Our new client Cheryl spent the weekend at Craney Hill Kennel for a consultation in dog training. Cheryl was put to work with our dogs in the field and in the training yard. Cheryl's english cocker spaniel Gunner has been here for training so she was dying to see him. Todd put Cheryl and Gunner to work and they both did a really nice job working together as you can see in the video. They both progressed in their training during the weekend and we are looking forward to more training sessions with Cheryl and her crazy cocker Gunner. Enjoy the video and you can see more photos of their weekend here.
The dogs had a great time swimming in the cool NY water. The weather was simply wonderful for all the dogs. Thank you Betsey for taking us to this special spot so the dogs could swim and run free. Enjoy the video! The photos that were in the video can be seen here.
The most picturesque are the SD Public Lands pics. Kermit and I went out by ourselves. We put up some praire chickens but that is all we saw all day long. Vast beauty and desolate. Not a soul around but us. Great time.
We have a three English Springer Spaniels prospects (2 male/1 female) and one English Cocker Spaniel prospect (female) we are accepting reservations on in advance. We are assuming all the risk in developing these puppies. Your requirement is a 50% deposit for the finished dog and a commitment to an additional 6-9 months of training/transition to you as the new owner/handler, plus all bird costs, entry fees and veterinarian costs.
When it is all added up, you should plan on a roughly $15,000 commitment over the next 24 to 30 months, with an initial deposit of $4,000.
These puppies are now approximately seven months of age and we have selected these to be developed to the highest standard based on the talent exhibited and the personality characteristics to go to work based on how biddable they are. Once fully developed/transitioned at about three years of age, our goal would be for the new owner to be fully competing with the dogs themselves.
The first person to sign up will get first pick as the pups are developed. Contact us with questions. This has been a successful model to reduce your risk at obtaining a competitive dog as compared to the risk of buying a puppy, paying for training and "hoping" the puppy makes it. Our other puppies being developed will be sold as gun dogs as they lack the potential to reach the highest level of training.
We finally rolled into camp in Colorado late this afternoon. It was a long trip and all of the dogs are happy to be out of the truck and stretching those legs. Here are a few photos of what we look at while at camp.
Notes from Alan!
Kermit and I had a wonderful day of Sharp-tailed Grouse hunting today in ND. After 2 weekends of Field Trials and being on the road for nearly two weeks, this was a great reward for our hard work. It was a pleasure to see Kermit in his true element of hunting and not having to worry so much about the trial rules and regulations. We did very well and I did not even have my own gun. It was a side by side though, Todd and Christina!
It's that time of the year again!
Bandit the cocker was just dropped off to Craney Hill for many months of training. Bandit is a southern boy from Charleston, SC.. We are having a lot of fun with Bandit already.
Bailee the cocker and Hudson the springer are getting an introduction to the boat and decoys. Enjoy the short video of them playing.
Mac the springer with his first flyer. Mac is here at Craney Hill for summer camp, and as you can see he is having a great time. Go Mac!
Otis the English cocker spaniel with his first flyer. Otis is here at Craney Hill for summer camp. The little cocker with attitude.
Penley the English cocker spaniel getting her first flyer. Penley is here at Craney Hill for summer training. As you can see Penley really enjoyed her first flyer.
Bailee arrived late last night from ND. Thank you Mike, Vicky and Paul for such a lovely little girl. We are already having fun with Bailee. She came into the house like she owned it. Cockers!
The puppies got their first bird the other day. First birds are so much fun!
In the photos are Penley the cocker who is with us for summer camp, Winnie also with us for summer camp, Ryker and Georgia the springers. Winnie, Ryker and Georgia are out of the Dudley & Anna litter. They are little spit fires!