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.
January 1-15th: Group obedience lessons, individual lessons on-site, and continuing field trips on a weekly basis
Dec 15-30th : Field trips, going into town, pet friendly stores
November 16- December 1st: Continuation of field trips and training at different locations
November 1-15th: Car rides and field trips to Mckean and Edinboro. Obedience lessons with goats, cats, and chickens, home etiquette lessons
October 15, 2022: More Field trips while we still have beautiful weather. We frequent guests at Port Farms and other local pumpkin and fall festivals.
October 1, 2022: Field trips into town backseat or crate, visiting pumpkin stands, local farms, and trips around Edinboro University.
September 18, 2022: Obedience lessons of here, heel, and sit. Car rides to Edinboro and Albion for exposure to town environments and traffic.
September 4,2022: Car rides, in crates and backseats, field trips into town
August 26, 2022: obedience lessons in new and busy environments. Sit and sit/ stays with distractions of other dogs, bicycle riders, joggers, etc.
August 22, 2023: Working on car ride etiquette lessons, formal obedience around cat/goat and chicken distractions, and field trips into town
August 19, 2022: Working on formal obedience lessons of here, heel, and sit with added cat, goat, and chicken distractions
August 19, 2022: Your pup is working on adventure walks, crate training, introduction to car rides and formal leash work
Shelby is working on intro to obedience lessons. This includes, here, heel and sit as well as crate lessons. When we are not working on obedience, he is enjoying long walks in the woods with his littermates.