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Pictures from our
2014 Field Trial:
(slide show)

 Spaniel Section

From early Spring to well into the Fall, you will find the Spaniel section members outside with their Spaniels. These are hunting dogs and are trained using live birds in 'as close to hunting situations as possible'. Our 160 acre parcel of land along with a game farm license allows us to do so uninhibited. Some of us train for hunting while others train for the more disciplined and exciting sport of Field Trials.

The end result is the same... "Find the bird, flush the bird and retrieve the bird." Some of our members are amongst the top handlers in Canada and are always there to offer their knowledge and assistance to newcomers and all they ask for in return is a helping hand when required.

Our training sessions are normally on Saturday mornings and on Wednesday evenings during Spring to Fall, but check the property schedule and/or with the Spaniel Section chair for club activities which may require us to train elsewhere for a given day.

As soon as the snow melts, we begin training our dogs. The action is fast as these dogs really enjoy these outings and seek game with as much ambition as they can muster. As mentioned before, these are hunting dogs and birds are used in order to give them as much experience as possible. Depending on your goals, training your Spaniel could be vigorous or occasional depending on your schedule.

Generally, our training session begins with the older and more mature dogs. We call them the open dogs. Two dogs will run parallel (brace), separated by a flag line. Birds are flushed, shot, and retrieved to hand. At this stage, the handlers don't do any of the shooting as they are concentrating on the dog and his performance. We take turns shooting, handling our dogs and planting live birds. Any new members who come out are encouraged to watch each dog and see how the dogs react when detecting the presence of a live bird. This gives a person an understanding of what their dog is doing while hunting.

Next, we take out the puppies. Younger puppies are introduced to feathered birds while the older and more mature pups are taught to hunt and flush live birds within gun range. With the guidance of our more experienced handlers, new members are taught what to expect from their spaniel and the importance of proper introduction to the gun.

Safety is our main concern and we are ever vigilant of proper gun safety and only safe shots are made, ensuring the well-being of spectators and dogs. Any person who is on the training field while a training session is in process, must wear Hunter Orange for obvious reasons.  After the puppies are finished, some of our members prefer to handle their dogs and shoot their own birds. This is encouraged and the field is cleared, giving them all the room they need in order to shoot safely without being crowded.

After the training session, there is usually a tailgate gathering where encouragement and helpful hints are given along with explanations as to what someone's dog "did or didn't do" are discussed. Nevertheless, the outings are enjoyable which is the reason some of us have been doing this for twenty years or so.