TRAINING

Introduction

​         A well trained versatile hunting dog is a critical conservation tool and also makes the hunting experience much more enjoyable. Training a dog isn't a destination but a journey. Trying to be effective yet retain and build the confidence and style in a dog takes an eye for dogs and the ability to adjust the training approach to match the dog. Here at Evergreen Gundogs we put an emphasis on building a confident and stylish dog. Our approach is to build upon the natural ability the dog was born with and add confidence in you as a handler.

         The Owner and Trainer at Evergreen Gundogs is Brandon Smith. Having trained a mix of retrievers and versatile dogs since his early 20s has been quite the journey! From training his early retrievers for waterfowl hunting to getting into Versatile Hunting dogs and NAVHDA hunt tests has given a broad range of things learned. Handling multiple dogs from Natural Ability Tests to Utility has given him a tremendous advantage in building the ideal Versatile Gundog that a discerning hunter is looking for.

          Brandon became a NAVHDA Judge in 2017 after getting completely hooked on the NAVHDA system. Having judged hundreds of dogs in NAVHDA has given a tremendous leg up on learning to better read dogs and understand them. Brandon is also very active in the local NAVHDA chapter; Leading Training groups, Organizing the testing, serving in a chapter officer position and helping many folks attain their goals within the NAVHDA testing system has really help connect him to some wonderful folks.

Training Program

         We Offer started through finished level training for Versatile dogs wanting to run NA, UPT, and UT hunt tests in the NAVHDA system. I am however a low volume dog trainer, I take in a very limited number of dogs so that I can provide the most time possible with each individual dog. Evergreen Puppy buyers get first priority for the schedule but we can sometimes fit others in.

One-on-One

          We offer One-on-One training if that is something you are interested in. This setup allows more of a hands on learning experience for helping you learn to train your own dog and not have to board the dog.

Formal Retrieve Program

         Our Formal Retrieve Program consists of taking a dog from square one to a finished reliable retrieve. Building the proper delivery in a confident and stylish manner takes repetition and time. This program typically takes around one month to complete but varies from dog to dog. We charge a flat rate for our Formal Retrieve Program.

Evergreen Group Training days

           This will be starting up soon depending on the interest. With many people getting pups from us and wanting to get together and train we thought it might be fun for everyone to train together and learn to train the dogs as a group. If this interests you reach out and let us know! 

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