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Chance-Pope Due August 19, 2014
Piper-Pope #2 to be announced$1000.00Details
Swift- Smarty Smith x Gridette
Steady to wing, shot & fall.mannered in the field and in the house.$3000.00Details
From 12-16 weeks of ageFrom $1000.00Details
16-24 weeks of ageFrom $1750.00Details
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are only a phone call or visit away from any help needed with your dog.
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for you and your dog to join us where the wild birds hang out.
Understanding what a dog truly is and how he learns, Gundog Development mentors your dog. first showing what is expected, and then establishing the desired behaviors through consistent repetition. Using a non-emotional, fair, and metered approach, your dog quickly responds and progresses through the program. As simple as it sounds, this more cerebral approach is effective, and produces dogs that maintain style and class, and that will not be married to an e-collar. Please contact us for specifics on your training needs.
Luchee's first retrained chaseOwned by Richard Cole, this young Vizsla has responded and meshed well with our program after only one day. By the end of our saturday session, Luchee instinct to point had been unleashed. Here was her first bird in her first checkchord drill.
Luminary's Cajun GalaOwned By Henrie Esquriex, DMV of Navarre Beach, Florida, Gala is a product of our Smarty Smith x Gridette breeding. Snappy and stylish Gala has completed our Puppy Development Program, Grouse Camp and Quail Mini-Camp. Now finished on her bird work, she has been promoted to our guide team and is used extensively on our Georgia quail hunts.
Luminary's Pied PiperA product of one of our Bell-HItch Breeding, Piper proved to be special at an early age. A hard and aggessive hunter, She is a quick study, handles easily and is the perfect lady after the hunt. Having spent her entire life in our program, she is in the process of being steadied. We anticipate Piper will become valuable asset to our breeding program in the spring of 2014./span>
Luminary's Sledge HammerSeveral years back I was told Setters are only half a bird dog because they did not retrieve. Obviously that snooty breeder had never hunted over Sledge. A product of our Grits-Bandit breeding, Sledge has been a fixture on out ‘A Team’ of guide dogs. Serious in the field, and playful and loving in the house, Sledge everything most hunters like in a gun dog."... my wife and I hope you raise puppies till we get old, Because we aren't going to get another dog from anyone else."- Bill Newby, Huntsville, Alabama
Hillarie de ClairviewLilly is a very nice french brittany owned by Frank & Midge Mercer. She is a trainers dream, and possess great drive and temperament. Always going to school with a great attitude, nearly finished with her steadiness training, I think she's going to be quite a bird dog." I prefer the Group Training Sessions so I can learn how to be a better trainer as well as watch the weekly improvements with my dog. Hunter has a lot of patience and gets results!"– Jeff Mochel, Chattanooga, TN
Luminary's Riskfree ChancePrior to Shadow Oak Bo winnint the National Championship in 2013, we had been watching Chance being developed by another trainer. Although the little girl wasnt making it as field trial prospect, I personally liked what Chance would bring to our breeding program. A powerful hard charging dog, She has a great temperament, easy to handle and train, and most importanly is a good bird finder.
Remi-Owned by MaryBeth WilkeRemi is a bundle of mischievous bundle of energy that came for our puppy program last february. It was a winter of regular and heavy snows for southeastern Tennessee, but it never dampended this little brittany's attitude. He ran and played hard with the setters in the program and impressed us all. Remi is getting ready to spend the month of september learning about wiley roosters in our wild bird camp in northern Iowa. Rumor has it in the off-season Remi loves to troll for bill fish off the florida coast.
Paxton & SadieI met Paxton through one of his high shcool teachers who directed him my way for his first bird dog. It has been a pleasure watching this boy grow into a young man and develop a love for upland hunting. Pax was hooked on upland hunting, and I was honored to be with him when he shot his first wild bird over his Sadie dog in Iowa this past December..
Who Says trial dogs can't hunt?Or maybe we should say, who says hunting dogs can't run field trials. Beed by a foot hunter, Jack has proven himself to be a remarkable dog that will handle close or will run the horizon if asked. WIth ultra keen bird sense, Jack always puts himself where the birds are located. Always showing to the front, if you havent seen him for more than five minutes, you can bet he is standing on game."The wild bird programs have produced remarkable results for Jack."- Trevor Fuller, Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
Seminar- Health Management of the Working Gun Dog
In addition to normal health care, the working gun dog has additional considerations to insure a long and healthy life. Learn health care essentials from Henri escuriex, DVM of Soundside Animal Hospital, Navarre Beach, FL. An Experienced upland hunter, Dr. escuriex understands the special veterinary needs of upland gun dogs.
THE SEMINAR CURRICULUM, USING AND INTERACTIVE FORMAT, WILL INCLUDE comprehensive DISCUSSIONS OF CONFORMATION CONSIDERATIONS, general AND PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE, EMERGENCY FIRST AID AND WHAT SHOULD BE carried IN FIRST AID AND TRAVEL KIT for the working gun dog
- Basic Health Care & Conformation Considerations
- Parasite Treatments & Complications
- Eye and Foot Care
- Injury Assesment
- Genetic Issues within the breeds
- Emergency First Aid
An informative seminar that will not only make you more knowledgeable about your dogs general health care, it will provide you with information that could save your dogs life. Prior to the seminar, there will be a short training session for those that need assistance with your dogs behavior and bird work issues. Make your reservation today.
Date: September 20, 2014
Location: Caanan Farms- Pine Mountain, GA
Price: To Be Announced(Lunch included)
Additional Family Members:
A four week bird intensive program for puppies 12-24 weeks. Introduction to birds and gunfire, handling and fostering the desire to quest and find birds...More
Ruffed Grouse Camp
A limited enrollment program to hone your dogs skills on the king of game birds, the ruffed grouse. Held where the birds are, either in Michigan, Wisconsin or Minnesota...More
All bragging rights hunting dogs must retrieve to hand. Our programMore
insures an enthusiastic clean delivery to hand. for hunting
or trial dogs. 8-12 weeks.
Georgia Quail Mini Camp
A one week bird intensive crash course held at our georgia training grounds. perfect for dogs of allMore
ages and experience levels. 3 Sessions December-February
Iowa Pheasant Mini Camp
A TWO week wild bird program for dogs of all experience levels. PlentyMore
of bird opportunities that will hone any pointing dog's skills. Contact us for details.
Advanced Training Hunt
Learn while Hunting. Our advanced training hunts give you and your dog the opportunity to both learn on wild birds. Destinations selected for bird numbers...More
Field Trials & Hunt tests
Considering or already field trialingMore
your dog? Gundog Development
can assist you with birdwork, handling, and retrieving requirements for your trial dog.
Swift has been one of our favorite pups from the Smarty Smith-Gridette breeding from the get go. She has a great personality and has been easy to work with in the field. A good student, she is responsive to commands and handles effortlessly. Enthusiastic, she looks good on the ground and works comfortably from about 50 t0 200 yards depending on what the cover requires to find birds. Reliable and honest on her game, if the bell goes quiet, you can count on her to be standing when located.
Swift has had exposure to grouse, woodcock pheasant and quail, and is ready to be hunt. She has good manners both inside and outside of the house. For more information, or to make arrangements to see Swift at work, please contact us to make an appointment.
Price- $ 3,000.00
Pope is a special dog. Easily handled off of foot or horseback, Pope has proven himself on quail, pheasant, grouse and woodcock. Adapting to the cover he is hunting, Pope works close in tight quarters, and will open up in the big country. Honest on his birds, Pope holds point and is steady to wing shot and fall. Currently he is being force fetched to complete his gun dog training. Although he is easily handled and very biddable, Pope is probably best suited for a more experienced upland hunter
Pope has good house and kennel manners, travels well, and is compatible with other dogs. To see Pope work in the field at our facility or yours, please contact us to make arrangements to see this special dog on birds.
Located approximately just north of Chattanooga on the Cumberland plateau, we welcome you to visit the kennel. If necessary, Gundog Development will pick up and deliver your dog from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, or other cities by special arrangement.
693 Hubb Swafford Road
Spring City, Tennessee 37381
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Hunter Payne, owner of Gundog Development, was raised in the traditions of southern quail hunting. From the time he was eight years old, he walked the small farms of south eastern Tennessee with his father chasing pointers and setters in pursuit of quail. Birds were abundant, and as a youngster, it was hard to keep count of the points and covey rises, but it was never about keeping score. It was about frosty mornings, the acrid smell of burnt gun powder, time with friends and family, birds, and most of all, quality pointing dog.
Living a Dream
Today, on the Cumberland Plateau just north of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Hunter pursues his dream of working with bird dogs. Situated on approximately 170 acres, and surrounded by thousands of acres of timber land, Gundog Development has the ideal environment to develop a “bragging rights” bird dog. From puppy development to the forced retrieve, and everything in between, Gundog Development's programs are designed to bring out the best your dog has to offer.
Training Services & More
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November 22, 2013 Piper delivered her first litter of puppies sired by our Pope. Piper is the product of our second Bell-Hitch breeding, and proved herself promising as classy performance gundog. She brings style, class, temperament and bidability to the table as well as bird sense. Pope, sired by Smarty Smith is simply a bird hunters dream. All of the pups from the first litter are currently in our finished dog program. We will be offering both male and females from this upcoming breeding.
We bred Chance, sired by Shadow Oak Bo, To Pope on June 21, 2014, and the the litter is due around August 19, 2014. Chance was purchased proior to Bo first win at Ames. We were looking for a new female, that provided speed, style, class, and temperament to our breeding program. It didnt take long for us to figure out that we wanted to pair her with Pope.
For details more details on this breeding, or to reserve a puppy from either breeding please contact us at the kennel
Smarty Smith x Gridette Breeding
four nicely finished gundogs available
We are now offering four dogs from our Smarty Smith x Gridette breeding. Gridette, call name Bella, is a classy bird finder sired by Grid Iron. The Sire, Smarty Smith has a name that speaks for itself. These dogs, steady to wing, shot and fall, handle with ease and are classy bird finders. We will be guiding these dogs on quail hunts in Georgia during the months of January and Ferbruary of 2013. Trained and hunted on foot, these dogs are just as comfortable in the grouse woods as they are in the pine savannahs of Georgia. If you are seeking a good natured companion hunter, please contact us for more information on the outstanding gun dogs.
Force Fetch Training by Arrangement
You'll have him for a long time, why not give him the chance to be the best he can be?
Regardless of breed or genetics, to maximize a dogs potential in the field, it must be started properly at an early age. Our puppy program, designed around a young dogs imprinting stage, offers your young dog all the opportunities needed to become a bragging rights bird dog. A bird intensive program for juveniles 12 weeks of age and over, pupils enrolled is this program will learn to seek, find and point birds. Daily walks in all types of bird rich cover and conditions insures plenty of opportunities for a young dog to hone his skills. At the completion of this four week program, your dog will have developed a desire to quest for birds, be comfortable with gunfire, and have the confidence to hunt in a group or by himself. Gundog Development’s Puppy Program provides your dog with solid foundation needed to be a great bird dog.
Our puppy development program is open for enrollment year round, starting any week of the month.
$650.00 for a four week session
A unique opportunity for the ruffed grouse enthusiast.
The ruffed grouse truly is the king of game birds, and it has been our experience that a dog that can master the ruffed grouse will easily learn how to handle other game birds. Unless you live in the great grouse covers of the northern United States or Canada, it can be very difficult to give your dog the numbers of bird contacts need to develop its skills. Accepting dogs that comfortable with birds and gunfire six months of age and over, and with a limited enrollment, this program gives your dog plenty of ground time in the grouse coverts of Michigan or Wisconsin. The camp location is based on drumming surveys and could be relocated to keep your dog in birds during the programs tenure. The focus of the program is develop a dogs ability to locate and handle grouse and woodcock. It is not a program designed to finish a dog steady to wing and shot; however, we believe it will facilitate the finishing process of any young dog.
September 7-21, 2013
$850.00 for the two week session
An affordable yet effective training opportuntity
For those that find it hard to part with their companion hunter for the two or more weeks needed for training or special camps, we offer mini camps based at our winter training grounds near Cochran, Georgia. On these private hunting grounds, abundant pre-released quail provide for numerous bird contacts in a very short period of time. Habitat emulating open pine habitat of the southern plantations, this program provides great training opportunities for dogs of all ages and experience levels. It is viewed as an extension of our puppy program, where numerous birds can be shot for puppies or introduced dogs. For well started dogs, it is the opportunity and place to steady them on their game. Finished dogs can be polished, and for dogs that have completed the force breaking process, retrieving skills can be solidified. In addition to dog work, the bunk house at the facility allows us the unique opportunity for clients to participate and learn with their dog. Gundog Development’s Quail Mini-Camp is a great opportunity for you and your dog enjoy the pleasures of Georgia Quail Hunting.
Beginning the first Saturday of the months of December, January, and February
$350.00 for the one week session
Chasing the wild birds of Iowa
Abundant in numbers and just like any wild bird, pheasant provide excellent training opportunities and fun for the upland enthusiast and their dogs. This two week limited enrollment program is a crash course to hone your dogs tactical skills on the elusive game bird of the prairies. Located about a hundred and fifty miles east of Sioux Falls in the rich farmlands of north central Iowa, your dog will have daily bird encounters in all types of cover and conditions. Offering two programs, the basic or introductory phase, conducted late summer is designed for dogs from nine months of age or older dogs that have had limited exposure to birds. During this time young pheasant broods are a little more mannerly sit tight for the inexperienced hunting dog. Our advanced program, is for dogs that have adequate bird exposure, and is held during the late gun season. At this time the birds have matured and have developed survival skills that will challenge your dog’s bird handling abilities. The emphasis of this program is not to finish or steady your dog, but to hone his and polish his ground skills. Patterning and objective recognition will be emphasized and drilled daily, and your dog will be mentored in a variety of hunting conditions and cover. Upon completion of either phase of our pheasant camp, your dog will have improved handling and bird finding skills regardless of whether you chase prairie birds, quail, woodcock or grouse. Please contact us to discuss programs specifics or to reserve a place for you dog in this limited enrollment program.
Summer Session- August 10-24, 2013, then Monthly sessions through January 2014
$750.00 for a two week session
A training process that completes the dog
A dog that retrieves game to hand is an asset to the upland enthusiast. Not only is it exciting to watch a dog make a clean delivery to hand, it conserves game, something should be a priority to all upland hunters these days. Those that have dogs that are natural retrievers, need not force their dogs, but if your dog does not retrieve or performs incomplete retrieves, it is the best option. Viewed by many as a brutal process, those individuals have either read, heard, seen someone do a poor job of the forced retrieve. Done properly, it does not have to be inhumane, and not only will it teach the proper delivery and mouth handling of dispatched game, it will build confidence in your dog in all aspects field training and obedience.
Sessions start monthly, year round
8 Week session $ 1300.00, 12 Week Session (recommended) $1600.00
Advanced training hunt
fall- winter 2013 schedule coming soon
Field Trials Hunt test
Extend your dogs season and raise
Field trials and hunt tests are not for everyone, but for many it is a great way to extend the season for their bird dogs. Participation in these sports gives a purpose and reason to establish training goals, and at the same time motivate one to meet these goals. That, and the fact that trials are fun and are a place where like minded bird dog people can meet. Stepping up to play the trial or hunt test requires more discipline in the training regimen than if one is just training a hunting dog, although many hunters train to a very high standard also. Gundog Development’s training program provides an excellent curriculum for those that want to explore the avenues of the games. In addition to working with your dog, group training sessions and mock trials are held on and offsite of the kennel to prepare you for these competitive games.
Boarded Training- year round starting weekly. Group Training and Practice Session as per schedule
Program Dependent. Call for Pricing
Carefully chosen breedings for the serious upland hunter.
Gundog Development’s primary focus to produce quality field companions for the foot hunter. Without question, puppies whelped at Gundog Development lead the good life. Nurtured during the neonatal & transitional periods, and then socialized and encouraged to become a bold and confident puppy from the time they leave the whelping nest. Before leaving Gundog Development, puppies are exposed to a wide variety of stimuli that will prepare him for a life as a companion and a performance bird dog. Research has shown that important social behavior is learned in the confines of the litter between ten and twelve weeks. Because of this research, and confirmed by our own experiences with puppies from all backgrounds, Gundog Development will not release puppies until twelve weeks of age. The twelve week old puppy you take home from Gundog Development will have been introduced to birds and gunfire and demonstrate a strong desire to quest for find birds. Along with your puppy, you will also recieve a multi-media presentation cataloging its development.
Introduced Dogs & Puppies
A tremendous value for the bird dog enthusiast that wants to develop their own dog.
Introduced dogs range in age from 16-24 weeks of age, and have completed our puppy development program. These young dogs will, have been introduced to birds and gunfire, and will be aggressively hunting the cover, finding, and pointing birds. When taken home, introduced dogs will readily mold into the lifestyle you choose for him. Comfortable in the kennel and easily adaptable to life inside the home, introduced puppies will be ready to begin formal obedience and will only require some time mature to begin formal bird training.
Built on a solid foundation, and only needing time in the field to be a finished dog.
Started dogs range in age from approximately 6-24 months of age. These young dogs have completed our puppy development program, and have attended one or more of our wild bird camps and mini-camps. Started dogs will aggressively hunt, find and point game, and may or may not be steady to wing and shot. Started dogs will have basic house manners established, including house breaking, and are developed for the serious upland hunter seeking a bragging-rights companion hunter.
unsurpassed hunting performance and companionship for the upland enthusiast.
Our finished gun dogs range in age from 24-36 months, and have completed our puppy development program, attended numerous wild bird camps, mini-camps, and have served on our guide team for one or more seasons. Our finished dogs are fancy bird finders with impeccable manners whether in the field or sitting by the fire at the lodge or home. Your finished dog from Gundog Development will find, point, and retrieve to hand with all the class and style expected of a blue ribbon bird dog. Finished dogs will role up their sleeves and get dirty to produce game, then behave like a lady or gentleman at the end of the day by the fireplace at the lodge or home.
GUNDOG DEVELOPMENT OFFERS A LIMITED NUMBER OF ENGLISH SETTER PUPPIES FROM OUR BREEDING PROGRAM EACH YEAR. THESE PUPPIES, PRIMARILY BRED FOR THE FOOT HUNTER, ALSO OFFER POTENTIAL FOR THE FIELD TRIAL ENTHUSIASTS. STYLISH AND CLASSY BIRD FINDERS, ANY DOG WITHIN OUR BREEDING PROGRAM MUST ALSO DEMONSTRATE GOOD TEMPERAMENT, HOUSE & KENNEL MANNERS, AND BE BOTH BIDDABLE & TRAINABLE. AFTER MEETING THIS CRITERIA, THE DOG MUST HAVE ITS HIPS, ELBOWS AND PATELLAS CERTIFIED BY VETERINARIANS.
After birth, neonatal care IS BASED ON THE US MILITARY’S “SUPER DOG” PROGRAM, AS WELL AS THE RESEARCH OF VETERINARIANS JOHN SCOTT AND JOHN FULLER, CO-AUTHORS OF "GENETICS AND THE SOCIAL BEHAVIOR OF THE DOG". THIS RESEARCH DEFINED SEVERAL CRITICAL STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT- THE NEONATAL PERIOD (3-16 DAYS), THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD (FROM 14-28 DAYS), THE SOCIALIZATION PERIOD (4-12 WEEKS), AND THE JUVENILE PERIOD (3-6 MONTHS). DURING EACH OF THESE PERIODS, A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT THINGS MUST HAPPEN TO DEVELOP A PUPPY TO ITS FULL POTENTIAL. BECAUSE OF THIS RESEARCH, AND OUR OWN EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH PUPPIES FROM ALL SORTS OF BACKGROUNDS, IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT in order to DEVELOP an outstanding dog, IT SHOULD REMAIN IN THE CONFINES OF ITS LITTER UNTIL THE COMPLETION OF THE SOCIALIZATION PERIOD and therefore, we WILL NOT RELEASE PUPPIES UNTIL TWELVE WEEKS OF AGE.
FOR THE UPLAND ENTHUSIAST LOOKING TO ADD A PUPPY TO THE FAMILY, THESE EXTRA WEEKS AT GUNDOG DEVELOPMENT ENSURES THAT YOUR NEW PUP WILL NOT ONLY RECEIVE PROPER CANINE AND HUMAN SOCIALIZATION, IT WILL HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED TO BIRDS, GUNFIRE AND HAVE DEMONSTRATE THE DESIRE TO QUEST AND FIND BIRDS. THOSE THAT CHOOSE A GUNDOG DEVELOPMENT PUPPY, INTRODUCED, STARTED, OR FINISHED GUN DOG QUICKLY REALIZE THAT THEY ARE MUCH MORE THAN JUST BIRD DOGS.
August 8, 2014
Helping or Hindering your Dog?
I watched a nice dog get ruined. A continental breed, it was highly ranked as a juvenile; although some would argue that its ranking was that the dogs owner extensively traveled and trailed all over the country. A good argument could be made that its demise was due over-trialing as a juvenile, or running adult dog stakes before it was ready, but there is much more to the story.
The actual problem was the owner. He was a trainers nightmare, and although I encourage owner involvement in the training process, this individual really wasn't interested in training the dog. Possessing a large ego, this individual was chasing a piece of paper embossed with the words ‘field champion” at the top. Always in a hurry, and always at the kennel or calling, he never grasped the concept of the training process. If forward progression didn't occur daily, he considered the trainer inept, and moved the dog to another. If he witnessed a success, he often would wisp the dog off to a trial only to have it fail, leaving it up to the trainer to patch the hole he crated. With every repair, the dog lost a little bit of style, and eventually the dog learned to hate its job. What was once an exhilarating dog to watch in the field became a dog looking for the the sky to fall every time it was cast away.
What was interesting about this individual was that during his dogs tenure at my kennel, he never gave another dog a look. As soon as his dog was worked, he packed up and left- every time. Having worked with a lot of dogs and their owners over the years, I learned and now firmly believe that an individual will learn more from observing other dog rather than their own. If its not your dog, you can step back and be objective about the training process, and quickly learn that both the strengths and weaknesses of your dog are common amongst all dogs. With this knowledge you will become both a better trainer and handler. Above all do your homework before picking sending your dog to a trainer. Choose one you are comfortable with and then heed his advice. A good trainer will be there for you long after he finished with your dog.
Updated August 6, 2014
Grouse & Pheasant Camps
Over the years we have modified our approach to our wild bird camps. In addition to our summer programs, we will be offering a number of “short courses” for our client’s dogs. Designed for the serious foot hunter, these two and four week programs wild bird intensive and are limited to four dogs per session. This ensures each dog will have plenty of time on the ground, bird contacts with results you can see. Please contact us for more details on this program.
Saturday Training Sessions
We continue to hold our Saturday training sessions. Each session provides the opportunity for newcomers to see first hand bird and gun introduction, steadiness and handling drills as well as general obedience. If your wanting to improve your training skills and develop a better understanding of how dogs learn, these sessions will prove invaluable.
September 20, 2014- Georgia French Brittany Club, Pine Mountain GA- Training and Veterinary Care Seminar
We are in the process of scheduling a number of mini camps to the grouse woods and norhtern Iowa, as well as some fall, winter, spring events. Please visit us here for the latest information.
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A Solid Foundation
A Solid Foundation
Time has taught us that there are no short cuts to success, and that includes the training of bird dogs. It is our belief that in order to develop a "bragging rights" bird dog, it must be built on solid foundation. Starting with the best genetics possible in the chosen breed, the developing dog must continue its journey with a sound nutrition and training program. A good bird dog must be introduced into its lifestyle at an early age, and must include proper introduction to birds, gunfire, humans, other canines and as many of the different experiences that it will encounter during its hunting career. It cannot be overemphasized that much of this should take place during the young dogs "imprinting" stage, with more formal training coming later.
Upon arrival at Gundog Development, your dog is evaluated and a program drafted to maximize its potential. Benchmarks are established to advance him through the program rather than using a time schedule that either forces or restricts your dog within a program. During the training process you are encouraged to visit the kennel and monitor your dog's progress, and if travel distances make this difficult, video will be posted to the internet for your convenience. Upon completion of a specialized program or training period, a detailed report along with continued instructions will be provided to assist you with continued training. Designed to bring out all the class, style and talented bird dog has to offer, Gundog Development finishes bird dogs, not break them.