Dog Training Classes in Salem, OR
We believe all dogs should perform the following skills well:
- Come to you when called.
- Stop and stay still until released.
- Go with you, hunt with you in the field, and heel.
Side by Side specializes in upland hunting dog training. Pointing and flushing breeds are both welcome. Our goal is to help your dog become the hunter you want them to be. All dogs will be trained to honor the flight of the bird and break on the report of the gun. Flushing dogs will be conditioned to sit on the flush and the pointing dogs will be conditioned to be steady to wing or steady to wing and shot. If your goal is to trial or hunt-test your dog, it will take more time to finish your dog to this level. We believe it is essential for the dog to be on birds every day and to be given quality repetition for them to learn best.
Puppies should be introduced to the hunting environment in a progressive manner. Each pup will be introduced to the field areas and birds in a manner which develops confidence. Our goal is to allow the pup to smell the bird, to feel it, and to taste the bird without the bird-scaring the pup. The confidence in the field and the desire to “get” the bird will produce the prey drive we all want in our dogs. Puppies are not adult dogs in small bodies as they don’t have the knowledge or experiences of older dogs, so it is vital we keep situations positive for them. Introduction to a variety of settings and other dogs will also occur.