At Shorthairs & Shotguns LLC, we strive to build the ideal companion dog. There's nothing more enjoyable than spending your life with your best friend by your side. Whether that's a relaxed walk in the park, hanging out at your favorite dog-friendly coffee shop, or enjoying a meal together on the patio of a local restaurant, a well-behaved pup makes for the best company. My dogs are an integral part of my family, so my training programs are designed to empower owners to enjoy their dogs to the fullest. Both the Companion Obedience Program (non-hunting dogs) and the Field and Family Program™ (hunting dogs) put an emphasis on the ability to do more with your dog!
For our field work program, our goal is to bridge the gap between obedient family pet and hard working, hunting dog. We use balanced training principles to bring out the best in every dog. We cater to each dog as an individual in order to develop his or her natural ability to the fullest in order to produce a confident, cooperative, stylish hunting companion. Our goal is for every client to experience the freedom of having a dog who is content in their home and competent in the field!
Companion Obedience Program
This 3 week program for dogs 6+ months old is designed to give you the freedom and enjoyment that comes from a well-trained dog! Using rules, boundaries and structure, we will give you the tools to give your dog the appropriate mental and physical exercise that it needs to be a calm, stable, cooperative part of your family!
This program includes a reliable recall, sit, down, place, duration work (staying in a command for a duration with distractions such as people and dogs) and heel. We will be proofing obedience at home and in a variety of other locations so that you feel confident in handling your dog outside of the home, as well. You can expect a calm, manageable dog in your home and pleasant heel walks with no more pulling!
Field and Family™ Program
Emily understands the value of a dog that is just as great in the home as they are in the field. In this 4 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. This program is designed to give you the bird dog and companion of your dreams! This program is opening to both pointing and flushing/retrieving breeds!
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 include bird/gun introduction, field manners, and developing a natural retrieve.
Adult Lesson Package - $500 for 5 sessions
The Adult Lesson Package is for local clients with dogs 6+ months old.. If you're not ready to let your dog go for in-home training, this program will cover all of the skills in the Basic Obedience Program. The lesson program has the added advantage of the owners learning with the dog! It is imperative that you schedule the first 3 lessons on a weekly basis, so good availability to meet in Winston-Salem, NC is required.
This program includes a reliable recall, sit, down, place, duration work (staying in a command for a duration with distractions such as people and dogs) and heel. We will introduce these concepts in each of the 5 - 1 hour sessions, but it is the owner's responsibility to continue training between lessons to develop and proof the behaviors.
Puppy Lesson Package - $150 for 2 sessions
The Puppy Lesson Package is for local clients with puppies 5 months old and younger. If you're not ready to let your puppy go for in-home training, this program will cover a variety of the topics covered in the Early Bird Program. This reward- based package includes 2 - 1 hour lessons where we will introduce clicker training to start shaping the foundation of adult behaviors (recall, sit, place, down, leash manners, etc.)! This is an excellent opportunity to build a strong relationship with your puppy and set them up for success in life.
During the sessions, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, from crate and potty training to what products Emily recommends and everything in-between.
What To Expect
During the adult or puppy programs, 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
In this 60-minute phone session, you will have to the opportunity to ask general dog-related questions! Wondering how to pick the right breeder or what steps to take with your puppy when it comes home? Let's clear up some of those questions! *This is not for virtual training*
Going away? We'd love to have your dog back with us! Boarding is offered to previous clients for a peace-of-mind vacation. Your dog will stay with Emily in her home, just like they did for training! This allows dogs to easily adjust to a familiar environment and routine for a low-stress boarding experience. Boarding is available on a limited, first-come basis.