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Zion Kennels Retriever Training | Zion Kennels
Zion Kennels specialize in raising your future Hunt Test competitor and/or hunting companion or Gundog. Zion Kennels employs a number of trainers to ensure your dog receives the one on one attention it needs to be successful.
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Training Retrievers – Bringing Grins!
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Retriever, Gundog, Duck Dog and Obedience Training

How We Do It

Zion Kennels specialize in raising your future Hunt Test competitor and/or hunting companion or Gundog. Zion Kennels employs a number of trainers to ensure your dog receives the one on one attention it needs to be successful.

We focus on getting the dog ready for you and the next season whatever it will be. Zion Kennels has a full AKC Hunt Test schedule and we can take your dog through the AKC Master Hunter level. Hunting companions are always accepted.

New dogs are accepted on a 1 month minimum term. Most gun dogs only need 4 months. Hunt Test dogs will require more. Zion Kennels also offers a Head Start Program for your puppy. Your puppy will be introduction to water, birds, and basic obedience commands. Our goal is too make each puppy as "birdy" as possible and to love the retrieving game.

Many dogs leave Eddie & Zion Kennels to continue a long successful career as AKC Master Hunters and beloved hunting companions.

  • Retriever Training
    $600 Per Month
  • AKC/UKC Competitions and Gundog Training + $75 Handling Fee Per Event

  • Obedience Training
  • Obedience Training
  • Advanced

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…and investing it into a solid retriever for you.


Through the years we have had the chance to train hundreds upon hundreds of obedience dogs. Every dog in our training programs must first show proficiency in basic obedience training before advancing into our different training programs.


If you want a well-behaved pet that is fun for the entire family, then our obedience training programs is just what you need! Our obedience training is a program that is available to mid-size and large breeds. We currently do not offer obedience training on toy breeds.


Basic Gundog

Basic GundogAt Zion Kennels, we specialize in training hunting dogs for waterfowl, dove, pheasant and just about any kind of game bird. It is what we are known for. By far, our most popular training package is our Basic Retriever Training package. Our basic retriever training program is the program that most of our clients feel will meet their needs. If you hunt fields, farm ponds, marshes, or shoot most of your birds over decoys where the dog will see the bird fall dead…then there is a good chance our Basic Retriever Training will meet your needs. This dog will de a great family companion with great obedience and be able to handle the above scenarios with ease.

Another thing to keep in mind is that a basic retriever takes half as long to train as an advanced dog. It’s also important to remember that once a dog has completed the Basic Retriever Training program, you can always sign up later for the advanced part of our program. As a general rule, I usually recommend our hunters have their dogs trained through the basic retriever level and then hunt for a season before deciding to advance. Many times owners find this level is completely sufficient for their needs.

Basic Retriever Training includes:

  • Advanced obedience training (heel, sit, stay, here) off lead
  • Force Fetch (Fetch on command with hand delivery)
  • Steady to shot
  • Collar Conditioned to e-collar
  • Single Marked retrieves on land and in water and in some cases multiple marked retrieves.
  • Scent training, knowing the difference between cold and hot scent.
  • Able to perform from dog stand, boat, blind, and through decoys

  • This dog training package gets a dog ready to hunt and able to retrieve any bird it sees fall. And complete a Junior Hunter level in AKC Hunt tests. Training time is estimated at 4-5 months.

    Advanced Gundog

    Advanced Gundog TrainingBuilding a strong foundation for any gun dog, especially retrievers, begins with our Baisic Retriever Program. If you want your dog to be above average then our Advanced Retriever Training Program is what you want. Before entering this part of our program it is very important that your dog complete our basic retriever program or come to us with proficiency at the basic level. Once this has been determined then ask yourself these questions.

    1. Do you have a high number of ducks that sail off cripple more than 100 yards away?
    2. Is the cover that you hunt in short enough that your dog can see you if you need to give him a hand signal?
    3. Do you find myself often thinking that it would be so much better if your dog would take hand direction?
    4. Do you shoot a lot of multiples where you have 2 or 3 birds down at one time.

    If you answered yes to 2 or more of these questions then you might consider enrolling in our advanced retriever training program.

    The Advanced Retriever will be able to perform all of these Basic Retriever skills as listed above in our basic retriever program at a more polished level along with he following:

    The Advanced Retriever Training Package will also include:

    • Takes whistle and hand signals for “blind retrieves” to 100+ yards on land and in water
    • Able to mark multiple birds down
    • Will be able to “honor” while other dogs works (remain in sitting position)

    Estimated training time is 3-5 months in addition to completion of our Basic Retriever Program. When your dog completes this program they should be able to complete at a Senior Level AKC Hunt Test or UKC Seasoned Level.

    Competition Hunt Test Program for AKC and UKC

    Retriever Training with Results

    This level of training achieves the ultimate hunting retriever so if your wanting a “super star” or want to impress clients, family, or friends with your dog this is the program. Not every dog can obtain this level and will only be accepted after a thorough evaluation.

    These dogs have been through the basic and advanced programs and have fine tuned their skills and are prepared to be tested in the AKC and UKC Hunt Test Programs. These dogs will be prepared to compete at a Master National/Grand level.

    Dogs in this program will be very efficient in any scenario you can think of. For example, if you have ever been hunting and shot 4 or more birds down and someone in the group shoots their third round and wings one and it coasts out 200 or 300 yards. The bird is wounded so you need to pick it up fast, what do you do? With this level of dog you “no” them off the dead birds and run a blind using hand signals. Once you retrieve the bird the dog will still remember the other dead birds in the field or water and retrieve them.

    So finally, Are you the kind of person who has to have the best of the best? Let’s get started and make it happen. Call Eddie today at (903)640-3411.

    Basic Obedience Training - 2/3 week program - $600.00

      Obedience Training Our obedience training has two levels. The basic level of obedience training takes two or three weeks to complete. In our basic obedience training, dogs are taught basic commands like heel, sit, stay, here, no and kennel. We will also address some bad manner issues you might be having, for example jumping, barking, etc. During the basic obedience phase, all of these commands are taught while the dog is still on the leash. On leash training gives a trainer more control and builds trust and confidence between handler and the dog. Furthermore, some places require that a dog be on leash at all times. Therefore, starting with on leash training is critical.

    Advanced Obedience Training - 4/5 week program - $900.00

    Advanced Obedience Training

    Advanced Obedience Training

    The advanced level of obedience training, which can take 4 or 5 weeks, continues teaching the same commands of heel, sit, stay, here, no, kennel, manner issues, and a couple new commands such as place and down only at a much more proficient level. Your dogs will also be conditioned to an e-collar for extra control. The primary difference between basic and advanced training is that after advanced training, your dog will be able to perform all of the commands off leash by responding to your verbal commands. Dogs who have completed advanced obedience training are an absolute joy to have in your home and around your family.

    After completion of the obedience training programs, we take about an hour to spend time with your dog and family. We make sure that each person handling your dog is aware of all commands and is capable of working as a team with the family pet. This is a fun time for the whole family.
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