Gundog Training At Duckhill we do all we can to make it highly probable that the typical hunter can get from us a puppy with the basic nature and learned skills to make it easy for his owner to shape him into a gundog of excellence. To that end, we continuously evaluate the offspring of our dogs and use that data to guide our selection of matings for our breeding program. Additionally we offer a 2-month duration puppy headstart development program. By standardizing this program we are able to keep the costs low for our customers. The 2-month headstart program runs from age 8 weeks to age 12 weeks. In further pursuit of making it easy for you to have an excellent gundog, we offer monthly a one-day training seminar to impart to our customers the latest and best information on training retrievers. We deliver a comprehensive, scientifically based training program to enable you to produce an excellent gundog. The training principles and protocols are based on B. F. Skinner's principles of operant conditioning. We stack the deck as much as possible to enable you to be successful at purchasing and training an excellent gundog.
More Gundog Training We also offer gundog training for those who elect not to do it themselves. Our gundog training program is geared toward a young dog of 7 to 9 months. A young Labrador in this age range without ingrained bad habits should take about 3 to 6 months to turn into a good gundog. He would be steady, delivering to hand and performing simple blind retrieves. We charge $800 per month for this training.
Two-day Gundog Training Class Add some scientifically based principles to your dog training. More research has been done on dog behavior and learning in the past 10 years than in the previous 100 years. Today there are canine cognition centers at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Duke and a number of other universities. Update your dog training knowledge by coming to the class. Milner conducts monthly a two-day training class to prepare you to train your dog.
Seminars and training classes may be booked at the DuckHill Kennel store. Seminar registration will be accepted until 7 days prior to the seminar date. Seminars may also be registered for by email.
From Our Customers I just wanted to take a moment to express my experience at Robert's Training Seminar. Being an older gent and having been through numerous training seminars and classes, as a senior director. I have to commend Robert and Duckhill Kennels for providing me with an awesome experience! I've in my year attend only one other class at Columbia U. for their Senior Executive Program that has been on par with Robert and his teams seminar. It a nutshell training to achieve the expected outcome.
The data presented was excellent, eye opening and surprising for me. Roberts years of experience and knowledge flowed intelligently and with endless depth! He meet every question or challenge with a compelling response which where noteworthy.
I highly recommend this course not only for Gundog/Retriever owners but everyone who has a love for their best friend!
Our 2-day class runs monthly on a Fri-Sat. The two days of lecture held in a classroom setting at Duckhill Kennels and is well supported with power point, lots of video and field demonstrations.
Milner’s Latest Book – Absolutely Positively Gundog Training
With Absolutely Positively Gundog Training, Milner has taken the latest scientific research into how dogs learn and combined it with his own vast experience and commonsense training methods. The result is an approach that is as effective as it is easy. For the hunter who wants a calm, steady, and obedient retriever, there's no better training method. This book provides everything needed for you to turn out a sporting dog that excels at life. Whether you want your dog to be a gundog, a water dog, a shed dog, an upland dog, a deer tracker or a fishing companion, this book charts the course every other page exclaims, "That makes perfect sense". Milner debunks a number of groundless myths and counter-productive training practices that proliferate in today's sporting dog culture.
In addition to train-the-trainer classes we offer several other resources for training information. We recommend Robert Milner’s year 2000 book, Retriever Training – A Back to Basics Approach
Through gentle training methods learned from Ray Hunt--the original "horse whisperer"--Robert Milner shows retriever owners how to train the hunting retriever by using its own natural tendencies instead of force. Supplemented with the latest scientific research on how dogs learn, Milner's easy step-by-step training regimen uses positive reinforcement to create the perfect hunting and at-home companion. There is no better training method for the hunter who wants a calm, steady, and obedient retriever.
Milner, who has been training retrievers professionally for more than thirty years, reverses the trend of difficult dogs and difficult training methods and offers a system every hunter can easily understand and follow.