Bacon Hill Kennel Located in the New York's Southern Adirondacks
In training gun dogs for over thirty years, I have found that I prefer training owner and bird dog teams rather than having dogs sent to me for training. I have also found that the better gun dogs are a result of owner's involvement. After all, the goal of hunting with a bird dog is to have a hunting team, and you cannot have good team unless both owner and dog have practiced together and are cooperating with each other. That is why my training methods not only train your dog but also provides you with the tools to continue training at home.
Consistency in training is one of the keys to getting your gun dog to understand his or her role. That is why I am totally hands on with all aspects of training and do not have assistants train your dog. If training is communication then it is best in the beginning to have fewer people communicating with your dog. Only after both of you are performing well, that we move on to the next step and introduce distractions such as gunners or other dogs.