We have four Bird Dog Training Camps during the year.
They are created to maximize the specific needs of gun dogs based upon their
current training level.
The objectives for our “Basic” bird dog camp are to set a strong foundation for your dog, which includes proper introduction and exposure to birds, proper gun introduction, basic obedience, hunting in control and basic retrieving. This camp has historically included puppies and young dogs, or experienced dogs that have become self-hunters and are hunting out of control/gun range. This camp is available from March through August and generally is for two or three months. The cost is $700 per month, plus bird and vet expenses.
The objective for our “Trained Retrieve” bird dog camp is to develop a reliable retrieve and a professional delivery. This is a very intense and structured "forced retrieve" camp for your dog. We will cure your dog's retrieving problems and create a reliable retriever that brings the bird back to you without fumbling, dilly-dallying or avoiding bringing the bird back to you. This camp is available from March through August and is for two months. The cost is $1,500 per month, plus bird and vet expenses.
The objective of our “Advanced” bird dog camp is to build on the foundation previously established at one of our gun dog training schools, or the foundation put in place by the owner. Dogs learn proper use of the wind while hunting in control, develop a reliable retrieve, and take part in a conditioning program prior to the opening of bird season. This camp is what you need prior to opening day! This camp is available from March through August and generally is for three months. The cost is $700 per month, plus bird and vet expenses.
The objectives for our “Wild Bird” bird dog camps are to provide unmatched experience and exposure to actual hunting situations. These situations include not only consistent wild bird exposure, but also include exposures to a variety of hunting covers and conditions. This cover ranges from open pasture, CRP, sloughs and fence lines that hold wild pheasants to thick woods and alder runs that hold grouse and woodcock. This bird dog camp is conducted in the heart of wild pheasant and/or grouse/woodcock country during the season and allows dogs of all ages to learn how to find and produce wild birds. Historically, owners that have sent their dogs to this camp have wanted to provide the very best opportunity for their dog's to reach their full genetic potential. Not everyone can hunt for 30-60 days straight. Send your dog with us to get it the experience it deserves! This camp is available from September through October for grouse and woodcock ($1,500, plus vet expenses) and January for pheasants ($900, plus vet expenses).
For more information go to www.craneyhill.com or call 815-358-2006.