retriever training


The team at Macomo Kennels are convinced there are 5 factors in the making of a truly fine retriever: Hard Work, Consistent - High Standards, Nutrition & Conditioning, Clean - Efficient Facilities, and Various - Challenging Grounds.

 

"We are in the business of teaching and training canine student athletes. There is no other way of viewing your retriever - they will work harder and longer in more miserable conditions than any other breed; all while being expected to perform."  

 

 
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Gun dog

Training

Our Gun Dog program lasts approximately 5 months. If having a confident hunting companion is your goal, Macomo Kennels will accomplish the following with your retriever:

  • Basic Obedience, Collar Conditioning, Force Fetch and Delivery to Hand
  • Steady to Shot
  • Intro to multiple platforms (boat, layout, marsh & tree stand, pit)
  • Intro to decoys (goose & duck), mojo's, and motion wobblers
  • Land and Water Retrieves
  • Tri-Directional Casting (Land and Water)
  • Live Flyer Marks (x3 month)

**If you desire your retriever to have additional skills - for example, Honoring another Dog's work, mention it to us and we will tailor a program to fit your needs.

**Price$600 per month. Includes boarding, training, feeding, Flea/Tick/Heartworm preventative, and birds (dispatched and flyers).

**Tune-Up Program: MK offers a personalized tune-up program for the experienced gun dog and/or previously trained retriever that needs some skill sharpening before the hunting season, competitive event, or any time in between. Inquire for more details. 

**Day Training: Looking to have some fun with other retriever enthusiasts and sharpen your dog's skills? Interested in self-training your retriever but nervous or unknowing about areas such as Forced Fetch? MK offers day training at $20/day. Bird throwers and set help may be needed - on a first come first basis and as needed, any one who helps for the day will have his/her daily fee waived.  

 
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advanced

Training

If your goal is to participate in all levels of AKC and UKC Hunt Tests or Field Trials, this program will lay the foundation for a confident, competitive retriever. We will also invest time into you, the handler, to approach the line with the confidence and know-how it takes to get through the test. Areas we cover include but are not limited to:

  • Basic Obedience, Collar Conditioning, Force Fetch and Delivery to Hand
  • Steady to Shot, Walk up's and Honoring
  • Directional Casting (Land & Water)
  • Diversions (Poison Birds, Brush Piles and other Jumps, Sluiced Birds, etc.)
  • Concepts (Inline, Down Shore, Indented, Contrary, Check Down & Punch)
  • Advanced Marking Drills, Gunner Recognition & Retired Guns
  • Introduction to Indirect Pressure
  • Advanced Line Mechanics
  • On and Off Water Points
  • Water Entry (Angle and Re-entry)
  • Cross Wind Casting
  • Live Flyer Marks (x3 month)

**Price: $600 per month. Includes boarding, training, feeding, Flea/Tick/Heartworm preventative, and birds (dispatched and flyers).

**Professional Handling in Tests and Trials available. Contact for Details.

**Winter Training Trip from JAN 1 - MAR 1 every year. Contact for Details.