Training at Marble Mountain Kennels

Marble Mountain Kennels offer basic crate training for young puppies, as well as basic obedience training for older puppies and dogs. For hunters, we also offer advanced training in waterfowling and upland hunting.

For dog owners interested in Marble Mountain Kennels' training programs, you can choose from the following four options:

  1. Our "Super Citizen Program" - A trained obedient companion dog (approximately 6-8 week program) - Scroll down to see details below.
  2. A started waterfowl Labrador Retriever (3-4 months) – Scroll down to see details below.
  3. A started upland hunting Labrador Retriever (3-4 months) – Scroll down to see details below.
  4. A more finished waterfowl and upland Labrador retrievers (4-7 months) – Scroll down to see details below.

TOTAL CARE for all dogs at MMK includes: boarding, feeding, exercising, socializing, training, worming and vaccinating all dogs on the premises. Any dog introduced into our kennel or into the MMK training system will be required to show proof of proper vaccinations. They will also immediately get wormed, be treated for kennel cough and vaccinated for the safety of all dogs. On the first of the month they will get heartworm medication during summer months, but should be checked by a vet to confirm no heart worms currently exist before this prevention can be effective.

You can view a series of dog training video clips of Pete instructing handlers on

LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES are available for training, so if an owner would like to have a dog enrolled he/she can contact MMK to see if there is room (pete@mmkennels.com). If there is room, a dog owner can reserve a spot in the training program by paying the first month of training in advance. All training costs are due in advance.

TRAINING PARTNERSHIP: MMK believes that a training process is a three-way partnership. The partners include the trainer (us), the dog and the owne/handler (you). For the dog to be a successfully trained hunting partner or home companion all three partners need to participate. Below are the spelled-out expectations of the trainer (us). If during the first month the trainer finds the dog incapable of receiving training at the pace listed below we will notify the owner and discuss other options. Not every dog is fully capable of learning all that you might want him to learn. We want to be successful and we want your dog to be successful. If we feel that your dog will not be a good candidate for advanced training we will let you know in the first week to month of his training so you don't spend money unneccesarily.

The owner/handler plays a very important role in training if it is going to be successful. The owner must be taught to use the correct cues to handle his/her newly trained canine partner. S/he should also keep some form of basic training in place to keep the dog sharp and limit regression. After the first six weeks, monthly meetings of all three partners should be considered a priority.

COSTS

Basic Obedience "Super Citizen" Program: $1,000 for 6 weeks (68 sessions or more)

Gun Dog Training: $1,000 per month (45 sessions or more)


To view puppy/dog training clips, please see our VIDEOS page.

We never expect 100% perfection from dogs we train, but we want to get dogs to about 70-80% obedience and compliance by the time they leave us. That means the owner/handler will need to keep up with their training. Watching these videos can come in handy for owners who might need training command refreshers and a reminder of what to expect from their dogs.

Many people leave their puppies with us right after adopting them so that we can put them directly into our "Super Citizen" basic obedience training program. It can certainbly be difficult for a new puppy owner to meet a puppy and then say goodbye to him for 6 weeks, but it's very easy on the pup, since he has already been with us since the day he was born. However, when you come to pick up your puppy, we show you how we have been training him and make sure you know and understand the commands before you leave. (We encourage you to shoot videos too, if possible.) Another advantage to putting your puppy in our "Super Citizen" program is that we also give them their next round of vaccinations free of charge, which saves you about $200 in veterinary bills.

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BASIC TRAINING &
ESSENTIALS OF WATERFOWLING

Marble Mountain Kennels' BASIC TRAINING & ESSENTIALS OF WATERFOWLING program is approximately 3-4 months long. The first weeks are spent with the above obedience introduction (. A graduate from this program will learn all the BASIC TRAINING commands plus skills such as:

  • Trained Retrieve (Force Fetch)
  • Proper Line manners & ignore decoys
  • Proper Delivery
  • Steadiness in blind
  • Introduction to gunfire
  • Retrieves from dog blind
  • Introduction to birds
  • Retrieves from boat
  • Extended land retrieves (70-100 yards)
  • Introduction to remote sit
  • Basic water retrieves (30-60 yards)
  • Introduction to handling
  • Basic double marks on land and water
  • Introduction to basic blind retrieves

A graduate should be a joy to have in the duck blind and handle basic retrieves easily. They should be able to pass an AKC Junior hunt test and should have a good foundation towards being a Senior Hunter.

The cost is $1,000/month or minimum of 45 sessions, plus minimal bird cost. Sometimes training can be accelerated (more sessions/day) to accommodate an owner’s desired schedule.

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BASIC TRAINING &
ESSENTIALS OF UPLAND HUNTING

Marble Mountain Kennels BASIC TRAINING & ESSENTIALS OF UPLAND HUNTING program is approximately 3-4 months long. The first weeks are spent with the above obedience introduction. A graduate from this program will learn all the BASIC TRAINING commands plus skills such as:

  • Trained Retrieve (Force Fetch)
  • Proper hunting manner
  • Proper Delivery
  • Steadiness to wing & shot
  • Introduction to gunfire
  • Proper quartering
  • Introduction to birds (chukar, pheasant)
  • Multiple hunter quartering
  • Boldness on birds
  • Introduction to remote sit
  • Extended land retrieves (70-100 yards)
  • Introduction to handling
  • Basic double marks on land and water
  • Introduction to basic blind retrieves

A graduate should be an eager hunting partner in the field, should quarter & stay within gun range w/ encouragement, be steady to wing & shot and deliver to hand.

The cost is $1,000/ month or 45 sessions. Birds are an additional cost of approximately $200/ month during the 3rd-5th months. Sometimes training can be accelerated.

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ESSENTIALS OF UPLAND HUNTING &
INTERMEDIATE WATERFOWLING


Marble Mountain Kennels ESSENTIALS OF UPLAND HUNTING & INTERMEDIATE WORK IN WATERFOWLING program is approximately 5-8 months long depending on the extent of training desired. The first months are spent with the above obedience, upland hunting & waterfowling introductions. A graduate from this program will learn all the BASIC TRAINING & ESSENTIALS OF WATERFOWLING AND UPLAND GAME (listed above)

Dogs will then move toward advanced waterfowling techniques such as:

  • Extended doubles in cover & water
  • Basic Remote Handling
  • Basic triples
  • Blinds from 50-75 yards
  • Extended triples
  • Re-directing of retrieve

A graduate should be an eager & well-mannered hunting partner in the field & duck blind with the foundation of advance handling needed for difficult retrieves and hunting competitions.

The cost is $1,000/ month or 45 sessions. Birds are an additional cost of approximately $200/ month during the 3rd-5th months. Sometimes training can be accelerated.

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