blackdog58 wrote:Ornbaun? No
Stonewall? I'd talk with Jan.
Also.....whats a puppy head start program??
No based on what?????? Hardly an accurate review.
Steve Ornabaugn is a fantastic trainer along with any of the others listed already but his question had nothing to do with supporting another kennel.
To the op.....lots of good to talk about Steve.....First he does all the training personally which I like. He is extremely honest and forthcoming with any and all information. He's the most transparent trainer I have ever met. You always know how your dog is being treated and always frees time to answer any and all questions. Huge positive for me. He has an open door policy. You can come check on your dog any time even without heads up.
My biggest positive is Steve has you involved every step of the way. He will take the time to train you as a handler which is sometimes harder than training the dog. If you need a flexible schedule he's open to that as well. I took my dog 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off to complete some of the training on my own and was only charged when my pup was there. He also allows me to come out any time to use the facility and get free advice any time I want. You absolutely WILL NOT find a better trainer when it comes to customer satisfaction.
Here is the training....he like most trainers is a force fetch trainer which I think is the only way. He follows a similar program to any trainer. Builds drive, OB, Force, steady, then college work if the owner wants.
What you can expect.....Steve's training is working dogs training. I know he could train for hunt tests but if that's all your looking for than Steve is NOT your guy. He trains phenomenal hunting dogs that you can expect good manners from in the field and be a dynamite hunting dog. Some of you can talk about how hunt tests are the same as hunting and I would agree somewhat....however, very few people need that level of training for hunting situations.
Lastly is price you will not find a more reasonably priced trainer than Steve.
If you want a perfect hunting dog go to Steve. If you want a national champ don't. If you want to be a better handler/trainer and have a balanced well mannered dog in the blind you will not find better than Steve. I would put money on that.