In each of our four training programs all dogs are started with basic obedience, the proper introduction to birds and gunfire, e-collar conditioning and handling in and out of the field with whistle and verbal commands. We never take more than TWO dogs at any given time. When your dog is with us he or she lives with us and our dogs, NOT in an outside kennel. Every day your dog will have at least two training sessions and a run in the field. During the training stay we feed a high quality dog food- 4Health Performance. Our “Head Start,” "Started Dog,” "Finished dog” and “Filed Trailer” will produce a complete gun dog and a magnificent hunting experience for you and your dog in the field for many years and memories to last a lifetime. These finished hunting dogs can then be hunted on wild birds, at your favorite Hunt Club or tested in trials and hunt tests. Our training is for pointing dogs and their owners and our relationship with our clients doesn't end when you drive away. Our clients are welcome to return with their dogs to keep their dogs tuned up anytime they want year round without charge.
Head Start Program
This introductory work is designed to educate your 6-8 month old pup on how to get the most out of his or her early sessions. During this critical stage of rapid development we lay the foundation for a great hunting dog. A poorly started pup often will be unsuccessful in their later training. The Training Fee is $600.00 for the one month introductory course.
Started Dog Training
The "Started Training" program is for young dogs starting at 8-12 months old. This is where formal training begins. Your dog will be taught to handle in and out of the field off leash and on whistle and verbal commands. They will be taught to turn on command in the direction you want them to go, to come back to you any time you call them, and point and stand birds until they run off, fly off or you shoot them. This dog will be ready to hunt on wild birds after this program but is not broke "Steady to Shot". We develop the dog's natural pointing instinct, the dog's patience on point, and bring out his or her natural retrieving ability in these sessions. Your dog will be trained on a check cord at first and then trained with an e-collar to handle off leash when he is done. Before the dog goes home, we instruct the owner in how to maintain the training, keep the dog in good physical condition, and sensible ways to begin hunting with his dog. This training also includes one on one personal training sessions for the owner and dog until both dog and handler are working as a team and includes as many follow up sessions as needed. Training Fees are $600.00 per month.
Finished Dog Training
Steady to Wing and Shot means your dog will find birds, hold point until you arrive, stay pointing through the flush, shot and kill, and will remain steady until you release it to retrieve. In training your dog to become "Steady to Wing and Shot", the dog will first be "Whoa" broke. The dog will then be trained in the field on birds to hold through the shot, the kill and finally until the retrieve command is given, in actual hunting conditions to get him or her Steady to "Wing and Shot". When your dogs training is finished it will handle in and out of the field, be steady to wing and shot and retrieve to hand. This training also includes personal one on one step by step training for the owner, to teach you how to keep the dog broke and includes as many follow up sessions as necessary. These dogs will handle kindly, point birds and hold steady to wing and shot in order to insure your dog’s safety and will look and be the quality dog you will be proud to own. These finished broke dogs can also be taught to "Honor" another dog's point, and to "Stop to Wild Flush" as additional training to produce the "Finished Hunting Dog.” When the dog goes home, again we instruct the owner in how to maintain the training, keep the dog in good physical condition, and sensible ways to begin hunting with the dog. Training Fees are $750.00 per month.
Field Trial Training
Sur le Delavan Kennel also offers training specific to UKC Pointing Trials (solo and braced) and all three levels of AKC Hunt Testing. Dogs entered in this training program can be either handled by me or I can walk you through the first trial or hunt test. Training fees are $500.00 per month (AKC Water Certification Test is an extra $100.) Entry fees and transportation fees are separate.
Private Training Seminars
We now offer private training: just you, your dog and the trainer. This one-on-one attention is structured to meet your dog’s unique training needs and set a structured plan for you to go back home with. This plan will help both you and your dog to reach higher success rate at home and in the field. These seminars can work on the very basics and troubleshooting hard to fix problems. These half day (four hour) seminars include transportation to the field, all training equipment and birds. These Private Training Seminars Fees are $150.00 per person and dog. Discounts available for multiple dogs.