Sur le Delavan Kennel Pointing Dog Training
Our Approach to Gun Dog Training:
I have over 20 years experience training
pointing dogs. We have studied all the major
approaches: West/Gibbons, George Hickox, Dave
Walker, Mo Lindley, NAVHDA, and the Smith
Method. I borrow the best from each approach,
but most of what we incorporate in our approach
is based in our own experiences. I learned
quickly that each puppy and dog is different and
no one program can fit all dogs. I train dogs
for hunting, hunt test, and field trials. We only
take 6 dogs a month. Because of this I fill up
very early each year. I average 60 dogs a year.
95% being Bretons. I do not take dogs
during December and January. I like to do our
Forced Retrieve training in July - September.
50% of the training cost is due and non refundable at the time of booking your training dates. We will not hold your spot without down payment.
Before bringing your dog to Sur le Delavan Kennel it must be UTD on all shots/vaccines. NO EXPECPTION WILL BE MADE.
Training Programs offered at Sur le Delavan Kennel:
Puppy - This program is geared for young puppies over 16 weeks and 6 months. This program is geared around teaching the puppy how to learn through clicker training. The puppy will be introduced to the place board, kennel, and "Here."
- One month
Introduced - This program is geared for young dogs 6 months and up. The program will introduce the dog to birds, gun conditioning, e collar, and running in the cover. This is best used after the Puppy Program.
- Three months
Finished - This program is geared for building the finished hunting and trialing dog. The dog will be steady to the level the owner wants and backing/honor other dogs point. This is your "brag dog." This training follows the Introduced Program.
- Three months
Forced Retrieve - Force Retrieving is a method by which a dog retrieves an object without applying pressure. This is of the greatest value in hunting situations, particularly with regard to partridge, pheasant, and fowl, which are bred for the purpose of hunting.
- The time is different from dog to dog but normally about 3 months
Problem/Issue Correcting - We this offering for fixing gun shy dogs, blinking birds, or anything else that comes up.
- Price varies but starts at $1000.00
- Time frame varies depending on the issue
Training at Sur le Delavan Kennel by the hour - We offer one on one training with you and your dog. We use our grounds, training tools, and birds. This is the best opportunity to for the handler and dog to learn together.
- $50.00 per hour plus $6.00 per kill bird
- Per hour
Field Trial Handling - Come February and September of each year we start to receive our field trials dogs for the upcoming trial year. At this time we will begin training and conditioning to ensure they are ready for the Fall and Spring field trial seasons. These dogs will be worked on hundreds of quail at our local training grounds as they prepare for the trial circuit. We take dogs for the fall and spring trial seasons and we go to UKC and AKC trials.
- $500 per month.
- I will enter the dogs in the trial, you pay all entry fees.
- $50 per run handling fee.
Training weekends - A few times a year we offer training weekends at our kennel through the pointing dog clubs we belong to. Most of the times these weekends are free of charge and well attended. The goal is to offer these opportunities to all pointing dog owners.