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There is no better way to get a shot at a wild running pheasant than with a good flushing dog!


The Gundog Success Program offers the most complete flushing dog training program available today. With our 36 unit heated indoor/outdoor kennel, and over 1000 acres of diverse land to train on, our knowledgeable, full time staff have all of the tools to successfully bring your flushing dog to its maximum potential.


With over 15 years of experience training upland dogs for serious hunters, our head trainer, Dan Ihrke, is a master at taking dogs with the right instincts and transforming them into disciplined, upland hunting, bird flushing machines!




Flusher Level 1: Basic Upland Flusher


Approximately 3 to 4 months of training (minimum 3 months).


During this phase of training your dog will learn:


  • Basic obedience, including whistle, voice and hand signals for sit/stay, recall and change directions.
  • Collar conditioning (teaching the dog that electric collar pressure is substituted as an “extension” of the lead).
  • Conditioned retrieve (teaching the dog to pick up and hold an object in a disciplined manner).
  • To retrieve both bumpers and birds in a stylish yet disciplined manner with a finished delivery to hand.
  • To quarter, find, flush and retrieve birds in the upland field.
  • To stay within gun range and respond to obedience commands in the upland field.
  • To come back on command when a bird is missed and flies away.
  • To complete retrieves in many venues,(long distances, through decoys, through cover changes and in many simulated hunting environments).
  • Intro to Basic multiple retrieves.
  • Basic hand signals.

Flusher Level 2: Steady Flusher


Approximately 2 months of training past level 2.


Not all dogs are capable of attaining this level. Your dog should have completed at least 1 productive year of upland hunting before enrollment at this level. During this phase of training, your now experienced flusher will be making the most noticeable advancement in his abilities in the field. They will have learned:


  • Longer, more difficult bird tracking scenarios.
  • Finished level obedience at home and in the field
  • Steadiness to wing and shot.


Want to learn more? Simply fill out the form below or call 217.395.2588.

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