AT HOME. IN THE FIELD
1598 Towerline Rd, Delavan, IL 61734
This introductory work is designed to educate your 6-8 month old pup on how to get the most out of his or her early sessions. During this critical stage of rapid development we lay the foundation for a great hunting dog. A poorly started pup often will be unsuccessful in its later training. The Training Fee is $500.00 for the one month introductory course. Plus the cost of birds up to $150.00.
Sur le Delavan Kennel Training Programs
In each of our three training programs all dogs are started with basic obedience, the proper introduction to birds and gunfire, e-collar conditioning and handling in and out of the field with whistle and verbal commands. We never take more than TWO dogs at any given time. When your dog is with us he or she lives with us and our dogs. Every day your dog will have at least two training sessions and a run in the field. During the training stay, we feed a high quality dog food. Our "Head Start," "Started Dog," and "Competition Program" produce a complete gun dog and a magnificent hunting experience for you and your dog in the field for many years and memories to last a lifetime. These hunting dogs can then be hunted on wild birds, at your favorite Hunt Club or tested in trials and hunt tests. Our training is for pointing dogs and their owners. Our relationship with our clients doesn't end when you drive away. Our clients are welcome to return with their dogs to keep their dogs tuned up.
The "Foundation Training" program is for young dogs starting at 8 months and up. This is where formal training begins. Your dog will be taught to handle in and out of the field off leash and on whistle and verbal commands. Young dogs will be taught to turn on command in the direction you want them to go, to come back to you any time you call them, and to point and stand until the birds run off, fly off or you shoot them. This dog will be ready to hunt on wild birds after this program but is not broke "Steady to Shot". We develop the dog's natural pointing instinct, the dog's patience on point, and bring out his or her natural retrieving ability in these sessions. Your dog will be trained on a check cord at first and then trained with an e-collar to handle off leash when he is done. Before the dog goes home, we instruct the owner in how to maintain the training, keep the dog in good physical condition, and sensible ways to begin hunting with his dog. This training also includes one on one personal training sessions for the owner and dog until both dog and handler are working as a team and includes as many follow up sessions as needed. Training Fees are $600.00 per month. Plus the cost of birds to $150.00.
Sur le Delavan Kennel also offers training specific to UKC Pointing Trials (solo and braced) and all three levels of AKC Hunt Testing. Dogs entered in this training program can be either handled by me or I can walk you through the first trial or hunt test. Training fees are $500.00 per month (AKC Water Certification Test is an extra $100.) Entry fees and transportation fees are separate. Plus the cost of birds up to $150.00.
Hourly Training at Sur le Delavan Kennel
We are now offering a training option for those of you who want a more hands on option for you and your dog. This training is done at 1-3 hours at a time. It is an opportunity for you to come to our farm and I will work with you and your dog to achieve your training goals. I will provide all the training "tools" needed. The major plus side of this training option is you get to take your dog home each time and work with the new skills we have practiced. $40.00 an hour or $100 for 3 hours. Plus the cost of birds.
Boarding is available on a limited basis for $15.00 per day.