Training Programs

Welcome to Marks-A-Lot Kennels where results are produced, NOT excuses. Dan Kielty and the Marks-A-Lot program are producing the top field trial, hunt test and superior hunting retrievers in the country today. Our record speaks for itself. We work closely with our clients to accomplish their goals for their retrievers. Our philosophy is simple ...Teach first and then correct. Our program is based on the Canine Learnign Curve. Whether you are a serious hunter or just want to compete in field trials or hunt tests, Marks-A-Lot Kennels is the place for your retriever's training.

PUPPY HEADSTART PROGRAM6 MONTH GUN DOG BASICS PROGRAM6 MONTH TRANSITION TRAINING PROGRAMADVANCED TRAINING PROGRAM

Our facilities include 10 acres of training ground and technical ponds at the kennel plus access to hundreds of acres in the area, so there is always a new place to learn.

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Dan customizes each dog's program with the owner's goals in mind. Full time training is available for serious field trial, hunt tests and hunting dog owners. Private classes are available for the owner and dog that wants professional assistance on a per class basis. We train 7 days a week and our clients are always welcomed and encouraged to participate in training as much as possible. We extend our hours in the summer months on Tuesday and Thursday to allow clients the opportunity to work with their dogs until dark. 

PUPPY HEADSTART PROGRAM
$650.00 per month

As early as 7 weeks of age we begin headstart. Introduction to birds, cover, gunfire, boats, blinds, water and basic obedience prepares your retriever to begin formal training at 5 to 6 months of age.

6 MONTH GUN DOG BASICS PROGRAM
$650.00 per month including birds

At the completion of the program your hunting retriever will be obedient, steady to shot, and force fetched. Other concepts include force to pile, 3 hand casting and lining. Dogs completing this course are capable of competing at the AKC Junior Hunter Level. This course builds a solid foundation on which to build advanced concepts if the owner desires.

6 MONTH TRANSITION TRAINING PROGRAM
$650.00 per month plus birds

Force to pile, the double T, Water T, 6 hand casting, lining drills, pattern blinds on land and water as well as multiple marking scenarios, doubles, triples and quads. Following this program your retriever can run blind retrieves taking hand and whistle signals to retrieve birds they did not see fall. This is a tremendous advantage during any hunt and in competition. Your retriever is now performing at a Senior Hunter Level and later a Master Level.

ADVANCED TRAINING PROGRAM
$650.00 per month plus birds

This program fine tunes the advanced retriever to complete complicated triple marks, blinds with hazards and poison birds, honoring, and advanced water concepts, with an emphasis on steadiness and consistency.

ALL BREED OBEDIENCE TRAINING PROGRAMS

Step I - Basic Obedience  - $800 for a 4-Week Program

  • Here
  • Sit/Stay
  • Heel
  • Problem-Solving - Jumping or Barking
  • On Leash, Off Leash
  • Collar-Conditioned

Lifetime Guarantee - Follow-up sessions with owner/dog and trainer (30-minute sessions, appointment required)

Step II - Advanced Obedience - $800 for a 4-Week Program

Same as Basic Program PLUS

  • "Down" & "Place"
  • ALL Off-Leash
  • Reliability in challenging situations
  • Problem-Solving
  • On Leash
  • Off Leash

Lifetime Guarantee - Follow-up sessions with owner/dog and trainer (30-minute sessions, appointment required)

****Health Requirements****

Your dog should be current on all vaccinations including kennel cough for the protection of your dog as well as others already in training. Please have veterinarian records for us at the time you leave your dog. If, while your dog is in training, it needs vaccinations, we can make arrangements to have them given.