1 Month Program for Pointing Breeds - Recommended ages is 8 - 10 months old
  • Develop whoa, here, heel and kennel with positive reinforcement, collar conditioning, and many other methods
  • Bird and gun introduction
  • Develop Steady to wing (point and hold until you flush the bird)
  • Most dogs will have a handle on stop to flush, if they bump the birds we will whoa them if they are ready for it in the final week
  • Develop retrieving
  • Exposure to birds
  • Develop pattern and range
  • Pack training to develop dogs handling and honoring with other dogs in the field...also very efficient...pack training saves everyone money
2 Month Program
  • Builds off of one month program
  • Continued bird exposure to wild and liberated birds
  • Develop Conditioned retrieve if best for owner and dog
  • Develop Steady to release if best for owner and dog
  • Durther develop honoring
  • Further develop stop to flush
  • Further experience on wild and liberated birds

If you are looking for advanced training it is recommended to allow for at least 3 months of training. To maximize the training it is also wise to plan to spend time learning how to handle your dog. You can also prepare by watching our training videos

Willow Creek Training Goals
  • Develop dogs to the best of their ability
  • Exposure to birds daily if possible
  • Transition training to the owner

We understand there is a great deal of information to transfer after training your dog. We will spend the time needed to ensure your understanding of the training done, and how to maintain it. We are only a phone call away if any questions arise.

Here are some (but not all) of the many training goals you may select:

  • Learning to walk on the treadmill
  • Obedience - sit, here, heel ,kennel, etc.
  • Steadiness work
  • Water work
  • Retrieving work - Conditioned Retrieve, blind retrieves, hand signals
  • Whoa training
  • Gun dog training
  • Socialization
  • Hunt test training
  • Gun sensitivity/shyness
  • Bird work - pointing, honoring, duck search
What to Expect When Willow Creek Trains Your Dog

Training Dogs:

  • 1-2 training sessions per day
  • Five training days per week
  • Each training session will last 15 minutes to one hour
  • At Drop Off we will go over your goals for your dog

What to Bring:

  • Shot records verifying:
    • Rabies vaccination
    • Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccination
    • DHPPC (distemper) vaccination
  • Any medication other than flea and tick preventative or heart worm preventative
  • Payment of one month in advance
  • Optional: Dog Food

What Not To Bring:

  • Toys
  • Bedding
  • Training Equipment
  • Flea and Tick Preventative
  • Heartworm Preventative

Drop Off:

  • This appointment will take 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Go over a list of goals you have for your dog
  • Set a training plan that best fits your goals and timeline
  • Determine how you want to receive updates about your dog
  • Exchange contact information with you dog's trainer

Send Home:

  • This appointment will take approximately 1 to 2 hours
  • Go over a list of cues your dog has learned and knows
  • Go over a list of YouTube videos that will be helpful reminders of what you dog knows
  • Make sure you are comfortable handling your dog through what they have learned
  • Answer any further questions you may have
  • Your dog will go home with nails trimmed, ears cleaned and a bath