Grayson knows that each dog is different and should be trained and handled accordingly. Each dog will be given a two-week evaluation at the kennel at which point we will make contact to discuss expectations and how we will proceed with your dog.
Basic Pointing Dog Training
(Average time in training is 3 months)
- Introduction to live game birds
- Introduction to the gun
- Conditioning to remote collar
- Recall on command
- Whoa in the yard (both silent and on command)
- Nurtured and developed natural retrieve
Advanced Pointing Dog Training
(Average time in training is 3 months beyond the basic stage)
The “breaking” or steadiness process will not be rushed as each dog moves at its own pace. Often times it is necessary for the dog to be sent home for a hunting season to gain experience and mature before returning for further training.
- Removing the “chase”
- Steadiness before the flush
Grayson takes a limited number of retrievers in for basic training.
Basic Retriever Training
(Average time in training is between 3-5 months)
- On lead obedience (heel, here, sit)
- Collar conditioning (off leash transition)
- Conditioned Retrieve (natural, marked, and/or forced retrieve)
- Intro to the gun
- Intro to live game
- Steadiness on marked game
- Beginning cold blind retrieves
Conditioned Retrieve Training
(Average time in training is 6 weeks)
In addition to nurturing and developing your dog’s natural retrieving ability, Grayson utilizes both reward-based systems (marker/clicker) and compulsion based systems (force fetch) to build a well rounded, nonslip retrieve.
Training on Wild
Nothing is better for a bird dog than wild bird contacts. Grayson takes a limited number of dogs for training during the hunting season.
Our home covers here in the Piedmont of NC offer ample opportunity for Grayson to expose young dogs to wintering woodcock. Because of their natural inclination to hold tight woodcock is an exceptional game bird for the training of young dogs. Birds can often be found in numbers between mid-November and March.
Grayson occasionally travels to areas known to have strong populations of wild birds during the season. He tries to accommodate a small number of seasoned dogs from returning clients on the trips. Check back often for updates on upcoming trips.