Much thanks and gratitude to these trainers for sharing of their knowledge with future field trialers!
Tip #1: “Be in a good frame of mind when you take your dog out to train and end your session on a good note. Put your dog up happy and he’ll retain what you wanted him to learn. You’ll both make progress!” — Lee Phillips
Tip #2: “After flushing birds and shooting (without delay), return directly to your dog. You can put your pistol back into its holster afterwards — keep in contact with your dog. Little things can cost you in a field trial.” — Harold Ray
Tip #3: “Know the ins and outs of your course. Know where to send your dog to find birds and where not to send them — or else they end up lost or behind” — Luke Eisenhart
Tip #4: “Training should never be rushed. Take your time and enjoy your dog. 5 – 10 minutes each day will be more successful than training for an hour once a week. Your dog will learn best if you are calm.” — Kim Sampson
Tip #5: “Love what you do or don’t do it.” — Colvin Davis
Tip #6: “Always take good care of your dog. They need a clean kennel, clean water and great nutrition to perform their best. It’s your job to provide that for them. Don’t let them down so they won’t let you down in a field trial.” — Jamie Daniels
Tip #7: “Be polite, congratulate everybody when they win because next week maybe you’ll win and they won’t and you’ll want them to say congratulations.”— Mike Tracy
…from the Youth Field Trial Seminar presented and hosted by the Alabama Youth Field Trial Association on June 26, 2021 at the Greenway Sportsman Club in Union Springs, AL. One of Mike’s addresses to the attendees was on the important topic of “Sportsmanship and Ethics”. Visit YFTA News to watch the short video clip and listen to the rest of what Mike had to say.
Tip #8: “My tip is twofold. Make a goal for yourself and for your dog and work toward that goal — always keeping in mind what’s best for your dog.”—Lori Steinshouer
Tip #9: “Have confidence. When handling your dog, show trust in yourself and your dog. In whatever situation whether it be hunting or in a field trial, your feelings are reflected by both you and your dog.” — Mark Hughes
Tip #10: “Everyone starting in this sport needs to remember there are no stupid questions. If you’re wondering about something, don’t be afraid to ask. Second when you enter your dog in a field trial, think of it as just another workout; don’t overthink it, just do the same as you do at home. Third, it’s important to always stay focused on your dog because many times you have to think for you and the dog. Most important…have fun!” — Sherry Ebert