THE WILDROSE WAY
Wildrose specializes in producing classic English Labrador hunting and adventure companions...The Gentleman's Gundog...a dog of duality prepared to go anywhere, any time for any type of wingshooting or outside adventure. These are dogs that truly complement the families' sporting lifestyle.
The Wildrose training processes are designed to create a positive, productive relationship between the gundog and the handler by establishing clear expectations for the retriever's calm behavior and performance, as well as, a strong bond between the two. Our balanced methods (The Wildrose Way) utilize positive habit formation to entrench essential behaviors such as ease of handle, gamefinding ability and compatibility.
BASIC (~6 MONTHS)
Wildrose starters are accepted into this program between 7 and 8 months old. The training emphasizes all essential gundog skills including obedience, steady/honor, delivery, lining on memories, handling (hand signals), hunting cover and marking. Dogs are exposed to various hunting terrain and environments (both land and water) and a variety of birds including pigeon, quail, chukar, duck and pheasant. For the pup of average ability and temperament you can expect a quiet, responsive, obedient, reliable retriever who is steady to shot, proficient in single and double retrieves as well as handling and hunting in varied environments. A gundog ready for their first hunts.
Other Basic Course options include:
AKC Canine Good Citizen Training
These curriculums build upon the foundations established in the basic program. Training may be focused on either upland gundog or waterfowl retriever skills. This process may begin after one hunting season exposure. Waterfowl retrievers will be exposed to lining extensions, multiple memories, handling on water and in cover, steadiness refinement, permanent and cold unseens, tracking runners, and diversions (gunfire/birds). Upland gundog (quail, pheasant) training is available which will include steady to flush, tracking runners, marking on walk-ups, quartering, and working with pointing gundogs. Dogs are trained in the most realistic of conditions at our various facilities to match the clients' needs afield.
PRE-SEASON TUNE UP (1-2 MONTHS)
The tune-up curriculum is for Wildrose Started or Finished Retrievers in need of pre-season conditioning, refinement of particular skills or addressing minor problems. Training may be focused on either upland or waterfowl retriever skills. Refresher work includes obedience in field conditions, memories, steadiness, multiple marks, lining, precision handling, unseens, and bird work. Dogs will be exposed to extensive gunfire and birds with the option to train in different areas of the country at Wildrose training facilities including Mississippi Delta, Arkansas, Idaho and Colorado.