I'm very pleased to present my Training Manual
Setting Up For Success

78 Copies sold in 2018
(That equals 78 trained hunting dogs)

Setting Up For Success is a unique concept that combines video and text into one platform. You can read a particular chapter and then click on the adjoining video clip that will allow you to actually see how a particular task is achieved.

It's the next best thing to being in the field with an experienced handler.

I will help you train that sock chewing puppy to become a wonderful hunting partner that will hunt with YOU as a team.
And, if you want to refine your spaniels skills even more, I explain the mechanics of Spaniel Field Trials and how even you can be competitive in this sport.

This 12 chapter training manual will guide you along every step of the way with demonstrations on bird planting techniques. The last chapters describe the inner workings of a field trial and  explain what judges are looking for. Judging score sheets are broke down item by item and I explain exactly what a judge is looking for and how to train to that end. Helping you achieve some of those seemingly impossible tasks.

All successful handlers and trainers have acquired their knowledge from numerous sources and have combined various techniques. This should not be your only source for spaniel training. Keep an open mind and pay close attention to what is successful with others and adapt accordingly. Just be sure to remain consistent in what you are asking of you dog.



Here's what others are saying

Marty Knibbs
Marty Knibbs is one of the most respected Spaniel trainer and handler in North America.
His many accomplishments include 6 National Spaniel All Age wins, 16 National All Age placements, recipient of the Hogan Award, and 6 High-point All Age Spaniel awards. He has judged many trials including all the Springer and Cocker National Field trials on both sides of the border.

Hey Gerry good to hear from you.

"What a project you undertook here.
Super job!
This will really help interest people and certainly will create good trained companions/ hunting dogs and competitive trial dogs.
There is nothing I have read or seen out there like this.
Great job!
Thanks for letting me take a look." 

Jeff Miller  
Owner of Blackriver Kennels
Jeff is one the most successful Spaniel handlers in North America.
Among Jeff's many accomplishment he has won 10 Spaniel National Championships over his career, as of 2016, including Blackriver's Tanner who won the 2016 U.S. Open Spaniel National Championship, U.S. National Amateur Spaniel   Championship and the Canadian Open National  Spaniel Championship  as well as the Canadian Amateur National Spaniel Championship.
"I read your book and I found it very good.
Very pleased to see that you did not include shock collars.
I could have used this book 40 years ago!"
Bill Cosgrove
Owner of Ivanhoe Kennels
Bill is a nationally renowned trainer and handler of English Springer Spaniels, with more than 20 years of experience. Bill has been awarded more than 100 ribbons and prizes, including national awards and championships in AKC Performance Events.
"This is a very well done, easy to follow, step - by - step of developing a pup all way up to field trials. Of course hunters and hunt test enthusiasts will benefit greatly from Mr. Babin's careful instructions and video demonstrations."
"The sequential approach is the right one, and Mr. Babin gives tips on how to avoid problems and confusion in your dog; as he takes you through the progressions."
"I have pretty much seen and read everything out there and I would put this product right at the top of your list of required reading."
"His videos are really well done. A great tool for newbie's and puppy owner's starting out. It is like a training manual with illustrations that - when you click them; become short video clips."

"Another thing is he gets into trialing - which is a subject that a lot of other books and video talk down."
Bill McCaffrey
Owner of Springers of Narvin
Bill grew up with Springers and in 2011 his little female Lady Caramel clinched the Canadian National Spaniel Championship. Breeding top quality Springers he is a highly competitive trainer and handler as well as a dedicated hunter.

"Mr. Babin is half the brains behind my National champion. He has been one of my mentors and I owe a lot of my success to him. He has already been there and done that!"
"Thank you

"This is a great instructional video book for someone starting out and looking for a reference guide."


Casey Sajdak
Pro trainer/Handler from Vermont Owner and handler of National Open Field Trial Champion Mountain Evens Raeve


"You're giving away all our secrets!"


Price ----$30.00

Setting Up For Success is a download file and will work on all platforms.
I tried 3 different types of e-book programs and after months of aggravation I found that .PDF format was the best option.
You should install Adobe Acrobat Reader for the best results. (a free download)

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About the Author

Gerry purchased his first English Springer Spaniel in 1982 as a family pet and hunting dog. He soon joined a local Spaniel club and quickly realized the value of a trained hunting dog. His involvement in Spaniel Field Trials has brought him to the forefront of Spaniel activities in Canada. As a member of the Canadian Kennel Club he sat on the Spaniel Council for over 20 years where Spaniel Field Trial Rules and Regulations are developed and applied as well Gerry is an accredited Spaniel Field Trial Judge. Belonging to the Sudbury and District Kennel Club he sat on the board of directors and was the clubs webmaster for over 20 years. He has held positions of Field Trial Chairman and Field Trial Secretary thus sharing the duties and having direct control over events. Gerry has always promoted the English Springer Spaniel as the ULTIMATE HUNTING DOG and if he is not in the field training his Spaniels, you'll find him and his Spaniels out in the woods of Northern Ontario hunting Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock hunting. His commitment to the breed has resulted in the formation of Grousevalley Springers where he breeds the occasional litter of quality English Springer Spaniels one of which has sired the 2011 National Champion. Feeling that new puppy owners know very little about the proper training of a hunting Spaniel he handed out training tips and encouraged new owners to join the club. In order for these new owners to get the most enjoyment from their Spaniels he decided to put together a training manual "Setting Up For Success" in which he takes you step by step from the sock chewing puppy to a wonderful controlable hunting companion. The final chapter will bring you into the workings of a Spaniel Field Trial and prepare you for this great sport if you should so desire to pursue such an endeavour.
Gerry has championed numerous Field Trial Champions 6 of which were his own family pets and hunting partners. As well, he has trained and handled CFC Springville Imperial Sweeper along with Marty Knibbs to become the 2001 # 1 Canadian High-Point Spaniel, CFC Springville Jake 1988 #2 Canadian High-Point Spaniel and CFC Grousevalley Trucker (Tucker) 2013 Ontario High-Point Spaniel.

Trixie becomes Field Trial Champion and her pup Smokey wins the puppy stake
and later becomes Field Trial Champion