Gun Dog Training


Dog training is now available at Yellow River Game Farm/Piddle Creek
Kennels. Ken Brierton and Eric Strong are training dogs with me for
obedience, hunting skills and/or for competition.

Ken’s specialty is pointer training although he does train retrievers, as
well. His Brittany, Shooter, is a top notch guide dog at the game farm and
was trained exclusively by Ken. Ken also trains for hunting and obedience
and for pointer hunt tests and NAVHDA tests.

Eric titled his first dog when he was only 12 years old and has grown up in
the dog training/hunting/hunt test world. He does excellent work, can train
for hunting and obedience or for hunt test competitions with both retrievers
and pointers.

With most dogs that come in for training, we work together to develop the
dog’s skills and also will train to resolve pre-existing bad habits or
problem behaviors. Because we limit the number of dogs in for training at
any one time to three or less, we are able to devote a higher level of time
with each dog than most trainers can.

Our rates are $125 per week, with a two week minimum. Payment is due at the
start of training and at monthly intervals, thereafter. The rates do not
include dog food, heartworm medication or frontline, or the cost of birds
used in training. We will feed your brand of dog food, if you choose. If
we use our dog food, Purina Proplan Performance, there is a charge of $8 per
week for the dog food. The rate to handle your dog for you in a competition
is $75 per event. In addition, you would pay the entry fee.

Dogs coming in for training must be up-to-date on vaccinations, including
the bordetella (Kennel Cough) vaccination. A copy of the vaccination record
must accompany the dog when it arrives for training.

There is no cost for a consultation with you regarding your dog or to assist
you in working with your dog on a specific skill, as long as you are working
with us with the dog and the dog does not stay with us. Many people come in
at intervals, and we work with them and their young dogs for short sessions
on specific skills. If we train with live birds, the dog owner pays for the
cost of the birds killed during the session.

We also have retriever training group sessions two to three times per week
during part of the year, usually from after Christmas until the end of
August, depending on the weather and availability of people to train.
Everyone assists each other and learns from each other in a training group,
pays for the cost of birds used by his/her own dog and contributes to the
cost of ammunition used. Group participants must also train their dog
humanely and follow the group rules, which are explained to new group
members upon joining the training group.

Contact me or Eric at or 715-822-8071 for more information. Ken can be reached at 715-419-2664 or

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