1) You can evaluate dogs up on the prairies so much better. When he returns from a summer on the prairies, you should have a good idea of what his potential is, and should know whether he is worth continued training on as a field trial prospect or that he has achieved his full potential as a hunting dog.
2) Your dog will benefit by being worked on wild birds and being taught to ground pattern. It is so much easier for them to learn how to handle wild birds with ample bird contacts. The open area allows you to be in visual contact with them even at great distances.
3) Problems in dogs are a lot easier to recognize and deal with on the prairies. Because you can see the dog most of the time, the dog's mistake can be corrected and they will not develop bad habits that cannot be corrected.
4) Days are long. Weather is cool and the terrain is open. Lots of wild birds, easy to smell and will hold for young dogs. This means your dog gets worked more often in better conditions in a place where he can be seen most of the time.
5) Conditioning is easy to maintain once you have a dog in top shape...and that will make your dog more fun and competitive for fall trials or hunting.
6) At my camp everyone is welcome to come see their dog. It is a good time for owners that love working and looking at dogs.
I have a few openings for the trip north. I will be heading for my summer camp near Baker, MT (13,000+acre ranch) in mid-July and return end of September. Arrangements can be made to pick up dogs on my route north.
A few 2015-216 amateur and open trial winners that participated in last year's summer/fall training included: Sandhill Trig, Ridgeway's Pennyline, Ridgeway's Nobleman, Rocky Knoll Jackson, Rocky Knoll Annie and Spencer's Rambling Lawman.
Please feel free to contact me at (478) 972-1764 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your prospect and the training opportunities.
Thank you for your consideration.