The first few weeks and months of your retrievers life will have life long impacts on the intelligence and drive of your dog. Specifically, the period between 16 and 24 weeks of age is especially critical. This is a time in your young dogs mental development when imprinting is at a pivotal juncture. If we can make the pup bird crazy at this stage, we can maximize their prey drive and bring them to the height of their genetic potential.
These early lessons are absolutely critical in establishing a strong foundation, upon which all future training is built. Our retriever puppy program is designed to properly introduce your young star to birds, water, boats, decoys, crates, and other dogs. None of the above described objectives are rocket science, however if not done properly and with care, can result in problems such as water aversion, poor socialization, fear of gunfire, etc.
Obedience trained and they will obey the commands Sit, Kennel, and Here.
A dog that completes our basic retriever training program will be a dog that will be a productive partner in the field. This dog should be capable of trailing cripples, and should deliver game to your hand without delay. This dog should be capable of marking and retrieving single birds down for the duck hunter. This level of training usually takes 3-4 months to complete, depending on the dogs natural ability.