Gun Dog Training Program
My training program helps to bring gundogs inherent prey drive to top level and then 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 behaviour 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 Programme I introduce dogs to birds and build their enthusiasm for finding birds. Once a young dog is excited about birds then we can properly introduce the remaining 2 month Program.
We are a custom training facility with the goal of creating a bird dog that fits the owner's needs and preferences.
If there are certain things that are important for your dog's training, please let us know. All pointing and flushing breeds are welcome to attend any of our Programmes.
We do not specialize in any particular breed. To me it is not the breed that is important, it is the individual dog and his genetic ability to be a bird dog.
The Foundation Level is taught during the first month of the Basic Formal Training Class. During this month dogs get to work birds almost ever day, 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 Programme where everything builds upon the dog’s conditioned responses to these basic skills.
The Intermediate Programme, 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 honour another dog's point and quartering on command The intermediate level of training occurs during the second month of the Programme.
During the third month of the Basic Puppy Training Programme 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.
PUPPY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 1.
Build your dog's inherent prey drive and prepare him for formal training on pigeons at our facility in Vaal Water and Settlers Limpopo. Your dog is guaranteed bird contact every outing.
PUPPY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 2. - Exposure to Wild Birds.
Build your dog's inherent prey drive and 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.
INTERMEDIATE TRAINING PROGRAMME
Steady your dog and develop the fundamental skills every bird dog should know. The Basic Class gets your dog started on the right path.
WILD BIRD TRAINING EXCURSIONS
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.
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.
On premise private instruction P.O.R.
Advance notice is required.