NORCAL GRC Field Training Day

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Update:  This event is now full.  If you’d like to be on the waiting list, send an email to Samantha.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019   – Rain or Shine!

Time:  We start running dogs at 8:30 am.  Please arrive by 8:00 am to sign in and air your dogs. Plan on staying through mid-afternoon.

Location: CRTA Denverton Training Grounds, T2, Suisun City

Cost:  No cost for NORCAL GRC Club Members

$10.00 per dog for non-club members

As we do for our club Flyer Days, the ‘rarer’ retriever breeds (Flat Coat Retrievers, Tollers, and Poodles) are welcome to attend.


Guest Trainer: Debbie Tandoc

Debbie Tandoc is a longtime NORCAL GRC member, and runs her Goldens in field trials and hunt tests.  Debbie has participated in many venues, including conformation, obedience, and agility, but is now focused on field sports.  Her dogs are very accomplished in the field, and are always fun to watch.  We appreciate Debbie’s willingness to share her knowledge with others, and look forward to a fun day full of great information and new drills to practice.

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Field Skills and Drills

Drills teach concepts, pictures, and habits that can be applied in the field for marks and blinds.

The first half of the day we will focus on drills targeted for each team.  Participants will be asked ahead of time to identify a skill they would like to work on, and Debbie will suggest an exercise or two that will help improve that skill.  The greater variety of dogs that we have attending, the more each team will learn from watching others.

Debbie will also demonstrate some drills that can be used for specific challenges all dogs will face, such as:

  • Cheating cover and water and other factors that draw your dog off the line to the mark or blind
  • Diversion/Poison bird drills – the dogs have to be able to do a back pile
    • Version 1 – for Senior dogs or senior in training.    One back pile, one gun station
    • Version 2.  For Master and Qual + dogs.   One gun station, 4 blinds
    • These drills drills not only teach control, they also give the dogs experience dealing with suction – ie. memory mark(s).
  • Marking drills


The second half of the day we will set up a marking series for the dogs to run, there may or may not be a water mark, depending on time and interest.


Entries will be limited to ensure all teams have time to work through their challenges.

Please RSVP to Samantha Dillard no later than 3 days prior to event with the number of dogs you are bringing and their current level(s) (from the options below):

  • WC
  • WCX
  • JH
  • SH
  • MH

NOTE: If you are new to field, and want to come out and see what it’s all about, and perhaps have someone help give your dog exposure to birds, go ahead and email Samantha for more information. We want to help you learn about the field game!


Other Training Day Details

General Items to Bring

  • Shade and/or rain protection for your dog’s crate
  • Water for you and your dog
  • Lunch for you
  • Towels for muddy dogs and yourself


Equipment you need to Bring

  • Training Whistle
  • Duck Call
  • Folding Chair
  • Ear protection (simple ear plugs work)
  • Warm clothing and rain gear if needed.  Layers work very well.
  • Rain boots for muddy walks out into the field to throw
  • Walkie Talkie Radio
    • JH and higher levels should have these already
  • Blank Pistol and ammunition
    • JH and higher levels should plan on purchasing these, if you haven’t already


Sign in

This is a NORCAL Golden Retriever Club training day, so there are no guest fees for Denverton CRTA.  However, if you are not a Denverton CRTA member, you will need to sign a hold-harmless form.   (If you are a member, but have not signed a form this year, you will also need to sign one.)  You will find the hold harmless form here.

Please read the first page AND print out the last page, sign and bring with you.  We also have the regular sign in sheet and I will have a separate one for us with everyone’s name on it.  This separate sign in page is at the kiosk, please find your name on the sign in form, and leave your hold harmless on the clip board behind the sign-in form.  If you are a CRTA member, please still sign in on the separate sign-in sheet with your name on it.



Please stay on the gravel road and do NOT try to drive around puddles on the side of the road.  If you get stuck in the mud and have to have a tow truck come, it is very, very, very expensive and AAA will not come out.  In addition, you are responsible for costs to repair any damage to the grounds due to your vehicle.

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