Ready, Set, Retrieve! 

So you want to teach your dog to hunt?

Retriever Demonstrations
Fri. Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
Marion Square
Corner of Calhoun and King streets
Fri. Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m.
Brittlebank Park
180 Lockwood Blvd.

The Cooper River Retriever Club of South Carolina will be part of a 45-minute demonstration showing the skill level of their hunting dogs. The show will begin with a parade of all the dogs that will be participating in the festivities. Then it's time to "make dirt fly" as club member Tom McKenzie sends out his dog Marty to wind through palm fronds and hay bales looking for four fake birds simultaneously.

This first demo is called a blind retrieve because Marty sees where the first three birds fell, but the fourth is hidden. McKenzie must direct Marty with specific hand signals such as angle back right or left until Marty locates the hidden duck.

After that demonstration, it's time for puppies!

This year the Retriever Club expects to have enough puppies to give the audience an idea on how to begin training their dogs from a young age.

After the show is over, there will be a tent set up with pictures, brochures, and literature. There will also be a Q&A session with the trainers to offer owners training tips and recommend training camps. "It's a lifelong commitment to train these dogs," says McKenzie.

This will be the Cooper River Retriever Club's second year at SEWE, and McKenzie guarantees, "We'll have a good time with it."

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