The Started Dog Program is a bird and gun Introduction class. Dogs must be at least 94 days old. Bird and gun Introduction is the key step in starting a companion hunting dog. This program is designed to bring out and enhance your canine companions’ natural instincts.
We will spend time working on retrieving birds starting with dead birds, moving up to clipped wing birds and finally live flushed birds. We will evaluate the pointing skills in the pointing breeds but the true point will be refined in a later program once your puppy’s drive has been allowed to come out.
During the different phases of the birds, we add in the different phases of the firearms ranging from a starting blank gun to a 12 gauge. This is done in progressive steps and amounts over the phase of a few weeks to develop a positive gun and bird relationship.
All dogs in this program are worked on a check cord to develop a retrieve. All phases of this program are positive and fun to bring out the drive and natural desire of each individual puppy.