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Headstart Puppy Training

photo by Brad Hall
Photo by Brad Hall

Headstart training is a great benefit to owners who do not have the time or knowledge to raise a Field Trial, Hunt Test, or hunting retriever. The best dogs often have begun their training with dummies and real birds as soon as they are weaned. By making retrieving an exciting experience early on, your dog will have a love of retrieving all their life.

The puppies are played with, trained, socialized, and are given the foundation be a great family and retrieving companion. Headstart training is for dogs under 5 months old, and includes:

  • Crate training
  • Basic people and house manners
  • Single and double retrieves
  • Introduction to gunfire
  • Marks thrown by gunners in the field
  • Retrieves with both bumpers and birds
  • Introduction to water (weather permitting)
  • A positive experience being taught to learn

Bella receives two passes on her AKC Junior Hunter title
Bella, a former Headstart Pup

For more information please Contact Us, and see our photo gallery below for some great puppy pics!


SkyHigh Retrievers travels to sunny California during the winter months, January - April. This gives your puppy the unique opportunity to be worked on water no matter what time of year it is. This is a great program for a young duck dog ready to go into training, or for a competition puppy to begin water work. We limit the number of dogs for the winter trip, so it is best to make reservations. If you would like your dog to continue their training this winter, please Contact Us.


Puppy Headstart Photo Gallery

Bear, a chocolate Labrador puppy, plays in the snow Bear, a chocolate Labrador puppy, plays in the snow Bear, a chocolate Labrador puppy, plays in the snow Bear, a chocolate Labrador puppy, plays in the snow
Bear, a chocolate Lab headstart puppy, plays in the snow for the first time.
To see more pictures of her Puppy and Waterfowl Training, click here
Taz plays with his toys on the dog bed Taz, a black Labrador headstart puppy
Taz, a black Lab Headstart Puppy. To see more pictures of his Puppy and Hunt Test Training, click here
Bella sits with Mike on the ATV Bella gets "scritches" from Mike Bella watches from the shade Ranger
Mike Taylor with Bella, a black pointing Lab Headstart Puppy. Click here to see more pictures of Bella during her Hunt Test and pointing Lab training Ranger
Ranger walks himself Ranger retrieves his canvas bumper, age 8 wks Ranger retrieves his canvas bumper Ranger watches his mark thrown
Ranger, a Golden Retriever Headstart Puppy. Click here to read some comments from his owners
Buff gives his trainer kisses on his first day here Buff watches the mark being thrown Buff retrieves a canvas bumper, age 8 wks Buff brings back his bumper
Buff, a black pointing Lab puppy. Click here to see more pictures of Buff during his training
Remington retrieves his bumper Remington brings back his bumper Remington gives the bumper to his trainer Ranger and Remington with trainer
Remington, a black Labrador Headstart Puppy
Here comes Buff! Puppy playtime! Here comes Buff! Ranger in the snow
Ranger, age 12 weeks Ranger plays in the snow Remington with a snow face The "three amigos": Ranger, Buff, and Remy
Buff leaps the creek, with Ranger watching Ranger leaps the creek! Remy gets ready to leap the creek Remington lands in the snowbank!
Star retrieves her bumper Star retrieves a bumper from the pond Star runs back with her "Thunderbird" bumper Star retrieves her duck
Rogue going for a retrieve in the water Rogue swimming back with bird Rogue bringing back his bird Rogue delivers the bird to Mike
Buff and Ranger, in the water for the first time After crossing the channel, Ranger and Buff head back to the other side with a trainer Buff swims across the channel Ranger swims across the channel
After crossing the channel once with their trainer, Buff and Ranger each cross by themselves with a little bit of encouragement


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