Yankee Golden Retriever Club



              THE ART OF VST SEMINAR

                    Saturday and Sunday June 23 & 24, 2018

                            University of New Hampshire Campus, Durham, NH

                                                   Primary Presenter:  Ray Desmarais

                                               Please read carefully!   Registration links are at the bottom of this page. 

This seminar is designed for tracking enthusiasts who have achieved a Tracking Dog, Tracking Dog Urban or Tracking Dog Excellent title or are close to that goal, and are working towards a VST.  The seminar will be geared to helping handlers better understand the art of reading their dogs while tracking on a VST test site.  The seminar will consist of both classroom work with a PowerPoint presentation and actual tracking.  Each day all 10 teams will work a VST track of approximately 200-300 yards with various elements.  
The seminar will begin at noon on Saturday and extend into the late evening in order to run the first 10 tracks under evening/nighttime test conditions.  Sunday morning the teams will run another track utilizing head cam video, followed by classroom debriefing and seminar wrap up.  Handlers will take home a copy of their head cam videos on a USB stick. 

Ray Desmarais has trained and handled golden retrievers to 5 VST/CTs, 6 TDXs and numerous TDs.  He is chair of Yankee’s tracking program, and a well-known and popular AKC tracking judge who was asked to judge the 2013 AKC Tracking Invitational.  Ray loves tracking and loves to share his knowledge and experience by teaching seminars.
Registration is limited to 10 dog and handler teams and 20 auditors.  Only one dog per handler is allowed, and due to the complexity of VST, dog and handler teams will be limited to dogs that have already begun variable surface training.  Auditing spots are appropriate for handlers at all levels. 

Meals (a light lunch on Saturday, dinner Saturday evening prior to running the tracks, coffee and scones Sunday morning before running the tracks and brunch during the debriefing late Sunday morning) will be provided, as will beverages and snacks throughout the weekend.  

Questions? Please contact Susan Palius: nicksfriendsusan@yahoo.com or 917-39-6268


Registration priority to YGRC Members until February 15, 2018

Working Teams:     $300 for YGRC members;                $350 for applicants and non-members

Auditors:                  $200 for YGRC members;                $250 for applicants and non-members

All registrations are final!  No fees will be refunded.  

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*to register as a Member: you must use your email address on file with YGRC.

Non-recognized email addresses will be rejected. 

Registration available on February 16th

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