We have several levels of retriever training available as well as other services to benefit you and your dog. Tell us what you would like to see from your canine and we will cater the best we can. We specialize in retrieving breeds for hunting and competition. Below is our list of services and training programs:
Please note that all dogs are different and learn as such. Training times listed are average and each dog will progress through training as they show proficiency at each level. Your dog will never be rushed through any stage of its training. We strive to create a dog that performs with elegance and style; one that you can depend on each time a command is given. You will receive regular evaluation of your dogs’ progress.
All training fees includes daily training, boarding, food (Purina Pro Plan Performance), free time to play and socialize, and weekly updates with pictures and/or videos.
**The best results occur when the owner attends monthly training sessions (family day) during the time of your dogs’ stay. The owner can be shown what your dog has learned and how to handle their newly learned skills.
1 - 2 Month(s)
Dog will learn proper heeling (on and off leash), sit, stay, kennel and here or come. There will be no more pulling on the leash during walks! If whistle training and e-collar conditioning is desired, it can be incorporated. Daily nature walks.
Basic Retriever Training
1 - 5 months
Incorporates obedience training.
This is where it all begins. I use the foundation built during obedience training to teach your dog the skills necessary for a successful career as hunter or competitor. During this time your dog will learn the basics of marking and handling. Marks will be thrown on land and water that help build a positive attitude and strong desire to retrieve. The process of Conditioned Hold is taught to my basics dogs. Armed with this knowledge it is possible for each dog to learn the basics of running land blinds and handling.
Upon successful completion of our Basic retriever training program your dog will be ready to compete at the AKC junior hunt test level and take waterfowl hunting.
Intermediate Retriever Training
Additional 1 - 3 months
This level is for the owner who is a hardcore waterfowl hunter or the hunt test competitor who wants to run upper level tests. Your dog will learn multi-bird scenarios on varying terrain (both land and water) as well as the ability to handle on the water.
Dogs that successfully complete this level of training would be ready to compete at the senior level of AKC hunt tests or will certainly be the envy of anyone in the waterfowl blind.
Advanced Retriever Training
Times vary with each dog
This is the path to a “finished” retriever; one who can compete at Field trials, master level hunt tests and gets his or her own invitations to waterfowl hunt. Training is geared extensively toward competition with complex scenarios incorporating terrain, distance as well as other factors that typically only competitions present.
Dogs at this level are truly amazing to watch and even better to own.
Note: training time are approximate and can vary by numerous factors. I work hard to keep open lines of communication with owners on their dogs progress. It is my sincere goal to provide you with a dog that is the pride of any owner and one that any handler will gladly stand beside, whether at the line, in the field, or on the marsh.
Field Trial/Hunt Test
$75 a test plus travel expenses based on truck occupancy.
We attend AKC competitions throughout the year in the Mid-Atlantic Region and run dogs at all levels. If you are interested in your dog competing we will take care of entering your dog, transporting them to the tests, and handling them.
If your dog has been through our training program we will help get your dog ready for the upcoming hunting season. Contact us so we can evaluate what you and your dog need.
Train the Trainer
Do you need some one-on-one help with training your dog? We can provide private sessions to help you and your dog. These sessions will be charged by the hour. Please contact us for more information.