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Frequently Asked Questions


Question: How old does my dog have to be to start Gun Dog training?

Answer: We start dogs as young as six months old. An average is six to eight months of age.


Question: How long will it take to train my young Gun Dog?

Answer: That is a question that is very hard to answer. It will vary, from one dog to the next. The average gundog takes 2 ½  months, but can vary depending on the type of training you want, the age of the dog, and any pre-existing issues the dog may have.


Question: What if my dog already has problems such as Gun shy, Bird shy, won't point, won't retrieve, is hard-mouthed, won't come back to me, bolts, blinks birds or won't honor another dog?

Answer: We work with these type of problems all the time.  It's critical that you tell us upfront, so have a solid understanding of the history that you think is associated with the problem.  We have specialized over the years is taking on challenged dogs and in almost all cases, we have been able to resolve these issues and make solid gundogs out of them.


Question: What kind of birds do you use in training?

Answer: We use Bob White Quail, Chukar, Pheasants, and some Pigeons.


Question: How many birds will you use while training my Gun Dog?

Answer: We use whatever it takes to train your specific dog.  Every dog is different, may react differently to each type of bird, and may react differently to singles verses covey's.  At each stage of training, the combination of birds and/or type of birds will likely change.  Your dog is learning, instincts are being enhanced, more structure is added to the process, and based on his/her ability, varying levels of excitement, desire and temperament will all cause use to not only change the number of birds used, but also the type of birds used.


Question: What different training programs do you offer?

Answer: Please see our Training page for a more detailed description of our training programs.


Question: What shots does my dog need before beginning training?

Answer: They will need a Rabies shot within the last 3 years.  A Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvo shot, as well as a Bordetella shot, all within the last 12 months.


Question: How much does training cost, on average?

Answer: Gundog training generally runs $800.00 per month, plus birds, which is typically around $150.00 and takes approximately 2 ½ months.


Question: What payment options are available?

Answer: We accept most payments options, including, check, credit card or cash.


Question: Do I have to put a deposit down on training?

Answer: Yes, we require the first month paid when the dog comes in, the second month will be billed at the end of 30 days, and the balance is due when dog is ready to go home


Question: How will I know the commands and how to use them after training is complete?

Answer: We provide multiple sessions, teaching you how to work your dog and what the commands are.  We also provide you a list of commands and how to use them, plus we are only a phone call away, if you need help.


Question: Will training change my dog's personality?

Answer: Training changes your dog's behavior but not their personality. Training helps organize the dogs thought processes so that they can be more self-controlled and respond to commands.


Question: Will my dog forget me while being away from me during training?

Answer: Dogs have a very long memory and in 60 years, we have never had a dog forget an owner.  Once your dog smells you and hears your voice he/she will recognize you and be happy to see you.


Question: Do you do obedience training and how long does it take?

Answer: Yes, this generally takes about 6 weeks.


Question: Will training correct my dog's bad habits such as digging, destructive chewing or nuisance barking?

Answer: Our training teaches your dog the foundation of right and wrong.  He or She will respond to commands when you are present.  It does not directly teach the dog to behave in a certain manner when you are absent. It does provide your dog with the knowledge to more effectively learn from you.  If you continue with the training we provide, work with your dog just 10 minutes a day, 3-4 times a week, you can extend his and your learning relationship and resolve 99% of the typical digging, chewing, barking, (behavioral issues) even when you are unable to supervise him, but it does take time and training, not just reacting.


Question: Can I visit my dog during training?

Answer: You can visit your dog by appointment anytime during the training but if you visit before the retrieving is completed you will set your dog back, once the retrieving is completed we start your training


Question: Can I call and get updates on my dogs progress?

Answer: Feel free to call and check up on your dogs progress, anytime.


 

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