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F.T.Ch Springville Trixie (left) wins the Open All Age and her puppy Grousevalley Northern Clipper (Smokie) wins the puppy stake.
Two years later Smokie becomes a Field Trial Champion as well.

Setting Up For Success is a 50 page .pdf download file and will work on all platforms.

Setting Up For Success
Spaniel training manual

  • Get your pup started early (retrieving at 10-11 weeks old)
  • Introduce your pup to birds the right way and at the correct timing
  • Avoid gun shyness with proper introduction to the gun
  • Learn how to plant live pigeons, chukar partridge and pheasants (video demonstrations)
  • Learn how to keep your pup in gun range (It’s all about control)
  • Steady your dog to flush and shot the sensible way with no pressure
  • Know how your dog uses the wind so you can let him do his job
  • Get an understanding of field trials
  • Judging score sheets are broken down and I explain what a judge is looking for and how to train to that end.
  • Best of all…you get to spend quality time with your dog doing things that he was bred to do.

About the Author

Gerry purchased his first English Springer Spaniel in 1982 as a family pet and hunting dog. He soon joined a local Spaniel club and quickly realized the value of a trained hunting dog. His involvement in Spaniel Field Trials has brought him to the forefront of Spaniel activities in Canada. As a member of the Canadian Kennel Club he sat on the Spaniel Council for over 20 years where Spaniel Field Trial Rules and Regulations are developed and applied as well Gerry is an accredited Spaniel Field Trial Judge. Belonging to the Sudbury and District Kennel Club he sat on the board of directors and was the clubs webmaster for over 20 years. He has held positions of Field Trial Chairman and Field Trial Secretary thus sharing the duties and having direct control over events. Gerry has always promoted the English Springer Spaniel as the ULTIMATE HUNTING DOG and if he is not in the field training his Spaniels, you’ll find him and his Spaniels out in the woods of Northern Ontario hunting Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock hunting. His commitment to the breed has resulted in the formation of Grousevalley Springers where he breeds the occasional litter of quality English Springer Spaniels one of which has sired the 2011 National Champion. Feeling that new puppy owners know very little about the proper training of a hunting Spaniel he handed out training tips and encouraged new owners to join the club. In order for these new owners to get the most enjoyment from their Spaniels he decided to put together a training manual “Setting Up For Success” in which he takes you step by step from that sock chewing puppy to a wonderful controllable hunting companion. The final chapter will bring you into the workings of a Spaniel Field Trial and prepare you for this great sport if you should so desire to pursue such an endeavour. Gerry has championed numerous Field Trial Champions 6 of which were his own family pets and hunting partners. As well, he has trained and handled CFC Springville Imperial Sweeper along with Marty Knibbs to become the 2001 # 1 Canadian High-Point Spaniel, CFC Springville Jake 1988 #2 Canadian High-Point Spaniel and CFC Grousevalley Trucker (Tucker) 2013 Ontario High-Point Spaniel.

Setting Up For Success is not just for Spaniels.
Any type of flushing dog will benefit from this training manual.
Each of the 12 chapters are laid out sequentially and by not putting the cart before the horse, your pup will have an understanding of what is required of him as you move forward.

I feel so confident that you will want to continue with my training manual that I’m providing you with Chapter One for you to download for free. Just click on the download button below.


Setting Up For Success is a 12 chapter 52 page training manual that combines video and text on one platform and covers all aspects of a Spaniel’s training regime from basic puppy retrieving to steady to flush and shot. Bird planting techniques are covered and demonstrated; which is a must for training a hunting dog.
The combination of video and text make this training manual unique and one of a kind.
14 video clips are located in various chapters and demonstrate what could go wrong and how to correct.
Available in a .PDF format.

Setting Up For Success will work on all devices and can also be printed out for easy reading and referencing.

Setting Up For Success is a 50 page .pdf download file and will work on all platforms.

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