Field Training

This is the newest addition to our training programs, and a work in progress as we gain expereince training in the hunting world. A good hunting dog is the key to a successful waterfowl and upland hunt! It is our goal to help you achieve that with our field training program.

The following is our training program details:

*Board and Field Training is offered at Red Prairie for puppies that were produced here - at this time we do not take outside dogs/other breeds. *

 

Below are the levels of training that can be produced here, as well as the time it will take (on average) for each level to be completed. Don't forget each dog is different, so this training time can vary for each dog based on their natural drive and what training they have already received

Level 1: Basic Obedience/Intro to fetching

  • Sit/Stay/Heel/Here

  • Place and Kennel (crate training).

  • Fetch with bumpers, fetch with wings

  • Hold training

How long does this take: 1-2 months

Level 2: Introduction to Guns/Birds

  • Introduction to the gun - desensitizing

  • Introduction to small birds/pigeons/quail. 

  • Fun field work with planted birds and bumper play.

  • Collar Conditioning.

  • Marking birds and steadiness. 

  • Land, water, field, and scent work. 

How long does this take: 1-2 months

Level 3: Force Fetch 

  • Can be added to Intermediate or Advanced programs for a discounted rate.

  • Ensure proper delivery return to hand with no mouthing. 

  • Will force fetch to each type of bird you will be hunting.

  • Pile work/walking fetch.

  • Introduction to blinds.

 

How long does this take: 1-2 months 

Level 4: Advanced Gun Dog

  • Sit on whistle.

  • Pile work/pattern blinds/cold blinds.

  • Customizable program to fit your hunting needs. 

  • 4 different hand casts (left over, right over, left back, right back).

  • Advanced steadiness in blind and on heel.

  • Triple land and water marks out to 150-200 yards.  

  • Real hunting scenarios and decoy work.

  • This program is for very advanced dogs, that hunt with big groups and can mark big groups of downed birds. This is also a good program for people interested in hunt tests.

 

How long does this take: typically 4-6 months of training 

Schedule for our field training dogs

The following schedule is what the pup was accustomed to in the trainer's home on an average day. Times may vary by 30-60 mins on weekends or travel days. 

 

5:30 am – let outside for potty (10-15 mins) 

6:00 am - Training, these sessions can last 15-30 minutes per dog, depending on the level of training they are receiving.

6:45 am –  feed breakfast 

7:15 am – let outside for final morning potty break (10-15 mins) 

7:30 am –crate  

12:00 pm – let outside for potty (10-15 mins)  

12:15 pm – place/obedience training 

1:45 pm – let outside for final potty break (10-15 mins) 

2:00 pm – crate  

4:00 pm – let outside for potty (10-15 mins) 

4:15 pm – Training, these sessions can last 15-30 minutes per dog, depending on the level of training they are receiving.

5:00 pm – feed dinner  

5:30 pm – let outside for potty (10-15 mins) 

5:45 pm – Play/Relax

7:30 pm – pick up extra food or water 

10:30 pm – let outside for final potty break 

10:45 – let inside & crate or bedtime  

 

Commands your dog should be introduced to: 

  • “Sit” – sit down 

  • “Down” – lay down 

  • “Place” – bed 

  • “Here/Come”- recalls 

  • “You’re free/Okay”- release command 

  • “Wait”- wait until released (at the door or in crate) 

  • “Lets Go”- come with me 

  • “Kennel”- used to crate  

  • “Heel” – walk beside me 

  • “no”- correction for incorrect behavior 

 

 

Other recommended trainers 

Field Training

Rusty Haglund Trigger Time Kennels TEXAS- Rusty and his wife AshLee have trained a couple of our dogs now and done an awesome job. He primarily has trained our dogs for field work and hunt tests. He summers in Minnesota and winters in Texas. Great option for hunting training.

River Bottom Dog Training- Tyler has trained a couple of our dogs now and done an awesome job. He primarily has trained our dogs for field work and hunt tests. He is located in Minnesota