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Professional Trainer Certification

Our goal is to effectively convey our expertise and enthusiasm in training exceptional bird dogs to anyone wanting to improve their training skills. Unique in its structure, this program immerses its participants in the day to day activities of a professional training facility.  It is an intense work program with the apprentices getting as much benefit out of the experience as the amount of effort they put in to it.

The certification program parrallels our dog training classes so that each apprentice can gain in depth knowledge of our system. Each level of certification consists of a four week apprenticeship at Ronnie Smith Kennels in Big Cabin, Oklahoma.  Each apprentice begins at the Foundation Level and works progressively through the stages of training. Apprentices work beside us as we go through our system of dog training. Hours are long, but the rewards are great!

The apprentices will have the opportunity to utilize the Ronnie Smith Kennels facilities and equipment to gain a working knowledge of a professional training facility.  Each apprentice will be able to work with a large number of dogs with different personalities and breeds.  Apprentices have the opportunity to learn to deal with a wide variety of training issues and learn the proper use of an e-collar.  The Apprentices deal frequently with clientele and become accustomed to teaching the training process to others.  Achievement of a Huntsmith Certification prepares apprentices for working at a professional training facility or establishing their own training business.

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Enrollment levels and cost for the programs are as follows:

Foundation Level Certification - $2,500.00

Ronnie Smith and his staff will work with the apprentice to gain expertise in the following areas of puppy development and foundation training:

  • Socialization
  • Building prey drive / prey chase through bird work
  • Recognizing an honoring situation
  • Introduction to the gun
  • Stake-out Chain
  • Quartering drills
  • Building Points of Contact for handling and stopping
  • Obedience Training
  • Heeling

This level of training can be completed during the months of either April or July of every year. Apprenticeships are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. To hold a spot please contact us for an application.

Intermediate Level Certification - $3,000

Ronnie Smith and his staff will work with the apprentices to gain expertise in the following intermediate areas of training:

  • Transitioning to remote stimuli
  • Overlaying commands
  • Handling in the field
  • Honoring
  • Holding a dog steady to wing
  • Physical conditioning
  • Working with a dog's natural retrieve

This level of training can be completed during the months of May or August of every year. Apprenticeships are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. To hold a spot please contact us for an application.

Advanced Level Certification - $3,500

Ronnie Smith and his staff will work closely with the apprentice to gain expertise in the following advanced areas of training:

  • Transitioning to one Point of Contact
  • Working to the point of learned behavior
  • Steady to wing, shot and dead fall
  • Working multiple dogs in the field
  • Proficiency at training a dog to a finished polish

This level of training can be completed during the months of June or September of every year. Apprenticeships are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. To hold a spot please contact us for an application.

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