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. Besides training your best friend for hunting, his programs also include training for performance field events such as AKC Field Trials and Hunt Tests.
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 several times in this 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.
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. 2 hour lesson with rest periods 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 Lesson Program: $660 plus birds.
SMALL GROUP COACHING PROGRAM. 2 to 3 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 Lesson Program: $500 per handler plus birds.
5 WEEK TRAINING PROGRAM
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 a combination of field work, obedience training and yard work. Your dog will also be given plenty of time to socialize with other dogs and people.
Includes 5 weeks boarding, Homing pigeons, progress reports, training assignments, training handouts and one handling lesson.
You are welcome to supply your own food or we can feed ours. We feed Purina Pro Plan Performance 30/20 formula twice a day. We also add probiotics with digestive enzymes along with a little canned food or meat to their morning feeding. Cost for feeding our food is $1.75 per day
5 Week Program: $1000 plus birds
Daily rate: $25 per day. Food & bathing extra.
UPLAND FLUSHING BREED TRAINING SEMINARS
Training for AKC Hunt Tests & AKC Spaniel Field Trials
This seminar focuses on the AKC Upland Hunt Test program, AKC Springer Spaniel Field Trials and AKC Cocker Spaniel Field Trials. This is a great club event!
Joe DeMarkis have been involved in the AKC Spaniel Hunt Test Program since the mid 80’s and is qualified to judge at all levels of the program. He have trained many dogs including, English Springer Spaniels, English Cocker Spaniels, Labrador retrievers to the level of Master and presently continuing with new prospects in all flushing breeds.
He also has trained a variety of pointing breeds for field work and AKC Hunt Tests.
Joe has trained several English Cockers to the level of Field Trial Champion at the Open level. He is also qualified to judge AKC Cocker Field Trials at all levels.
Full day hands-on custom programs designed for individual clubs
– Understanding the AKC Upland Test
– Starting your dog
– Handling Techniques
– Understanding wind
– Handling at a distance
– All programs also include seminar note and training handouts