One of the best conservation tools is a well-trained retriever. When out in the field nothing brings greater joy and pride than a well trained retriever working to recover downed game. Here at Mulberry Creek Kennels we offer a wide variety of training specifically geared to the gundog. We train dogs for basic hunting skills, and also train for participation in all levels of UKC and AKC hunt tests. Our goal and desire is to train your retriever to reach its potential in his or her hunting ability.
The basic retrieving skills develop a dog ability to retrieve visible downed game, and also to compete in the Started level of a HRC hunt test, or the Junior level of an AKC hunt test. This stage of training generally takes 3-4 months, depending on the individual dog ability. Dogs will be introduced to birds, guns, and decoys. Upon completion of basic training, the retriever should perform the following tasks: be obedient off leash (see obedience training), retrieve single birds marked down, retrieve to hand, and be steady to shot.
After completing basic training, we will continue to train your retriever to become more proficient in the field, and compete in the Seasoned level of a HRC hunt test and/or Senior level of an AKC hunt test. This stage of training takes an additional 3-4 months beyond basic training. The retriever will be able to retrieve simple multiple downed birds, run basic blind retrieves, and handle many hunting scenarios (boats, duck blinds, etc.).
After completing Basic and Intermediate training, the retriever will be ready to be polished into a wonderful finished dog. At this level, your retriever will be able to handle most any situation in the field, and compete at the Finished level of a HRC hunt test, and/or Master level of the AKC hunt test. This stage of training usually takes another 3-4 months. At this point the retriever will be able to run 100+ yard multiple retrieves, complete 100+ yard blind retrieves, and handle most diversions in the field while retrieving.
Retriever Training Rates:
$725 per month (includes boarding and training) Flea and tick prevention along with heartworm medicine can be provided for an additional $30 per month.
$40.00 per day handler’s fee for hunt tests.
National events will be priced according to location and length of the event.