The Great Lakes AWSC (GLAWSC) is an American Water Spaniel club that formed in 1993 to offer field training opportunities to American Water Spaniel enthusiasts. In 2012 the club became licensed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as a Performance Club. GLAWSC is not a specialty club in the eyes of the AKC but given that all but a few members own AWS for all practical purposes it is. The GLAWSC is able to host AKC Spaniel Hunt Tests and primarily addresses the needs of AWS hunting enthusiasts. Although the club has members in various parts of the country, its principal activities have taken place in Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin. It has additional goals of providing helpful information to AWS enthusiasts and recognizing AWS for their achievements in venues such as hunt tests, obedience and agility trials, and dog shows.
The club provides regularly scheduled field (hunting dog) training days throughout the year and occasional field training seminars. Its primary focus is on the development of the American Water Spaniel (AWS) as a versatile hunting dog capable of performing as well on a waterfowl hunt as it will in the uplands. Field training sessions are customized for each dog and all who attend work together to help one another bring out the best in our AWS companions. Training includes field elements such as general retrieving skills, bird introduction, water retrieves, flushing, and even obedience.
The Great Lakes AWSC goes a bit beyond being simply a field training club though and gives back to the AWS community as a whole by supporting AWS rescue efforts and contributing to reasonable AWS health initiatives. It also provides health news that may affect the AWS community through a variety of sources including the AKC Canine Health Foundation podcasts. Click on the link below to gain access to those podcasts. Through its newsletter, The Journal, the Great Lakes AWSC tries to stay in touch with its members and keep them informed of what is happening in both the AWS and canine community.
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