Hello everyone, we now have some more details regarding this training class and wanted to get some info out to you. We are very excited to have the opportunity to bring Evan Graham and his assistant trainer to Alaska.
First a little about the seminar, from Evan, “Our standards for seminars. We have a finite amount of time, and a vast amount of information to cover. Because of that, there is a standard announcement I make the first morning at our seminars. That is: “This is not a train the dog day. It’s a train the trainer day. With that in mind, I have no idea which attendee’s dogs will actually work, or to what extent. But, because of the nature of this event, we will do our best to involve as many dogs as are instructive to the group as a whole; no more, no less.”
Our goal in any seminar is that all of those who attend will be substantially better trainers when the event is over than they were when it began. I believe that is how I can be of most value during our time together.”
There will be 20 handler dog teams that will be chosen, and an unlimited amount of observer spots. We know there will be lots of interest into becoming involved in the seminar. The handler/dog teams will “chosen by us” that will best demonstrate what Evan is looking to teach on specific days. From obedience, e-collar conditioning, force fetch, pile work, casting drills, water work, land and water marks and some transition level setups. If you wish to be a handler/dog team you will need to sign up as an observer first, then drop us a note requesting to be upgraded to a Handler/Team. Please use email@example.com for all correspondence. Handler teams will be picked by July10th, and an additional Invoice will be emailed to those chosen. A list of the handler’s teams will also be put on the MSGDA website. All payments are via PayPal, or you can also mail in a check made out to MSGDA. Prices are below, please note there is an additional fee to use PayPal, this covers our costs to use this service. The Pay Pal button on the MSGDA site will only be set up for observers, and will be active on the MSGDA website very soon.
Class locations will be in the Mat-Su Valley and could be as far out as Pt. Mackenzie. You do NOT have to be a member of MSGDA to participate. One thing to note regarding this class, this is not a fundraiser for MSGDA, or Wetland Retrievers. Our purpose of this class is to support and promote the local retriever community and make everyone better at what we love doing. With that being said, we will have expenses. To limit as many as possible, we are looking for volunteers to house Evan and his assistant for a few days, as well as airline miles or a companion ticket to help cover airline expenses. If you can help with that, please reach out to the email above. Thank you