The Kindergarten portion of our program
introduces your dog to both birds and guns. This is the most important
part of the program you can get your dog into, even if you are planning on
doing most of the training yourself.
Your dog should be six months old or older to
start this portion of training. If your dog is younger than six
months, check out our puppy tips page to get
a head start on his training until he's old enough to start the Kindergarten
portion of our training program.
This part of the program takes between 10 to
21 days, with the majority of dogs completing it successfully within two
weeks on average.
First, we develop as much bird desire as
possible. Then, we add the sound of the training pistol in combination
with our bird work. It doesn't take long for the dog to realize that
the sound of the pistol means he gets to retrieve a bird! We start by
working with the pistol in the yard, and then move on to using the shotgun
out in the field.
We work in various stages at the dogs' own
pace, using very little or no obedience. This reinforces and
emphasizes the idea to your dog that working in the field is fun, and helps
bring out the most bird desire in your dog as possible. We are usually
shooting birds down over the dog in short, successful hunts by the second
week of training.
Please call us at the end of the first week
for a progress update on your dog and his training. At the end of this
section, the owners should come out and watch the dog do a short hunt with
Terry. Terry will then give an evaluation of the dog and his progress,
and suggest the next steps for the dogs training.
Objectives to this Program
Build bird desire
Learn to associate the gun with birds
Start hunting, quartering and using nose
in light to medium cover, while encouraging a natural retrieve.
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