When you enroll your dog in our curriculum, we will discuss the goals you have for your dog and explain the specially-designed program he will follow to help your dog meet and exceed those goals and grow to its maximum potential.

Every time a dog is handled at our facility, we work to bring out the best in that dog while teaching him how to learn. Various factors contribute to how long a dog should remain in training, most critically a client’s goals for the dog.

Collar conditioning at Hendricks Kennels is second to none. Steve has been an authorized Tri-Tronics/Garmin dealer for 25 years and regularly conducts seminars on the proper use of the E-collar. The electronic collar makes it easier for dogs to learn as the collar reinforces what the dog already knows. Every dog is an individual and should be trained and taught at the appropriate level of intensity.

Basic Retriever Training

Basic Retriever Training is a four-month program and will produce a dog that is obedient on and off leash; fetch conditioned; one who is steady to gunfire and is beginning force training to the back pile and handling drills. Basic Retriever Training will provide you with a sound hunting companion.

Advanced Retriever Training

Advanced Retriever Training is a month-to-month program for the most exceptional retrievers. Dogs capable of learning Advanced Retriever Training must be specially approved and accepted into this selective program.

At this level, your dog will surpass the Basic Retriever Training and will experience a transition point in training, transitioning into sophisticated field work and drills. This training typically requires three additional months of training after the Basic Retriever Training, providing your dog with seven quality months of training.

Dogs selected into this program will become proficient in multiple, technically-challenging foundational drills including but not limited to:

  • Land and Water Marks
  • Baseball or The “T” Drill
  • Wagon Wheel
  • Pattern Blinds
  • Water Force
  • Swim-By’s
  • Cheating Singles
  • Recognition Blinds
  • Cold Land Blinds
  • Cold Water Blinds

Dogs graduating from Advanced Retriever Training will be prepared to enter retriever competitions.



Before bringing your dog into the kennel for training, we require proof of vaccinations including rabies and Bordatella (kennel cough). The monthly training fee will include boarding, healthy food, heartworm prevention, and most importantly owner schooling or handler training, sometimes referred to as Handlers’ College. The training fee also includes live and dead birds for Retriever Training. You are welcome to bring some of your dog’s food, if you would like, to transition him to our food – Purina Pro Plan Sport.

Handlers’ College can commence two weeks after your dog begins training at Hendricks Kennels.  Our clients are invited and encouraged to learn how to handle their professionally-trained dog during these private handler training sessions. We ask that you and your family schedule visits with us following your dog’s second week of training so he can adapt to our environment and our staff.