Tejas Hunting Retriever Club

26 Years in the Making

Club Officers

Club President; Robert Delperdang

Club Vice President : Clint Zentic

 

 


Lois  – 
Secretary

It all began with just one dog! Sarah was our first puppy and she became the perfect family dog.  I had other ambitions from the start and when we had our first litter, I chose her best daughter to discover everything Labrador. I began in obedience and then stepped into the conformation ring.  It was when I saw my girl retrieve her first duck that I knew where the Labrador was meant to be.  I joined Tejas to further my field work and gain the support of the best people in the dog world.  I enjoy being outside and even the mud and the rain are bearable because the dogs love it. I still participate in all AKC events and breed occasionally.  Our registered kennel name is Yellowtale and all the dogs live in the house. I have 4 grown children, 3 grandchildren and have been a stay-at-home mom and army wife.  I am an Air Force veteran, have a Liberal Arts degree and have been married to Patrick for 35 years.

 

Dale  – Treasurer

I grew up in Houston and work for a small construction company specializing in industrial heat treat equipment. My wife (Pam ) and I have been married since 1984; we have three wonderful children (two daughters and a son) all grown and a beautiful Granddaughter and Grandson.    Pam and I have had dogs all of our married life and have been working with retrievers since 2009.  We have four Labs, Gracie’s, Brody, Halle and Risen.

I enjoy Dog Training, Dove and Waterfowl hunting. We attend service at Christ's Mercy Church.

 

As club officers we are dedicated to helping each other grow as dog trainers and handlers.  We are proud and honored to serve Tejas HRC Club. 

Officer Contact: Dale

Other Committees

Training Coordinator

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Dale

 






 Training Principles

Retriever training is a team effort; you are the coach, and as such you must lead the team.  Successful training is determined not only by the dog's ability, but also the trainer's ability, attitude, the time and effort you are willing to put in and giving your dog a variety of places to train.

1. Be sure that your retriever keeps a good attitude.  When they become worried their performance will diminish, use praise (especially when teaching something new).  Some retrievers get overly excited if too much praise is given, in that case praise on, praise off.
2. Learn to read and understand your retriever’s behavior while training.  Ask yourself why he/she did that.  Mix up your training actions and response to build a successful retriever. Be sure not to blame the dog when they don't perform as expected, a good trainer will take the time and work it out with them . . . simplify the training task.
3. Vary your training days and be careful not to overtrain or expect immediate results from your retriever.  Training takes perseverance; remember your dog deserves a day off, and so do you.
4. It is very important to maintain control of your temper toward the dog.  They get corrected because they broke the standards set before them.  Do not train when you are angry, neither you nor your dog will perform to your highest potential.
5. Most importantly teach your retriever before using the collar.  Use the collar to reinforce what you already taught.  Never collar correct the dog before you give a command.  The proper way is: "Sit." (nick) "Sit."  Be sure the dog thoroughly understands the command before using the collar.  If you have any doubt, do not give your retriever a collar correction.
6. Establish and maintain a standard.  The dog must know what is expected of him/her.  This is the fair way to train. Remember dog’s can have bad days; just as you do.
7. Your retriever is not out to “get” you - dogs do not think that way.  They make mistakes and may look for an easy way out, but that’s in their nature.
8. If your dog did something right, so did you.
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