Joe 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.
PRIVATE LESSONS. 1 handler
Your dog will be brought out and trained in 4 sessions per lesson with a rest period between each session. During the dogs’ rest periods, you will observe training demonstrations and have opportunities to ask questions
Includes training assignments, one progress evaluation via email and training handouts.
2 hour lesson: $195 plus birds. $50 each additional session over 4
PRIVATE COACHING PROGRAMS. 1 handler
4 lessons prescheduled to insure training dates. It is recommended that back to back weeks are selected, but can be scheduled over 6 weeks. 4 sessions per lesson with a rest period between each session.
During the dogs’ rest periods, you will observe training demonstrations and have opportunities to ask questions. Each class builds on the previous class and includes training assignments, a weekly progress evaluation via email and training handouts.
4 week program: $160 per lesson plus birds. $40 each additional session over 4.
Travel expense: $.75 per mile applied off-site.
SMALL GROUP COACHING PROGRAM. Up to 4 handlers
4 lessons prescheduled to insure training dates. It is recommended that back to back weeks are selected, but can be scheduled over 6 weeks. 3 sessions per handler per lesson with a rest period between each session.
During the dogs’ rest periods, you are invited to quietly observe training and have opportunities to ask questions. Each class builds on the previous class and includes training assignments, a weekly progress evaluation via email and training handouts.
4 week commitment: $105 each lesson per handler plus birds. $35 each session over 3
Less than 4 week commitment: $120 each lesson per handler plus birds. $40 each session over 3
Travel expense: $.75 per mile applied off-site divided equally among handlers
GUN DOG TRAINING and BOARDING
For starting & finishing dogs for Hunt Tests, Hunting and Field Trialing
In many cases, this is the “fast track” approach to starting or finishing your dog. Consistent small doses of the proper training are 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, a weekly progress evaluation via email, training assignments, training handouts and one handling lesson.
30 day program: $750 plus birds & feed
Daily rate: $35 per day plus expenses
FIELD TRIAL and MASTER LEVEL HUNT TEST CAMPAIGN PROGRAM
This program is for the dog that is ready to compete in Field Trials or Master Level Hunt Tests, which I am campaigning. Includes 30 days boarding and training, a weekly progress evaluation via email and event handling.
30 day program: $600 plus birds, feed, entry fees, and travel expenses to events. Travel expenses will be split by the number of dogs that I am running at the event.
Daily rate: $25 per day plus expenses.
SPANIEL TRAINING SEMINARS
8 hour “hands-on” custom program designed for your group.
Daily rate: $500 plus travel expense