Dynamic Retrievers offers a very thorough and balanced program for young field trial dogs including solid basics, transition, and early advanced training. Marking mechanics and precision while keeping a great attitude is important to us. Helping owners with training and handling skills is a part of the dog’s time here as well. We work well with numerous other professionals who handle dogs in the derby, qualifying, and all-age stakes. Tim Springer and Dynamic Retrievers no longer offers field trial handling as a service to clients. Instead, we dedicate the travel time and time at trials to the proper development of these talented young dogs.
Young dog development for those wanting a well-trained hunting dog and family companion has been and continues to be an important part of the training going on at Dynamic Retrievers. We ourselves are hunters and understand the importance of having a well behaved yet stylish retriever afield. We generally take in young dogs at around 6 months of age, and like owners to commit to a minimum of three months of training. This allows us to take the time and do things right, without unnecessarily rushing or pushing a dog too much. Solid basics, although not very exciting, are very important to a young hunting dog’s entire career. Your dog will learn obedience, formal hold and fetch training, bird and gun training, water and land marks, upland hunting, and exposure to decoys and other hunting scenarios.
For those wanting a finished waterfowl dog, it is highly recommended to continue training to include hand signal and blind retrieve training. This is often 2-4 months more of training, depending on the natural skill level of the dog and the amount of training desired.
“What the Books Don’t Tell You,” seminars have been gaining in popularity. The seminar is a thought-provoking combination of classroom and field work with handlers and dogs. Meant to compliment any training program, we discuss core and basic principles that underlie any solid training approach. Topics include understanding a dog’s mental state, natural vs unnatural pressure, how to make sure your dog understands pressure, how to maximize training time, and how to mold a balanced, happy, yet obedient retriever.