Retriever Training — ’76 NFC-AFC San Joaquin Honcho

1976 NFC-AFC
San Joaquin Honcho
San Joaquin Honcho
D.O.B.: January 23, 1973
(FC-AFC Trumarc’s Raider x Doxie Gypsy Taurus)
Owner: Judy Weikel

Labrador Retriever ’76 NFC-AFC San Joaquin Honcho (Honcho) came into Judy’s hands when he was not quite two years of age.

Bred by Jim Van Der Sanden, Honcho’s father was FC-AFC Trumarc’s Raider, his mother a Carr-Lab Penrod daughter. He was raised by John Folsom, who, at the time, was working with Rex Carr. Judy had known and liked the dog for some time and purchased him on Carr’s recommendation. At the time, Honcho had virtually no competitive experience, but Rex thought that in Judy’s hands he may have tremendous potential. His belief was well founded.

Rex Carr’s Retriever Training Methods

For more on Rex Carr’s dog training methods, see him with his his student Dave Rorem’s DVD retriever training set here.

Good for hunting retrievers and competitive dog handling. Covers dog training mistakes handlers commonly make in the field. Produced by  who also produce videos such as

  • Jackie Mertens Sound Beginnings Puppy Training DVD
  • Mike Lardy’s Total Retriever Marking DVD
  • Training with Mike Lardy Volume I
    Are you looking to improve your handling skills?
  • Dave Rorem’s Art and Science of Handling Retrievers DVD
  • Mike Lardy’s Total Retriever Training 2nd Edition DVD
  • Mike Lardy’s Total Retriever Marking DVD

Both Judy and Rex recognized two things that convinced them that, as a team, they might be formidable. One, Honcho was a high-rolling dog, but with a degree of tractability and a love of work. Second, Judy loved to work; at one point training seven days a week, week-in and week-out. Together, Judy and Honcho were a well-oiled and effective team in the field.

Honcho has accumulated 142 All-Age points during his competitive career – 74 Open and 68 Amateur.