What is your dog eating, How Much, and When?
* Available at Tractor Supply ( online), Chewy, and Amazon.
Your dog is eating 3 cups a day, in the morning. This amount will probably change throughout your dog's lifetime. You may need to feed more or less as your dog gets older.
Once home, if your dog doesn't eat his /hers allotted amount or picks at it for the first few days, this is normal. *Try feeding your dog in a less distracting environment or their crate.
Est. Crate and Collar Size?
Medium to Large Ruff Land Crate.
For a direct link to their website, please see our Recommendations page. If you don't like or want a Ruff Land crate, then any hard-sided plastic crate will do. We do not recommend wire crates. It is extremely important that you bring a crate for pick up.
17 -19 inch ID collar ( please bring an ID collar with your contact information on it ) A ID collar can be fabric, leather etc.
20-22 Inch medium fine Herm Sprenger metal collar and a six-foot standard leash.
Your Dog's Favorite's Are:
Regular Treats: Pupperoni, Zukes Training Treats, Biscuits
High Value Treats : Chicken, Bacon and Cheese
Favorite Toys: Tennis Balls, Kongs, Elk and Deer Antler Chews
Preferred Petting: Ears, Belly and Back
Recommended Reading Materials and Training Videos:
Tips and Training Videos for Head Starts, Companions and Gun Dogs The Koehler Method of Dog Training ~ By Koehler
Retriever Training for the Duck Hunter ~ By Robert Milner
Retriever Hunt Test ~ By James Spencer
Training Retrievers to Handle ~ By D.L and Ann Walters
Training Retrievers: The Cotten Pershall Method~ By Bobby N. George Jr.
The New Knowledge of Dog Behavior ~ By Clarence Pfaffenberger
Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog ~ By John Paul Scott and John L Fuller
The Dog's Mind ~ By Bruce Fogle
Retriever Training Guru Style~ By Keith Mathews ( DVD) What It's Like To Be A Dog and Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience ~ Gregory Berns Animals in Translation ~ Temple Grandin
Information for Training, Weekend or Overnight Visits:
Flea, Tick, Heart Worm Prevention and Vaccination Information :
Prevention care is given on the first of each month.
We primarily use Revolution, Frontline, Sentinel, Seresto Collars, and Heartguard.
Please check with your veterinarian for recommended products for your area.
September 18,2022 : Field trips to Edinboro, Cambridge and Mckean for town exposure and higher traffic. We are working on all of our skill sets at each new location.
September 4,2022 : Obedience lessons in down town Edinboro, trips to the ice cream stand, and tractor supply .
August 26, 2022: Field trips with car rides ( crate and uncrated ) to Edinboro and the University. Working on skill in new and busy locations.
August 1- 19, 2022: Formal obedience lessons, down and down stay lessons, off leash obedience, and field trips
May 14th-June 10th: Brandy is working on her Recall and starting to go on field trips. She enjoys overnight visits to staff members home.
May 1st- May 14th : Brandy is continuing to work on off leash obedience and sit stays. She is also working on crate lessons.
April 2nd – April 30th : Brandy is working on intro to off leash obedience, adventures to staff members homes. She also enjoys evening fun retrieves and walks around the ponds.
March 26th-April 2nd : Ruby is working on long sit stays, and home etiquette lessons.
March 19-26th : Ruby is continuing to work on obedience lessons, and also sit stays with cat distractions.
February 19-March 19th : Apologies for the delay. we have been having intermittent website difficulties. It should be fixed now. Your pup has been working on home etiquette lessons and is going on field trips and car rides with staff members.
February 6-18th: Obedience lessons with kitten and goat distractions. Recall lessons with chickens for distractions.
February 5th : Thank you for your patience. As many of you are aware, winter has arrived in a big way. With it comes snow, ice and delays. While keeping everyone warm and safe, we are still continuing to train. Our focus during these storms is on home etiquette and obedience, whether you have a head start puppy, companion or gun dog. When temperatures are below 20 degrees we will be inside as much as possible, over 20 degrees and we can dig out, down at the training center.
Jan 1-15th: Leash drags, sit lessons, crate lessons. Home etiquette lessons. Adventure walks and fun retrieves
Dec 2-25th : Merry Christmas! Your dog enjoyed homemade bacon dog biscuits and chew treats early this morning. Intro Obedience lessons of here, heel and sit with distractions of kittens, adventure walks, hikes in the woods with gunfire
Nov 1- Dec 1: Intro to obedience lesson : here, heel and sit. Home etiquette lessons with decorations, Christmas trees and kittens.
November 1- 13th : Crate training, adventure walks with gunfire, tennis ball retrieves and playing with Dave and his friends.