Retriever Training

Basic Retriever

(4 Month Program)


With all of our programs we now cover crate and house training in our new indoor training room. This room is climate controlled which allows us to work dogs inside when the weather doesn't allow us to work them outside.  

The 1st month of basic training starts with a solid foundation on Obedience, where we teach Sit, Heel, Here, and Place. First we start on leash and teach the commands with treats, then move to off leash obedience and the electric collar. During this time we do lots of fun retrieving with the dogs and expose them to all kinds of new things including birds, bumpers, water, cover, gunfire, and gunners in the field. 


The 2nd month of basic training consists of force fetch, where we teach the commands fetch, hold, and drop. We take those commands and teach them how to reliably retrieve birds and bumpers and deliver them to hand. 


The 3rd and 4th Month of training is where all the hunting scenarios begin. We expose them to every situation your retriever could possibly encounter whether it is duck hunting from a boat in the marsh, dove hunting in a milo field, or quartering and flushing upland birds.  We put a lot of focus on steadiness in the duck blind and make sure that they are exposed to decoys, multiple shooters, lots of duck calling, and remote sends from a dog stand or dog hut. At the end of the 4th month they will be ready to hunt any kind of bird that you can put them on. 


In all of our programs, we prefer to get dogs in for training at a young age so that we can make sure they are developed the right way as they mature.  

Advanced Retriever

(8 Month Program)

Advanced training is where we teach dogs how to run blind retrieves and do multiple retrieves. After advanced training the dog will be able to sit on a whistle and take hand signals to a bird that he or she did not see fall. No more chasing crippled ducks around or flaring birds because you were picking up birds from the last group! Hunting with an advanced gundog will make hunting trips much more relaxing and enjoyable! After Advanced training the dog will be through the following steps:

  • Whistle sits 

  • Simple casting 

  • Force to pile

  • Simple T 

  • Double T 

  • Water T 

  • Pattern blinds

  • Blind drills 

  • Taught land and water blinds 

  • Cold land and water blinds 

  • Multiple marks on land and water