Cassia Turcotte Field Training Seminar – July 15 & 16, 2017
The NORCAL Golden Retriever Club is pleased to present:
R+ Field Concepts
A Positive Reinforcement Based Approach to Field Training
July 15 & 16, 2017
CRTA Training Grounds, Suisun City, CA
About this Seminar
This weekend seminar is geared towards the handler interested in training field work without the use of compulsion-based methods, including electronic collars and force fetch. Participants should come out of this seminar with a clear sense of how to build a strong foundation and relationship for field work by training using a form of structured play. They will also learn techniques for troubleshooting their own training.
Whether you are training your first hunt test dog, already competing in tests/trials, or looking to train a steady gun dog companion, Instructor Cassia Turcotte will take you through the necessary concepts using lecture, hands on working segments, and open discussion. Skills taught will be at the level appropriate to each of the working team’s level of experience.
Day One will include introductions and motivational assessments of the working teams, obedience foundations and skill sets, and an introduction to teaching proper retrieving mechanics, lining, and marking skills appropriate for each team’s level of experience.
Day Two builds on day one to include obedience skill sets as they apply to blind retrieves, casting, sequences with marks and blinds, and advanced training factors and suction.
Working spots are all reserved.
If you would like to be on the waiting list in case a working spot opens up, please send an email to Samantha Dillard.
Auditing spots are limited to 20.
Download the seminar registration form here.
Closest to the CRTA Denverton Training Grounds:
Hampton Inn On the Waterfront, 2 Harbor Center, Suisun City, 707-429-0900
Other nearby hotels, please confirm dogs are allowed before booking:
America’s Best Value Inn, 3331 North Texas Street, Fairfield, 707-426-6161
Motel 6, 4376 Central Place, Cordelia, 707-864-0800
Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield, 707-422-4111
Please don’t be the reason that dogs are no longer permitted in hotels/motels.
Contact seminar coordinator, Samantha Dillard.
More About Cassia
Cassia Turcotte has been involved with the dog training world for nearly two decades and has been training professionally since 1999. With a background in private client behavior modification, she has also worked as a kennel manager, volunteer shelter staff, veterinary technician, SAR training officer, and taught group behavior classes. She completed her first professional certification in 2003. Currently, she works full time developing hunting dogs, and teaches online gun dog courses for the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.
Midway through her career, Cassia decided to combine her passion for +R training, love of the outdoors, and passion for waterfowl and upland game hunting. She channeled her training efforts to develop a program for versatile real world hunting companions (upland, small game, and waterfowl) and building hunt test teams using +R techniques. Her students have titled dogs in pointer, retriever, and spaniel hunt tests.
During the hunting season, you will most likely find Cassia and her dogs in a duck blind or sneak boat doing what they love most. Cassia and her dogs hunt a full upland and waterfowl season in New England.
Additionally, she and her dogs are often requested to guide for hunting parties. During the off season, she works full time developing real world hunting teams and hunt test teams with all sporting breeds.
Cassia has titled her own dogs in numerous dog sports including hunt tests, obedience and rally, agility, conformation, and Nosework. Additionally, she has been involved with both wilderness and urban SAR teams including the evaluation of operational readiness for wilderness air scent and tracking/trailing teams.
Cassia believes in finding joy in the process of training instead of an outcome oriented mindset, and she believes strongly that dog training should be a form of structured play. She is an advocate for +R training methods for field dogs. Cassia is owned by 5 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, a herd of Kinder goats, silver fox rabbits, a flock of chickens, and a variety of game birds.
Cassia’s website: http://www.barrelselectchesapeakes.com