For The Foot Hunter

GUN DOG TRAINING      

Hunt’em Up Kennels specializes in training gun dogs for the foot hunter.  I think that almost all dogs can be trained and cured of bad habits.  Sometimes it just takes time and patience to accomplish that.  Not all bird dogs train the same or take as long as others, for that reason, I use different techniques when training bird dogs, or any other dogs for that matter.  If you decide to have your dog trained at Hunt'em Up Kennels, please have all vaccinations up to date, prior to arrival.  Please be bring a copy of your dog's vaccination record.  If you want to ship your hunting dog to me, I can pick it up at the Wichita or Kansas City airport.  We will take care of all worming, flea and tick care at our kennel.  You can bring your own dog food or I will feed mine.  I feed Sportmix Premium Energy Plus.  At Hunt'em Up Kennels, your will take very good care of training your BEST FRIEND.

Training Field

OUR TRAINING PROGRAMS


Young Gun Dog Program
In the Young Gun Dog Training Program, we work with the young gun dogs on what we call the show me stage.  We will show and introduce the young gun dogs to:

Training:
Socialized with people, socialized with other dogs, introduced to birds, chasing birds, carries birds, carries dummies, chain gang, runs with a check cord, here, comes to the whistle, down, introduced to different noises, walks with a leash, climbs stairs, heel, no, sit, whoa, jump up, kennel, walks on the table, stand steady on the table, travels in a kennel, load up, introduced to water,  runs in the field, wears electronic collar, finds planted birds, points birds, change direction on hupp.

This exposure develops the young hunting dogs natural instincts.  We do not, in anyway, force them to preform any of these training tasks.  It is very important for the young bird dog to enjoy all these new hunting experiences, without any training pressure.  During this stage of development, we are laying the foundation for a great gun dog.  They will then be ready for the next stage of training.

We start young gun dogs out as young as 3 months old. This can take up to 3 months of training.  The cost is $500.00 per month.  We request the first month down when you drop off your young hunting dog for training and the balance when you pick them up.

Birds are a one time charge of $150.00.  We will use 20 to 25 quail and pigeons during the young gun dog stage.


Training Pond For Water Work


First Year Gun Dog Program

When a dog starts the First Year Gun Dog Training Program, they are usually mature enough to handle all formal training. We will run all gun dogs through the show me stage, showing them each training task, to insure that the hunting dog understands, what it is we require of them.  I will then reinforce each command until the gun dog masters it.  If there are things your bird dog already has mastered please let me know.  *See below*

Training:
Socialized with people, socialized with other dogs, introduced to birds, chasing birds, carries birds, carries dummies,
chain gang, runs with a check cord, here, comes to the whistle, down, introduced to different noises, walks with a leash, climbs stairs, heel, no, sit, whoa, jump up, kennel, walks on the table, stand steady on the table, travels in a kennel, introduced to water, finds planted birds, points birds, change direction on hupp, introduced to gun fire, collar condition, load up, hunts dead, no bird, range 20 to 50 yards, steady to flush, retrieves to hand, retrieves from water, backing. 


We can start first year gun dogs as young as 6 months old. This can be a 3 to 4 month gun dog training program.  It all depends on the bird dogs ability to learn.  The cost is $600.00 per month.  We request the first month down, when you drop off your hunting dog for training and the balance can be paid as we go or when you pick up your trained gun dog.

Birds are a one time charge of $400.00.  We will use 75 to 80 quail and pigeons over your gun dog during training.
  
Gun Dog Tune Up Program
This Tune Up Program is for gun dogs that are already trained.  We take your gun dog, prior to opening day or anywhere in between.  We will refresh your hunting dog on everything that he already knows.  We will hunt your dog in the field and plant 20 quail for them.  If there is anything you want your bird dog to learn or concentrate on more, just let us know.

This is a one week tune up program and the cost is $250.00.  We request $100.00 down, when you drop off your gun dog for training and the balance when you pick them up.


Training Field

Dog Obedience Program
In Basic Dog Obedience Training I will teach your dog: Heel, Here, Sit, Stay and Down.

This is a one month minimum program and the cost is $500.00 per month.  This training can usually be done in a month.  We request $250.00 down, when you drop off your dog for training and the balance when you pick them up. 

Force Breaking to Retrieve
This type of force breaking is for gun dogs that do not retrieve naturally, or are lazy on the retrieve. 

This can take up to 2 months.  The cost is $600.00 per month.  We request the first month down, when you drop off your gun dog for training and the balance when you pick them up.

Force break bench


Quail pen

When your hunting dog's training has been completed, I will take you and your gun dog, to the field and run you through all the commands until you are comfortable with them.  I will also send a list of commands home with you.  If you shipped your dog to me, I will send you the list of commands and the same kind of whistle I used to train your bird dog. I will call you and explain all commands to you. You can call me at any time with any questions.

I ask, that you do not take your newly trained gun dog right to the field and start hunting. I want you and your new hunting dog to get to know each other first. Work on the commands and hand signals with your new bird dog.  Give them time to get use to you and your voice.  Remember, all dogs will try to push you and not listen, if you give them the chance.  You have to stand your ground.  Dogs are pack animals, they need a leader and that has to be you. When you feel that you and your bird dog are as one, then you will be ready to hit the field hunting. I also strongly discourage you not to take your new bird dog hunting with a bunch of buddies, for example to South Dakota, wait until next season for that.  Do not get worried if your new bird dog does not perform like a pro, they will have to learn how to hunt wild birds and get to know the different types of cover and terrain.  Just remember, a first year gun dog is not an experienced hunter yet, you will have to give them time to grow into that.  If you have any questions with anything about gun dog training, please give me a call.

Hunt'em Up Kennels, wishes you and yours a safe and happy hunting season. 




                                  Hunt'em Up Kennels
                                     2998 E Ivy Ln
 Tescott, KS 67484
                                        
Kaj Larson
(785) 820-6451
kajlarson@huntemupkennels.com
               
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