For over 40 years the most trusted name in dog training is Dokken's.
Companion Gundog Training
If you are looking for that once-in-a-lifetime hunting companion and family pet, look no further than Dokken’s Oak Ridge Kennels. Our nationally recognized training program is designed to meet your dog’s specific needs. All of our training is done on a one-to-one basis and special attention is given to teaching you all aspects of your dog’s training. Our training program is designed for all gundog breeds and consists of:
The Puppy Program is a 2 week long Bird and Gun Introduction class. Dogs must be at least 5 months old. Bird and Gun Introduction is the key step in starting a companion hunting dog. This program is designed to bring out and enhance your canine companions’ natural instincts.
We will spend two weeks working on retrieving birds starting with dead birds, moving up to clipped wing birds and finally live flushed birds. We will evaluate the pointing skills in the pointing breeds but the true point will be refined in a later program once your puppy’s drive has been allowed to come out.
During the different phases of the birds, we add in the different phases of the firearms ranging from a starting blank gun to a 12 gauge. This is done in progressive steps and amounts over the phase of two weeks to develop a positive gun and bird relationship.
All dogs in this program are worked on a check cord to develop a retrieve. All phases of this program are positive and fun to bring out the drive and natural desire of each individual puppy.
The Intermediate Program:
This program is designed to give your canine companion one on one attention. We will establish on and off leash control of your canine companion. This will give you control of your canine companion both at home and in the field. We will establish a whistle recall and quartering skills.
We will force fetch your canine companion for a finish to heel delivery and hold. Pointing breeds will also work on pointing and whoa commands. Your key part in this program is to attend your three lessons so that you may establish team work between yourself and your canine companion.
The lessons will go over the commands and steps you need to know to keep your companion’s skills sharp. These lessons will be approximately an hour and a half long. The lessons will be scheduled on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and occasionally on Saturdays from 8:00am to 3:30pm.
For Retriever Breeds of Dogs:
The Intermediate program is a ten week course with emphasis on waterfowl and upland game. Concentration on retrieving, delivery to hand, and obedience training. Starting as early as 8 months of age.
For Pointing Breeds of Dogs:
The Intermediate program is a twelve week course covering all the basic of pointing, retrieving to hand and obedience skills. Starting as early as 8 months of age.
Private lessons available for any phase of your personal training. Special programs for particular areas of performance.
All appointments and reservations must be made in advance.Deposit by Visa/MasterCard required at time of booking training reservation.
Deposit by Visa/MasterCard required at time of booking training reservation.
Deposit is non refundable if you cancel less than 30 days before your appointment.
Current Vaccination Certificate required at time of check in appointment. DHLP-P with Corona, Bordetella (Bronchicine TM Cae) current within 1 year. Rabies must be current within 2 years.
Please notify us before bringing your female canine companion in for training if she is in season.
Vaccinations must be given at least 21 days before your appointment.
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Living in SD and having 2 young children, it was important to us to not only have a hunting dog, but even more so a good family dog! Tom helped us to decide on a breed that would fit both. Our German Shorthair Pointer, Sophie, was trained by Oak Ridge Kennels to point and retrieve birds for hunting and also to be a well-trained house dog. Tom not only trained her, my husband and myself, but also took time
to go through rules and training with our kids! It is a lot of fun to go out hunting with Sophie as a
family and our kids are loving to learn about the outdoors! Sophie is a very loving and enjoyable part of our family, and we are so happy to have her part of it. Thank you to Tom and Oak Ridge Kennels for Everything!!