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8 12, 2018

The Marin Retriever Club Perpetual Challenge Trophy 2018 Winner

2018-12-08T11:25:26-07:00Saturday, December 8, 2018|0 Comments

Donated in Honor of Nick The Dog, who is the Epitome of the ideals of this Trophy, The Marin Retriever Club Perpetual Challenge Trophy is to be offered to the MRC club member-amateur-owner-handler of the most outstanding Retriever Field Dog who accumulates the most points in AKC licensed and/or sanctioned Field Trials and Hunt Tests during the calendar year."  The winner of the inaugural presentation was Carson handled by John Schulte.

10 04, 2018

MRC Perpetual Challenge Trophy

2018-04-29T18:23:00-07:00Tuesday, April 10, 2018|Comments Off on MRC Perpetual Challenge Trophy

The Marin Retriever Club is proud to offer a new perpetual trophy for its members. This trophy will be presented annually at the Holiday party to the current MRC member who has accumulated the most points as a team (same handler/same dog) in AKC Hunt Tests and/or AKC Field Trials. The trophy has been generously developed and donated by member John Schulte. Thanks John! It will be up to the individual members to tally their points and submit them to the Awards Committee in November of each year. More details about qualifying for the award can be found on the [...]

20 02, 2018

San Jose Retriever Club Field Trial Success

2018-02-20T12:57:26-07:00Tuesday, February 20, 2018|0 Comments

From John Schulte. -
Debbie Chun took 4th place at the Qualifying Stake
John Schulte and Carson took second.
The Marin Retriever Club people done good.
Many thanks to the judges, workers, and handlers who were so gracious in assisting me this past weekend
at the San Jose Retriever Club Field Trial in Corning.

5 02, 2018

February 2018 Training Day The Decoy Challenge

2018-11-17T17:04:52-07:00Monday, February 5, 2018|0 Comments

The February training day turned into a really fun event with the "decoy" challenge, wherein a bird was thrown into a very large spread of decoys (including the kind that move around!) The dogs were timed when they crossed back over the line with the bird (younger dogs) and when the trained dogs delivered to hand. Several handlers re-ran and bettered their times, changing the final results. Results were:

Junior went to "Ellie" Caringello (20.36); Biz Carngello (24.93) and Ty Caringello (39.93)

Senior went to Gracie Reilly (26.63); Ben Mauzy (28.07) and Trooper McGinnis (29.36

Master went to Shooter Judd (27.83); Trixie Reed [...]

15 01, 2018

AKC Scratch Policy Revision

2018-01-15T12:58:33-07:00Monday, January 15, 2018|Comments Off on AKC Scratch Policy Revision

From Bill Daley through Laura Judd

“The following is information in regard to the new AKC scratch policy adopted by the Office of Performance Events which I have discussed with some of you.  Others are copied as if you are unaware of the change it should be of interest.

The change was brought to my attention by Robin Gulvin who had learned it from Julie Cole our West Coast Member of the AKC Retriever Advisory Committee who was present at this years meeting of the RAC that was held in conjunction with the recent National Retriever Clubs Championship Stake where the rule [...]

9 01, 2018

2017 Board Celebrates the End of the Year

2018-01-15T13:00:41-07:00Tuesday, January 9, 2018|Comments Off on 2017 Board Celebrates the End of the Year

The 2017 Board celebrates at the Annual Holiday Party. Left to Right Frances Treasurer, Chris Hempel Director at Large, Bob Lutolf Director at Large and Pat Romeiro President

29 12, 2017

Introducing the MRC Training Blog and our blogger John Schulte

2018-03-26T13:22:53-07:00Friday, December 29, 2017|Comments Off on Introducing the MRC Training Blog and our blogger John Schulte

The Marin Retriever Club has asked Dr. John Schulte to write a Training Blog for this website. We also asked him to introduce himself.

So here’s Johnny.

My interest in retrievers began in 1953 when I was taken by an older gentleman to his duck club in Los Banos. Besides the Wool Growers Restaurant, Los Banos is most famous for its mud. To retrieve a wounded bird that was swimming away from you was enough to induce a heart attack. I could see the value of a good dog.
From 1966 until 1970 were 4 wonderful years [...]

1 02, 2018

1-Preparation for running a Hunt Test or Field Trial

2018-08-09T15:53:00-07:00Thursday, February 1, 2018|0 Comments

In this blog we will go through all the steps the handler must learn in preparing for training and testing. We will review all the steps in preparation for running a Hunt Test or Field Trial.
Anytime we train, a checklist is handy to have to insure we are totally prepared. I am sure you have your own checklist that would include such things as gear bag, glasses, whistle, gloves, lip balm, sunscreen, and fully charged electronics. Nothing sabotages a training day more than getting all set up and finding out the batteries in your wingers or e-collars are dead.
After putting [...]

15 01, 2018

2-The Sit Command

2018-08-09T15:25:44-07:00Monday, January 15, 2018|2 Comments

I don’t know why people spend so much time naming their new pup.  For the first 4 months of the dog’s life he will think his name is “No”.  Every time he really starts to enjoy himself, his owner will shout out his new name “NO!” No simply means stop what you are doing.  Rather than just say no, let’s give him some direction.

There have been countless articles, videos, and books demonstrating how to train retrievers.

Let’s try a slightly different approach.  We will take a fictional dog named “Jessie”, an eight week old retriever, through all the socialization, obedience, drills, [...]

20 02, 2018

3-The Heel Command

2018-08-09T15:36:26-07:00Tuesday, February 20, 2018|1 Comment

In our last column we covered the first command “Sit”.  We seamlessly covered 2 other commands on the bottom rung of our training pyramid.  The first was “Sit” at a distance.  You first want the dog to sit fairly close to you and then over time, to be able to get your dog to sit at greater distances from you.  I watched the expression on the face of a person who had never observed advanced retriever training absolutely gape when on a single whistle at 400 yards away an Open dog stopped on a dime and looked back at his [...]