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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: At what age do you accept dogs in for formal training?

A: Around 6-8 months of age is optimal.

We do accept them earlier into our head-start puppy program, but formal training doesn't start until 6-8 months old.

Q: Do you have a Waiting List and how do I get my name on the list?

A: We usually have a waiting list.  If a space is not currently available, to reserve the next available space, we require the first month’s training fee in advance to put your name on the list.

If you are serious about getting a dog in, we strongly encourage you to contact us to get your name on asap. We’ve had people wait a day or week before following up and in that period of time had several people get in front of them before they got back with us. We recommend you put the deposit down at least when you buy your puppy or started dog, etc.

Early Puppy Training

Q: Do you train Labs only or do you work with other breeds as well?

A: We do Obedience Training for all breed dogs and Retriever Training for all retrievers.

Q: How much does it cost to have my dog run in Hunt Tests or Field Trials?

A: Fees associated with Training and eventually running events are:

$900/month, 4 month minimum, training fee which includes training, food, live birds and boarding.  We also require monthly heartworm and flea/tick control and charge an additional $25/month.

Event entries fees: varies each test

Event Handling Fee: $100 per weekend event, $300 for National Events (1-week event)

Vet bills: directly passed on to you should your dog need a vet or any medicines.

Q: What age do you start Force Fetch?

A: Force fetch usually isn't started until the dog has all of it's permanent teeth, which is around 6-8 months old. By the time we get to force fetch we have thoroughly completed basic obedience and collar conditioning.

Q: What Obedience commands do you teach?

A: We teach the Basic Obedience commands of Sit, Here, Heel, Off, Hold, Drop-It and Quiet. We don't use the Stay command for the simple reason of once we teach the dog to Sit and not move from that spot, then... Sit means Sit until told to do something different.

 Q: What is CERF?

A: CERF is the Canine Eye Registration Foundation. CERF was founded by a group of concerned purebred owner/breeders with a goal of eliminating heritable eye diseases in purebred dogs through registration, research, and education. Find more information about CERF.

Q: What is OFA?

A: OFA is the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. OFA, established in 1966, is a not-for-profit organization originally created to assist breeders in addressing hip dysplasia. Find more information about OFA.



Frank and Magic Training

Trainer Frank

Retriever Websites
Working Retriever Central
Retriever Field Trial Home page
Labrador Resources

Ducks Unlimited
American Kennel Club
UKC Hunting Retriever Club
National Retriever Club
National Amateur Retriever Club
Master National Retriever Club
North American Hunting Retriever Association

Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)

Veterinary Supplies
Doctors Foster & Smith

Training Supplies
Dobbs Training Supplies
Lion Country Supply  
Dogs A Field          

Retriever News              (414) 481-2760
Retrievers Online                          (705) 793-3554
The Retriever Journal                   (800) 447-7367

Hunting Info

Playing in the Snow

Trainer Frank Durham

Guided Maryland Duck Hunts

Our Duck Hunts take place on several different farms and water sites on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  We usually hunt over 2 to 5 dozen duck decoys depending on the situation.  On some field duck hunts we will set out 10 dozen or so.  We offer the use of our fully trained retrievers or you can bring your own dog.  We offer morning and afternoon hunts and will hunt until we limit out or for 4 hours.  A majority of the ducks we see on these hunts are mallards.  We also see teal and wood ducks.  Our Duck guides are experienced, fun and have a great success rate!
Rate:  $ 480 per blind/ per hunt  (Maximum of four hunters)  

Guided Maryland Goose Hunts

Our Goose hunts take place on several different farms on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  We hunt over many dozens of full body, sock and shell decoys, out of comfortable layout blinds and ground pits.  We scout hard to find the right field, and we make sure we are in the right place in the right time.  We do all we can from the set up to the location to get you in the opportunity to have a great hunt. We offer the use of our fully trained retrievers or you may bring your own dog.  We offer morning and afternoon hunts and will hunt until we limit out or for 4 hours.  Our Goose guides are experienced, fun and have a great success rate!
Rate: $140 per day/ per hunter (Maximum of four hunters per guide)

What You Need To Bring:                           

●  Camouflage clothing (be sure to dress warm)
●  Waders
●  Shotgun
●  Steel Shot Shells - 2, 3, or 4 shot for ducks/ BB, BBB for geese
●  All local and federal Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total fee is required before we will hold your dates.

*Each of our hunts require a minimum party of 3 hunters to reserve a date

Tips are appreciated for our guides if you feel it is deserved!


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