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Upland Retriever Training

Our programs are designed to keep intensity in the dogs and develop a dog that works FOR its owners. To accomplish this, we train your dog and follow up that training by continuing to work with you and your dog after you bring your dog home. We’ll teach you how to handle your dog and how to continue the training process.


(Dogs enrolled in the Puppy Program should be at least 5 months of age.)

Our Puppy Program is designed to get your puppy started right. It is not a program designed to “break” or complete advance training, but instead to get them on the right path. It is designed to get the dog and owners used to working with each other in the field. This is a low-stress training program. It’s a fun time for the puppy and the owners.

Yard Work – Sit, Come, Heel, Fetch, and Kennel.
Patterning – Your dog will learn basic handling and quartering skills.
Birds – Your dog will have the correct introduction to birds, starting with pigeons, and then moving on to chuckar.
Gunfire – Your dog will be introduced to guns the proper and safe way.
Flushing – Your dog will learn the proper way to quarter and flush birds. Dogs will also learn not to chase missed birds.
Collar Introduction – dogs are introduced to an electronic collar using low stimulation and praise.
Obedience – dogs learn that jumping, barking, chasing, and other bad habits are not acceptable behaviors. For more obedience work dogs can stay for more advanced obedience training.

August 4th to September 14th 2018
September 15th to October 26th 2018
November 12th to Dec 22nd 2018


Our Derby Program (Tune Up) is designed to take the skills learned in the Puppy Program to the next level. (Dogs must go through the puppy program before enrolling in the derby program). This program is specifically tailored to enhance your dog’s natural abilities as a wild bird dog. In this training session, the dogs will be running off leash and learn to hunt in different fields and scenarios.
Dogs are run with one or two brace mates from four-wheeler or foot. Birds are shot on course for the dogs. This program is based on your dog’s ability and age. Based on a training evaluation, appropriate drills will be taught. The Tune Up program is a three-week session. Please call for availability and cost.


August 4th to August 24th

September 1st to September 21st

September 29th to October 19th

October 20th to November 9th


This is the final phase of our program. It is designed to make a dog a gun dog for life. Dogs must have completed at least Derby program before enrolling in the Gun Dog Program.

Yard Work – Completion of Stay, Sit , Come, Heel, Fetch, Kennel, Forward Run, and Whistle Commands. All stay work is done on birds at this stage.
Collar Conditioning – Electronic Collar is used while doing field training.
Hunting – Dogs will hunt in all conditions and locations. Live birds are shot over dog.
Gunfire – Live rounds are used while training dog.
Whistle Work – Dogs will complete whistle and hand signals.
Blind Retrieves – Dogs will learn and finish completing a blind retrieve.
Steady to Wing, Shot, and Fall – Dogs will learn to stand for the flush and shot. A lot of time and special care are given during this phase to ensure the dog will retain all the natural abilities, and to increase the dog’s confidence while hunting and on birds.

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