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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 [...]

9 08, 2017

Bayside Faded Blues MH – “Levi”

2018-11-17T17:05:22-08:00Wednesday, August 9, 2017|Comments Off on Bayside Faded Blues MH – “Levi”

Bayside Faded Blues MH  - "Levi"  got his Master Title and is now qualified for the Master National 2017 in Texas. His owners John and Sylvia Adams are very proud of him! Thanks to Debra Ziegler his handler for getting him there.

29 06, 2017

Your dog is dying of congestive heart failure

2018-04-03T18:30:45-07:00Thursday, June 29, 2017|Comments Off on Your dog is dying of congestive heart failure

“Your dog is dying of congestive heart failure”.  I have had to say this to too many clients.  There are several causes of congestive heart failure (CHF) but one now appears to be preventable.  The one we will discuss is due to a deficiency of taurine.  Proteins are comprised of amino acids, some essential, that is the body cannot manufacture them, others are non essential and the body can manufacture them from precursors. Taurine is a non essential amino acid therefore dog food manufactures do not add it to their product.  There are factors that can interfere with the absorption [...]

18 05, 2017


2018-01-15T13:03:02-08:00Thursday, May 18, 2017|Comments Off on HONORING IN RETRIEVER FIELD TRIALS

This communication is to inform your club of a recent change to the Field Trial Rules and Standard Procedures for Retrievers.  This change originated from the Retriever Field Trial Advisory Committee and was approved by the Performance Events Department and the AKC Board of Directors.

Effective with stakes held on or after June 1, 2017, in at least one test involving the retrieve of a marked fall in all stakes, except Derby, every dog shall be kept on line off leash while another dog works.  The word “should” has been changed to “shall,” clarifying that honoring is a required element of [...]

5 05, 2017


2018-11-17T17:05:34-08:00Friday, May 5, 2017|Comments Off on NACHUSA TOPWATER CHRISTMAS SH

Earned her Senior Hunter Title at the Marin Retriever Club 2017 Spring Hunt test.  She is an eager little girl who loves to handle. Passing her 4th test under our own Maggie Langhorn and Mike Jepson on Saturday, she passed a 5th test, just for fun, on Sunday.  We thank training partners:  Carol Snodgrass, Greg Bingham, Cheryl Baca, and Scott Desy and all the others that helped along the way. Now on to our next adventure.

9 03, 2017

Littermates Pi and Punch

2018-11-17T17:05:48-08:00Thursday, March 9, 2017|Comments Off on Littermates Pi and Punch

Ed and Punch – first place Started Hunt Test division of the CRTA single series – Emberain Red Rum Punch JH AX AXJ XF WC. Roy and Pi – first place Hunt Test division of the CRTA single series – Emberain 3.14 SH

5 03, 2017

New Master Hunter

2018-11-17T17:06:03-08:00Sunday, March 5, 2017|Comments Off on New Master Hunter

I'm so proud of my boy Aqueus White Tie And Tails aka "Tux" for passing a very meaty 5th Master Hunter test earning his MH title at the Copper State Hunt Test in Arlington, AZ on Feb 10, 2017. It was a double header and we Qualified again on Feb 12th. Tux is from Danika Bannasch's 1st Litter of 'Pint & Taiga' both Master Hunters. Judges Steve Steven's and Bill Winskowski got him all excited for this photo shoot. Thank you Danika for my little dynamo - besides being cute as a bug, he's a joy to [...]