Training

While some trainers have a “one method works for all dogs” approach, we recognize that each dog has a unique personality, and each retriever needs a training program tailored to his or her unique personality and talents.  We are interested in making your dog the best gun dog it can be! 


Most training is basic gun dog training geared towards hunting dogs.  Basic training consist of obedience commands (verbal and whistle), delivery to hand, and collar conditioning to ensure a quick response even at great distances from the handler. While the above training is going on in the yard the dogs are also being carried to the field where their marking ability will be developed. Dogs finishing basic training will be obedient to verbal and whistle commands, deliver birds to hand and be retrieving out to 100 yards or more on land and in water in addition to being steady to the shot.  


After completion of basic training your dog will be able to handle hunting situations, and if interested, should be able to compete at the Junior Hunter level in AKC and Started level in HRC hunt tests and be a pleasure to have in your home.   Normally it takes 4 to 5 months to complete this level of training for a dog that hasn’t had any prior training.  Most of your hunting dogs are trained to this level. However, if you are interested in continuing your dog's training and competing in the dog games at a higher level and your dog is capable of the work, we do offer advanced retriever training.



Advanced training is an advanced retriever program for dogs that have completed the basic retriever program. It normally takes 4 to 6 months to make it through advanced retriever training.  During advanced training your dog will learn a variety of new concepts and strengthen ones that they have already learned. Dogs in the advanced retriever training program will learn 3 handed casting, remote sit, and be forced to the pile. They will learn to retrieve multiple marks and perform blind retrieves. Your dog will also learn the concepts of steadiness, honoring, diversion birds, and walk-ups.  When your dog completes our advanced retriever program it will be able to complete difficult multiple marking concepts, will handle smoothly, be steady, and honor another dog's work. Your dog will be able to handle most situations that may arise in an average days hunt and will have the skills necessary to compete in Seasoned and Senior level hunt test.


Before a dog will be accepted into our training program, it must be at least 5 ½ to 6 months old (once all the adult teeth have come in) and we require documentation that the dog is current with its rabies, parvo, and kennel cough (bordatello) vaccines. Training price is $500 per month,food included, with a $350 non-refundable deposit (which includes a one-time $100 bird fee) required 30 days prior to the date you drop off the dog with the remaining $250 due upon dropping the dog off. We are amateur/part time trainers and only take on a few client dogs a year. This means we do not have hired hands or 12 to 15 dogs in the kennels at a time. What this means for you is that we will be the only one handling your dog and it will get daily attention and training! This is our passion and has been since we were able to walk and help our dad train bird dogs as kids. We love taking a pup and making it into a gun dog and love getting the calls and texts from clients about how well their dogs are doing this season!

 

As we all know, every dog is different. There is nothing written in stone on training dogs and their ability to learn tasks. Therefore, the ability to read and understand a working field dog is crucial in developing a program to bring out their full potential.  Give us a call or email and let's talk dogs!  After talking with you about what you are looking for in a dog, what you are interested in having your dog do and what your overall plan for the dog is; we will better be able to come up with a training plan that will be the most beneficial for you and your dog.

 

To reserve a training spot for your dog, contact


Nathan Wilson at:

 

(417) 773-0718 Marshall, MO


Cody Wilson at:


(417) 773-0717 Rogersville, MO

 

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