Training/Programs

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Basic Obedience Program

Five-Week On-Lead Program
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Basic obedience training is important for any dog, and we offer this service for a wide variety of breeds. This program will teach your pup four basic commands: sit, here, heel, and place.

The “place” command is where your dog is taught to get onto a raised bed/platform and stay. This is very useful inside the house when you want to have your dog around but not in your way. They will also be trained to sit by the door before going in or out, jump on or off people, and enter his/her kennel.

Please note that space is limited, so schedule in advance to reserve a spot for your dog.

Advanced Obedience Program

Six-Week In Kennel Training
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Moss Bend Retrievers offers this service to all breeds, whether it’s for your hunting dog or family companion. This six-week program, will teach your dog five basic commands: sit, here, heel, place, and collar conditioning.

The first three commands are self-explanatory; the “place” command is where your dog is taught to get onto a raised bed/platform and stay. This is very useful inside the house when you want to have your dog around but not in your way.

Once all the commands are taught on lead, we collar condition your pup to respond to an e-collar so the lead is no longer needed.

Please note that space is limited, so schedule in advance to reserve a spot for your dog.

Gundog Program

Four to Five Months
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In today’s busy world, most owners don’t have the time required to train their retriever properly. Good thing Moss Bend Retrievers offers a variety of training courses to suit your schedule!

One of our most popular services is the Gundog Training. This is a four- to five-month program. Dogs are required to be at least six months old (or older) to start this course.

The beginning program is designed to provide the owner with a retriever that is obedient, steady to shot, and can retrieve and deliver the birds to hand under a variety of hunting scenarios. We start the first month with a thorough obedience program that teaches your dog three commands—sit, heel, and here. This includes training them on a leash and transitioning to off-leash obedience in an electronic collar.

Basic obedience is the foundation of a good retriever, and high priority is placed on this stage of training. We will also introduce and expose your dog to birds (ducks and pheasants), gunfire, and swimming, all while encouraging the desire to retrieve with lots of fun bumpers. This process takes approximately one month but can vary from dog to dog.

Next, we teach your retriever how to properly hold, drop, and fetch bumpers and birds on command. This is important because it trains the dog how to heel and deliver the birds to hand and avoid problems such as playing, eating, or mouthing the birds.

During the third month, we take the training that your dog has learned in the first two months and apply it to a basic retrieve in the field. We will show your pup how to fetch on command and be steady until sent, how to hunt and find birds in cover, and how to return your birds to hand. This process is applied to both land and water and takes approximately one month.

Once your dog understands the process of a basic retrieve, we can begin to introduce him or her to a variety of hunting scenarios—from dove hunting from a bucket over a stock pond to duck hunting in a blind over a big spread of decoys. Our goal in this stage is to try to familiarize your dog with as many different setups as possible so that he or she can be comfortable in any setting you might choose to hunt in.

In addition, the Basic Program is designed so that your dog is prepared to run the basic level hunt test program for AKC (Junior).

Advanced Gundog Program

Four to Six Months (Depending on Your Pup)
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Many times in the field, we need a retriever that can mark, fetch multiple birds, and take hand and whistle signals. The advanced stage of training takes approximately four to six months (in addition to the basic program) and prepares your dog to perform at a level that will make you the envy of all your hunting friends. Here is a breakdown of what is involved in the advanced training program:

  • Multiple Retrieves

    Your retriever is taught how to watch and memorize multiple birds in the field and fetch them efficiently.

  • Blind Retrieves

    This is the core of the advanced training program. Your retriever is taught how to take hand and whistle signals so that you can direct him or her to the fall of a bird that he/she didn’t see.

  • Diversions

    When your dog is returning from a retrieve during a hunt, sometimes we shoot another bird down and don’t want them to switch birds. They are trained to finish the retrieve before going out for the diversion bird.

  • Walk-Ups

    When jump-shooting a duck pond or walking a fence line for doves, we train your retriever to be steady so that he/she doesn't scare the birds or break before being sent to fetch.

  • Honoring

    Many of our hunting buddies have retrievers that they take with them to the field, and it is important to teach ours that every bird that falls is not necessarily theirs to fetch! That is why we teach your retriever to ‘honor’ another dog’s catch.

    The Advanced Program is also designed to prepare your retriever for higher levels of hunt test programs such as AKC (Senior and Master).

Advanced Retriever Training (Hunt Test/Field Trial/Super Retriever Series (SRS)

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If you are interested in your dog running in advanced hunt tests (master/finished), or just want a fine-tuned gundog, then this option is for you. Moss Bend Retrievers in Grimesland, NC campaigns dogs in both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and Hunting Retriever Club (HRC).

You will have a well-trained retriever at the end of the program that can compete in the AKC Master and/or HRC Finished hunt tests. This ongoing process takes a minimum of 12 months, and most dogs competing at these levels are two to three years old and up.

We also compete in the AKC Field Trials (derby and qualifying) and SRS. Contact us to learn more.