would not hesitate to recommend even my closest friends to let Eddie
train their dogs."
has been a great experience with Eddie and Zion Kennels. Eddie
is knowledgeable, personable and has the patience to get the best
from your dog. We enjoyed the ability to interact and work with
our dog during training. I would highly recommend Eddie and Zion
Kennels to all."
can tell you Maisy did not even try to break out of her Kennel,
and she followed me around the yard.. Brandy (his Wife) is amazed
at what she is like not jumping on anyone.
again for all that you have done. I will be sending you guys some
pictures real soon.. Also I had a couple of church friends over
last night and they say that I went out an bought a new dog…
they can not believe that it is her…
a great day, and we will see you guys next summer.
Kennels offers basic and intermediate through
advanced training. To insure quality of training and care
we only take a limited number of dogs. Dogs are trained
individually, one on one with a trainer. We encourage owner
participation at all levels and also encourage dogs to return
annually for refresher courses and physical conditioning
keep in mind that all dogs are created differently in their
ability to learn and absorb information. We recommend beginning
training for a dog at 4 to 6 months old (depending on the
dog's breeding). The younger you can start any type of training
program is more beneficial for you and your dog. Dogs create
bad habits just like humans. The older the dog gets the
more bad habits they have. Usually the younger age a dog
starts training the easier it is on the dog (and the trainer).
believe in customizing your dogs training program to ensure
maximum interest, fun, success and enthusiasm for both your
dog and you. All of our training programs can be modified
to fit you and your dogs personality and specific needs.
Not all dogs will follow the agenda set out in our training
programs. This is okay, we understand and have no problem
in individualizing any training program.
are available via telephone and email. And, we encourage
you to call or come visit during training sessions as often
as you like.
will let you know with all honesty how your dog is progressing
and his ability to reach various levels of training. You
and your dog will be treated fairly and with the utmost
respect at all times.
dog's success and enthusiasm, on and off
the field, is what we strive for in our training and is
why we love training dogs.
are available on the left hand column of each page on the
website. If you need more they are available upon request.
while the training outline is the same for each canine,
the method and pace may differ based on the canine’s
socialization, and ability to learn. Whether you have a puppy
or an older dog each can be taught to become good citizens.
They are first schooled in the method of learning. Each canine
entering into one of the programs below will include behavior
modification (jumping up, pulling, biting, etc.).
Puppy Head Start Program
Zion Kennels is recognized
as one of the leading Retriever Head Start programs in the country.
Steve Stidham, a nationally known AKC Hunt Test Professional
said at a recent training day with Big D Retriever Club out
of Dallas Texas that, " Eddie Noga is one of, if not the
best, young dog trainers in the country."
Retriever Puppy Training
is the right start for hunting and competition dogs. Zion Kennels
presents a program of basic training for turning young retrievers
into efficient and enthusiastic workers. Although many retriever
owners are very competent trainers, they lack a plan of continuity
so important for developing a puppy confidence. This program
uses a step-by-step teaching schedule that correlates to a dog’s
mental and physical development.
This program is also
for puppies that are between the ages of 2 and 4 months old.
The program introduces the puppy to water, gun fire, birds,
boats, decoys, basic obedience commands, and socialization with
other dogs. Our goal is to make each puppy as "birdy"
as possible and to love the retrieving game.
Dog/Basic Training Program
We define "basic training" as the minimum amount
of training your dog should have before taking it to the field.
At this level, all the dogs are force fetched along with electric
collar conditioning; the dogs after the basic phase will be
able to pass an AKC Junior Hunter. For all electric collar
training, we use and recommend Tri-tonics electric collars.
During basic training, dogs are exposed to guns, birds, boats,
decoys, and water. Price: $600.00 per month
Training Program The
intermediate level training is designed to follow the basic
training program. Concentrated obedience work, along with
steady retrieving, is the focus at this stage. All dogs start
simple basic multiple
with transition drills. The dog also runs pattern drills,
through which it learns to do hand and whistle signals, which
ultimately leads to the ability to do "blind retrieves".
Following competition dogs are able to complete in an AKC
Senior Hunter test. Price: $600.00 per month
In the Advanced stage dogs get more complicated marking and
blind work. Advanced work includes doubles, triple, and quadruple
marks (retrieves in which the dog sees the bird fall and marks
it). Blind retrieves simulates a hunting situation in which
the dog does not see the bird fall. While many hunting dogs
do not possess this skill, it represents a tremendous advantage.
Upon completion they can complete at an AKC Master Hunter
test. Price: $600.00 per month
Has your retriever sat in the kennel all year without any work?
If so, then it will need a good tune up on the commands and field
work it already knows in order to be ready for that opening morning
of hunting. Every July & August we start scheduling pre-season
tune-ups for your working retriever to help them get into shape
before hunting season. This program is designed for the retriever
that has previous training and field experience, but needs a tune-up
for the upcoming hunting season. We will focus on improve their
physical cardio and stamina to prevent injury in the field, steadiness,
marking and any other commands your retriever may already know.
Price: $550.00 per month