At Valhalla our training program focuses on consistently turning out exceptional bird dogs. Obviously the natural talent of every dog varies but our trainers work to bring out the best in every client and the goal is to deliver a hunting companion that is confident in the field and is responsive to the handler.
How does Valhalla define a well-trained bird dog?
Over 40 years of combined training experience 20 years of a dedicated training program has put Valhalla’s program is a nationally recognized training program that has set the standard in consistently producing the ultimate upland bird dog. Our professional staff focuses on providing the ultimate experience for both dog and owner. Producing a bird dog that you can brag about at the end of the hunt.
Trainers take great pride in the level of training that dogs have upon leaving one of our programs and are passionate about providing results for every owner.
What makes a successful experience at Valhalla? Expectations and education.
First let’s start with an evaluation. Gauge exactly where your dog’s skill set is and give a realistic set of expectations for the program.
Education – you’ve invested in your dog’s education now it’s time to learn how to handle. Training the dog is only half the battle. Becoming proficient in your handling and correction of the dog in the field/home is the other half of the equation. When these two things come together in the field it makes for that quintessential hunting experience.
Trust, Expectations, and Education
These three fundamentals have been the foundation of our training program for the past 20 years.
We recognize that you are entrusting us with more than a dog. Our clients consider their dogs to be members of their family and want the best care and training available. At Valhalla we have a staff of dedicated kennel professionals take that trust seriously and are passionate about making sure every dog is safe, happy, and healthy. Our full time training staff take pride in every dog that leaves the program and have the highest of standards in the dogs they graduate.
For the best results in any of our training programs it’s essential to have well communicated and realistic expectations. An evaluation prior to starting a training program ensures that everyone knows the goals and the approximate timeframe. What you expect out of your bird dog and determining your dog’s existing skill set are the first steps at Valhalla.
The trainers have worked hard at developing your dog into a hunting machine. Now it’s your turn. Take advantage of over 40 years of combined training knowledge and learn the art of handling a bird dog. Confidently controlling, correcting, and trusting your dog in all situations is the ultimate goal of the Valhalla Gun Dog School of Excellence Program.
As we approach 4th of July weekend there is perhaps no better time than now to start thinking about the future of your young pup! If you are starting a new prospect this summer, now is the time to give your pup the foundation it needs to be successful in the field. This starts with confidence around birds and confidence with the shotgun. The 4th of July can be a dangerous time for the future of a young pup as the loud noises from fireworks and noisy neighbors can frighten a young dog and if not properly protected from these elements could even cause your pup to become gun shy. So this year make sure to keep your pup in a quiet spot away from the noise, there is a time and place to introduce noise and that is in the bird field.
At Valhalla we offer our Gun Dog School of Excellence class every Saturday morning at 8 am. This is a great place to get your pup off to the right start! During class dogs of all ages and experience levels can be properly exposed to birds and live gunfire under the guidance of Valhalla’s professional training staff. The class will help you and your pup build a solid foundation to be the best you can be in the field. You will have the opportunity to work your own dog while learning fieldwork fundamentals such as quartering the field, whistle commands and whoa work. Our Gun Dog School of Excellence is a great place to socialize your dog with other people and other pups while at the same time getting early bird exposure and training development. Come work dogs with us on Saturday mornings at 8 am, you and your pup will sure be glad you did!
Valhalla Kennels and Gun Dogs
Well it is the “Dog Days” of summer as they say and unfortunately for all you bird-hunting enthusiasts we still have a little ways to go until the nationwide dove opener in September. But don’t despair, summer is a great time to train dogs or even better train your self! This summer instead of sitting on the couch watching “Hunting with Hank” reruns get on the phone and reserve your handler training session at Valhalla today!
Handler training participants get to spend the morning training along side Valhalla’s Pro Trainer, as he works sporting dogs of all breeds. You will see first hand the intricacies, nuances and “tricks of the trade” when it comes to working all breeds of sporting dogs. You will learn everything from how to gun break a young puppy to watching mature dogs getting professionally trained to retrieve. Pointing dog owners will learn how to teach dogs to hold their point, honor other dogs as well as yard work basics including quartering the field and “whoa” work. Flushing dog enthusiasts will benefit from learning drills like sitting to a whistle and the flush, honoring pointing dogs and advanced water work.
Whether you have an older dog that needs some polishing up this summer, awaiting your first bird dog puppy or are just looking to broaden your knowledge of bird dogs and sporting breeds you can benefit from signing up for handler training today. Chances are you will learn more in a morning of training than by reading every gun dog book on the shelf! Do yourself and your current or future four legged best friend a favor and sign up for a handler training session at Valhalla today, you’ll both be glad you did!
For more information or to reserve your spot, call Valhalla Kennels and Gun Dogs today at 303-644-4300.
The Astro 320 handheld takes dog tracking to a higher level. It allows you to keep track of up to 10 dogs with multiple handsets and T 5 or T 5 mini dog devices (sold separately). High-sensitivity Garmin GPS/GLONASS transmitter, enhanced map drawing capabilities, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery compatibility and a 3-axis electronic compass ensures you get to your truck or camp at the end of the hunt. And it’s all easy to get to through a vibrant, sunlight-readable 2.6-inch color display.
See Your Dogs’ Every Move
The Astro handheld and T 5 (or T 5 mini) dog device boast high-sensitivity GPS receiver/transmitters. Both the T 5 and T 5 mini have a top-mounted GPS antenna and is designed to keep its flexible, braided stainless steel radio antenna upright for best reception so you can track your dog’s position even in heavy tree cover or deep canyons. And it’s tough enough to run wherever you dog runs (water-rated to 10 meters).
You can track up to 10 dogs at one time with Astro, at a range of up to 9 mi (T 5) or 4 miles (T 5 mini) away, depending on terrain. The system transmits information by line-of-sight, so it reaches farthest in flat, open territory.
As often as every 5 seconds, the T 5 and T 5 mini dog devices transmit your dog’s position to your Astro 320 handheld. Through the vibrant display, you can see your dog’s current location and a trail of where he’s been on the map page. Switch over to the Dog Tracker page to view a compass pointing to your dog’s location.
When tracking multiple dogs with T 5 and T 5 mini dog devices, you can also see each dog’s precise distance on the map page, and you can choose to auto zoom the map so all dogs can be seen on the display at any time. Dogs that are too far away to fit on the map’s current zoom scale can be notated on the display’s margin in the direction of the dog’s location. You can also choose the duration that each dog’s track log is viewed on the display, or toggle it off completely.
“You can track up to 10 dogs at one time with Astro, at a range of up to 9 miles (T 5) or 4 miles (T 5 mini) away, depending on terrain.”