Training

RGK offers one-on-one training sessions along with monthly boarding/training options. We utilize proven and refined training methods to prepare dog for your next hunting/testing season. Following skill sets and tasks required for NAVHDA and JGHV allows us to develop and well rounded versatile dog. Please check out NAVHDA’s website for more information.

We also complete dog assessments on all dogs that come to RGK for training to see the dog’s temperament and training style. We will go over goals for your dog and a training plan. Please contact us for pricing and availability. All training dogs are worked every day from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the task. We also post weekly on our Facebook page for training clients only. Upon drop off we will invite you to this page.

RGK does not offer a la carte training. For us to provide you with the best results for your goals, we will place your dog into one of our programs: Foundation Gundog, Intermediate Gundog or Advanced Gundog. This will be determined during the assessment phase with your dog and discussed prior to booking training. 

Training Programs

Foundation Gundog:
$1000 per 30 days

This is the first phase of gundog training and has a high focus on learning all the basics of what a hunting companion should be. This program is designed for dogs 6 months to 2 years old but can be applied to dogs up to 5 years of age. This program is essential for further training in more advanced skills and is a requirement for ANY dog conducting more advanced training at RGK. This program should help prepare a young dog for its first season and junior hunt tests. Minimum time 60 days, and some of the key skills covered are the following: 

  • Gundog obedience
  • Calm mind
  • Heel
  • Basic placeboard
  • Recall (come/here)
  • Intro to whoa
  • Develop search
  • Intro to gun fire
  • Intro to birds
  • Intro to water
  • Intro to collar

Intermediate Gundog:
$1200 per 30 days

This program is only offered to clients/dogs that have completed the RGK Foundation program or can demonstrate a solid knowledge of the skills of the Foundation program. The Intermediate Gundog program is designed to get your dog ready for its first couple of hunting seasons or preparation for hunt tests. Depending on the dog’s ability, a dog completing this program should be able to pass a NAVHDA Utility-style test or a JGHV Utility test. Minimum time is 90 days, and some of the key skills covered are the following: 

  • Advanced obedience/placeboard 
  • Force fetch/ trained retrieve 
  • Intro to duck search 
  • Intro to steadiness (flush, wing, shot and fall) 
  • Intro to steadiness in the duck blind 
  • Retrieve by drag to 150 yds 

Advanced Gundog:
$1250 per 30 days

This program is only offered to clients/dogs that have completed the RGK Intermediate program or can demonstrate a solid knowledge of the skills of the Foundation and Intermediate programs. The Advanced Gundog program is designed to finish your dog as a completed hunting partner. It focuses on refining skills and attitude that is required for more advanced hunts and testing. Depending on the dog’s ability, a dog completing this program should be able to pass a NAVHDA Utility-style test and start preparation for the NAVHDA Invitational test or higher JGHV Utility tests. Minimum time is 90 days, and some of the key skills covered are the following: 

  • Double mark and intro to casting 
  • Advanced duck search 
  • Backing and honoring 
  • Blind retrieves over water and land (50–60 yds water/150 yds land) 
  • Retrieve by drag to 350 yds 

What to Bring

  • Vaccination records to include Rabies, Bordetella, and DHHP
  • Flea/tick prevention
  • Heartworm prevention
  • Any other medications
  • Payment for one-month up front
  • Dog food in a plastic container with dog’s name labeled on the container

What Not to Bring

  • Bedding
  • Toys
  • Training equipment

Gallery of Dogs We’ve Trained

Forms

If your dog is coming for training, please download and fill out the training application below.

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