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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.

January 14th to February 24th
February 25th to April 7th
April 8th to May 19th
May 20th to June 30th
July 8th to August 18th
August 19th to September 29th
September 30th to November 10th


Our Derby Program is designed to take the skills learned in the Puppy Program to the next level. This program requires more involvement from the dogs and the owners. After this program has been completed, you will have a dog that has been through a program specifically tailored to enhance your dog’s natural abilities as a wild bird dog.

Yard work – Stay, Sit, Come, Heel, Fetch, Kennel, Forward Run, and Whistle Commands. We also start conducting stay and here sessions on the ground to develop proper techniques on returning with the bird.
Collar Introduction – At this time the dog is introduced to the Electronic Collar using low stimulation, and praise.
Hunting – Dogs will learn to hunt game in all conditions and locations.
Gunfire – Dogs will move from .22 caliber gunshots to a light-gauge shotgun barrel with a .209 primer.
Whistle Work – Dogs will learn proper whistle commands and hand signals.


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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