FLUSHERS
REIBAR’S FOUR MONTH TRAINING PROGRAM FOR FLUSHERS

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
the team of 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, which will become a
very valuable tool when teaching your flushing dog to hunt within gun range. We do not recommend that a dog be
made steady to flush and shot, however, if the client wants it, we will steady the dog.

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 productive hunter.

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 being successful.
REIBAR- EXCELLENCE IN DOG TRAINING