Your Retriever can begin Gun Dog training as early as 6-9 months of age.
In our program, we teach the basics of waterfowl hunting and obedience. It is our objective that by the end of the program, your dog will work from a duck blind, go out and hunt up a bird that he can see fall, and retrieve it to hand. Your dog will also learn our kennels obedience commands - Here, Heel, Sit, No Sit, Wait, Quiet, Drop, Kennel & Out.
Ideally, during the first two months the dogs will learn their basic obedience. At the beginning of the 3rd month, he/she will then proceed to be force trained to pick up the bumper on command. He/she will then be introduced to the gun, learn to retrieve a bird, and deliver it to hand, in the heel position. We also teach proper water delivery, to come up out of the water, sit, and deliver the bird to hand, before shaking off.
At the end of the first month, if we are not satisfied with your dog's desire to work or if he/she has made very little progress, we will call you to come up to observe and you can decide if you want to continue your dog's training.
The dogs are taken out to different locations to learn to retrieve birds in simulated hunting situations. They will work on retrieving ducks over decoys in the water and on land. Several days per week the dogs are loaded into their own kennel compartment on the dog truck, and transported to different fields and wetlands, where they are worked individually.
We use a choke chain and leash to teach obedience and then an electronic collar to reinforce known commands. We 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 hunting.
After daily training each dog is allowed to unwind on one of our 6 dog yards. The dogs are out and about most all day every day. We put them in their kennels at dinner time and for the night. During inclement weather, the dogs are brought into our indoor kennel building, where they can enjoy some free time or rest. Unlike other training kennels, we do not force the dogs to stay in a enclosed kennel all day. We believe that they need free time to unwind and just be a dog.
We do not recommend any visits with your dog for the first 3 weeks. That way he/ she can become familiar with our trainers and accustomed to the kennel environment. We encourage you to come out for scheduled training sessions, where we will work with you and your dog together, instructing you in obedience and how to handle your dog in the field.
The cost is $750.00 per month.
We require payment in advance and then we will bill you accordingly. Your dog's training fee includes boarding, feeding of a premium quality diet, and birds (ducks).
***Please understand that we are at the kennel with the dogs most all day every day, it is very hard for us to answer phone calls due to the noise level. Please send a text message to Jennifer at 225-445-5012 or send an email to get a quicker response.