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Professional Gun Dog Training Programs

Waterfowl Retrievers | Flushing Retrievers | Headstart Puppy | Pointing Labradors


Friend and client Tom with his dog Grady, goose hunting in WyomingWe believe that with fair and consistent training every retriever can reach their full potential. Whether you own a waterfowl retriever, a flushing retriever, or a pointing Labrador, we can customize our training to suit your dog. No matter what type of hunting you do, your dog should work with you, be confident, and be eager to hunt.

We believe that the only long-term way to train a gun dog is to train the owner. You are encouraged to visit your dog and learn how to handle them yourself along with how to perform certain training techniques. Before your hunting dog goes home, Mike will personally spend time with you to teach you the commands, answer any of your questions, and explain the ideas behind his training. We want you to be comfortable handling your dog and even training them yourself, if you wish. You are always encouraged to call us if you ever have any questions.

SkyHigh Retrievers travels to sunny California during the winter months, January - April. This gives your dog the unique opportunity to be worked on water no matter what time of year it is. This is a great program for a young duck dog ready to go into training, or for a competition dog continuing their water work. We limit the number of dogs for the winter trip, so it is best to make reservations. If you would like your dog to continue their training this winter, please Contact Us.

Flushing Retrievers

A great upland retriever must be confident, eager to hunt, and willing to work with the hunter. They must have the knowledge and experience to use their skills and their nose to find birds in thick cover and other challenging terrain.

We teach the dogs to quarter, mark the fall, and heel to your side to deliver the bird to hand. Your dog will learn to use their nose and bust throudgh heavy cover in search of game.

A good bird dog must be trained on birds. We use a variety of live and dead birds, including pigeons, chukar, ducks, and pheasants. For more information about Upland Retriever training, please Contact Us.

Waterfowl Retrievers

Cruise, a black Lab, makes a blind retrieve on a duck from the marshA great waterfowl retriever needs to be a good marker, take straight lines to fallen birds, and be steady and quiet in the blind. Advanced gundogs can be taught to handle to birds they didn't see fall, or "blind" retrieves. Your dog will learn to mark with both bumpers and birds, and to retrieve from the land and water. We teach the dogs many different types of retrieves, including open water and multiple entry retrieves, so that no matter where you hunt your dog will have the confidence to push through obstacles to retrieve a fallen bird. Your dog will learn to use their nose to search for a fallen bird in different types of cover, take a straight line back to you, and deliver to hand. We also steady each waterfowl dog to a Dog Hut, which allows the dog to have a great view of incoming birds while keeping you dry and the dog hidden. For more information about Waterfowl Retriever training, please Contact Us.

Headstart Puppy Training

Headstart Puppy Training We also offer Headstart Puppy training. Puppy training is a great benefit to owners who do not have the time or knowledge to raise a Field Trial, Hunt Test, or hunting retriever. The best dogs often have begun their training with dummies and real birds as soon as they are weaned. By making retrieving an exciting experience early on, your dog will have a love of retrieving all their life. For more information about Puppy Headstart training, please click here.

Pointing Labradors

Pointing Labradors are retrievers first and pointers second. We train a well-rounded pointing Lab by teaching them to mark, quarter, swim, retrieve, and deliver to hand, and balance this with bringing out the dog's natural point. Your dog will learn to use their nose to find birds, to stay within range, and will have their GMPR Risk SH earns his first Master title in this picturenatural point strengthened with live birds. This is typically a 4 - 6 month program. We also train for the APLA (American Pointing Labrador Association) Hunt Tests, and have trained and handled multiple dogs to their Master and Grand Master titles. For more information about Pointing Labrador training, please Contact Us.

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Central Washington - Southern California
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