Life Network’s television show “Upland Days with Dash and Dez,” and will present Training from an Amateurs Perspective during the clinic.
• Instructor Bryce Mann has more than 24 years of experience training gun dogs and is a member of dog-training equipment manufacturer Team Tritronics as one of its featured seminar trainers.
• Four Paws Kennels owner/operator Chuck Breslin will share his experiences as a breeder, trainer and field trial judge to help everyone from the novice to the most experienced hunter better understand gun dog breeds. He will offer instruction on how to select a breeder, what to look for when picking a puppy, and much more.
• Veterinarian Danette Weich has made a business of breeding, training and hunting with pointers and retrievers. She will discuss dog care and advise how to ensure dogs are in top condition for training and hunting. She will also instruct on field first aid so that hunters can deal with common injuries dogs experience when working at peak performance.
• Dave Hamilton of Guns & Roosters Hunting Preserve will talk about field considerations and gear, and will discuss regulations that apply to training and hunting with a dog.
A barbeque lunch will be available for $5. A registration form can be printed from DFG’s webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/coned/huntclinics.