Ultimate Pheasant Hunting has partnered with Ronnie Smith Kennels for dog training seminars across the America.
The Smiths have a passion for training bird dogs and they would like to be able to share that passion with you. They believe that anyone, when given the right tools, can train their own bird dog. Their seminars are geared to give you all of the information you need to train your bird dog.
The Smith Seminars were started over 50 years ago by Bird Dog Hall of Fame member, Delmar Smith. His son, Rick, and nephew, Ronnie Smith, continue to conduct seminars across the county today. Rick and Ronnie have taken the system that Delmar developed to new levels. The system today builds on each animalÕs natural instincts, developing cues through the use of conditioned responses, and building on the abilities of each dog. The two men have successfully trained thousands of bird dogs, yet Rick and Ronnie still view each dog as a learning opportunity. They are perpetual students of animal behavior.
The SmithÕs innovative training format, also known as the Silent Command System, is one of the few complete dog training systems available and it works for both pointing and flushing breeds. With this training system you have a step-by-step method of working with your dog. By building on each incremental level of training you will be able to steady your dog on birds and have a confident hunting companion or field trial competitor. The benefits of using the Smith method extends far from the field, it will enrich your daily relationship with your dog.
Whether you are a first time bird dog owner or a professional trainer looking for new training techniques, start with either the Presentation Seminar or the Foundation Seminar and progressively work your way up through the 3 stages of training. If you are looking just for general obedience help without the bird work, sign up for an Obedience Class. You will find Rick and Ronnie to be fun, energetic teachers that are happy to spend one-on-one time coaching you.
With each seminar, YOU CAN BRING YOUR KID FOR FREE! (ages 10-16). This is a perfect opportunity to get your kid involved in the outdoors, get your kid interested in dogs, AND build the right foundation for training dogs for the rest of their lives.
Experience our entire training format condensed in to one day and demonstrated by Ronnie. He will spend the day giving you an overview of the training system. He will go over the basic philosophy and demonstrate all of the most important steps you will take when training your dog. This is a quick way to see the entire training system in a nutshell and get some great insight on animal behavior.$390.00/Person
A foundation gives you a solid base to build upon and is the first formal step in molding your pup into a good bird dog. With Rick or Ronnie's guidance, you will actually begin your dog's formal training. In it's simplest form, a bird dog needs to know three behaviors; to go with you, come to you, and stand still. All pointing and flushing breeds are welcome at these seminars. Have a puppy? Bring him along! He may not be able to participate in all of the exercises, but it will be good experience for him and the weekend is really about teaching you the system.$395.00/Person
At the Intermediate Seminar you are well on your way to having your dog trained using our training system! At this point, your dog has a solid foundation, you've completed the whoa post series, and you are ready move on! The Intermediate Seminar will take you through the transition to the e-collar. This transition to light cues with an e-collar allows an off lead heel, handling in the field, honoring another dog's point, and steadying your dog on game. If you are not sure if you have completed the whoa post series and are ready for this next level of training, contact us and we can walk you through it!$795.00/Person
Finishing your bird dog's training! Our Advanced Seminar takes the lessons learned in the Foundation and Intermediate Seminar and applies the finishing touches to your bird dog's education. It's at this level that we are able to transition all cues to the neck and finish steadying up our dogs on their birds. We will be transitioning from pigeons to quail. This seminar will show you how to finish our your dog to a nice polish.$1,295.00/Person