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
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.