We take the training that your dog has learned and move forward to working in the field. We show your retriever how to retrieve on command and be steady until sent, how to hunt, find birds in cover, and how to reliably return your birds to hand. We apply this to both land and water. This process takes approximately one month, but can vary from dog to dog. Once your dog understands the process then we begin to introduce him or her to a variety of hunting upland and waterfowl scenarios. From layout blinds, out of cornfields in dog blinds, to hunting on a dog stand in cattails, and a boat on the water. With several types of duck and goose calls, decoys, shotgun fire and live birds. We usually do this on Saturday so our clients can come out and get in on the action! Our goal is to try and familiarize your retriever with as many different set-ups as possible so that they can be comfortable in any setting that you might choose to hunt your dog in.
We start out with the dogs that are through obedience, are steady (does not break sit command) when bird is shot, retrieves and brings birds to back automatically without prompting involving various hunting scenarios. The first part of your pet's stay we will start with basic commands: SIT, HERE, KENNEL, HEEL, PLACE. We will work on leash and then transition off leash then advance. The basic obedience is our foundation needed to advance and building blocks for the next stage of training. We move to hold, drop, and fetch bumpers and birds on command. This sets the foundation for more advanced training for your dog. Your dog learns to heel in, sit by your side and deliver the bird to your hand. The purpose of force fetch is to prevent your dog from chewing, playing, destroying the bird. We train with a combination of dead and live birds because you hunt birds not bumpers. This process takes about a month.
This is our most popular program. It runs about 3 to 4 months and starts with obedience and ends with the novice gun dog training. We understand most owners do not have the time that is needed to train their hunting partner. We offer a diverse in-kennel training programs were we board, feed, and train you dog to your families performance goals. Whether you are looking for family pet, weekend hunting buddy, a grouse dog for up in northern Minnesota, to pheasant hunting in South Dakota or water fowling in North Dakota.