Started dogs: LEVEL I: $2,500.00 to $4,000.00
Approximate age: 6 months to 1 year
The most crucial period is from eight to sixteen weeks of age. It is critical that the dog is exposed to live birds, the field, and basic consistent structure and socialized with other dogs during this period for the dog to maximize its full potential. When a dog in the imprinting stage is properly exposed to structure and the elements of field work he becomes more receptive to learning. Such a dog will become not only a better companion but also a better bird dog for the hunter.
A dog that has been exposed to critical environmental factors during the imprinting stage has a mind that is open to learning and it is a joy to work with such a dog. We are dog trainers. Letting us prepare your young dog for his future training with you and having us take care of the necessary foundational prerequisites is money well spent. Do it right from the start. Then spend time with us and formulate a plan for the direction to take with your dog.
A Sur le Delavan Kennel level I dog will have had a proper introduction to scores of live birds and has had numbers of birds shot over him. This dog demonstrates strong pointing and hunting instincts. He has traveled, is accustomed to the crate and is well socialized with dogs and people. The level I dog is ready to graduate to more advanced stages of training. His program has been an extensive one involving clicker training, a proper introduction to low-level e-collar stimulation, point drills and fieldwork.
We know how the dog trains. We know the dog is a bird finder and has strong pointing instincts. The level I dog is a wise investment and deserves strong consideration by any owner.
The price of a Level I dog ranges from $2500 to $4000. The price is reflective of the experience and training the dog has had, where the dog is in training.
Started dogs: LEVEL II: $3,000.00 to $5,000.00
Approximate age 1 year to 2 years
A Level II EB has had wild bird exposure during the summer and fall at our summer training camp. The dog points with style but is not yet 100% reliable in holding point indefinitely. The dog is not steady to wing and shot at this point in his training although he is well advanced in controlled pointing drills on a check cord and is responding well to all facets of training.
The Level II dog handles of foot and is well positioned to advance to a dog that will hold point with style and be trained to a level of steady to wing and shot if the owner desires. The price of the Level II EB is from $3000 to $5000 and is dependent on the level of training the dog is at and his experience on wild birds.
Finished dogs: LEVEL III: $4,000.00 to $6,500.00
Approximate age 2 and up
The level III dog is ready to go hunting. The dog holds point with style and class, hunts in range and control, backs, and is fully obedience trained in the field. The level III dog is ready to put his field and yard training to work in a first year hunting season to gain the experience that will develop him into a polished veteran performer. I will discuss the needs of the future owner in order to develop the level III dog to handle in the range dictated by the game birds and topography it will hunt. The new owner will be involved in the selection process and is encouraged to see the dog develop.
Upon delivery, Clint will ensure the buyer understands how to handle and maintain his new companion & hunter.