This isn't an ordinary training program, it is a commitment! As in anything, we start with the basics. Each potential Gun Dog that enters our program will be evaluated, not only for temperament and intellect, but also for drive and focus. As with all of our dogs, training begins with basic obedience plus... This means we train them in commands and manners while also testing how they react to major factors that they will encounter during a hunt. This includes but is not limited to water play, chase, retrieval, smells, gunfire and drive test (is picking up a bird something they really want to do ?) These types of introductions are extremely important and should only be attempted by a professional. By the end of their basic obedience, we will be able to tell you if your dog has the drive to continue in the Gun Dog Program.
The Gun Dog Program itself is a 4-6 month minimum program that will produce a gentleman/lady gun dog who will perform all tasks that will be needed during hunting seasons. They will learn to retrieve singles on both land and water up to 70 yards. They will be exposed to boats, blinds, stands, trucks, four wheelers, decoys duck calls and gunfire... They will be introduced to anything that they could possibly encounter in the field, which will give them the best tools they need to perform their job. When your dog graduates this program, they will be steady to shot, go when sent, retrieve the fallen birds and deliver the birds to your hand. All you have to do is add water and hit what you are aiming at!
The Competition Gun Dog is the ultimate Gun Dog. Dogs compete across the country to obtain titles and boost their pedigrees for breeding programs. This level of training involves 6-8 months for extensive training and tests, depending on what your goals are. These dogs will be taught to mark falling birds and retrieve multiple kills. They will also be able to retrieve a fall that they haven't seen (called a blind) with the aid of whistle and hand signals. In addition, they will be de-cheated in water to ensure a straight line to the bird instead of running the bank in order to stay dry. These dogs will be able to run a AKC Senior Level hunt test all the way up to Master. This level of training requires much patience and dedication for both trainers and owners as each dog learns differently. If you enjoy competitions of all kinds, be prepared to get hooked! There is nothing more exciting than picking up awards and showing them off to family and friends!
Retrievers are man's best friend come fall! THis program builds the best hunting buddy that you could want in 4-6 months.
A longer and more challenging program is needed to compete where the Top Dogs of the Country play! Once completing this program, your pup will be ready to enter in competitions locally and nation wide.
In this program, your puppy will receive all the indoor and socialization training that our Puppy Program provides. Only difference is we also try and Build the Drive that your dog will need to be an effective Gun Dog. the first month may be expensive, but raising puppies is an all day job... Building a hunter?... Well, that is the fun part!