Positive Gun Dog Training

Positive reinforcement-based techniques for training reliable, motivated gun dogs

FetchMasters is proud to employ the only dog trainers in Denver – in fact, the only dog trainers in Colorado – knowledgeable about positive gun dog training. Our Positive Gun Dog Training Program is dedicated to the use of positive reinforcement-based techniques for training reliable, motivated gun dogs for upland game bird and waterfowl hunting.

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Unlike traditional training methods, we do not use force, pain or intimidation to train gun dogs. We also do not use choke chains or shock collars. Instead, we use the same dog-friendly training methods that are quickly making in-roads into nearly every high-performance dog sport and occupation, including agility, herding, protection/bite work, competitive obedience, scent work and service work.

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Also unlike traditional gun dog training methods, we do not use punishment-based “forced-fetch” training. Instead, we use positive training methods similar to those used in service work and competitive obedience to train virtually any dog to be a motivated, reliable retriever.

We offer three training options in Denver and the greater metro area:
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  • Board-and-Train: This is the most efficient way to train a gun dog. You give us a pup, and our gun dog trainers in Denver will give you back a well-trained hunting dog.
  • Private, In-Your-Home Coaching: We can come to your home and coach you and your dog through the training curriculum.
  • Drop-In / Drop-off: You also can drop your dog off for the day, or stop by for per-hour private coaching at our Denver facility, where our trainers will provide touch-up or customized training for you and your dog.

Our dog trainers run a variety of programs to achieve your training goals:
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Preliminary Exposures Program
A gun dog must be raised a little differently than a house-hold pet, as he must learn to interact with humans, other dogs, and the wonderful outdoor environment in and around Denver in a more structured way. This 30-day program gets your gun pup off to a good start and covers the following:

  • Socialization with humans
  • Socialization with dogs
  • Introduction to guns, birds and water
  • Introduction to boats and blinds
  • Hunting environmental exposure
  • Household manners
  • Basic retrieving development
  • Basic pointing development
  • Basic recall work

Started Upland Gun Dog Training Program
The goal of this program is to get a gun dog ready for her first hunting season. Our dog trainers pick up where the Preliminary Exposures Program leaves off, teaching your dog all the basics of foot hunting, including:

  • Basic Obedience (Verbal, Hand and Whistle Commands)
  • Heeling on a leash
  • “Whoa” command for pointers
  • “Sit and Look on Whistle”
  • “Hunt ’em up” (finding birds)
  • Retrieve to hand (for retrieving breeds)
  • Refinement of pointing (for pointing breeds)
  • Multiple Retrieves
  • Casting (taking directional hand signals from hunter)
  • Quartering
  • Blind Retrieves
  • Steady to wing, shot and kill (Pointing breeds)
  • Steady to flush and shot (Retrieving breeds)
  • Honoring / Backing

Finished Upland Gun Dog Program
This elite gun dog training program turns a started gun dog into a first-rate, polished hunting dog with all the bells and whistles. The Finished Upland Gun Dog Program covers:

  • Advanced bird work
  • Advanced casting
  • Advanced multiple retrieves
  • Advanced blind-retrieve work
  • Field hazard negotiation
  • Retrieving to hand (for pointing breeds)

Advanced Waterfowl Program
Once a dog handles multiple and blind retrieves on land, it is time for our dog trainers to move those skills to the water. Many of Denver’s most popular places to hunt waterfowl contain ponds, lakes or rivers, and our Advanced Waterfowl program prepares your dog to handle the challenges of each. The Advanced Waterfowl Program covers:

  • Marked retrieves on water
  • Multiple retrieves on water
  • Blind retrieves on water
  • Working from a boat
  • Working from a blind

Positive Trained Retrieve Program
Regardless of how your dog was trained previously, our Positive Trained Retrieve Program provides a high-quality alternative to punishment-based “forced-fetch” training. Using techniques similar to those used by service dog trainers, our dog-friendly methods produce a reliable, motivated retrieve without the use of ear/toe pinching, shock collars, intimidation, discomfort or pain. For more information on our Positive Trained Retrieve Program, click here.