Green Acres Sportsman's Club - Illinois - Gundog Success

Gundog Success - Green Acres Sportsman's Club

Green Acres has been a leading facility for training hunting dogs for over 40 years.

 

Our 36 unit heated indoor/outdoor dog kennel is located on the premises of over 1000 acres of the finest upland and waterfowl habitat, allowing our trainers the versatility needed to train a variety of dogs for multiple purposes.

 

The main focus of our training program is and always has been to produce efficient, disciplined hunting dogs that make good family members.

Our legacy of success lies with positive reinforcement of your dog’s natural hunting instincts.

Our Head Trainer, Dan Ihrke

Raised by a veterinarian in a hunting family with multiple hunting dogs, Dan’s exposure to animal science started early. He has been training flushing, retrieving, and pointing dogs at Green Acres Sportsman’s Club for 17 years, and has trained and bred many field and hunt test champions of multiple breeds.

 

Dan takes on the challenge of training any breed of hunting dog, and many non-hunting domestic breeds. Dan is a master in reading each dog as an individual and recognizing his or her strengths and weaknesses.

 

He quickly and efficiently brings each dog to their maximum potential.

Training Program

Every dog is an individual, and every owner has their own goals for their dog.

 

Therefore, our dog training program involves evaluating your dog, listening to your goals and then designing a program customized to bring your dog to his/her maximum potential in the shortest amount of time.

The best time to start training your dog is when you get your puppy.

 

However, we can begin training at any age beginning with an evaluation

Evaluation

Since every dog is an individual, each must first be evaluated.

Evaluation involves exposure to many different yard and field elements (leash, collar, choke chain, obedience, yard retrieves, dead and live birds, water, cover, etc.) and 

analysis of the results.

 

This analysis will give us an indication of your dog’s ceiling of potential and will allow our trainer to set up a schedule and program designed specifically for you and your dog. Evaluations are best implemented when your puppy is 4 months old. However, we routinely evaluate older dogs up to 6 years old. A typical evaluation takes 30 min. to 1 hour.

Sessions

Once evaluated, you may be asked to come back for sessions.

Session work involves bringing your dog for approximately 45 min to 1 hour of work, where the trainer will expose him to the appropriate yard and field exercises in order to advance to the next level.

 

Usually we will ask to have a session every two weeks after your 4 month evaluation, until the time that you drop your dog off for formal training. After completing session work, your dog will be comfortable with our facility, staff and surroundings, familiar with the basic elements of obedience, and excited about the game of hunting and will be now thoroughly prepared for formal training.

Formal Training

For this portion of the training, your dog will be admitted into our facility for an extended stay. Although there are exceptions, we recommend a minimum of  3 months of formal training. For more information on what to expect as a product of the formal training, please go to either the RetrieversPointersFlushers, or Deer Tracking page, where there are in depth descriptions of the training.

Working with your dog during formal training is essential. After the first month of training is complete, the owner is expected to come and work with the trainer on a weekly basis. By the time of graduation, both the dog and handler should be working as a team.

Retrievers

The Gundog Success Program offers the most complete retriever training program available today.

 

With our 36 unit heated indoor/outdoor kennel, 6 training ponds and over 1000 acres of diverse land to train on, our knowledgeable, full time staff have all of the tools to successfully bring your retriever to its maximum potential.

 

For more information about our general training structure and how to get started, please refer to the Our Program page.

 

The following are outlines of the three levels of retriever training that we offer. Because each dog is an individual, training times are listed as a general guideline only.

Retriever Level 1: Basic Versatile Hunter

 

 

This training will take 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 order to avoid negative reinforcement)

  • To retrieve both bumpers and birds in a stylish yet disciplined manner with a finished delivery to hand.

  • To be “steady” and wait to be sent on a retrieve in the yard and field.

  • To quarter, find, flush and retrieve upland birds in the upland field.

  • To stay within gun range and respond to obedience commands in the upland field.

  • To complete retrieves in many venues (long distances, through decoys, through cover changes and in many simulated hunting environments)

  • Introduction to basic multiple retrieves.

  • Introduction to casting (hand signals).

 

Retriever Level 2: Transition

 

This portion of the program involves approximately 3 months of training past level 2.

 

Not all dogs are capable of attaining this level. During this phase of training, your now-experienced retriever will be making the most noticeable advancement in his abilities in the field. A great deal of new exercises and concepts will be taught and therefore must be learned by the owner. Dogs finishing this level will be capable of competing at the U.K.C’s seasoned level, or the A.K.C.’s senior level and can be considered the average hunter’s finished dog.

 

During this phase of training your dog will learn:

  • Extensive yard drills, including multiple lining and handling drills

  • Simple blind retrieves on land and water.

  • Longer, more complex marks on land and water

  • Multiple marks on land and water.

Retriever Level 3: Advanced

 

This portion of the program involves approximately 1 to 3 months past level 2.

 

Only the most talented of retrievers are capable of this level. This phase of training is for those who want to have more than just a great hunting dog. Dogs completing this level of training can participate at finished U.K.C. or Master A.K.C. tests. Many more training exercises will be added to the repertoire.

 

During this phase of training your dog will learn:

  • Complex, long blind retrieves with cover changes and diversions on land and water.

  • Complex multiple marks

 

Pointers

The Gundog Success pointing dog program specializes in training highly efficient, disciplined upland hunting dogs that stay within range, handle well, consistently point, and retrieve to hand. With our 36 unit heated indoor/outdoor kennel and over 1000 acres of upland habitat to train on, our knowledgeable, full time staff have all of the tools to successfully bring your pointer to its maximum potential.

 

Our head trainer Dan Ihrke was raised in a family where horseback field trialing was his parents’ passion. He spent countless hours as a boy helping his father train pointers. Dan has 15 years of experience and has trained hundreds of hunting dogs. He has vast knowledge of the pointing breeds and keen understanding of how dogs think. Allow your dog to be brought up to peak performance by enrolling him in Dan’s comprehensive pointing dog training program.

For more information about our general training structure, and how to get started, refer to the Our Program page.

 

The following are outlines of the three levels of pointer training that we offer. Because each dog is an individual, training times are listed only as general guidelines.

Pointing Dog Level 1

During this phase your dog will learn the following concepts:

  • Basic obedience, including whistle, voice and hand signals for whoa, recall and change directions.

  • Condition retrieve ( teaching the dog to pick up and hold an object to avoid negative reinforcement)

  • Collar conditioning (teaching the dog to understand that the electric collar is simply an extension of the lead).

  • Quarter within a controllable range.

  • Locate and point game birds in the upland field.

  • Retrieve birds in a stylish and disciplined manner with a finished delivery to hand.

 

Pointing Dog Level 2

 

This level of training is directed to owners that want more than just a great hunting dog. Dogs finishing this level can participate in A.K.C. hunt tests at the Senior and Master levels. During this phase your already seasoned pointing dog will learn the following:

  • Steadiness to wing and shot.

  • Honoring.

For more information please use our contact form to get in touch

 

Flushers

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 landto 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.

For more information please use our contact form to get in touch

 

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Phone 217-395-2588

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