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Sight To Sea is available for training all breeds of Retrievers, pointing breeds and flushing breeds for upland and waterfowl.  We train at the Delmar Waterfowl Club/Marshtown Hunting Preserve facilities and surrounding grounds.  Dogs are housed in an indoor/outdoor climate controlled facility which is disinfected daily.

We train for gundogs and for hunt tests.  We do not do field trials.  Evaluations of your dog are free and done by appointment.

 

The Waterfowl Program

Training is conducted on a month to month basis.  I ask that you commit to each month, but you do NOT have to commit to 3-4 months at a time.  Many families find it very hard to send the pup away for that period of time, and I am very willing to piece it together. It is, however, much more productive to go the full 3-4 months, get it done in one fell swoop, without going home and undoing training.

The first month is introduction to marks and singles in the field using dead birds and bumpers.  The dogs will be introduced to duck/goose calls and gunfire from a distance. They will be in and out of a john boat.  The first month is also the time for obedience training in the yard.  Sit, whistle sit, Here, whistle here and Heel are the primary commands covered at this time. The dog may or may not be introduced to an e-collar during this month.

The second month is continuing marks, shooting live birds, follow up on obedience, and an intro to e-collar and force fetch. The force fetch is a trained retrieve to turn retrieving into a command instead of a "if I want to" behavior.  Handling skills and blind retrieves are based off of a formal fetch command.  Force fetch can take as little as 2 weeks or up to 6 weeks, all depending on your dog.

The third month is continuing marks in the field, adding complexity to marking scenarios, following through with force fetch to the T pattern, Swim by's, and general handling skills. 

The fourth month Is putting it all together. At the end of 3-4 months your dog should be able to do simple doubles and simple blind retrieves.  A dog that has done the full program will be ready for JH hunt tests and have a solid foundation for SH hunt tests.

If your retriever is to be an upland dog also, this training schedule gets turned around a bit and I train for the upland field in the first 6 weeks.

 

Pointing Dogs and Flushing Dogs

We take a limited number of pointing and flushing dogs each month.

For pointing dogs, the program is 8-12 weeks for a started pointing dog.  Started pointing dogs will be collar conditioned to "here" and whistles, possibly collar conditioned to "whoa".  They will be pointing birds, hunting effectively, holding birds to flush.  They may or may not be retrieving, depending on the natural aptitude of the dog.  I do everything that I can to develop a natural retrieve.  This dog will make a nice hunting companion with miles and birds (experience).  Steady to wing and shot, and force fetch, can be discussed on an individual basis.

Flushing dogs are a 6-10 week program.  They will be collar conditioned to "here" and whistles, hunting effectively, finding and flushing birds.  They may or may not be retrieving, depending on the natural aptitude of the dog.  I do everything that I can to develop a natural retrieve.  This dog will make a nice hunting companion with miles and birds (experience).  Sit to flush and force fetch can be discussed on an individual basis.

 

 

 

All Breed Obedience

The 2-3 week program is for Sit, Heel, Here, Down, Off, Wait, and Stay (on leash work).

The 3-6 week program is all of the above AND off leash work.

 

All the dogs pictured on this Training page are dogs I have trained

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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