Waterfowl Training Days

When and Where:

Waterfowl Hunting Training Days are typically held at the GPLRC Training Grounds the last Sunday of every month from ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​March to August.  Dates are always subject to change so be sure to check with the club each month.

These training days focus on marking and handling and are designed to assist you in getting your dogs ready for waterfowl hunting and/or entering your dogs in AKC hunt tests .  Setups are done on both land and water and are set up in a way to accomodate both beginners and advanced dogs.

What we do:

While each training day can differ, the goal is to simulate duck hunting situations for your dog, and train them to be suitable hunting companions.

In general there are two different scenarios set up: one on land and one on water.

Land Series:  Typically, 3 different "marks" will be set up where dead ducks (or artificial ducks or bumpers) are launched from our devices electronically or hand thrown in the field. Depending on the dog's ability and experience these can be run at different distances as well as different combinations. For instance, you can choose to run them a single retrieves, double retrieves, or triple retrieves. 

For more advanced dogs, "blinds" are set up and the dog's can run those as well.

Water Series: Again we use the same setup method as land but the marks are thrown into water.  Blinds are also set out for experienced dogs.

Drills and Concepts: At times, we may choose to focus on singular concepts and run appropriate drills to strengthen the dog's and handler's ability.

Although club members are always available to help and guide you, these training days are not intended to be a complete training program. Once you know where you want to go, we can help you get there.

While there is no expectation of where you want to go with field work, it is expected that if you frequent these training days that you put in the time on your own to work with your dog on the concepts taught at these training days and have a genuine interest in doing so.

How to attend:

Waterfowl training days are open to members and guests. We kindly ask that guests limit their entries to two dogs. Typically, we do not use live birds. The club has a stock of frozen ducks that are prepared for each training day. Depending on the birds used, ​​​​​​​​​​​​​there may be a small fee for each dog that is run to recover the cost of the birds.

Although we welcome everyone to check out our training days, we limit participation to those breeds that are likely to retrieve game.

Guest slots at our training days are limited. Pre-registration is required of all guests so that we can plan accordingly and prepare the appropriate number of birds.  Please register or submit any questions that you may have by completing the form below.

Location: 199 Washington Road, Imperial, PA 15126

Interested in Training with us?
Please complete the questionnaire below.

We will respond to you within a few days with a confirmation of your acceptance into the training day and any questions that we may have so we can make this a positive experience for you and your dog.

What would you like to accomplish with your dog?
Do you have any questions about our training days? Enter them here.
Dog's Name and Breed
Would you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate, or experienced trainer?
Have you hunted with your dog? If so, what did you hunt?
Would you consider your dog a beginner, intermediate, or advanced?
Your name
Dog's Age
Have you ever attended a GPLRC training day?
Have you run a dog in an AKC Hunt Test?