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Elementary Spaniel Field Training.
Ralph C. Craig. Published by ASC

An introduction into the basics of Field training

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Elementary Spaniel Field Training


Training Tips For The American Spaniel Club, Spaniel Working Tests And AKC Hunt Tests
Edited by Ruth Tabaka. Published by The American Spaniel Club

These tips are to help in preparing your dog for a Working Dog or Working Dog Excellent test and on to the AKC Hunt tests. The principles have been gleaned from years of teaching what leading authorities have set down. You will be proud when you have educated and developed a fine gun dog capable of using his abilities in the field.

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The Steadying Process
By Paul Kinney
Reprinted by ASC in 2005 with permission from Paul Kinney

Throughout the training processing, the most technical response we will ask of the dog is to be steady. It is an unnatural response that goes against every other thing we ask of the dog. Because it so technical, it is very important that it is done correctly as not to affect some of the other traits of the dog. The process will develop all the natural abilities the Spaniel has been bred to do for many years and will insure that you and your hunting companions will safely retrieve more game, in a manner that will honor all the previous trainers and breeders who have dedicated countless hours to breed the most versatile hunting dog ever.

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The Steadying Process


Working Gundogs: An Introduction to Training and Handling. (2nd ed. reprint). Martin Deeley. Published by The Crowood Press, c1993. ISBN: 1852237643

An explanation of the techniques to train spaniels and retrievers as working gundogs, this book should be of interest to the novice and experienced gundog handler, taking the reader from choice to forming a working team with the dog. Also discussed are the benefits of training classes, requirements of the shoot, and throughout there is an emphasis of understanding the psychology and needs of the dog.
Working Gundogs: An Introduction to Training and Handling


HUP! Training Flushing Spaniels the American Way. James B. Spencer. Published by Hungry Minds, Inc; c1992. ISBN: 0876056206 (2nd edition published by Alpine Publications, c2002. ISBN: 157779043X )

The book everybody seems to want is Hup!: Training Flushing Spaniels the American Way, by James Spencer. And it is indeed an outstanding book on field training (despite his inaccurate claim that there are no Cocker Spaniels that still hunt)! Unfortunately, it has been out of print for some time now, though there are usually a few used copies available. The 2nd edition of Hup!: Training Flushing Spaniels the American Way came out in late 2002. Its main drawback is that it is a special order, and it can take as much as a month or more before you actually receive it. (Reviewed by Ruth Ginzberg)
HUP! Training Flushing Spaniels the American Way.


Problem Gun Dogs: How to Identify and Correct Their Faults. Bill Tarrant. Published by Stackpole Books, c1992. ISBN: 0811713741

Veteran trainer and hunter Bill Tarrant goes beyond simple gun dog training and teaches handlers how to correct flaws in a dog's behavior in the field. He first explains how to "read" a dog--how to identify faults such as hard mouth and gun shyness--and then prescribes solutions for problems specific to each of the three major classifications of gun dogs--bird dogs, retrievers, and flushers.
Problem Gun Dogs: How to Identify and Correct Their Faults.


Urban Gun Dog Training Flushing Dogs for Home and Field. Anthony Z. Roettger and Benjamin H. Schleider III

This book was written with the urban dog owner who would like to use their spaniel for hunting or who wishes to use their dog in field tests. Perfect for our little compact breed. Most cocker spaniel owners because of the cocker size do reside in an urban setting. Anthony Roettger is an accomplished professional trainer. Owner of Roettger Ridge Kennel and training facility. He has put many field titles on dogs and has trained other handlers and their dogs to do the same. Benjamin (“Chip”) H. Schleider, an amateur dog trainer, is an aerospace executive and retired army lieutenant who years ago wanted to get back into hunting with dogs. Living in an urban setting Chip wasn’t quite sure how. He found a true asset in Anthony and Roettger Ridge Kennel. Together Tony and Chip have developed a program has successfully put hunt titles on his dogs. This book was written for people who live in an urban setting, have little working dog training experience, an seek to hunt with or gain hunt test titles with their flushing dogs. It has a very easy to follow format. Urban Gun Dog Training Flushing Dogs for Home and Field is a great resource for any level of training. (Reviewed and recommend by Kaye Bennett)
Urban Gun Dog Training Flushing Dogs for Home and Field.


High On Hunting Spaniels. Published by AKC.
Explains in detail the AKC's Hunting Test For Flushing Spaniels. Unlike Spaniel Field Trials, this Hunting Program is designed to evaluate and grade a Spaniels' hunting abilities against written hunting standards, not against each other.

May be ordered from the AKC Store.
High On Hunting Spaniels.


Form Follows Function. Published by Falmouth Video Productions.

The Form Follows Function video shows the relationship of the breed standard to the original (working) function of the Cocker Spaniel. An illustration of the standard in action!

The video can be ordered from Trish A Jackson 1867 Owego Hill Rd. Cortland NY 13045 (607) 835-6844
Form Follows Function


Pet Training Through Retrieving
For puppies and young dogs.
Martin Deeley

This tape based on Martin's experience with hunting dogs explains how you can exercise and train your dog using retrieving. He has used this technique and approach to train many non-hunting as well as hunting breeds and helped dog clubs and his clients develop beneficial retrieving skills in their dogs.

Retrieving is a natural skill with most dogs especially if encouraged as a pup. It is a great reward to a dog and can help and support you in fun training your family companion. Coming when called, ignoring other animals and distractions, developing attention to you, and mostly enjoying life together, this tape will help you create a companion that loves being with you and be a partner for life.

A gem of a tape! Takes you through the initial training of a puppy all the way to a 100 yard retrieve. (120 min)

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Pet Training Through Retrieving

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News on the Cataract Research Project - Updated 12/31/2016



This is a quote I love with regard to volunteering - “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

Needless to say in an all-volunteer organization like the American Spaniel Club and the American Spaniel Club Foundation, volunteers make a vital difference because neither organization would exist without dedicated volunteers. Simply stated -- volunteers are essential for the health and well-being of both Clubs and ultimately our beloved flushing spaniels.

Studies show that there are six main reasons people volunteer: to make a difference in others’ lives; to support an organization or cause; to learn something new; to develop personally or professionally; to feel better about themselves; and to meet people. In other words, volunteering is personal. Advertisements that simply state an organization needs volunteers are not generally successful and I know ASC and ASCF have both found that to be true. However, just think if you could make a difference, support a cause you love (cocker spaniels and the other flushing breeds), feel good in accomplishing an important goal, and meet other people who also love spaniels, wouldn’t you want to volunteer?

As the ASC Board announced at the National Specialty in July, ASC has embarked on a strategic plan to make ASC stronger and more relevant in today’s world of pure bred dogs. There are many areas in which ASC needs help – ASC communications, including a new breed magazine, social media, the new website, breeders education, judges education and public education; membership development and events; marketing; branding; national conformation and performance events; and field events. To accomplish this strategic plan a wide variety of volunteers are needed.

I know ASC has an amazingly talented membership with diverse experiences and expertise that can help ASC accomplish its strategic goals. Accordingly, ASC would like to be sure its knows about your expertise and interests. In ASC’s Annual Mailing, which everyone should have received by now, and on the ASC website and by survey monkey, there is a Volunteer Interest Form. PLEASE fill out the form and return it to either Dee Torgerson Rismyhr or Laurie Foley. From the Annual Mailing, Laurie has already received a number of completed forms. Thank you to those members for your immediate response, but we need a response from everyone!

To give one's time and talent for a good cause is a special feeling. And to see what a group like ASC’s membership can accomplish will be amazing. WON’T YOU HELP? WON”T YOU VOLUNTEER?

I am always open to hearing your thoughts, so email me anytime at lmoore@estesokon.com

January 2016 - UPDATED NEWS ON Cocker Spaniel Cataract Research 

View Dr. Aguirre's Presentation on Cataracts & His Research Project

ASC and ASCF Join forces to Fund Cocker Spaniel Cataract Research !!

Click HERE to Make a tax-deductible donation NOW to the genetic cataract research project - Please Support our Cockers!!