The recommended training period for our dogs is one to two
months for basic obedience and/or retrieving skills. Gun dog
training takes three to four months, depending on the dog's
You may visit your dog after three weeks, by appointment.
We encourage you to make an appointment monthly to visit your
dog, assess the training and receive some coaching on your own
work with him or her.
We take great pride in our training, and we work with your
dog daily to provide notable results. However, it's important
to remember that the training is only as good as the hunting
experience your dog receives afterward. Only when you take
your dog hunting regularly and provide birds to be retrieved
can your dog develop--and remain at--his greatest potential.
At Shady Grove Kennels, I believe in bringing
out a dog's greatest potential. While there is a discipline to
the sport of retrieving, it's important the dog has fun with
his task and, most importantly, that he and his master have a
true companionship. I focus on training the dog to his or her
ultimate ability, but I also try to help the owner learn how
to reinforce and build on the dog's knowledge once the
training is completed.
Ricky Coward, owner and
To board or train at the kennels, we request a document
indicating that the dog is current with its vaccines and has
had a kennel cough vaccine. By doing so, we hope to protect
all of our dogs from these types of diseases, and we will know
they are in good training health. If you have any questions or
problems concerning the vaccines, please feel free to discuss
them when you call.