Dog Bone's Handler Workshop Update
Jeremy Moore owner of Dog Bone Products held the 2nd annual handlers workshop at Bluff Buck outfitters in Buffalo County WI, in late April. Even though it was still pretty chilly and the snow had only been gone for a week he still had a great turn out of handlers and their dogs. People from all over the country showed up to hone their skills and learn from the world renowned trainer Jeremy Moore.
The day started out in the Bluff Bucks lodge with introductions and a start into the basics of starting a shed dog. Jeremy went through a lot of different things but made sure to keep everyone involved as much as possible. Jeremy went through the place command with multiple different dogs, he also showed the importance of conditioning a dog to be patient to eat by holding the dog in his arms until the pup settled down, this teaches the dog patience and that the calmer they stay the more reward they will get. After the basics portion of the morning Jeremy moved everybody to a long hall way in the lodge to teach people how to work on basic retrieving, using the hall way to force the dog to retrieve back to the person at the end the of the hall, using an old balled up sock and lots of excitement, Jeremy showed people how easy it is to get a dog to retrieve. Jeremy explained “I use a balled up sock when I start a dog on retrieving because it enforces the hold command, the sock gets stuck on the puppy’s sharp teeth and makes it hard to drop the sock.”
After a short break the group moved to the field just down the road from the Bluff Bucks Lodge. Once everyone was ready to go Jeremy had everyone get control of their dog and line up so he could teach the handlers the sit, steadiness and the heal commands. With all dogs on leash he had people one by one go through each command and explained to people what they needed to work on with each individual dog. Some of the handlers told me numerous times that “they were impressed how Jeremy individualized the Handler workshop to each dog and didn’t just go through the motions to get through the day.”
After Lunch Jeremy, got into trailing memory retrieves, simple marking drills, hold conditioning, quartering drills, and the importance using scent to get the dog to use their nose. Jeremy kept everyone in the game by individually taking each dog through all the drills. This personal attention was much appreciated by all the handlers in the workshop. Jeremy’s main goal for the Handler workshop is to teach you how to train your dog, not to try and train your dog in one day. Training is a life time commitment, so Jeremy makes sure that you understand how to train your dog when you are training on your own!
I would recommend if you have the chance to make it to one of Jeremy’s’ workshops to sign up. Jeremy goes through a lot of different things in the full day workshop, but he does not have a cookie cutter workshop he tries to make beneficial for everyone involved. If you are serious about shed hunting this is something that you can’t miss!! Good luck shed hunting
Article By Rick Schmitz
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