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Sue Kiefer    E8579 Rindt Road    Clintonville, WI 54929 

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hoctaw Retriever - Training Program

I will NO Longer be taking training dogs  as of January 1, 2013.
The boarding kennel WILL remain open.
Next litter is due: winter of 2013.


Choctaw Kennels is proud to offer professional retriever training at all levels of the sport of purebred dogs.  We limit the number of dogs in training to 10 so that we can be sure that we are giving our all dogs quality-training time.  We shoot lots of birds and have access to acres of quality training land with changes of cover and ponds that offer many challenges for the dog’s needs at any level. Choctaw Kennels has experience in AKC Hunt Tests and Field Trials having finished dogs in the Master as well as the major stakes at a field trial. We keep our training knowledge current by attending numerous seminars conducted by Mike Lardy and Jim VanEngen, who are 2 of the Top Trainers in the U.S. today.

Please take a few moments to browse through our training program and let us know what you think.  No question is a stupid question.!!!


4-12 months

Yard Work

  • Basic Obedience (sit, here, heel, etc.)
  • Force-fetch
  • Stick fetch
  • Three-handed casting
  • Collar conditioning
  • Nicking for sit and here
  • De-bolting
  • Collar fetch

Pile Work 

  • Force to a pile
  • Sit to a pile
  • Come in from a pile
  • Single "T"
  • Double "T"
  • Swim-by

Transition Work from the Yard to the Field

  • Pattern blinds
  • Cheating singles
  • Eight-handed casting drills
  • Wagon-wheel lining drills
  • Teaching blinds by the marks in the pattern


  • Steadiness drills
  • Gun orientation
  • Long memory birds
  • Diversion as dog returns with 1st or 2nd bird
  • Lots of duck calling
  • Marks and blinds run out of a boat
  • Retired guns
  • Introduction to long retired guns
  • Cold blinds
  • Concept blinds (parallel shore, channel, over points, by points, angle entries and exits)
  • Cheating singles
  • In line marks (converging)
  • Long angle entry into water on marks and blinds
  • Blinds past guns


Your dog has been taught handling skills (going, stopping and coming).   He has an educated response to pressure and knows how to avoid it.   Such a dog can successfully complete Senior and Master hunting titles, compete in field trial work  and be a real joy in the duck blind!!!

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Choctaw Retriever Kennel - Client Information

  • All dogs are required to show proof of current vaccinations including Bordetella (kennel-cough).

  • All dogs must have proof of a current negative stool and negative for heartworm.

  • New clients need to read and sign the "Consent and Release Form" for each training dog.

  • Minimum training contract is a 3 month period.

  • Please give me a call to monitor your dog's progress. You are encouraged to phone me between the hours of 7-9p.m.   This gives me time with my family.

  • A handling fee of $65 is charged when I handle your dog in any trial/test or  I carry and care for your dog at any trial/hunt test.

  • Charges for Veterinary services are billed directly to you.

  • You are billed on the first of each month. The bill consists of the training fee, birds, handling fees and entries (if it applies) and heartworm preventative.


  • $600 monthly training (beginning May 1, 2008)
    $550 to raise puppies

Birds ( prices may change)

  • Ducks:  $8

  • Pheasants:  $8

  • Pigeons:  $4

Heartworm Preventative

  • $15 (using Heartguard+/ Frontline +)


Call or e-mail for information

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