Basic Retriever Training

retriever training

How do I know if the Basic Retriever Training program is right for my dog?


At Duck Dog Trainer, we specialize in training duck hunting dogs. It is what we are known for. By far, our most popular training package is our Basic Retriever Training package.  Our basic retriever training package is the program that 75-80% of our clients feel will meet their needs adequately. If you hunt in farm ponds, marsh ponds surrounded by high grass, or shoot most of your birds over decoys where the ducks fall dead inside of 75 yards…then there is a good chance our Basic Retriever Training will meet your needs. This dog will de a great family companion with great obedience and be able to handle the above scenarios with ease.

Another thing to keep in mind is that a basic retriever takes half as long to train as an advanced dog, saving you money.  It’s also important to remember that once a dog has completed the Basic Retriever Training program, you can always sign up later for the advanced segment of our program.  As a general rule, I usually recommend our hunters have their dogs trained through the basic retriever level and then hunt for a season before deciding to advance. Many times owners find this level is completely sufficient for their needs.

Basic Retriever Training Package includes:

  • Advanced obedience training (Heel, sit, stay, here) off lead
  • Force Fetch (Fetch on command with hand delivery)
  • Steady to shot
  • Collar Conditioned
  • Multiple Marked retrieves on land and in water up to 100yds
  • Scent trained (follow a duck drag)
  • Able to perform from boat, blind, and through decoys

If you think your dog has all of the above skills mastered, then your dog would be an ideal candidate for our Advanced Retriever Training program.

This dog training package gets a dog ready to hunt and able to retrieve any bird it sees fall. Training time estimated at  4-5 months. Be sure to download our FREE Duck Dog Guide, which will answer several questions you might have regarding basic retriever training. 


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  • We Breed Champion Labs!!

    All of Duck Dog Breeder’s American Labrador retriever puppies come from a long line of champion hunting dogs. Whether in the blind, or in various competitions, a history full of experience and extreme hunting desire is embedded within the heart of each and every one of our puppies. If you are looking for a companion that you can rely on in any hunting situation, our Labrador puppies have the natural abilities to make your dreams come true.

  • Lab Puppies for Sale

    Don’t miss out on your chance to receive pick of the litter! Many of our customer’s have an image of that perfect Labrador puppy, but don’t always contact us in time before the puppies begin to sale. If you are interested in a particular puppy, we encourage you to contact us before it’s too late! As a nation-wide puppy supplier, Duck Dog Breeder is sometimes very limited to the number of puppies currently available; therefore it is sometimes best to pre-order your puppy. Call us today!!

  • Puppy Training

    Labrador puppies desire to please. This makes training them much more efficient. Unfortunately , many individuals lack the knowledge and skills it takes to create a positive and encouraging training session. At Duck Dog Breeder, our specialized puppy training staff takes learning to a whole new level. With our various obstacle courses, bird introductions and critical thinking games, our Labradors develop a skill set that will help them become the best that they can be.


Brian Johnson – The Duck Dog Trainer…

basic gun dog trainingBrian Johnson grew up in Port Neches, TX and graduated from PNG High School. He then moved to Northeast Texas where he graduated from East Texas Baptist University.  Since his college years, Brian has been a faithful dog trainer for duck hunters and pastoring local churches. He is currently the pastor of the Outdoorsman’s Church of Winnie, TX as well as being the owner of Duck Dog Trainer, in fact, Brian is the Duck Dog Trainer! He is happily married to his beautiful wife Dan’Na and enjoys spending time with her and their four children Drew, Caleb, Brianna, and Noah.  When he is not preaching, dog training, or hanging out with his family, you can find Brian somewhere on a golf course in pursuit of a different kind of birdie!  Call him today at 409-460-2314.