Spaniel Training in Connecticut

Spaniel Training

When it comes to upland flushing dogs few breeds can compare to the English Springer Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniels.  Both the English Springer Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel possess exceptional game-finding ability and are natural retrievers both on land and in water.

Our Spaniel training program matches the requirement of the AKC for Hunting Tests and consists of preparing your dog for upland and waterfowl hunting. While the actual tests themselves are not a requirement to have a great hunting dog, we do feel the AKC Hunt Test program accurately measure performance standards you should expect from a professional hunting dog trainer.  We offer  Basic Spaniel

Training and Advanced Spaniel Training programs for your Spaniel. 

1. Basic Spaniel Training

All dogs that go through our hunting dog training program must complete obedience training, this is the foundation work that all our advanced-level training is built upon.  Dogs that complete the Basic Spaniel Training program are ready to gun over and run AKC Senior Hunter (SH) Tests.

Yard WorkField Work
Formal Obedience
Trained Retrieve (aka – Force Fetch)
Sit to Whistle
Force to Pile
Stop to Pile
Right, Left and Back from Remote Sit
3 Handed Casting
Single T
Introduction to Quartering
Introduction to Retrieving
Introduction to Birds
Introduction to Gunfire
Introduction to Cover
Introduction to Water
Introduction to Decoys
Single Marks on Water
Find / Flush / Chase and Retrieve Birds

2. Advanced Spaniel Training

If you are looking for a finished hunting Spaniel, nothing will make you more proud than seeing your dog produce a bird with a strong flush and sit to wing and shot or watching a dog handle (performs a blind retrieve) on water and land. Spaniels that complete the Advanced Spaniel Training program are truly finished upland bird dogs and ready to run AKC Master Hunter Upland (MH) Tests.

Yard WorkField Work
Advanced Quartering Work
Double T
Swim By
Disciplined Casting Wagon Wheel Drills
Steady to Wing and Shot
Cheating Singles
Pattern Blinds
Pattern Blinds with Diversions
Channel Blinds on Water
Cold Blinds

In order to ensure that every dog receives individual attention and sufficient training to reach the client’s desired level of performance, we limit the number of dogs we train at one time.

All dogs’ technical water concepts include working through decoys and from a blind or a boat to simulate hunting conditions come opening day.

After over 18 years of training dogs and working with clients, we feel strongly that in order to be a good trainer you must first learn to be a good handler.  Our training program is designed to promote proper transition back to the client. This involves scheduled visits to our facility during the program for one-on-one instruction. During this time we teach each client how to properly maintain the canine’s level of training before going home.