DOG TRAINING & BOARDING

  

Obedience and/or field training fee is currently $500.00 per month + expenses (boarding, birds, Frontline, Heart Guard, specialty food, groomings, vet fees, and baths.  Daily or weekly training fees is $25/day + expenses.

I starting my dog training in 1984, I have trained most every breed of dog – from flushers to pointers. With field dogs, I am not fond of starting gun dog training until about 6-9 months old. In addition, six months of age may be too soon for a great deal of obedience training if the dog is ‘soft’ or immature. Too much pressure too soon can negatively affect the way the dog reacts later in the training process. But an introduction to the lead, hup, and heel can and should be done regardless. This, coupled with group runs and giving the dog a chance to learn and develop it’s natural hunting instincts is very crucial and beneficial in the first year, having a positive affect on the maturing process. It’s a great time to really develop confidence and mold their natural abilities.

  

 

I feel that gun dog training takes a minimum of three to four months, sometimes it may be necessary for an extra month for dogs that are slower to advance or have had very little training before they arrive. 

In the program I teach the basics of waterfowl and upland hunting, and obedience. It is my objective that by the end of the program, the dog will lay down beside a duck blind, go out and hunt up a bird that he can see fall, and retrieve it to hand. The dog will also be started on quartering, flushing and retrieving for upland birds, learn the basic obedience commands - heel (on and off leash), sit, stay, down and come when called.

I provide a high quality, positive learning experience for dogs and their owners.

It is my goal that during the first month the dogs will learn their basic obedience, to hold and walk with a bumper, and be force trained to pick up the bumper on command. This is the basis of mouth control in the retriever. They are introduced to the gun and learn to retrieve a bird, and deliver it to hand, in the heel position. I also teach proper water delivery, to come up out of the water, sit, and deliver the bird to hand, before shaking off (seasonal.)  At the end of the first month, if I am not satisfied with your dog's progress, I will call you to come up to observe and you can decide if you want to continue your dog's training.

During the next two months the dogs are taken out to different locations to learn to retrieve birds in simulated hunting situations. They are worked on retrieving ducks over decoys in the water (seasonal), and taught to flush and retrieve live birds for upland hunting. The dogs are trained five days a week with some Saturdays scheduled for training visits with your dog along with you at my side.  And I am off on Sundays.  I use a choke chain and leash to teach obedience and the electronic collar to reinforce known commands. I find that the use of the electronic collar is the most effective method to teach the dogs that they must come when they are called in all situations, and to stay within gun range during upland hunting. 

I recommend you leave the dog the first month with no visits from you so your dog can become familiar with me and accustomed to the environment. During the next two months I like you to come up for two to three scheduled training sessions, where I will work with you and your dog together, instructing you in obedience and how to handle your dog in the field.

 

 
 

     

 

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