Here at Southern Stryker Gun Dogs we offer different levels of training. From out of control house dogs to hunting dogs to hunt test dogs, we do it all. Ideally everyone would love to take the credit for training their own dog on their own, the truth behind it though is that it takes a lot of time, discipline and experience. Even as a trainer, I do not know everything and reach out to other trainers for help and advice.
We love hunting behind our 4 legged best friends, otherwise we wouldn‘t have them to begin with. And once you have hunted behind a good retriever, an untrained retriever will drive you crazy. Here at Southern Stryker Gun Dogs, our main goal is to turn Your dog into a quality dog you would be proud to hunt behind.
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Due to the increase in, well pretty much everything, we have unfortunately decided to increase our training prices.
Weekly Training Fees vary depending on your training program.
Basic Obedience ONLY: $500 (2 weeks)
Basic Gun Dog: $225
Advanced Gun Dog: $225
With the slight price increase, we will be able to take in less dogs and really focus on those here. So every dog gets the full attention they need.
Payment is due on Mondays.
If you bring your dog in any day of the week, you still pay for the whole week.
Dogs brought after 5 pm on Friday and on the weekends will not be charged for that week. Payment will start up the next Monday.
You can pay Weekly, Bi Weekly or Monthly.
Monthly payments are done 4 weeks at a time. They are not done date to date.
Invoices are sent to your email.
We only take a limited amount of outside dogs at a time for training. And we fill up FAST, and we have a lot of dogs on a waiting list to come in. The best way to save a spot is to fill out a "reserve a training slot" application and get it out to me ASAP. And I will get you scheduled in.
You must fill out the Training Spot Training Application in order to get on the list. If you do not have an application filled out, I will forget about you and move down my list of applications.
The basic obedience program is $500 for 2 weeks.
This is a base price is included 2 weeks of train & board.
Additional weeks are $250 each.
We understand that the best way to enjoy your dog is to have it behaved. We offer Obedience training for your pups. This is a 10-14 day long board & train program. We know it’s hard to think about your best friend leaving you, so we try to get As much as we can done in a short time.
1. How to walk on a lead
2. Place training
5. Off Lead Heel
6. How to behave in the house
7. How to behave in public
By the time your pup goes back home, you will have a manageable dog that you can enjoy having around.
The Gun Dog Program is approximately a 4-6 month program.
Training is $225 per week.
The Gun Dog Program is the program most hunters choose for their dogs.
We start out the program with all Basic Obedience.
We then overlay all of the Basic Obedience with an E Collar to really clean up everything for “off lead control”.
After that we go straight into a Force Fetch program.
And when force fetch is completed, we then teach basic casting.
During the Basic Gun Dog Program we run your dog from a place board, MoMarsh Invisilab, boat & a Heel Position.
We also condition your dog to gunfire, so that they can be shot over. We introduce both dead and live birds to your dog.
We steady them to a mark, gun fire & sending another dog. All dogs are trained to Sit & Here with whistle commands.
All dogs that go through our Basic Gun Dog Program will pass a Started or Junior Hunt Test.
The Hunt Test Program is approximately a 6-12 month program (depending on how far you want to go).
Seasoned/Senior Level: Approx 4-8 months
Finished/Master Level: Approx 6+ months.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT ALL DOGS TRAIN AT DIFFERENT PACES & SOME DOGS TRAIN FASTER THAN OTHERS.
The Hunt Test Program costs $225 per week.
Plus the cost of LIVE birds.
We pretty much cover everything from the Gun Dog Program. But we get a little more “technical”.
Tighter Obedience. For our hunt test dogs, we take a little bit more time than we do with the Gun Dogs while training obedience. There are a few things that we need absolutely 100% solid to run a dog in a test.
Just like in the Gun Dog Program, we teach your dog how to run a blind. However, with the Gun Dog Program we allow them to become self sufficient if they smell the bird. (Because the faster they get the bird, the faster they can get back.) In the Hunt Test Program, we don’t allow them to become self sufficient at all and train them how a judge wants to see them.
In the Gun Dog Program, most of our clients that hunt do not care if a dog runs around the edge of the bank of the pond. A dog wants to run the fastest way there & back. And while hunting, we allow the fastest route so that they can be back quick. However, while running a hunt test they are not allowed to cheat the banks. They must take straight lines. So we teach them to take the straight lines.
Harder marks. When we train a hunting dog, we still like to throw challenging marks. But we typically won’t throw much over 100 yards (unless the owner asks for it because they plan on hunting in large open fields, typically goose hunts). Our Hunt Test Dogs get more challenging marks. Some will be into cover, some through cover, some across the bank of the pond, in-line marks, and further marks. We also teach them how to run a walk up & walk out mark.
While hunting, must if the time you just throw up and shoot a gun. So we typically don’t teach a dog how to turn with a gun. But with our hunt test dogs, we use a gun to show them where their next mark will come from. So we teach them how to turn into the gun and away from the gun.
We offer what is called a Puppy Program. This is great if you want your dog to be a Gun Dog or Hunt Test Dog in the future.
This is a 2 weeks program where we take your puppy and expose it to all sorts of new things. So that when they get older they already have that confidence.
The puppy program is a TWO WEEK MINIMUM.
The whole time they are here, we make it as fun as possible.
Each puppy is exposed to…
1. Dead birds
2. Live quail
5. Duck calls
7. Walking on a lead
8. Other Dogs
9. Place board
10. Gun fire
12. Bird boys
13. Running marks
15. Watching other dogs work
It is a cost of $60 PER DAY to run a dog in a hunt test.
Southern Stryker Gun Dogs is not responsible if my dog fails a test & I will not be refunded back anything in the case that were to happen.
Payment must be made BEFORE Southern Stryker Gun Dogs leaves for a test, otherwise said dog will be left behind in the kennels.
SOUTHERN STRYKER GUN DOGS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOUR DOG FAILS!