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ChocolatesAbout Mountain Valley Retriever Training Club

Objectives | Area of operation | Club officers

The sport of working retrievers is a joy to watch. All you have to do is look at the excitement on the faces of the dogs as they run through the fields or dive into the water to perform their retrieves!

You have probably seen or heard our members and their dogs at Christie's and if you are interested in finding out a little more about what it is that we are doing with our dogs, please take the time to view our website. If at anytime you have questions, contact one of our executive and we'd be happy to respond.

About retrievers

All breeds of dogs were bred to do a job. To do a good job, a dog needs the temperament suited to that job and conformation that makes it easier to do.

In order to ensure we continue to breed good quality retrievers, we train and test them performing their jobs.

In our club you will find excellent examples of all six breeds of retrievers; Labradors, Goldens, Flat-coated, Curly coated, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling and Chesepeake Bay. Also included are Irish Water Spaniels and Poodles.

A good retriever should be keen to work and under excellent control. The dog's job is to "mark the fall" and fetch by running out to the area in a straight line. Alternately, the dog may be "handled" or directed to a location where there is a "blind retrieve" (the dog hasn't seen the fall). The retrieves are done both on land and water and the dog is to disturb as little cover and wildlife as possible.

Retrievers are controlled by whistles. Usually one toot means sit (or tread water), and two toots means to return to the handler. You can find someone training several mornings a week, and almost certainly on Saturday mornings. The training process is interesting to watch: listen for the whistle and you will know where to go!


Our objectives

  1. To promote and encourage the breeding and training of the recognized retriever breeds.
  2. To promote and encourage the amateur retriever trainer and handler.
  3. To promote and encourage the amateur stake at licensed field trials.
  4. To hold a licensed Field Trial, Hunt Test, and Working Certificate Tests.
  5. To promote and encourage the maintenance and development of suitable areas for retriever training.

Area of operation

Mountain Valley Retriever Training Club's "area of operation" (as defined by its constitution and by the Canadian Kennel Club) is the geographical area of the new City of Hamilton (before 1 January 2001, this was the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth). This City lies at the western end of Lake Ontario, and includes the previous (before 1 January 2001) cities of Hamilton and Stoney Creek, and towns of Dundas, Glanbrook, Flamborough, and Ancaster; the last three areas are largely rural. In 1996, the Mountain Valley Retriever Training Club was host of the National Amateur Retriever Trial.


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