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.
May 14th-June 10th: Ivy is working on her obedience, crate, sit stay, and home etiquette lessons. She enjoys overnight visits to staff members homes.
May 1st – May 14th : Ivy is working on long sit stays with bicycle and walker distractions. She is also working on crate lessons.
April 10-April 30th : Ivy is working on sit stays with cat, goat, chicken, and turkey distractions. Along with adventures to staff members homes. She also enjoys evening fun retrieves and walks around the ponds.
April 3-April 10 : Ivy is continuing to work on obedience lessons, and home etiquette.
March 27 – April 3rd : Ivy is working on obedience lessons, along with introduction to sit stays. ~ Maddy
March 19-26th : Ivy is working on light intro to obedience lessons, home etiquette lessons and adventures to staff homes.
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, intro to obedience with leash drags, fun adventures in the woods with gunfire
February 6-18th: leash drags and fun retrieves in the training center, adventure walks with gunfire when the weather will allow. Sit lessons, home etiquette lessons and overnight adventures to staff homes.
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