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Field Dog Training in Michigan

Bill is available for PRIVATE Field Training Lessons with "YOU" and your bird dog(s) aged 3 months and older. We train all breeds of bird dogs (pointers, flushers or retrievers) with their owners; training hundreds of gun dogs each year on live birds year-round. Ideally we recommend our MONTHLY lessons starting at 3 months and you will have your dog gun broke at 6 months. This will offer the quickest method and prevents the most common problems with short and fun daily lessons at home. We do NOT use PRESSURE and instead make it all FUN! After your dog is successfully GUN BROKE, it is just experience with LIVE BIRDS and fine tuning their skills that eventually comes with their maturity.

Whether you have a young puppy who needs basic training or an older dog who needs some work, Bill will be able to help you. He is very patient, and works wonderfully with the dogs and you as a team. Most importantly, he does NOT use any NEGATIVE training tactics that may cause harmful side effects. He believes in positive training and getting your puppy/dog to respond with love, affection and of course EXCITEMENT ABOUT THE LIVE BIRDS!! You will not be disappointed in the results! Whatever your goal; a fine hunting companion, hunt tests or field trials, email now to schedule a lesson with Bill.


Common Training Issues

The three most common problems we see when GUN-BREAKING are owners/trainers who introduce loud noises without live birds, gun breaking before 6 months of age or negative training tactics which turn a more reserved dog off. Another common problem is too much repetition and then the dog loses interest. Bill will teach "YOU" HOW-TO keep skill building games short, fun and easy with 15 minute lessons at home. The live birds keep the dog interested, and while at home, Bill will provide fresh wings for your daily scent training lessons. If you cannot spend 15 minutes a day with your bird dog, you should not own a bird dog. They are a sporting breed and will require time, exercise and attention. Your dog will quickly learn how to find the birds in the fields, point or flush the birds and retrieve the birds to you, too. After that it is simply practice with live birds that will make a GREAT bird dog.  TOO MUCH ... TOO FAST is NOT GOOD! Go slow and build your dog's confidence. As your dog matures, the live bird experiences will fine tune their bird hunting skills!

Training Fees and Details

The best way to see if Private Field Training lessons are worthwhile for you, is to come for a PRIVATE lesson and see for yourself. Most bird dog owners cannot wait to come back after just one lesson! WARNING: We do sell out weeks and even months in advance due to repeat clients and referrals and it is getting busier each year. Ideally, it is always best to train in the winter, spring and early summer. By mid-summer we are selling out months in advance and with reduced daylight coming, it will be very hard to get on our calendar. 

TRAINING FEES: As of 4/1/21, each PRIVATE lesson is $70 fee per dog, plus the cost of the training birds used. Bill is VERY GENEROUS with his time and is always more than an hour! These fees average $100- $175 per PRIVATE lesson, (less for puppies and more for gun breaking dogs when older due to the increased number of birds used). Pheasant are $25 each (September - March) and Chukar are $17 each year round. 

  • The appointments are at your convenience and we are very flexible.
  • Come as little or as often as you would like. We recommend at least monthly until your goals are attained. 
  • Due to high demand, we sell-out months in advance.
  • Bill is available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
  • He offers WEEKDAY PRIVATE LESSONS Monday through Thursday: sun-up until sun-down.
  • We do NOT offer any dog boarding at our facilities due to the limitations of Sylvan Township.
  • Please contact us at to schedule a PRIVATE LESSON.

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