ONLINE LABS

RETRIEVER TRAINING

662.526.5698

onlinelabs@att.net

Training retrievers involves having the time, quality grounds, the right equipment, a ton of patience, and a passion for what you are doing.  Between working and family, many don't have the above at their disposal, so hiring someone is their best option.

 

I offer a puppy socialization class for 3-6 month olds, with exposure to birds, guns and water- along with general obediece and crate training. This class gives pups a great head start into the retrieving program, and lasts 4 to 6 weeks.

 

Basic obedience for all retrieving breeds- lasts 4 to 6 weeks.

 

Gun Dog training usually begins around 6 months of age, as by now they have their adult teeth in and are mature enough to begin learning and maintaining lessons. 

 

A true Hunting Retriever is:

Totally obedient, responding to all commands.

Calm and quiet in the blind.

Steady to shot and or flush.

Able to mark and remember several birds.

Delivers those birds to hand undamaged.

Is fun to be around in the field or the home.

 

Training a dog to this level takes approx. 3 to 5 months depending on the dog's overall ability and desire. A happy and enthusiastic retriever is the desired end result, so training at a pace the dog can understand, while retaining the lessons is paramount. Dogs have differing personalities just as we do, and adjusting the standard program to custom fit each and every dog is something many trainers these days are not willing to do. This is where the art of training comes in to play.

 

Once through the basic program, and usually after their first hunting season, many decide to add advanced skills to their dog's ability. Called handling, or hand signals, this skill allows you to direct your dog to a bird he didn't see fall, or a cripple that has left the area.  By using whistle, voice, and hand commands--this allows you retrieve game that may have been lost, and adds another dimension to your hunt.

This class lasts 3-4 months, again depending on each individual dog.

Before accepted, each dog needs:

 

Up to date shot and rabies records.

Bordetella (kennel cough) treatment.

Negative heartworm report.

Heartworm medicine of your choice.

 

We feed quality food, either Purina One or Pro Plan Performance depending on the season. Birds, ammo, and everything else is included in the training fees.

 

 

Our vets on call are:

Senatobia Animal Hospital

Animal Clinic of Oxford

Gentle Care Animal Hospital