Berg Bros. Setters

Training Programs

Our approach to developing your hunting companion starts with this very straight forward premise. We will always be patient and avoid the use of excessive force. We understand this concern having employed the services of several professional trainers over the years and observing many others prior to making the leap from accomplished Amateur to Professional trainer. Aggressive tactics only serve to confuse the dog and slow the development process. Rough methods also tend to compromise the dogs overall style and performance in the end. We patiently correct mistakes with just enough force to help the dog understand what is expected. In the end, your dog’s potential will be maximized without subjecting your dog to harsh methods.  

Second, we take on a limited number of dogs. We are of the opinion the best process is diligent and the dogs are worked at least once every day. Many trainers opt to take on a large number of dogs in order to advertise a lower weekly rate. This only serves to lengthen the process if similar results are to be achieved. There are no short cuts. Reliable performance is the product of a series of lessons that shape your dog’s instinctual abilities into a polished form. This requires a thoughtful and consistent process that is best accomplished by focusing on a limited number of dogs. We also evaluate and consider the best approach for each individual dog.  

No two dogs are exactly the same. While the milestones in training are roughly the same for every dog, the best approach for each dog is most certainly not the same. We carefully consider your dog’s progress and reaction to every step in the training process and adjust our training techniques accordingly. There are no time tables in our process. Each dog progresses through our program based on the dog’s individual needs. There is no need to spend a week on something the dog has mastered in two days, just as it is not wise to push forward before the dog is ready.

FACILITY & GROUNDS 

Construction of our new kennel facility began in November 2007. The west wing has 16 runs dedicated to training / boarding and the east wing has 20 kennels for dogs that have made our breeding program or are under evaluation. The kennel floor is heated and covered with epoxy paint to insure the most sanitary conditions possible. Each wing also has a separate air circulation system and plenty of natural light. The facility sits on 54 fully fenced acres to assure the safety of your hunting companion. The grounds were in CPR for 10 years. There are nice patches of cover interspersed over the entire area which naturally develops the instinct to seek likely cover. This type of cover allows us to observe nearly 100 of the dog’s actions and reactions.


PUPPY PROGRAM

We think of our puppy program as elementary school for dogs. It is crucial to a pup’s development to introduce them to birds and training at a very early age. We prefer to start pups between 16 and 24 weeks of age. Pointing dogs that are properly introduced to birds have a considerable development advantage over dogs who encounter a limited number if birds prior to their first hunting season. Most people simply do not have the grounds, birds and time to get a puppy started properly. Consequently the pup’s first season is spent learning the lessons that should have been learned between four and six months of age. We have groomed our training area in a manner that is ideal for bringing out the best in a young dog. We have also fenced the entire area to ensure your dog’s safety.

OWNER / HANDLER INSTRUCTION

Some of the most meaningful training we can provide in the form of instruction to the owner / handler. We have developed an interactive program working dogs side by side with our clients. The owner / handler attends several sessions which helps them to understand the various stages of development and the associated techniques required to develop dogs or retain and improve upon the training we have provided. We work their dogs as well as other dogs to demonstrate specific elements or stages in the process. During these sessions we cover everything from whoa training to polishing manners on a dog that is steady to wing and shot. A variety of methods will be demonstrated and most importantly we will cover how to determine which techniques to utilize based on our observations of your dog. We will also cover strategies to employ during the hunting season in order to maximize your dog’s potential and develop polished manners around game.