Shorthairs & Shotguns was founded on the principle that your best hunting partner is also a part of the family. We believe that in-home manners are just as important as the ability to put birds in the bag. Therefore, all training dogs stay in our home as part of our family, too. 

Field and Family™ Program

Emily understands the value of a dog who is just as great in the home as they are in the field. In this 2 month program for dogs 6+ months old, your dog will join Emily's family in her home for daily basic obedience, as well as regular field training sessions at Lost Highway Kennels. This program is designed to give you the bird dog and companion of your dreams! 

In this program we will be covering basic obedience that includes a reliable recall, place work and heeling at home and in local environments, such as parks and neighborhoods. You can expect your dog to learn appropriate manners from calmly staying put during dinner to recalling in open spaces.

Field training sessions at Lost Highway Kennels include bird/gun introduction, steadiness to flush, shooting live birds and developing a natural retrieve. 


Early Bird Program

Let's start your pup on point! The Early Bird Program is for puppies of all breeds ages 8 to 16-weeks-old. This program is designed to set your puppy up for success, no matter what your goals are! 


During their stay in Emily's home, your puppy will be introduced to crate and potty training. Each day will be a new, fun activity to give your pup the best opportunity for proper puppy socialization. This includes different environments, people, dogs, and experiences (such as grooming, swimming, riding in the car, and more).  Each puppy will have a custom experience according to their development and owner's goals. Future companions will have foundational obedience priming or future bird dogs may be introduced to their first game birds!  

What To Expect  

During the adult or puppy program, you can expect: 

  • Your pet will be staying in Emily's home and receiving daily love, attention and structure 

  • Photos and videos will be sent regularly to keep you informed on what your pet is learning and how you can apply it when they come home

  • In-home obedience and regular updates will make the transition back to your home as smooth as possible 

  • At the end of each program, we will spend time going over what your pet has learned, teach you how to continue working with them and answer all questions you may have 

  • Unlimited phone support and the ability to schedule follow-up sessions will keep you and your dog on track throughout it's life


"Emily has been so helpful as I've worked on training my vizsla for hunting competitions. She is an adaptable and balanced trainer who is open to experimenting with whatever is best for a particular dog. She also has extensive experience working with a variety of breeds and personalities. I really appreciate that Emily is always so encouraging and has positive things to say no matter what the situation. I highly recommend her services."

—  Terry Ann Fernando


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