Over the last 30+ years, George Daniels has developed a very structured "board in" training program which typically takes 12 weeks to complete. Each animal coming into the training program is accepted on a two week evaluation period. At the end of the two weeks, the animals' progress is discussed with the owner and the goals reviewed. We typically like to start working with a dog at or around the age of six months. The program is structured to build on lessons learned throughout the training, but is flexible enough to work with each animals strenghts and weaknesses in order to produce the best results possible. It has been our experience that programs with a "one size fits all" approach produce "wash-outs." We don't believe in "washing-out" family members and sometimes the training may go more quickly or slowly depending on the animal.
We train both Pointing Breeds (German Shorthaired Pointers, Wirehaired Pointers, Vizslas, English Pointers, Brittneys and English Setters, etc.) and Retrievers. During the training program, your dog will live in our heated kennel facility as one of our own.
The program has been developed to produce a reliable, obedient partner in the field that performs their job effectively and enthusiastically, in other words, a dog you are proud to hunt with. A dog that has completed the training is expected to work the field smartly, find and point birds, hold until flush and retrieve to hand. All dogs are whistle and e-collar conditioned during the program.
Obiedence - This is the foundation of the program. We start out teaching pointing dogs 'heel' and 'whoa'. The animal must demonstrate strict compliance to both commands, on and off leash, before moving on. Introduction to the whistle occurs in this stage.
Retrieving - "Conditioned Retrieve" brings fetch to a command level. Our dogs are bred with a strong natural retrieving instinct, but it's important to make sure your hunting partner will retrieve to hand a shot bird even when the cover is thick or the water is cold.
Field Work - This is where gun conditioning occurs and the animal is introduced to bird work. Your dog will have many birds shot over them in this phase of training. This is where it all comes together. Your dog will be steady on point and enthusiastically retrieving by the end of this final phase of training. Your dog will be introduced to water retrieves and also a variety of game birds, including Pheasant. Field work begins in our five acre "Puppy Field" and eventually moves out to our hunting fields to introduce them to cover they are more likely to see in the field. We strongly encourage owners to particiapte in this phase of training as much as possible to help 'train' the owner on how to reinforce the elements taught throughout the program. All dogs are introduced to the e-collar in this phase of training.