Professional Bird Dog Training by Ronnie Smith Kennels
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Ronnie Smith Kennels currently accepts dogs for training in two rotations. The first rotation begins the first of May and the second rotation begins the first of August. Upon arriving at the Kennels, each dog will be evaluated by the staff for prey drive, intensity, and socialization. This evaluation helps both owner and the Kennels to identify that individual dog's strengths and weaknesses and serves as an indicator for how the dog will respond to formal training.
Bird Dog Training Format
Young dogs need the opportunity of exposure to birds in the field to develop their inherent prey drive. At the beginning of training the Kennel may require a month of PUPPY DEVELOPMENT ($400). This ensures a young dog is excited about birds and has learned the basics of how to utilize his instincts. This level elevates the dog's intensity of prey drive and readies them for the formal stages of training.
The FOUNDATION LEVEL begins formal training by establishing Points of Contact on the neck and flank. Through the use of the points of contacts conditioned responses are taught, thus shaping behavior or in some cases re-shaping undesired behavior. This is also when work is begun on the dog's natural retrieve.
The INTERMEDIATE LEVEL transitions a dog from mechanical cues to remote cues in the field and ultimately verbal commands are overlaid to the conditioned response. At this level dogs are becoming steady on game, learning to honor another dog's point and quartering on cue.
At the ADVANCED LEVEL, dogs are reaching the point of learned behavior. They learn to work scent in adverse conditions, how to look for and recognize backing situations, mark and hunt dead, retrieve, and take direction and go with you in the field. Ronnie Smith Kennels is a custom training facility creating a bird dog that fits the owner's needs and preferences. Some of the bird dogs that go through the Kennels go on to win field trials, some are utilized by commercial hunting operations, and others spend their lives as successful personal hunting companions.Formal Training
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