If you want to train a dog A to Z , Craney Hill is the place for you. Starting with a puppy fresh from the litter on through the endless stages of maturity, Todd and Christina will show the way. In the case of my busy dog life, there is much communication with Georgia (a 15 hour drive): questions, listening, pushing and working on solutions to changing issues. They are also my cheerleading squad on trial days! Training my own dogs has completely changed the relentless training routine at home. The end results, be it shooting grouse or running trials, have gotten better and better. The experience has been nothing short of remarkable.
Betsey Battistoni, Millbrook, NY
I was fortunate enough to connect with Todd when my young pup Lincoln was just 5 months old. My stated goal was to have a “good hunting dog”. To me, that meant a dog that knew how to find and retrieve birds and listened to commands well enough to avoid being a difficult hunting partner. What we have accomplished since then and the amount of information I have learned thru untold hours of training and conversation with Todd goes way beyond anything I could have imagined. The level of personal commitment he has made to the development of both me and my dog has been astounding. If you want to truly understand the foundation of your dog’s training, use that information to build a strong bond with your dog, and then apply all of those things to become a better handler, whether for hunting or field trials (or both), then Todd’s program is for you.
Scott McKillip, GA
When my new pup (Pigeon) came along, I wanted to focus her training primarily on upland hunting which I have discovered somewhat later in life. A friend referred me to Todd Agnew at Craney Hill, and the pup and I drove to Georgia planning to begin training immediately. What actually transpired was nothing like I anticipated. Through Todd’s direction, I began to learn that many of my notions of training run contrary to what I hoped to achieve, especially regarding pressure and how the dog perceives it. Through his thoughtful process of training me to train Pigeon, we have methodically laid a foundation that frequently surprises me with how it builds successive steps and skills one upon the other while preserving the enthusiasm and style that make hunting with a flushing dog so much fun. He works us through the inevitable bumps in the road, and continues to raise my standards through better understanding of both training and handling. At the end of the day it is always obvious that his first priority is the dog, and that he truly wants me to be successful with my dog. We are now having a fun and successful first season. If Todd could only improve my shooting, Pigeon would be a happier dog.
Carl Bundy, NC
“It is amazing what a difference three days made in my relationship with my springer spaniel. Todd Agnew is a no nonsense insightful trainer of both dogs and handlers. For someone serious about hunting or field trials, or just a dog who makes the hunting experience a pleasure, there is no one better. An added plus, is Christina Power Agnew’s professional photography documenting the seminar experience. The training, camaraderie and new friends made are priceless.”
Joan & Minnie