Basic Gun Dog Camp

START YOUR YOUNG PUP WITH A STRONG FOUNDATION!
Let Craney Hill Kennel Develop A Foundation For Your Spaniel.

Basic Gun Dog Development Camp

The objectives for our Basic Gun Dog Camp are to set a strong foundation for your dog, which includes proper introduction and exposure to birds, proper gun introduction, basic obedience. hunting in control and basic retrieving. This camp is focused on getting your puppy or young dog off to the right start before negative traits are established. This camp is generally available any time of the year, except October and November, and generally is for three months. At the end of camp, your dog will come when called or whistled, hup/sit when told by voice or whistle, be e-collar conditioned if you choose, hunt for birds within range and generally retrieve.

Contact us for further information about our Basic Gun Dog Camp or about our other Gun Dog Camps that are available.

Winnie Goes Quail Hunting!

Your girl Winnie is precious and off to a great season. Couple great hunts in the books and she gets better every time out (despite me!)

And my strongest recommendation on your training. Winnie still responds as taught! We kid all the time about her “Todd” behavior 😄. Winnie knows when it’s game time!

Winnie is a Dudley x Anna pup..

 

A Great Day Chasing Pheasants In Iowa!

Enjoy the video of Julio running Georgia in a hunting situation for the first time and Whaley finds, flushes and retrieves his first wild pheasant.

DJ & Rennie Placements in WV!

DJ won the puppy stake at the Central Virginia ESS Field Trial held in WV. This 1st place cup was won the year before by our dog Dibbs who Scott now owns. DJ is really coming along in his training. When we told his owner Rich that DJ had won, his words were of coarse he did.

 

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Rennie places 2nd in the open at the Central Virginia ESS Field Trial held in WV. The pieces are finally falling in place for Rennie. He is a dog to keep an eye on! His owner Betsey was very excited to hear the news about her boy.

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Kate Wins The IL Puppy Stake

Ravenscourt Kate wins her second puppy stake at The Sportsman’s Spaniel Club Field Trial in Wilmington, IL. Todd handled Kate and then turned her over to her owner Bob. Bob was able to take his girl home with all the winning hardware. We are so proud of Kate!

 

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Success At The Field Trials!

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After coming out of the mountains from Blue Grouse hunting, we hit a few field trials in Colorado & Kansas. Kate from Missouri, ran her first puppy stake in Colorado and got a 1st place. Kate will be running another puppy stake this weekend in IL.

DJ (Dudley’s son) had a great learning experience at his first puppy stake. He ran his first stake in Colorado and was surprised by all the extra people out in the field. He did very well and got 2nd place. His next puppy trial was in Kansas at the Oklahoma trial. His run there was crazy as the trial was on pigeons and they do the craziest things and then the gunners couldn’t shoot at times. Considering all of that DJ kept his head and got first place out of 9 puppies. We are very proud of DJ.

Dudley is on fire! Dudley got 2nd place at the Rocky Mountain trial, 1st place at the Northern Colorado trial, and 2nd at the Central Kansas trial. The season is not over yet! Keep an eye out for the father and son team.

 

Scott & Dibbs 1st Place In Colorado

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A special congratulations to Scott and Dibbs for winning first place in the All-Age Amateur stake at the Northern Colorado Field Trial. The weekend was a huge success as on Friday, he finished the first field trial he has ever entered and won the Gunner’s Award for his performance with Dibbs. Two days later, a little calmer but still shaking, he and Dibbs put together three series they were fortunate enough to impress the judges with. This is quite an achievement for a handler in his second trial and a dog in only its third All-Age field trial. The two have a long way to go to be comfortable, but they are off to a great start! Congratulations Scott and Dibbs and a special thank you to all the Colorado field trial clubs for the warm welcome, hospitality and support over the 10 days.

 

 

Allie’s Alpine Adventure

Believe it or not, places like Grouse Creek and Ptarmigan Lake aren’t always as productive as their names imply. Additionally “They’re everywhere” and “I always see them up there” are officially my two least favorite phrases spoken by non-hunters.

Though it’s never a bad idea to prey on local knowledge in hopes of finding a honey hole, the fact is, most non-hunters have no idea where to find game. Yes, they may stumble upon a grouse or two here and there on their morning hike, or spot a few resident greenheads dabbling around in the cattle dugout they always drive by on their way to work, but rarely do they ACTUALLY know where to find what you’re looking for, i.e. the massive coveys that shake the earth when they erupt or the oxbow lakes that hold enough ducks to black out the sky.

After hiking around ten thousand vertical feet this past week, I feel I have finally learned this lesson. While local knowledge can sometimes be helpful, there’s nothing that puts birds in the bag like boot-leather and good ole fashion location scouting.

Here are some photos from this week:

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(Allie with her first Blue grouse)

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(A nice days limit of blues)

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(Allie in what the locals promised was Ptarmigan Country)

 

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(Allie and I in a place we heard the Ptarmigan “littered the ground” – no such luck)

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(Allie is a lot more excited to run down this 3,000 ft avalanche shoot than I am)

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(Allie in the frozen tundra that actually holds birds)

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(More of above)

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(At the cost of an e-collar remote, half a box of shells, and Allie’s pads, we finally found some!)

Though we wasted a lot of time chasing “tips” from non-hunters, at least we got to do it in the high country. Sure beats the sage plains!

-John