My training program helps to bring out the gun dog’s inherent prey drive to top level.
It begins to mould that natural instinct into the desired behaviour of a confident, well mannered bird dog.
Through the development of conditioned responses and learned behavior I’m able to produce dogs that are proficient in heeling off lead, handling on command, plus confidently steady on birds.
I work in partnership with the dogs as we train, giving them leadership and relying on their natural abilities.
Before they can be ready for any formal training as a bird dog, young dogs need to be given the opportunity to develop their inherent prey drive through exposure to birds. My Puppy Development Program ensures a young dog is excited about birds and is prepared to begin formal training. During this Program I introduce dogs to birds and build their enthusiasm for finding birds. Once a young dog is excited about birds, we can properly introduce the remaining 2 month program.
The Foundation Level is taught during the first month of the Basic Formal Training Class. During this month, dogs get to work with birds almost ever day. They retrieve birds, and get used to being in the field. By using the physical commands of check cords, whoa posts and command leads I’m able to teach fundamental behaviours to the dogs. Through repetition I’m able to develop conditioned responses. A dog has reached the level of conditioned responses when he will do a certain thing every time when commanded, no matter what his distraction level is. This is the core of my training program where everything builds upon the dog’s conditioned responses to these basic skills.
The Intermediate Program, second month, transforms a dog from mechanical commands to low level remote commands in the field and ultimately verbal commands are overlaid to the conditioned response. At this level dogs are becoming steady on game, learning to honor another dog’s point and quartering on command.
During the third month of the Basic Puppy Training Program they enter the Advanced Level. At this time your puppy has been through 2 very important stages before moving onto the Advanced Program where they learn to work scent in adverse conditions, how to look for and recognize backing situations, mark and hunt dead birds, retrieve, and take direction and go with you in the field.
Build your dog’s inherent prey drive. Prepare him for formal training on pigeons at our facility in Vaalwater and Settlers Limpopo.
Your dog is guaranteed bird contact every outing. P.O.R.
Exposure to Wild Birds. Build your dog’s inherent prey drive. Prepare him for formal training on Francolin. Your dog will have the opportunity to learn to work wild birds. The amount of birds encountered will depend on your dog’s proficiency and general hunting conditions. P.O.R.
Steady your dog and develop the fundamental skills every bird dog should know. The Basic Class gets your dog started on the right path. P.O.R.
Opportunities to be a part of these trips take place from April. These are great ways to get your dog in shape, both physically and mentally, for a season of hunting wild birds. This class is similar to a semester abroad for a young student. It broadens their horizons, matures them, and polishes their skills more than any other class. P.O.R.
General obedience is offered throughout the year. We can teach your dog to heel calmly, come to you, sit/stay, not to jump on people and general manners that will make him a pleasure to be around. We can also transition all of these cues to the remote cue of an e-collar. P.O.R.
On-site private instruction. Advance notice is required. P.O.R.