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.