Tips from the Pros ~ 11 – 21

Tips from the Pros ~ 11 – 21

Feb 24th, 2022 | Tips from the Pros

Tip #11: “IASM”…or “I am Sold Myself.” — John Rex Gates
Find out what legendary handler John Rex Gates meant by these words in Strideaway’s podcast interview with him in 2012! CLICK HERE


Tip #12: “A dog should not be subjected to perpetual whistling and commands while at work, by doing so the dog’s mind is drawn from his work to such extent that he scarcely knows whether he is doing right or wrong.” — Er M. Shelley, Twentieth Century Bird Dog Training and Kennel Management, 1921


Tip #13: “Whether hunting or field trialing, have your dog well prepared. What they do in a workout is what they’ll do hunting or in a field trial.” — Jason Loper


Tip #14: “The one best single bit of advice that could be offered a handler is this: Keep your eye on the dog.”
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Jack Harper, Bird Dogs and Field Trials, 1983


Tip #15: “Never lose a dog in a workout! Try not to rely on GPS too much while working your dog but instead try to keep him in sight as much as possible. If he’s a good dog he’ll open up and run when you turn him loose at a field trial but still listen and handle.” — Allen Vincent


Tip #16: “Always have enough water when you’re competing in a field trial. This goes for a freezing day as well as desert conditions. It gives the dog relief and a chance to clear his scent receptors.
Be sure your dog always has fresh clean water available before he runs and don’t wait till he’s dehydrated to give him water if none is available on the field trial course.” — Bill Allen


Tip #17: “Ride (or walk) and watch your competition… especially handlers who win a lot. Learn what it takes to win. Good luck and always be safe.” — Fred Rayl


Tip #18: “While handling your dog at a field trial, look back occasionally at the judges to make sure you’re not riding or walking too fast.” — Harold Ray


Tip #19: “Always call point for your opponent when seeing your competitor’s dog on point. Common courtesies, if followed faithfully will pay dividends in your years of competition. Your manner of handling will become known to all, and they will return your favors.” — Earl Crangle, Pointing Dogs ~ Their Training and Handling, 2000


Tip #20: “A dog can sense alot about people in a short time, whereas, we cannot do the same about dogs. A dog can tell the kind of mood we are in, if we are friendly or hostile. He can tell pretty quickly if we command respect. He knows if we have his well being at heart.” — D. Hoyle Eaton, The White Knight Story, 2002