Sporting Gun Dog  ” Mac ”
Sire : FTW Apollobay Crimson King
​Dam: Cotten
DOB: 07/13/2021
Yellow male

To be trained as: Finished  Dog

What is your dog eating, How Much, and When?

Under a year old: Nutri Source Large Breed Puppy
Over a year old: Nutri Source Adult Chicken and Rice 

* 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.

Est. Crate and Collar Size?

Medium to Large Ruff Land Crate ( Please see our Recommendations page )

17 inch ID collar and a  20-22 inch training collar

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:

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)                                 Animals In Translation~ Temple Grandin                                                              What It's Like To Be a Dog and Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience - Gregory Berns

Information for Weekend or Overnight Visits:

Our address for your GPS is:  8282 Crane Road, Cranesville Pa 16410

Pick up times are firmly M-F 1-3pm and Sat 9am-12pm by appointment only. Please plan accordingly.

Nearby dog friendly places to stay 

Local dog friendly activities 


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.

April 1-15th: Concept marks on Mon, Wed, Friday . Tuesday's and Thursday's are handing / blinds, and Saturdays are for field trips to other training grounds.

March 15-April 1st: IT'S FINALLY SPRING! We are working on concept marks (1-4) handling drills in a baseball pattern and blinds

March 1-15th: Indoor handling drills

February 16-30th: Concept marks when weather allows outside. Indoor concept marks when the weather is bad

Feb 2-16th: Short break in weather allowed for working off the launchers, handling drills and back to inside concept marks 

 January 16-Feb 1st: Indoor lessons ( short concept marks) Handling lessons , into to blinds when weather allows 

January 1-15th: Group obedience lessons, individual lessons on-site, handling, whistle sits

December: 16-30th: handling ( left right back) in the training center or as weather will allow outside. Whistle sit

October 16-Nov 15 2022: Working on handling and remote sits, intro to blinds as the snow will allow

October 15,2022:  Concept marks on land, water , hunting at Willow Preserve.

October 1,2022: Birds and more birds. Now that the hunting season is in full swing we are working on hunting exposure and concept marks every other day. Please keep your dog's bird bank with a minimum of five birds if you want him to travel to diffrent preserves.

September 18,2022: Working  handling ( left, right and back) while also working a whsitle sit.  * If you want your dog to be working on diffrent preserves or have live flyers in training, please keep a minimum of five - ten birds in his journal.

September 4,2022: We are continuing to work on concept marks, delivery to hand in and out of water.

The preserves are now open. If you would like to purchase pheasants for your dog to hunt over, please do so in the additional services area of the journal. A recommended minimum is 10 birds.

August 26, 2022: Concept marks and delivery to hand in and out of water. Introduction to handling: left, right, and back in a baseball pattern

August 19, 2022 : Concept marks in and out of water, delivery to hand with distractions

July 1, 2022 : I apologize for the delay. We are working to build a new website that can better host our journal ,video and picture needs, thank you for your patience it is greatly appreciated. 
We are  wrapping up force fetch , handling and delivery to hand on the table, we are moving to ground work next week

May 20, 2022: Force Fetch and intro to handling on the table. Going Right, Left and Back the whole 14 feet of the table 

April 17, 2022 : Working on FF. We are focusing on picking up off the table with a ” fetch” command from about a few feet. Our goal will be to be at the end of the table ( 12 feet) and working from the left and right by next Friday.

April 3, 2022 : Working on hold lessons and intro to force fetch, with obedience lessons

February 19-March 19th : Apologies for the delay. we have been having intermittent website difficulties. It should be fixed now. We have completed obedience training and hold, moving on to Force Fetch, once we complete this block of training, we will begin concept marks.

February 6-18th: Obedience and hold lessons

​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: obedience , obedience and more obedience. Adding hold to lessons, and will begin on here, heel and sit with hold

Dec 2-25th : Merry Christmas! Your dog enjoyed homemade bacon dog biscuits and chew treats early this morning.  Obedience lessons, table work and intro to hold 

​​Oct24-December 1:  obedience lessons : here, heel and sit. Ramps and Stairs… into to sit / stays while other dogs are working 

​October 10 -23rd : Introduction to leash lessons and intro to ramps and stairs. Taking direction for place lessons on the table, group walks in the woods with gunfire

 Sept 19- October 9th : Leash drags, sit lessons, adventure walks with gunfire, wing retrieves and crate training 

Sept 5-18th: Sit lessons, crate lessons, leash drags, adventure walks with gunfire and retrieving pheasant wings

 August ​20 – Sept 4:  We are working on wing retrieves , leash drags, crate lessons and adventure walks with gunfire exposure 

August 2-22nd : adventure walks and exposure to gunfire

July 21- August 1,2021: starting to play more and chase feathers 

July 20,2021 : The litter is continuing to grow. Soon their eyes and ears will be open. Right now they just like to eat and sleep

July 13, 2021 :Happy Birthday ! Cotton gave birth to seven pups today. All are males

1) yellow male : SDR Eli, gun dog 
2) Yellow male : Buddy, companion dog confirmed by Stark
3) yellow male : Zeus, started gun dog confirmed by Tietel
4) yellow male : Shiloh, finished gun dog confirmed by Haggins
5) yellow male : Murphy , shed, dog confirmed by Crowe

6) black male : Tarbell
7)black male : Crow

Sundance Retrievers Inc.

Sheryl and Scott Sundean
Premier Gun Dog Builders