Gun Dog Training | The Wilderness Reserve

Gun Dog Training

Many professional gun dog trainers would agree on the statement “birds make the bird dog.” At The Wilderness Reserve, we have the right facilities, hunting habitat, tools, and birds to assist your hunting companion in achieving his/her full potential. Our specialized gun dog training is based on your goals, the breed of the dog, the dog’s personality, and the type of hunting desired.

Effective training is an ongoing activity. The goal of our training sessions is to provide a solid foundation in the development of your gun dog for the field and home. This process involves the owner as much of the canine to establish a balanced relationship, set the right expectations, and help eliminate potential problems from starting in the first place. After completing your training, your hunting buddy will have learned the necessary skills to hunt birds, and you will have a solid framework to work with your dog to continue ongoing training.

Retrievers, Pointers, and Flushing Dogs

Specialized Training Areas

Our training sessions are designed to cover the many situation dog owners face. Whether you want to start gun dog training, need assistance on specific problem areas, or you are looking to tune up your experienced dog before hunting season, our hunting preserve allows the ability to train with live birds in real-life hunting situations. The overall goal of the training is to develop your handling abilities while honing your dog’s skills through yard work exercises and field work exercises. Training areas of concentration are offered in these areas:

  • Introduction of your dog to live game birds
  • Introduction to gunfire
  • Hunting in different types of cover
  • Proper collar conditioning methods
  • Reinforcing sit-stay-come in hunting situations
  • Find / Flush / Chase & Retrieve Birds
  • Marking Drills
  • Point drills with live birds
  • Working hunting patterns
  • Staying in range
  • Introduction to Quartering
  • Using a whoa command
  • Tracking and Trailing
  • Trained retrieve (force fetching)
  • Steady to Wing and Shot

Requirements & Pricing


Before the start of training, dogs must be up-to-date on all vaccinations and proof of vaccinations is required. We recommend formal dog obedience training before starting gun dog training. Obedience training is another training service we offer at The Wilderness Reserve.

Even though obedience training is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged. At a minimum, your dog should be well mannered, have good social skills around people and other animals, and respond well to basic commands before starting gun dog training.


  • 1.5 hour session, includes 2 birds: $65

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“At what age should I start formal training for my dog?”
Dog obedience training should be started early as a puppy. This will help build a good foundation for manners, understanding commands, socialization, and eliminate problems before they begin. For gun dog training, it depends on the individual dog. Some dogs are ready to begin training at 6 months while other dogs begin training at 4 years old. There are 3 areas of proficiency to gauge when determining how receptive your dog will be to gun dog training:

  • Socialization – Your dog has a strong ability to get along with other people and dogs
  • Commands – If your dog responds to basic commands, they will be receptive to the trainer
  • Passion – Is your dog birdy or have a high drive for prey to be refined in the training process?

“How much obedience training is necessary before gun dog training?”
Your dog should be well mannered around other people and other dogs. It is important that your dog responds by name and responds to the commands sit, stay, come, and heel.

“Can I bring my kids to the training sessions?”
Children at an appropriate age to participate in the training is acceptable, as we encourage young people to get involved with outdoor and hunting activities. Younger children with a limited attention span may be a distraction in the training process. In these cases, it is better if the children are left at home.

“Should I change the amount of food or water on training days?”
It is not the best for your dog to train on a full stomach. We recommend giving at least 4 hours between feeding and training and waiting at least 1 hour after training before feeding your dog. For example, if you feed your dog twice a day and you are scheduled for a morning training session, we recommend feeding your dog a little more the night before and feed them a smaller portion after training that morning.

Water for your dog should be available consistently in moderate amounts. We do not recommend letting your dog drink large quantities of water prior to training or during the training session.