Puppy Basics and Advanced Gun Dog Training

New for 2012 - Pre-Season Tune Up
(Available in July and Aug only, minimum 1 month stay required This curriculum is specifically designed for the weekend hunter, who after a hard season of hunting waterfowl not only puts his gun away but also his hard-charging retriever who goes back to his off season job of laying on the couch. Most folks take the time before the next season to practice up on their shooting skills, check their gear but forget about their best friend and hunting partner. If you expect your retriever to come off the couch and be at the top of his game with no pre season work, think again, he'll more than likely look like a pup on his first hunt.

Final Flight Retrievers will get your best friend back in shape and sharpen those retrieving skills so he'll be as sharp as he was at the end of last season!!! Our curriculum includes:

• morning and evening work outs
• Obedience re-fresher
• steady to shot
• multiple marks land and water
• tune-up blind drills (if at this level)
• live flyers (additional charge per bird)

PUPPY BASICS

I will teach all the basic commands such as,here, sit, heel and kennel. I also spend time with owners and dog on how to reinforce these commands at home. (roughly 1 or 2 months)

PUPPY BASICS +1 with E-COLLAR

We start teaching all the basic commands such as here, sit, heel, and kennel. We also teach good manners such as not jumping. Once learned, we reinforce these commands with an electronic collar conditioning program (e-collar) which is highly recommended but is optional.. We also spend time with owners on how to reinforce these commands at home. (roughly 1 to 2 months)

JUNIOR HUNTER & BEGINNERS BASICS + 1 with e-collar

 (dog must be at least 6 months old and have there permanent teeth)

This part of our program focuses on the foundations necessary to develop into a hunting companion and or test/trial dog . Skills developed at this level are Force Fetch thru and including Force-to-pile, Collar conditioned to here and fetch, whistle sit, introduced to gun fire and live birds, marking and continued obedience. Dogs are exposed to all types of hunting situations and gear, like, platforms, decoys, boats, blinds are used at this level. After completing this program, individuals will reliably hunting dog that will deliver to hand, have proper mouth habits, run single & double marks on land and water, be accustomed to flyers, and advance towards being steady. after completing this program the will be able to PASS a Junior (AKC) or Started (HRC) hunt test......(roughly 2 to 4 months to complete depending on the dog)

SENIOR HUNTER

 This part of our program is a continuation of the Junior Hunter Program which helps to develop them into a solid gundog or hunt test/trail competitor. Skills developed at this level are Mini T, Double T, indirect pressure, swim-by, remote swim-by, honor, continued marks and continued Obedience. Dogs are again exposed to all types of hunting situations, land and gear. While more live/dead birds are used at this level. After completing this program the dog will be able to run single,double and triple marks on land and water or both, run simple blinds on land and water and will be steady. If desired, dogs will also be introduced to upland hunting situations, taught to work cover and be steady to wing and shot. After completing this program the dog will PASS a Senior (AKC) & Seasoned (HRC) test... ** (must have completed JUNIOR HUNTER or have a solid hunting/training back ground. If the dog has not been thru my Junior hunter program then I will personal test the dog to make sure he/she is ready before I except them for SENIOR HUNTER )

MASTER HUNTER

 This part of our program is for the serious waterfowl hunter and or test/trial owners. A this level the dog will be taught how to mark better and learn how to handle with factors. A dog at this level is called a dog in transition and we will expose the dog to these type drills, Pattern Blinds, Blind Drills, Diversions, cheating marks, wagon wheel, tune drills, 3 legged cold blinds,walk around blinds, etc. Also the dog will be getting lots of marks (Live flyer) shot every other day. After completing this program the dog will be able to PASS a Masters (AKC) & Finished (HRC) test and is also ready to run QAA events.. *** (must have completed JUNIOR & SENIOR HUNTER or have a solid hunting/training back ground. If the dog has not been thru my Junior & Senior hunter program then I will personal test the dog to make sure he/she is ready before I except them for MASTER HUNTER )

HUNT TEST / TRIAL HANDLING

 During the training season I use hunt tests to help me evaluate the dogs progress in a non-training atmosphere. I will usually handle the dog the first test or two. then if the owner likes and I do recommend it then they will handle the dog after that.... All dog owners are responsible for all entre fees plus my fee to handle/transport **** the dog to the test site.... **** (Fees will vary depending on the distance of each test/trial. I will travel to mid-Northern Va (north of RT 64) to MD,DE,NJ,NY and PA... Handling fees remain the same from event to event...)

Final Flight Retrievers
Scott Shafer
145 Harris Street
Dallas, PA 18612
Phone: 570-406-3295
Email: scott@finalflightretrievers.com