I’m very pleased to present my training manual, Setting Up For Success. This training manual started out back in 1984 as a one page guide for new puppy owners who purchased a puppy from our kennel Grousevalley Springers, where I wanted them to get their puppy started on the right track. One page grew to two then three etc. After writing a few articles for The Spaniel Journal I thought I was ready to write a complete training manual. I wanted to make a unique document that combine video and text where the reader could actually see how things can go wrong and how to make the proper corrections and avoid problems before they start to become bad habits.
• 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
Setting Up For Success is a .pdf download file and will work on all platforms.
Gary Riddle ..."Any beginner considering training a Spaniel for hunting or competition field trials should read, study and apply this book."...(more)
Marty Knibbs ..."There is nothing I have read or seen out there like this. Great job!"...(more)
Jeff Miller..."I could have used this book 40 years ago!"...(more)
Bill Cosgrove..."I have pretty much seen and read everything out there and I would put this product right at the top of your list of required reading."...(more)
Bill McCaffrey..."This is a great instructional video book for someone starting out and looking for a reference guide."...(more)
Casey Sajdak..."You're giving away all our secrets!"
Wayne Brennen..."Don't hesitate to get this manual if you are training your Springer or any Spaniel for that matter. It's worth the money and worth the read, even if you have been training for a long time. Get a new perspective. "...(more)
You will learn:
• how to read your dog when he’s on game
• how to get your pup to run closer and within gun range
• how to challenge your dog…getting him to perform seemingly imposable tasks
• how to plant live pigeons, chukar partridge and pheasants (video demonstrations provided)
• how to motivate your puppy and set things up for a successful result
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 foeward.
Setting Up For Success is a .pdf download file and will work on all platforms.
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...(more)
Bellow are some coments from some of the most repected and successful Spaniel trainers, handlers and breeders of English Springer Spaniels in North America.
A pro trainer from Mendon Utah,Gary owns and operates Rockey's Kennels. He began trialing English Springer Spaniels nearly 30 years ago and during this time he has had and seen many exeptional dogs that he hunted, trained, and competed with. He has worked with various breeds of dogs in their training starting out with the basics of retrieving, bench work, force fetching and bird work. Having trained and handled numerous Field Trial Champions Gary was at the pinicle of success in 2019, winning the Canadian National Spaniel Field Trial Championship.
I am sorry I'm slow getting back to you on your book. I have been swamped but now I'm on a road trip through California running dogs.
While on the trip I've been able to read your book a couple of times.
What a great read and very benificial!
Any beginner considering training a Spaniel for hunting or competition field trials should read, study and apply this book.
-Set up for success
-Proactivly prepare your companion for as much as posable
A symple approach to complex issues at a field trrial. Great and enjoyable read and preparation.
Thank You for the opportunity to take a look at it.
Marty is one of the most respected Spaniel trainer and handler in North America. His many accomplishments include 6 National Spaniel All Age wins, 16 National All Age placements, recipient of the Hogan Award, and 6 High-point All Age Spaniel awards. He has judged many trials including all the Springer and Cocker National Field trials on both sides of the border.
Hey Gerry good to hear from you.
"What a project you undertook here.
This will really help interest people and certainly will create good trained companions/ hunting dogs and competitive trial dogs.
There is nothing I have read or seen out there like this. Great job!
Thanks for letting me take a look."
Owner of Blackriver Kennels Jeff is one the most successful Spaniel handlers in North America. Among Jeff's many accomplishment he has won 10 Spaniel National Championships over his career, as of 2016, including Blackriver's Tanner who won the 2016 U.S. Open Spaniel National Championship, U.S. National Amateur Spaniel Championship and the Canadian Open National Spaniel Championship as well as the Canadian Amateur National Spaniel Championship.
"I read your book and I found it very good.
Very pleased to see that you did not include shock collars.
I could have used this book 40 years ago!"
"This is a very well done, easy to follow, step - by - step of developing a pup all way up to field trials.
Of course hunters and hunt test enthusiasts will benefit greatly from Mr. Babin's careful instructions and video demonstrations."
"The sequential approach is the right one, and Mr. Babin gives tips on how to avoid problems and confusion in your dog; as he takes you through the progressions."
"I have pretty much seen and read everything out there and I would put this product right at the top of your list of required reading."
"His videos are really well done. A great tool for newbie's and puppy owner's starting out. It is like a training manual with illustrations that - when you click them; become short video clips."
"Another thing is he gets into trialing - which is a subject that a lot of other books and video talk down."
"Mr. Babin is half the brains behind my National champion.
He has been one of my mentors and I owe a lot of my success to him.
He has already been there and done that!"
"Thank you Gerry!"
"This is a great instructional video book for someone starting out and looking for a reference guide."
"You're giving away all our secrets!"
From Alberta Wayne has been involved with Springer Spaniels for over thirty years. Sitting on the CKC Spaniel Council as well as being one of the guiding lights of the Eastern Slopes Spaniel Club Wayne has first hand knowledge on what it take to train and handle working Spaniel for hunting and field trials. Now residing in British Columbia his love of the sport continues as he develops yet another Spaniel club in his area. Thank You for your dedication.
"I've known Gerry for a decades and indeed he introduced me to my first Woodcock hunt in northern Ontario.
What an eye opener that was for a guy from the wide open spaces.
Spaniels have been in my family for three generations and I have been Handling, Gunning and Judging Spaniel Field trials for nearly 30 years. Wholeheartedly agreeing with the sentiment Gerry shares in his manual; "You should always bear in mind that there is always more than one solution to a problem and to keep an open mind."
It was a pleasure to read the open minded sentiment in Gerry's manual. It has been a few years since I have directly trained a puppy and wanted to obtain another perspective and boy did I get one.
Practical solutions to typical issues you will run into with your puppy. A good overview of the basics of field trials for your Springer.
Practical warnings on what you may encounter if you "do too much" of some things.
What a great heads up or warning for new trainers. There were simple suggestions and hints imbedded in this manual and several were things I have not considered doing before: "pinching the cheeks" on delivery to assist the dog releasing a dummy. Another simple trick, "placing the starters pistol close to the ground to muffle" the report. Simple, but effective. Planting suggestions, reminders to attend to the dog. "Keep him hungry!" "Don't be afraid to return to an earlier drill" All so simple and so true.
Arguably the most counter intuitive part in the proper training of a good Spaniel is the Steadying process. Gerry shares a positive method of getting the job done by breaking down the process. What Gerry calls the "Flushing Drill" is a simple creative method of developing a base for doing a successful job.
Don't hesitate to get this manual if you are training your Springer or any Spaniel for that matter. It's worth the money and worth the read, even if you have been training for a long time. Get a new perspective. "
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 the sock chewing puppy to a wonderful controlable 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.