Professional Brittany Training Programs.  Dave Jones, Professional Brittany trainer at Chief's Brittanys.

Dave personally trains and fully guarantees you'll be pleased.  FREE follow-up so there is no reason to be unhappy with yourself or your Brittany!

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About our facilities

Professional Bird dog / Gun Dog Brittany Training, specializing in American Brittanys.  Full time training programs.  LIMITED AVAILABILITY.  Other pointing breeds trained only on occasion.  We specialize in Brittanys and other pointing dogs with a soft disposition.  Our primary training program is mostly comprised of soft - easy touch repetitive conditioning with rewards for pointers and other gun dogs.

We train Brittanys with native (when nature allows) and released birds.

We won't take a Brittany into our training program unless you agree to be trained too!  Of course there is no charge for training you along with the dog. 

We strongly believe that if the owner/handler does not know how to properly handle a gun dog afield then the dog will be at a disadvantage.

Dave will train you and your bird dog for basic obedience and bird hunting, gun dog companionship, pointer field trial venues (AKC, American Field, NSTRA, etc.) and hunt tests.

Our kennels are located adjacent to our home for maximum supervision, protection and safety.

Your bird / gun dog will be placed on our super premium dog food upon arrival.  You may bring a small portion of food, if different, to wean your dog off your diet and on to our diet.  If your dog has special dietary needs as prescribed by a Veterinarian, please bring enough food for the entire stay (special needs dogs may incur additional fees).  Each dog is watered via sanitary self-watering Autoflo™ spigots. 

Our kennels are in full shade under huge Oak Trees so summertime is comfortable for them!  We also maintain a large sanitized water tank for the dogs to cool off in on particularly hot days.  Our kennels face south towards an open 40 acre training field in which a nice southerly breeze can be felt most every day.  We have an additional 20 acres of wooded land.  Our Kennel rests on a 60 contiguous acres.

We have a thorough kennel sanitization schedule.  Each kennel has a concrete floor which is pressure washed twice daily and disinfected with the highest quality antimicrobial/antiviral/antiprotozoal/antibacterial pet safe cleaners. 

 

DIRECTIONS TO OUR KENNEL

It's easy to have us train your Brittany bird dog.  Just follow these easy steps

1. Read this entire page carefully to get a feel for what we offer.  You should also read about us by clicking here.

2. If you feel comfortable with us, call us by clicking here.  We accept e-mail and phone calls.  Dave's phone number is 325 669 8166.

3.  If you still wish to proceed, then visit our payment web page for information on how to send us a payment with a personal check, credit card, e-check, etc.  Click here to find payment information.

4.  Pay your surety deposit.  The deposit for training and boarding in Texas is 150.00  The deposit for Montana is 750.00  (total of 1500 for Montana which includes 2 weeks before departure, 2 months of training and 2 weeks after arrival back home for a total of 3 months - 500 per month)

5.  Contact us to let us know you paid your deposit just to make sure we did in fact get it.  Also to get your firm reservation date.

6.  Schedule an appointment with your Vet about 2 weeks prior to your training reservation.  Print out and take the Health Requirements and Identification page, listed here, with you to the Vet so that your gun dog will be accepted on check-in day here at our facility.  Make sure your dog has the collar and I.D. tag we require.  It is listed on the Health and Identification page you will take to your Vet.

7.  Schedule a time to deliver your dog, Monday through Saturday.  Bring your dog with proper collar and I.D. tag plus all the health papers your Vet gives you on check-in day for training.  Bring the balance of your first month's training fee.

8.  When you arrive, make note of your return appointment for a 'mid visit'.  This is not only for the dog but for your training as well.  Visit as often as you wish during business hours, Monday through Saturday.  We have an open policy.  You need not make an appointment if your dog is here for training / boarding however, out of courtesy to a busy schedule, if you wish to speak with Dave at length about your dog, please do make an appointment.  Otherwise feel free to visit 7 days a week between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The Guarantee

If you participated in your dog's training as required, the training is 100 percent guaranteed.  If there is anything that we were suppose to teach that your dog does not know or understand, bring him back for free!  We may keep him for more training, or maybe it is something that we can fix on the spot, or maybe it is something you are doing.   With our guarantee, there is no reason to worry.  We want you and your bird dog to be successful!

All training is done by Dave.  Contact us.

Our training pasture panorama!

Kennel

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Dave roading dogs

 

Dave with old and new prospects

Dave afield with training prospects during Texas wild quail season.

Sniffers appeared on Animal Planet with Dave.

Exercising pups in the open field in front of the kennels.

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Payment & Reservation methods and terms

Our training appointments are limited and by reservation.  Reservations are usually made 3 to 12 months in advance (please check with us to see if there are any available sooner) and must be accompanied by a 150 dollar surety deposit.  See link below for reservation/deposit/payment info. 

Monthly payment due in advance and every 30 days thereafter.  Any balance due will be prorated.

A Surety Dog Training Deposit of $150 is required to get a training reservation.  You may use credit cards / e-checks or you may submit a check.  Click here to find payment information

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Health and Identification Requirements

To obtain training/services from us you and your Brittany bird dog must first visit your Veterinarian AND meet the following criteria!  IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ!  Any dog 'just visiting' must meet the same requirements.  Contact us.

  This requirement list is non-negotiable!  Please take this list to your Veterinarian at least 2 weeks before you dog is to arrive.

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OUR TRAINING PLEDGE TO YOU 

We are honest.  We will not take advantage of you.  We understand the value of a hard earned dollar. 

We will tell you exactly as it appears to us, NOT what we think you want to hear. 

Dave trains each dog personally so you can rest assured your dog is getting maximum attention to detail in every step of its progress.  Dave only trains a small number of dogs at a time so that he can focus on each and every dog.  He does not delegate the training of your dog to someone else.

If for some reason we miss training days, we will not bill you for training on those days. 

Your dog's occupation of our kennel is not our income (paying by the day).  Our income comes from properly training your dog and sending it home to a happy owner expediently.  We understand that your referral affects our future business.

Timely training is best for us so the next dog can come in behind yours to be trained.  We have a tight training schedule and holding a dog over longer than usual inconveniences us and the next client as much as you, therefore, we will do our level best to train your dog properly and expeditiously.  We do not guarantee 60 days in and out.  If your dog is slow to progress, we will tell you and it is up to you to leave your dog here beyond 60 days.  Also, since Dave is the primary trainer, it is possible that he would have a delay of a personal nature.  Again, rest assured that there will be no extra charge for extra time here if it is our delay.

If we feel your dog is not cut out to be a bird dog, we will end training and ask you to come pick it up.  Unless your dog is mentally impaired and/or has no hope of being birdy, most dogs have some hope of being successful.

We promise to be available to you by phone, e-mail or in person for any needs you have before, during, and after the training.  You are NOT a bother to us.  You are our client and we appreciate you.  We respect you and want to please you with quality services.  Please feel free to call or e-mail us.  It is more convenient for Dave during daylight hours to communicate via e-mail / text message as he has a 'smart' phone and can answer from the field (if he has a signal).  This way he is not interrupted in the middle of a training session.

Every dog that completes our training gets free follow-up visits should you need assistance with your dog.  We understand that learning along with your dog is a lifetime process and we want you to freely return for extra tips and advice as your experience grows with your Brittany.

Every dog owner is allowed unlimited free follow-up consultation regarding the practical application of any training we provided.  This privilege is available 7 days a week.  Dave carries his cell phone when training and hunting afield in order to be there for you.  Example: You are hunting and you realize your dog incorrectly handled a bird and you can't remember what to do...  Dave is there for you.

Note:  All dogs receive a full evaluation the first week they are here.  We will provide this evaluation in writing upon request.  If the dog is not mature enough or lacks what it takes to become a good companion gun dog, we will be very honest with you and advise you accordingly.  If at any time in your dog's training we feel that the dog should not proceed any further, for any reason, we will call you immediately.

For dogs with ordinary progress, we do not call you day to day about progress as that takes from valuable training time, however, we do enjoy and accept all phone calls / e-mail from you checking on your dog, you are not a bother.  Don't expect big reports each week.  Dogs learn in small steps. 

If you wish to speak, mid-day lunch hour is the best time to call regarding your dog.  We do call owners when it is time for you to visit and be trained yourself and if there are concerns, otherwise, your dog's training is on track.  Remember, our visitation policy does not require an appointment to see your dog.  You may drop by any day unannounced to see your Brittany.  If you are stopping by for training or need to spend some time with Dave, please do make an appointment Monday through Saturday.  Contact us.

If you participated in your dog's training as required, the training is 100 percent guaranteed.  If there is anything that we were suppose to teach that your dog does not know or understand, bring him back for free.  We may keep him for more training, or maybe it is something that we can fix on the spot, or maybe it is something you are doing.   With our guarantee, there is no reason to worry.  We want you and your bird dog to be successful!

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YOUR PLEDGE TO US

First, have reasonable expectations for a dog less than one year old!  Here's an article Dave wrote on his blog about 'Age Range Expectations' tm Click here to read the article!  This is an important and informative article so that you know what to expect from your pup.

You will be a willing participant in your bird dogs training.  You agree to be trained along with your dog.  You will call/e-mail us and schedule training visits throughout your dogs stay with us.  You will not hesitate to call/e-mail us if you have training concerns as consultations are free. 

You will bring your dog back to us for one free follow-up clinic to help us help you should you have any concern or simply want a 'tightening up clinic'. 

You promise to give us a chance to help you in person with your dog present should you not be able to properly handle your dog.  You will be frank with us and discuss any concerns you may have. 

You will visit your dog whenever you choose, no appointment necessary, because we understand that Brittanys are family and quality time with family is important!  You promise to give us your feedback so that we can improve if needed - we like pats on the back too! 

You understand that we cannot call you about your dog unnecessarily.  We have a work day just like everyone else and when the day is done, we like to relax too.  Making calls to each client each week during the work day would rob valuable training time from your dog and everyone else's dog.  You are welcome to call or email us whenever you wish to check on your dog.

You will not ask us to forgive your absence whereby only your dog is trained.  You MUST be trained along with your dog.  We recommend at minimum of twice, once at 30 days and again at 60 days.  Other arrangements can be made for out of state / long distance clients.

You understand that your dog could finish sooner than expected.  There is no price break for finishing early. 

Also, you understand that there could be a delay in your dog's training.  Maybe your dog is slow or maybe Dave has an unplanned family situation.  Should a delay occur, you must be willing to allow Dave time to finish the dog.  If it is related to Dave, the extended training time is always free

Lastly, if you want your dog in and out in exactly 60 days, please do not make a reservation with us.   Dogs trained with a 'cookie cutter' mentality, perform like a 'cookie cutter' trained dog.

If you decide to take your dog home during training or before we have declared we are finished training it, all refunds and guarantees are null and void!

If you participated in your dog's training as required, the training is 100 percent guaranteed.  If there is anything that we were suppose to teach that your dog does not know or understand, bring him back for free.  We may keep him for more training, or maybe it is something that we can fix on the spot, or maybe it is something you are doing.   With our guarantee, there is no reason to worry.  We want you and your bird dog to be successful!

Payment terms

Our training appointments are limited and by reservation.  Reservations are usually made 3 to 12 months in advance (please check with us to see if there are any available sooner) and must be accompanied by a 150 dollar surety deposit.  See link below for reservation/deposit/payment info. 

Monthly payment due in advance and every 30 days thereafter.  Any balance due will be prorated.

A Surety Dog Training Deposit of $150 is required to get a training reservation.  You may use credit cards / e-checks or you may submit a check.  Click here to find payment information

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Our Training Programs

TRAINING MENU

Puppy introduction → popular pick for those with no equipment/facilities.

Phase I → popular pick for most hunters. Fundamentals for owner/dog.

Phase II → for folks who want a finished dog performance and field trialers.

Montana / Texas training camps on wild birds for folks who want their dog to have a lot of wild bird training and experience.  Strongly recommend for All Phases.

Finished Dogs

Problem Dog Training

Seminars & Clinics

Map info

 

Realistic Expectations for your Puppy?

Age Range Expectations tm

Dave will train you and your dog for hunting, companionship, field trial venues (AKC, American Field, NSTRA, etc.) and hunt tests.  Let him know what you want!  Contact us.

Puppy introductory training

is directed at puppies 4 to 8 months of age.  In this program, no pressure is applied to your pup.  We introduce things that many folks living in the city cannot do for themselves.

We introduce your puppy to many live birds and we desensitize him / her to cap gun fire on birds as well as help nurture your pups desire to naturally retrieve

Pup is introduced to a training lead, a check cord and a chain gang (tie out).  He has fun and safely learns to be familiar with these basic tools by establishing familiar contact points while performing fun activities.

Since our kennels face and are close to the training field, your pup not only gets his own personal training but he is a close witness to other dogs getting their birds.  This additional excitement builds even more desire.

Through positive reinforcement and exposure to tools he will one day utilize, pup will make a better Phase I trainee later on when it's time.

Puppy intro is only 4 weeks long and costs 500.00.  It's great for pups and it's also great for folks who are unsure whether or not their dog is ready for regular training.  Click here to contact us.

 

Phase I program

is directed at dogs & puppies that are totally untrained or have very little training.  Directed at hunters and first year dogs.   In particular, it is most suitable for folks who want to be taught how to train and keep trained their own dog/s.  This program is part of our overall training program and is most popular for hunters since it gives the hunter and dog what they need to be safe and successful.  Before going any further. I'd like to introduce you to a catchphrase I coined to describe realistic expectations for your own dog.  I call it "Canine Age Range Expectations"

Most people have seen the 'dog whisperer' shows.  The whisperer observes the issues then demonstrates what it will take to fix it.  He then asks the owners to practice what he has shown them while observing their performance (human and dogs).  He then departs so the owners can continue to practice on their dog in the whisperer's absence.  After a period of time (days/weeks) he will check in to see how they are doing.  Sometimes they are doing well and sometimes the owners need more instruction.  He's not there everyday, rather he gives the owners the tools to be successful through time and repetition.  The rest is up to the owners.....Phase I is just like that except that we teach the dog what it is suppose to do so that all you have to do is reinforce it. 

It is not a 'finishing program' where when you pick up your dog, he is on 'autopilot'.  It takes many months / years and lots of bird hunting experience with your dog to be 'finished'.  Phase I gets the puppy and the owner off in the right direction and, with our guarantees, free follow-up instruction / help from Dave is always there to help you!

This phase is popular with new hunters because we also teach the owner / handler proper bird dog etiquette. 

We train for the gentleman hunter.  This means that your dog will learn all yard work & field work which includes heel, whoa / stay, quartering / change direction, come, kennel up, etc.) and to hold point at least until flush.  Your dog will respond via hand signal, whistle signal, and voice commands.   Your young pup will not be perfect!  Perfection comes later after Montana and Phase II training!

We GUARANTEE our work and if you are not happy with what we said we would accomplish, we will refund your money and / or retrain your dog!

Phase I is not meant to serve as a quick fix for problem dogs, i.e. blinkers, bolters, fighters, chasers, gun shyness, bird eaters, dogs that have no instinct to hunt and/or retrieve (see trained retrieve which is separate of phase I), etc.  Dave can figure that out quite easily so please let us know up front so that we can tailor the program to the needs of your dog.  If you forget to tell us, we'll let you know what we found and you may be billed an additional fee for unanticipated problem fixing. 

Please write down any issues you know of to present to Dave on arrival.  That helps him focus on those issues first and foremost before doing anything else.

Our emphasis is getting the dog to understand and perform basic commands and teaching the owner what to do when the dog makes a mistake in both yard work and in the field.  It is important the owner understands 'age range expectations  Click here to learn more about age range expectations tm.

 You must be willing to wait until we have completed Phase I with your dog!  Be sure you can do without your dog at least 60 days.  No two dogs are trained exactly the same way in the same amount of time as we tailor the training to the personality of the dog.

We regret that your dog cannot leave while here for training, especially to go hunt.

It is possible that something unforeseen could happen which could delay your dogs training.  Please understand that things happen and there could be delays.  Any delay on our part is free.

What you are paying Dave to do besides train the dog and you, is to 'read' the dog and identify the dogs level of maturity.  Dave will decide whether or not it is ready for the next step in training.  This is where many owners go wrong.  No two dogs are the same thus different training times with varying levels of abilities and maturation.

If your dog needs more time, it is usually done at no extra expense.  If it needs more time because the dog had issues before it came to us, we will charge for the extra time!

We encourage the natural instinct to retrieve while in Phase I.  Retriever practice should start with you when the pup first comes home at 8 weeks of age.  We recommend hunting the dog for a year after phase I to allow time for the natural retrieve instinct to develop.  If it is not there after a year, we recommend the trained retrieve which is separate from phase I.

The level of steadiness can be further custom trained to your needs (wing/shot) but requires an additional stay (see Phase II).  Wing and shot shouldn't be expected of a young pup.  Performance afield is determined by the dogs genetics, training, and experience on birds.  Because of this, we highly recommend our Montana training camp in addition to Phase I and/or Phase II.

When we complete Phase I with you and your dog...

Your dog will be 'green trained' upon completion.  This means he/she will understand the basic commands, have some experience with birds being shot over it but will not be a finished dog. Phase I is grade school equivalent for young pups.  It simply teaches you and the dog fundamentals.  Expect mistakes!  (remember my dog whisperer analogy above?).  The good news is that your dog will understand what it did wrong and why it is being corrected which is essential to starting a pup correctly.

If you cannot be a part of your puppies training, we will not take your dog.  All dog training is fully guaranteed with free follow-up visits so there is no reason why you should be unhappy with your dog after our training because Dave is there for you!

If you are one that has trouble exerting alpha dominance over your pup, Phase I training will show you what to do.  If you still lack the ability to exert alpha dominance over your pup, you will have great difficulty with a phase I dog and I strongly recommend your dog go from Phase I to Montana camp.  This allows your pup to grow and mature in its training with us and get additional field training on wild birds vs. released game birds.

We GUARANTEE our work and if you are not happy with what we said we would accomplish, we will refund your money and / or retrain your dog free!

We accept phase I dogs year round.  We do not require an additional 30 days for a total of 90 for Phase I but do strongly suggest it if you are wanting your dog to be more polished in performance.  Every day over 60 equals more polish and experience.

Phase I Schedule

0 to 30 days: evaluation, conditioning which includes intro to birds, sound conditioning, and extensive yard work with intro field work.  Your dog will learn voice, hand, and whistle commands.  A foundation must be laid before it can be taught to handle birds properly.  If not, how would it understand corrections?

31 to 60 days: continued conditioning, field obedience, blending of field obedience with bird work and repetition.

We do not require an additional 30 days but do strongly suggest it if you are wanting your dog to be more polished in performance.  Phase I does not include 'force' training to retrieve.  The 'trained retrieve' is separate of phase I.  We encourage and develop the natural retrieve as part of our program.

Our training program is 675 dollars per month, 3rd month free if required.  There will not be a per day charge over 60 days if your dog is progressing normally and just needs a bit more time.  Significant discounts are available to owners of our Brittanys and all repeat clients (even if the repeat client did not purchase a dog from us originally.  A 150-dollar surety deposit is required to hold your reservation. 

Our monthly fee INCLUDES the cost of killed pen raised birds, feed & boarding.  Vet expenses, if any, to be covered by the owner.  Dave, the owner of Chief’s Brittanys, performs all training personally.  Our Training is GUARANTEED.  Any training delays on our part are credited to your dog thus no additional fees.

Payment terms

Our training appointments are limited and by reservation.  Reservations are usually made 3 to 12 months in advance (please check with us to see if there are any available sooner) and must be accompanied by a 150 dollar surety deposit.  See link below for reservation/deposit/payment info. 

Monthly payment due in advance and every 30 days thereafter.  Any balance due will be prorated.

A Surety Dog Training Deposit of $150 is required to get a training reservation.  You may use credit cards / e-checks or you may submit a check.  Click here to find payment information

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Phase II program

is for dogs already started and are in need of finishing/polishing.  Some Phase II dogs receive 'force' training (trained retrieve) to retrieve if needed which takes additional time.  Phase II dogs should have a minimum of 1 year's hunting experience, preferably 2 years.  Phase II dogs are generally 2 years and over.  Please read about Phase I and its policies as they apply for phase II as well.

Many owners are very pleased with Phase I only, therefore, they do not request Phase II.  Phase II is very helpful to field trialers and hunters who want an absolutely finished and polished performance (Steady to wing and shot as well as the trained retrieve).  Most hunters do not need / want this level of training.

We teach you and the dog advanced training skills and techniques, it's up to you to provide the experience afield through numerous hunts with your dog.  We teach you what to do afield so that you know how to give your dog experience.  If you cannot be a part of your dog's training, we will not take your dog.  Every Phase II dog gets a free follow-up clinic for you and your dog.  Also, free telephone consultations.  This is to help you along so that you are successful in polishing your dog.  There is no reason why you should be unhappy with your dog after our training because we are there for you!

PHASE II training only offered via our annual fall trip to Montana or Texas.

Average training time for Phase II without the trained retrieve is 90 days.  Minimum stay is 60 days and is an approximate time.  If you want a guaranteed in/out in 60 days, please do not send your dog to us as we do not train on a 'cookie cutter' time frame.

We do not require an additional 30 days for a total of 90 but do strongly suggest it so that your dog can get plenty of wild bird contact. 

If we are providing the 'trained retrieve' for your Phase II prospect, you will need 60 additional days (a total of 120 days though we recommend 150 days).  Trained retrieve summer time only.  Brittanys only.

Your dog is taken on wild bird hunts each and every week, often times, several times per week.  Your dog gets experience in real hunting situations.

Phase II Schedule

0 to 30 days: evaluation, conditioning, extensive reinforcement of yard work and field obedience, your dog learns to work with other trained dogs and your dog hunts wild birds often (if wild birds are in abundance) in Montana.  Your dog will have his voice, hand, and whistle commands reinforced to perfection.  He will learn additional commands as required and desired by the owner.

31 to 90 days: continued conditioning, steadiness improved to highest level, wing and shot, all over wild birds.  If your dog is already 'force' trained to retrieve, your dog will be required to show perfection in marked and blind retrieves with absolute delivery to hand from the position of heel.  If your dog requires the trained retrieve (summer time only), we will need your dog another 60 days, overall total, 120 days.  There are no 'set' amount of days.  All is tailored to your dogs needs.

Our Phase II training program is part of our Montana training program which includes 2 weeks pre-departure readiness training, 2 months in Montana, 2 weeks upon return for a total of 3 months.   A 750-dollar deposit is required to hold your Montana reservation.  Total fee 1500 - (500 per month).  Dave, the owner of Chief’s Brittanys, performs all training personally.

We only offer Phase II with our Montana program (except for force retrieve).  If you combine the two, your dogs Phase II training is GUARANTEED!

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Payment terms

Montana training reservations are made starting in January of each year for camp that starts in September.  Very limited reservations.  Click here to find payment information

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Montana camp is every September/October.   It fills early, usually full by spring time.  Texas Camp is Dec/Jan.

Montana camp info

Your dog will be with us 90 days.

We go to Montana late summer through early fall (Sep to Oct, returning to Texas in time for quail season).  Montana's bird season opens September 1st which is why we go there to train.  Your dog will arrive to our Texas location 2 weeks prior to departure, then 60 days in Montana, and 2 weeks back in Texas.

We introduce, train, and condition the following levels of Brittany bird dogs:

1. Puppies 5 months and up at time of departure.  Puppy program includes:  Introduction to independent running, exposure to many wild birds and conditioning.  If a natural pointer, birds will be properly flushed / shot.

2.  Phase I and Phase II dogs are strongly recommended to attend Montana camp.  Brittany Bird Dogs in our advanced training programs such as phase I & II get conditioned and receive experience on wild birds which reinforces their training thus they become more polished. 

3.  Montana trips are especially advised for dogs that will potentially field trial somewhere down the road and for HUNTERS who lack the time to get out in the field often!  Many of our hunters are professionals who simply want their dog to perform but lack the personal time to keep the dog fit and sharp on wild birds.  Thus many return annually.  Limited reservation available.

4.  Montana trips are advised for folks who are serious hunters and want their dog to be in top condition on opening day of season.

5.  Montana camp is a total of 1500 dollars.  50% deposit required.  Includes 2 weeks prior to departure from Texas, 2 months in Montana and 2 weeks after returning from Montana for a total of 3 months (500/mth).

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Texas camp info

Texas Winter Camp is early in the quail season so that your dog is polished for winter.  We take your Brittany to our wild quail training leases Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.  There is no experience that equals wild quail in west Texas and / or wild quail / pheasant in Kansas!  Texas camp is 750.

Everything is similar to Montana camp above.

Your dog gets valuable experience on wild birds, gets conditioned and more.

Space is limited and fills quickly.

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Thank you.

Payment terms

Our training appointments are limited and by reservation.  Reservations are usually made 3 to 12 months in advance (please check with us to see if there are any available sooner) and must be accompanied by a 150 dollar surety deposit.  See link below for reservation/deposit/payment info. 

Monthly payment due in advance and every 30 days thereafter.  Any balance due will be prorated.

A Surety Dog Training Deposit of $150 is required to get a training reservation.  You may use credit cards / e-checks or you may submit a check.  Click here to find payment information

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Completely Finished Dogs and training.

What is a completely finished dog?

A completely finished dog is one that is steady to wing & shot, only retrieves when asked and always absolutely to hand (force trained), honors, and has much wild bird experience.  This type of training / experience takes months / years which is why our program is divided into different phases of training to save you money.   Most hunters don't want / need a truly finished dog.

What is a started dog?

Definitions vary from trainer to trainer but to me, its a dog that knows the basic commands so that it understands when corrected, points most of the time, may or may not naturally retrieve, has not been force trained to retrieve, may or may not reliably back / honor, it does understand basic commands but needs continued direction / instruction / refinement to become an experienced dog.  Notice I didn't say to become a 'finished dog'.  A started dog is often known in the industry as GREEN BROKE. 

A finished dog is as I described above under 'What is a completely finished dog?'.  You can have a started dog with tons of experience, his training just isn't complete to the standard of a completely finished dog.  Maybe its complete enough for you but technically not finished.

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Problem Dogs

Problem dogs are dogs that were ordinary young bird dogs until someone did something wrong or failed to do something that should have..  We fix MOST ALL Brittany problems and are known for repairing gun shy Brittanys.  Some repairs are guaranteed.

Blinking.  Blinking is avoiding someone, something, or some animal/bird.  Problems include blinking the sight of a gun (not only the sound, just the mere sight), the flush of a bird, the smell of a bird, a remote bird launcher, etc.  9 times out 10, man made.  Not too hard to repair but no guarantees.  Guarantee will be offered on a case by case basis.

Gun Shyness.  100 percent Man made, intentional or not.  Dog is shy of loud noise especially the gun.    Brittanys only, must be birdy.  3 to 6 months to repair on average, occasionally faster.  Some soft breeds are easier to be made gun shy I suppose, but still, 100 percent Man Made.  I will offer a guarantee only after I have personally observed the dog on birds at my training grounds.  You will know from me within seconds whether or not I'll guarantee your dog.  A lot has to do with your dogs birdiness.

Bolting.  Dog runs over the horizon no matter what you do to stop it.  You have no control even after the dog has been to other professionals.  Guaranteed to fix.  Brittanys only.  Can be fixed.  1 to 3 months average.

Chasing /Creeping.  Dog doesn't handle properly by crowding birds and when birds flush, will chase them for miles thus ruining your hunt.  Guaranteed to fix.  1 to 2 months average.

Fighting.  Aggressive Brittanys are unusual.  Strongly recommend you consult with a Veterinarian first to make sure there aren't causative health issues.  If your Brittany is truly mean / aggressive, this is not the breed standard.  This animal is dangerous.  Consult with you Veterinarian immediately!

Shy of humans - 'Kennel Sour', not shy of other dogs and/or  shy of birds, not blinking but timid when approached by humans and / or strangers.  This dog is often confused with having been beaten because the behavior pattern is similar.  Don't accuse someone of beating a dog.  It's hard to prove and you could be wrong.  Guaranteed to fix, 3 months average.

First consider this before calling

1- You will spend more money fixing SOME dog problems than it costs to get another trained properly.  (We are NOT advocating discarding a dog! - Keep the dog or find it a good companion home but don't just 'dump' your problem on someone else.

2- Some problems just can't be fixed and its money wasted though we do have guarantees for gun shy Brittanys and some other problems.  You have nothing to lose if we offer you a written guarantee.

3- Visit your local licensed Vet to discuss behavioral issues not related to bird hunting and whether the dog has a chance to be trained or whether it should be euthanized.  IT IS NOT NORMAL for a Brittany to be 'mean'.  Your Vet can make sure there are no causative health issues.

If you love your dog and don't mind sending your dog away for months at a time and you can afford the training, then there is hope.  If you can't afford the possibility of long term training then, depending on the issue, you should consider placing the dog in a home that you trust will offer the environment it needs or contact your Brittany rescue representative.  We do offer significant discounts for long term issues.

Contact us.

 See my FAQ page for Brittany Rescue info

Please feel free to contact Dave for more info.

SEMINARS/CLINICS

If you're as bonded with your Brittany as we are and can't bear to part with your dog for even a week, we offer clinics for both handler and dog.

Learn to handle one of our trained Brittany hunting companions so that you can understand how to handle your hunting companion in the most difficult of hunting situations.  We also work with you and your dog one on one and teach you how handle your dog and how to use the latest techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. 

Private Clinics are tailored exclusively to your needs.

Public seminars/clinics receive a special group rate and can be tailored to fit the groups needs.

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Want to visit us?  Please read health, appointment and map info below.

PLEASE, schedule an appointment with us (between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily) so that we can be sure to have time for you.  We are here 24/7, however, you must schedule an appointment.  Please call us at 325 669 8166.

All kennel tours are escorted by us so a reservation is required.  Also, other dogs/pets that you are bringing to 'just visit' must meet health requirements or stay in your vehicle at all times.  Click here to see the health requirements.  We do provide free training evaluations of your dog but it too must meet our health requirements.  Please call us at 254 725 6217 or 325 669 8166.

Map and Exact Directions

Note: Garmin, TomTom, et al, will get you lost as you near our home.  Please use the directions below.  Thank you.

Chief's Brittanys are located approximately (in driving time) 35 minutes east of Abilene TX, 2 hours west of Ft. Worth TX, 2 ½ hours west of Dallas TX, 5 hours west of Shreveport LA, 2 ¾ hours SE from Lubbock TX, 3 1/2 hours NW from Austin, 2 ¾ hours NW of Waco, 2 ½ hours south from Wichita Falls, 6 1/2 hours east from El Paso, 10 hours south from Denver CO, and 9 hours west from Jackson Miss.  Driving time is approximate. 

Airlines:  We prefer Continental and American Airlines out of DFW and Abilene, Texas. 

General location of our facility

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EXACT DIRECTIONS BELOW, SCROLL DOWN PLEASE.

 

Directions heading east from Abilene

 

Take a left out of the airport and follow the signs to I-20.  Take I-20 east to mile marker 313, FM 2228.  Get off there and make a right onto 2228 (headed south), go 6 miles south.  At 6.0 miles, the road will begin to make a slow left hand curve, at the beginning of that curve, Co Rd 461 "Y's" straight off the beginning of the curve.  Take that gravel road.

 

Go 7.2 miles south on the gravel road (Co Rd 461).  You will see our white mail box with name (JONES) on the right, the driveway is on the left, opposite of the mail box.  Drive on up!

 

Directions heading west from Dallas Fort Worth

 

Take I-20 west out of Ft. Worth to mile marker 313, FM 2228.  Get off there and make a left under the overpass (headed south), go 6 miles south.  At 6.0 miles, the road will begin to make a slow left hand curve, at the beginning of that curve, Co Rd 461 "Y's" straight off the beginning of the curve.  Take that gravel road.

 

Go 7.2 miles south on the gravel road (Co Rd 461).  You will see our white mail box with name on the right (JONES), the driveway is on the left, opposite of the mail box.  Drive on up!

 

Directions heading north from Brownwood/Austin/San Antonio

 

Take 279 north from Brownwood to Cross Plains.  At Cross Plains, 279 becomes 206.  Proceed north through the blinking red light at Cross Plains.  Travel approximately ¾ of a mile through town until you see FM 880 on the left.  Take a left on FM 880 and follow the signs to Cottonwood, 7 miles.  At Cottonwood, you will get off of 880 on to 1079 heading west through Cottonwood (an old community – no stores/no gas!).  Proceed west on 1079 until you come to a ‘T’, make a left and go 500 feet then make an immediate right onto county road 461.  Proceed 3.6 miles on county road 461.  The road has a few sharp turns but do NOT turn off of it onto another road.  At 3.8 miles you will see our large rock home on a hill to your right.  The main gate is on your right.  There is 1 mail box on the left, opposite of our gate, that reads ‘Jones’.  Make a right into the gate and drive to the top of the drive way!

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