The period between 4 and 8 months of age is especially critical in your retriever’s life as far as successful training is concerned.  What you do during this time will have life long impacts on the intelligence and drive of your dog.  During this time in a dog’s mental development is when imprinting is most important. If we can make the dog intense or bird crazy at this stage, we can maximize their prey drive and bring them to the height of their potential.  It is with this in mind that we developed the Retriever Starter Program as the foundation of our retriever training program.



Retriever Starter Program – Level 1

This program is designed to properly introduce your young dog to birds, water, boats, decoys, crates, and other dogs.  Puppies as young as 4 months old are accepted for this program.  Basic training objectives can usually be achieved in 30 days, and will pay lifelong dividends.  None of the desired objectives are difficult, however if not done properly and with care, the end result can be problems such as water aversion, poor socialization, fear of gunfire, etc.


Training at this level is $650.00 a month including board and birds.


Basic Retriever Training – Level 2

Any dog which completes our basic retriever training program will be a dog that will be a productive partner in the field.  This dog should be capable of quartering for the gun in the uplands, proficient at trailing cripples, and should deliver game to your hand without hesitation.  This dog should also be capable of marking and retrieving single birds down for the duck hunter.  In addition the dog should be obedience trained and obey all basic obedience commands.  This level of training usually takes 3-4 months to complete, depending on the dogs natural ability.


Training at this level is $675.00 a month including board and birds.


Intermediate Retriever Training – Level 3

Upon completion of our Basic Retriever Program the next progression in our training is the Intermediate level.  A dog at this level should be capable of completing double retrieves on land and water and should be fully steady.  During this time handling and lining drills are introduced, as well as more advanced marking concepts.  If the dog is to be used for any upland hunting, steady to flush and shot will also be completed at this point.  Any dog that completes this level of training should be considered a true hunting companion and is a 'brag dog' that anyone would be proud to own.  This training usually takes 4-6 months to complete.


Training at this level is $675.00 a month including board and birds.


Advanced Retriever Training – Levels 4 & 5

The dogs that complete this program are among the elite and are serious hunting machines.  They will have all of the skills of an intermediate retriever plus the ability to complete complicated triple marks, blinds with hazards, honoring and advanced water concepts.  This dog should also be steady to flush and shot in the uplands and be skilled at trailing cripples.  Dogs that complete this program are generally 2-3 years old.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  Not all dogs have the natural skills to complete this level of training.  The total training time required to achieve this level of performance is generally 12-18 months.  This requires a serious commitment to the training program by not only us, but also owners.  Dogs at this level should possess exceptional intelligence, bidability, drive, and water attitude.


Training at this level is $750.00 a month including board and birds.





Owner Coaching

This option is for the dog owner who has the time but not the skills to train their own dog.  This program allows you to work one on one with our professional trainer.  Go over the lessons your dog has been taught and when all your questions have been answered you go home and practice with your dog.  You can arrange to come back for more lessons if needed.  The cost is $75.00 per private session (approx. 1 hour).

If you need more information, or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us at (336) 474-0400.