Gun Dog Training

2007-11-25 505Joe DeMarkis has been professionally training gun dogs and their owners since the early 90’s. With a passion for bringing out the best that each dog has to offer and his ability to work with people, Joe has developed several training programs that utilize “user friendly” techniques for all flushing, pointing and retrieving breeds and their owners.

His training experience also spans AKC Field Trials with the 2012 High Point Cocker in the country and AKC Spaniel Hunt Tests with over 10 Master Hunters to his credit.

Joe is also a registered AKC Flushing Breed Hunt Test judge and a qualified AKC Cocker Spaniel Field Trial judge.

His Training Seminars for flushing breeds are very popular because of his willingness and determination to understand and help each dog and it’s handler that is in attendance.

Our guests are boarded in climate controlled, inside kennel rooms directly attached to our residence. (We can look at them from our kitchen table.)

Three separate fenced outside yards allows for secure and safe exercise and monitored interaction among our trainees. Your pet’s safe keeping is our #1 priority.

Our Training areas vary from a large fenced facility which allows for the ever important & controlled “yard work” to a 140 acre preserve which includes 3 ponds and has been ideally developed for upland and retriever training.

Several of our programs have been established for owner/ handling in AKC Hunt Tests.
With years of experience in these performance events, we take a special pride in training handlers and their dogs to success.

Spaniel Field Trialing is an exciting sport!

Whether you are handling your own dog or cheering him on from the gallery, Joe’s experience and training styles for this event has been proven several times over. His patience and a thorough understanding of the sport makes Joe and his dogs a competitive force.

Gun Dog Training Programs

EVALUATION 

This 2 hour program designed to identify your dogs’ strong points and where he needs work plus a 3 step training action plan. All new handlers are required to schedule this private session before moving on to any of the Coaching Sessions.

Cost: $120

HANDLER COACHING SESSIONS

When your time is limited and advanced scheduling is not possible, this session can be booked as schedules allow. Your dog will be brought out and trained in a minimum of 2 separate sessions with a rest period between each session. During the dogs’ rest periods, you are welcome to observe. Travel expense applied off-site

Private Session.  Cost: $120 plus birds for your first dog . $25 plus birds for each additional dog.

Multiple Handler Session.  Cost per handler: $95 plus birds for your first dog . $25 plus birds for each additional dog.

4 WEEK PRIVATE COACHING PROGRAM

A series of 4 classes for the dog and owner.  This program is scheduled in 4 week slots to insure training time. It is recommended that back to back weeks are selected but can be scheduled across 6 weeks.

Each class your dog will be brought out and trained in 3 to 4 separate sessions with a rest period between each session.  During the dogs’ rest periods, you will observe training demonstrations and ask questions. Every class builds on the previous class and is backed with training assignment homework. Each lesson will last 3 hours. In the case of multiple dogs, this time will be divided accordingly.
Includes: 5 mid week progress evaluations via email, training assignments & training handouts. Travel expense applied off-site. Deposit required

Cost: $480 plus birds. 

4 WEEK MULTI HANDLER COACHING PROGRAM-Train with a friend

A series of 4 classes for 2 to 4 handlers.  This program is scheduled in 4 week slots to insure training time. It is recommended that back to back weeks are selected but can be scheduled across 6 weeks.

Each class your dog will be brought out and trained in a minimum of 2 separate sessions with a rest period between each session. During the dogs’ rest periods, you are welcome to observe. Every class builds on the previous class and is backed with training assignment homework.
Includes: mid week progress evaluations via email, training assignments & training handouts. Travel expense applied off-site. Deposit required.   Limit 3 dogs per handler.

Cost per handler: $340 plus birds for your first dog. $25 for each additional dog per lesson.  

 

30 DAY TRAINING AND BOARDING

In many cases, this is the “fast track” approach to starting or finishing your dog. Consistent small doses of the proper training is proven to be the best avenue to achieving high levels of performance.

With this program your dog will receive 5 to 6 days of combined field work , obedience training and yard work. He will also be given plenty of time to socialize with other dogs and people.    

Includes: Boarding and training, mid week progress evaluations via email, one handling lesson, training assignments & handouts

Cost: $695 plus birds