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Looking for someone to help with training hunting dogs
« on: February 14, 2024, 10:12:11 AM »
Iíve got two golden retrievers, and one of them (he just turned 3) has the instinct to hunt. Iíd like to find someone he can train with so he can get that mental stimulation. Iíve never hunted, but would like to come along on the training sessions. Iíve found some trainers that take dogs for a month+, but Iím not interested in sending him away. Located in Woodinville and can drive up to an hour away.

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Re: Looking for someone to help with training hunting dogs
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2024, 10:18:04 AM »
This is my family's kennel. Had them train multiple dogs and they do a good job

https://www.conwaykennels.com/
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Re: Looking for someone to help with training hunting dogs
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2024, 10:21:20 AM »
Not an expert on Goldens but 3 is a little old to be starting.  For stimulation just take them on a good walk on a forest service road or trail where they are not a lead

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Re: Looking for someone to help with training hunting dogs
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2024, 10:29:44 AM »
This is my family's kennel. Had them train multiple dogs and they do a good job

https://www.conwaykennels.com/

Thanks, Iíll reach out to them.

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Re: Looking for someone to help with training hunting dogs
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2024, 10:30:24 AM »
This is my family's kennel. Had them train multiple dogs and they do a good job

https://www.conwaykennels.com/

 :yeah: Conway Kennels is IMO the gold standard for retriever training in the state. Lots of others in the same tier that I dont have personal experience with.

I have a dog at Long Hollow near Ellensburg right now, they seem to also be solid, but require boarding.

Whistling Wings is a hunting / retrieving club based out of the Snoqualmie valley, which is probably more what you are looking for. YOU need to train YOUR dog, but they provide good structure and resources for doing so.
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Re: Looking for someone to help with training hunting dogs
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2024, 10:32:26 AM »
Not an expert on Goldens but 3 is a little old to be starting.  For stimulation just take them on a good walk on a forest service road or trail where they are not a lead

Yeah, I bring them both to a variety of places and any trails I find where they can be offleash. But the 3 year old gets too familiar with them and can get bored.  Iíd love to find some large open space where they can run, but itís getting harder to find.

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Re: Looking for someone to help with training hunting dogs
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2024, 12:34:50 PM »
Do you already have basic obedience and recall?


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Re: Looking for someone to help with training hunting dogs
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2024, 01:00:41 PM »
Do you already have basic obedience and recall?


Yes, the 3 year old is very responsive off leash.

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Re: Looking for someone to help with training hunting dogs
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2024, 04:03:54 PM »
Do you already have basic obedience and recall?


Yes, the 3 year old is very responsive off leash.
There's a lot of scent work you can do at home and other places on your own where it's safe to be off leash.  There's also some books you can reference such as Gun Dog by Richard A. Wolters.

If your dog(s) have the drive to hunt, they can be trained. If you can find someone that trains you to train your dog that's always helpful.

It's a long detailed write up to explain what I know about nose work, something we can talk through a bit over the phone if you want. I've been working with my GSD for a few weeks. A week ago she flushed two birds for me.




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Re: Looking for someone to help with training hunting dogs
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2024, 05:59:23 PM »
Thanks for the info @dreadi

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Re: Looking for someone to help with training hunting dogs
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2024, 05:27:53 AM »
There is logic behind why they take your dog for a couple months
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Re: Looking for someone to help with training hunting dogs
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2024, 10:12:52 PM »
See if Pat at NW performance dogs is still doing training. Heís in Monroe area so pretty close to you. I know he was scaling way back a few years ago, but was doing ala cart training which it seems like youíre looking for. I wanted to fully kennel my dog at the time as I didnít have the free time needed to participate in training.

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Re: Looking for someone to help with training hunting dogs
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2024, 07:05:26 PM »
I can get you pigeons for training your dogs.
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