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: Ground work, concept marks, intro to handling. * If you have purchased bird for your dog to hunt over, there will be a bird bank above to keep track of how many birds your dog is using each week. We won't be shooting birds / adding temptation for poor manners until we are running concept marks, perfectly.
September 4,2022: Intro to concept marks, delivery to hand
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 22, 2022: Introduction to groundwork, with some revists on the hold table if needed. Intro to concept marks
August 19, 2022: Thank you for your patience. We are working on handling the left. right and back on the table and groundwork
Captain is 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: Hold Lessons and obedience training
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/ off leash obedience, heel turns and hold lessons
Oct24-December 1: Obedience lessons and intro to hold
October 10 -23rd : Obedience lessons and intro to ramps and stairs. Taking direction for place lessons on the table, introduction to hold lessons
Sept 19- October 9th : Obedience lessons ( here, heel and sit) working on ramps for intro to table lessons, fun walks with gunfire, crate lessons and small pheasant fun retrieves with freshly shot game.
Sept 19- Oct 4th : into to obedience with leash drags, sit lessons, wing retrieves and crate lessons.
Sept 5-18th: Sit lessons, intro to heel, adventure walks with gunfire and retrieving pheasant wings
August 20 – Sept 4: Sit lessons, leash drags and adventure walks with gunfire. Afterwards we are working on crate lessons and home etiquette
August 2-22, 2021 : I especially enjoy fluffy dog beds and lots of toys. My favorite toys are the ones with squeakers but I won’t pass up a good tennis ball either. I am starting to understand my sit lessons and I am beginning to anticipate when to sit, prior to being asked
July 21- August 1,2021: We’ve added leash drags to our adventure walks with exposure to gunfire. I love to swim and chase tennis balls