REIBAR’S FOUR MONTH TRAINING PROGRAM FOR RETRIEVERS
It takes us four months to give our clients a gun dog that is trained to the level that meets our high standards here at Reibar Kennels.
During this four-month period, your dog will be educated on obedience and hunting commands, he will also be introduced to as many
hunting scenarios as he can handle. Working on the idea that all dogs are individuals, each dog is taken through the program at his own
pace. To ensure that our dogs in training are given the opportunity to become the best they can be, we shoot a variety of live birds for
each dog during their stay with us. The type of hunting a client has in mind for his dog will determine whether a dog receives ducks,
pheasants, or chukkars as his primary fowl---- or a combination of these birds. To keep training costs down we shoot pigeons on a daily
basis. We believe that dogs are best educated when given hunting situations that resemble as closely as possible the scenarios that a
hunter and dog would encounter in a day afield.
If a dog has not been introduced to birds, upon his arrival for training, we first get that done so we have a gauge as to the character and
potential talent of the new trainee. With that information we can outline a training program that will best suit the dog during his four-
month stay with us. Once a dog’s natural desire to get the bird and his hunting instincts have surfaced we begin a more demanding and
intensive obedience course using the leash and heeling stick to solidify all known commands. If the dog is capable of handling more training
during this time we also begin the force fetch, (pick-up on command) but not until he is ready. Once the dog is force fetched the next
step is to teach the come-on-command drill. This drill teaches the dog to come on both verbal and whistle commands. The final discipline
learned by your dog in his four month stay with us is to become steady to shot.
The four month course described above is for the retriever breeds we train, as most retrievers are used for duck hunting they are also
schooled on hunting over decoys and become accustomed to a duck call during their daily field drills. More and more hunters are using their
retrievers to flush game; teaching retrievers to flush is not a difficult process, all it takes is an added month of training when the basic
course is completed. If a client chooses to use his retriever for upland game only, (flushing birds) the steadiness part of his training is
eliminated and we can usually complete the dogs training in the before mentioned four months.
All dogs must be given the time to get comfortable with and accept all of their newly learned knowledge, so the remainder of their time
here will be spent allowing them to obediently perform all the newly learned hunting skills in the field. If we feel a dog is capable of learning
more during his stay with us, we will gladly teach him some of the more advanced skills that will be helpful in making this dog an even more
If we do not feel that a dog is capable of accomplishing every aspect of the basic training mentioned above, after working with him for one
month, we would call the owner and discuss what we feel the dog is capable of achieving. If this lower level is not acceptable to the
owner, the dog will be sent home.
We welcome and recommend that all owner’s of dog’s we have in training come out as often as they possibly can in order to learn how to
handle and take advantage of the training we have put into their dog. It’s important that we make the transition form trainer to owner go
as smoothly as possible. We take pride in the schooling of all the owners of the dogs we train, because they are the secret to our dogs