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Gun Dog Training

your dog will learn how to deliver bird to hand


The Puppy Head Start program is designed to introduce young dogs to the concept of retrieving.

During the program, your young dog will be introduced to birds, water, and gunfire. The puppy will also be introduced to the proper obedience commands. The age requirement for this program is 13 weeks to six months.


During the Basics/Gun Dog program, your dog will learn all the basic necessities to be a good hunting companion. During the basics program, your dog will learn how to deliver bird to hand, retrieve long land and water marks, and be steady to the shot. Your dog will also be introduced to any hunt scenario you wish.

Your dog will also be collar conditioned to all obedience commands. Collar conditioning is an off-leash training tool that reinforces the importance of following commands on an e-collar. Eventually, with the proper training and techniques, dogs can be trained to transition from the e-collar to working off-leash when they are retrieving.This program is a mandatory three months, and can take up to 5 months.

Your dog stays at our facility, but you are still welcome to come by and see your dog during that time!

  • On lead obedience (heel, here, sit, kennel “into or onto”)

  • Collar conditioning (off leash transition)

  • Conditioned Retrieve (natural, marked, and/or forced retrieve)

  • Intro to the gun

  • Intro to live game

  • Steadiness on marked duck/geese/ and pheasants.


In addition to nurturing and developing your dog’s natural retrieving ability, Dillon utilizes both reward-based systems (marker/clicker) and (force fetch) to build a well rounded, nonslip retrieve. Handling and Casting is also taught in the this phase.

This program is designed for dogs that have completed the basics program and can compete at higher level hunt tests, or if you simply want a finished gun dog. During this program, your dog will learn how to perform a blind retrieve and mark multiple birds as well as be exposed to more challenging concepts.

Per Month

Average time in training is between 3-5 months.

A FREE phone consultation is available for all dogs.

“Hi, I rescued a German Shepherd/Husky mix. My husband is a cop so I went to the police station and talked to the local police department for help finding a trainer. One of the k9 officers recommended Dillon. I met Dillon and the k9 officer at their competition practice Tuesday evening and Dillon evaluated my dog right there on the spot. We ended up signing up for private lessons and started meeting 3x a week for a half hour each. During this time I decided it would be best due to my work schedule to do a 2 month board and train. Dillon took Max everywhere with him. Through his training I can see his fear of men becoming less and less. As a rescued dog, I was not sure how he was treated prior to becoming part of our family. Max had no boundaries or rules. Dillon has helped the transition process with helping Max learn in such a short period of time. Dillon is always answering all of my questions and has even provided articles and videos. We still see Dillon at his local public group classes that he holds twice a week. I recommend Dillon to my friends and family.”

Sherry C
What should I pack for my dog?

Food. Feeding instructions. Gwaltney Hotdogs 3lb packages. 1 package per week your dog is here. So if your dog is here for four weeks, we ask for four packages. We also ask for a paper copy of your dog’s vaccination records.

What is the best age to do the Puppy Head Start program? 

The best age to start the training is between eight and 12 weeks of age, because that’s the puppy’s critical socialization window. It’s when puppies are super impressionable so socialization, exposure and confidence building are very important. That said, if you do early socialization yourself, then anytime in the two to six month age range is great. Puppy training makes a huge difference so the more you do, the better!

Can you accommodate my dog’s special diet?

Yes. We are happy to accommodate any special diet requests, raw food diets, medication needs etc.

Do you guarantee your training?

We guarantee we’ll do our job, and we guarantee your dog will be trained. But we can’t control you and we can’t make you follow-through once the dog is home. Ninety-nine percent of our clients do an amazing job with their dogs once their dogs are home. They follow-through, they ask questions if they have them, and they see great success.

Every once in a while, we have clients who think their dog is a robot and will obey commands regardless of inconsistency or lack of follow-through on their part. Dogs aren’t robots and they aren’t perfect. We are doing the hard work. All we ask is that you maintain it. And we give you specific, customized, written and verbal instructions to help you do so! Listen to your trainer, and your dog will do great!

What about follow-up training?

Some other trainers seemingly disappear after the dog has gone home. They don’t return your calls or follow-up with you. We’re not them! We care about you and your dog. We put a lot of hard work into your dog’s training and want to make sure we’ve done and continue doing everything possible to help you succeed. Follow-up lessons are included in most of our board & train programs, and after that we are always available by phone or email to answer any questions you might have.

Many of our clients continue sending us updates and happy stories months and years after their dog has graduated. We’re in this for the long haul and want you to know you can always count on us. We’re here for you!

Do you ever come to my house?

Yes! This helps us to further generalize the dog’s training and allows us to answer specific questions clients have in regards to their home set-up and environment. In everything we do, we strive to set dogs and their owners up for success.

Will my dog listen to me or just the trainer? 

Both. We generalize our training. That means, once we’ve taught the dog the commands he or she needs to learn, we have him work for multiple handlers in multiple locations around a myriad of distractions. Generalization is a key aspect to training that many other trainers don’t do. Our handover process is very smooth. We ensure that the training transfers so everyone is happy and the dog can be successful at home.

Will my dog forget me? 

No. In all our years of training, no dog has ever forgotten his owners. They may not realize their owners are in the room right away, during midway lessons for example, but once they see/smell them they are always happy to see them.

Will my dog only be training? Or will he get to have fun too? 

The way we train is fun for dogs, so in their minds their whole day is fun! Depending on the dog’s specific training goals and needs, we will do a combination of obedience, agility, urban agility, treadmill training, clicker training and more. Many owners see how much fun their dog is having and wonder, “Will he want to come home?!”

How much will my dog be worked with? 

As much as it needs! We work with dogs often throughout the day. For example, a puppy might receive 15 short training sessions in one day plus a field trip and play time with other dogs! A rehab dog may do longer sessions to work through behavioral issues, but will still be worked with often throughout the day. On average, board & trains do multiple sessions per day for a total of 1.5 to 3 hours of training (sometimes more).

Will my dog lose weight?

That depends! If your dog is overweight then yes, we will put your dog on a diet. If your dog is underweight then no, we will increase your dog’s food intake to help your dog gain weight. If your dog is a good weight, we will maintain your dog’s weight. Our in-home board & train is different from a stressful kennel atmosphere. Dogs aren’t surrounded by loud, barking dogs and overworked/underpaid kennel workers. They are part of our packs and have a great time visiting us for training!

What happens if my dog gets sick or injured?

In the rare case that something happens to your dog, we take care of your dog like one of our own! We contact you so that you can take your dog to the vet, or we get your permission to take your dog to the vet ourselves.  We’ve trained 100s of dogs in board & train, and we’ve had 0 accidents ever happen. We would like to keep it that way, this is why we dont take everyone that calls. Because our numbers are so low, we are able to keep a close eye on dogs. This is how we keep dogs safe and healthy! We always know where they are, what they’re doing, what their stool looks like, if they’re eating and drinking enough etc.

Will I receive updates while my dog is in training?

Absolutely! We send post to social media and, in some cases, we text photos and videos to our clients. We want you to always know how your dog is doing. That said, we do ask that you don’t ask for daily, detailed updates. We are busy training and want to use our time wisely. You can always ask for a quick update, but lengthy updates are usually sent weekly.

Can I come visit my dog?

Yes! Any programs longer than two weeks offer midway lessons. This is an opportunity for you to visit your dog, spend time with, and learn from the trainer. For programs shorter than two weeks, we do not offer midway lessons, but if you really need to see your dog we can make it happen!

Where does my dog stay in the program? 

In our program, your dog lives with the me the trainer at our licensed facility attached to our vet. We’ve found this is the best way for dogs to get round-the-clock care and individual attention, a trusted individual is with your dog 24/7. 

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A FREE phone consultation is available for all dogs.

Full Potential K9 Inc
901 N Federal Hwy,
Boca Raton, FL  33432

Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm
Please note absolutely no business of any kind will be conducted on Sunday.

T: 561 289 1713
E: dillon@fullpotentialk9.com
Vet: vet@fullpotentialk9.com
A review from a wonderful customer

"Dillon is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced dog trainer. We've already seen positive results with our dogs after only one session! Dillon took a great deal of time answering all of our questions and concerns. He's currently working with both of our dogs; A three year Old English Sheepdog as well as a 9 week old Sheepdog. In our case we have hired Dillon for private lessons and he is working 30 mins with each dog. My wife and I are very pleased with his professionalism and valuable insights in order to achieve our goals and objectives."

Marc V