Dogs need to have basic retrieving completed before they go into advanced retrieving.
Our advanced retriever training program teaches your dog how to stop and handle using the aid of a whistle while out in the field on a retrieve. This program teaches your dog to follow the cast of the handler, learning to go in the desired direction, regardless of what the dog sees or smells. Your dog will also learn to go in a direction other than where he/she thinks the dummy/bird is located. If you want to have one of our started dogs trained in advanced retrieving, please start with a level 3 started dog.
Step 1: Reinforcement of marked retrievers, and basic blind retrieves using the BACK command. This ensures your dog is confident in going out when he is lined up and told BACK! This is the most important concept to begin casting work.
Step 2: Introduction of sit and heel using the whistle during the first few weeks to teach your dog to respond to the whistle.
Step 3: Upon completion of step 2, we walk your dog through pushing back, and recalling in from a remote position. Regardless of where he/she thinks the dummies are located. In other words, we want your dog to come back to heel, even if there are birds/dummies to be retrieved. This enforces control and compliance from your dog.
Step 4: Left and right casts to establish casting over.
Step 5: Mixing of all basic casting concepts into repetitious retrieves to build your dog’s confidence in their handler. This is done with many many short range drills.
Step 6: Lastly, when your dog understands the drills at short range distances, we slowly add distance, distractions, and diversion dummies.
Each dog coming into our program will have a blog created on our website. We have a new 4 part custom designed system which allows us to assign training tasks to your dog when they are checked in. These TASKS dictate a scheduled set of training points and reminders, telling our staff when to upload video progressions of your dog for your viewing. Once a video is uploaded, our system will automatically email you the link to watch your dog’s video or see their pictures. These videos will usually include your dog working, and our staff explaining what is happening. Our staff will also lay out what the next training steps/goals will be. Each year we see dogs that come in with tons of drive and desire, who we think will do great and they hit a hang up here or there. We also see what we would consider mediocre dogs come in that turn into nice well rounded dogs with loads of potential to fulfill their owners needs. We take pride in keeping owners up to date with our new blog system, and keeping them in sync with what is going on with their dog. Most dogs will have a beginning video done when they come into our facility, then another video done roughly a week later after a solid evaluation period. This is used to provide a baseline and plan of action for progressing your dog. Each client will be given the email address of their dog’s handler to stay in direct contact with them. Of course you can also contact Ace at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.