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.
If a dog has not been introduced to birds, upon his arrival for training, we take the time to get that done first so we
have a gauge as to the character and degree of talent the new trainee possesses. With that information we can outline
the proper training program that will best suit the dog during his four-month stay with us.
With the pointing breeds we do the obedience at the tail end of the four month program. The majority of pointers are
much more sensitive to any form of discipline than other hunting breeds. For that reason there is very little if any discipline
put on pointers while they are learning to find birds in the field. In the yard we may pinch or slap their belly to make them
understand that they must stand when the “whoa” command is given, not lie down, but that’s the extent of the
discipline at this early stage of training. Since the “whoa” command is originally taught in the yard, we must eventually
explain what it means in the field and that is done with a long check-cord. We teach all pointing dogs to respond to his
handler’s hand signals while questing for birds, we believe that the handler should always be in control of the dogs
movements---the dog should hunt in the areas where he is told.
Once a trainee understands and has been pointing birds for a month or so, we then decide what level of force fetch this
dog can handle---the heeling and force fetch are done simultaneously.
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.