Newark Valley, NY
Dave is a judge for AKC pointing and retriever hunt tests as well as the North American Hunting Retriever Assoc. During the summer months he conducts (Utility) North American Versatile Hunting Retriever Association classes on one of his advanced retriever ponds. To his credit, he has titled several AKC Master level pointers and retrievers and Prize One Utility NAVHDA dogs, as well as a Grand Master NAHRA dog. He owns several Master and Grand Master Level pointers, flushers, and retrievers, which are used to as brace mates to train higher level clients’ dogs.
He trains retrievers, flushers, and all breeds of pointing dogs year round. This is made possible due to radiant floor heat in the kennels and indoor/ outdoor runs in all of the kennels. Their sanitary conditions are of the highest standards; there are absolutely no detectable canine odors.
Dave’s methods of training are non-intimidating and proficient enough to work with may of the more sensitive dogs. Some of these breeds are ones that trainers do not like to take on because they are time consuming and challenging. A trainer has to change training methods to compensate for these dogs’ sensitivity.
Their training grounds consist of 90 acres with four ponds. Two of the four ponds are considered technical, with several islands, fingers, and fallen timber to create the realistic atmosphere in the retriever schooling process. There are strips of goldenrod and switch grass for field training and alder thickets for training grouse and woodcock dogs. There are four Johnny Houses with bobwhite quail and Hungarian partridge placed throughout the property. All of the young dogs are started with pigeons, which vary from clipped winged, homers, and shooters.
Dave also offers on- on-one lessons to sporting dog owners of both retrievers and pointing dogs. All lessons conclude with written lesson plans instructions recapping what was just covered. Dave enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion of training dogs, which is why he conducts training seminars with many of the dog clubs in the northeast. This is and has been Dave’s passion.
Why I Use SportDOG Brand
I have used them for years in my boarding facility as well as in the field training retrievers and pointing dogs professionally. I am not comfortable with a collar I don't and cannot trust, and I trust SportDOG collars. I am excited with the latest versions of e-collars where I can set a unit up for starting pups and another on a medium setting, never having to worry about correcting a dog with the wrong stimulation. Systems are somewhat idiot-proof, in my mind.
There are three products I rely on on almost on a daily basis. My everyday work horse system I use is SD-1825 system setup for two dogs. I have the flexibility to cover a wide range of amperage and the choice of a momentary or continuous stimulation depending on the application. The little SD-825 unit is great for starting a young dog on the "whoa" command and working on the bird poles. And lastly, I would never go into the field when there is going to be stress from either a long run or extreme heat without SportDOG's C9 Hydration. I can readily see the difference in the dogs that are using this product and the ones that are not.
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