Started dogs at Royal Flush Farms are available on a limited basis. We will often keep 4-6 premium pick puppies throughout the year to start into a training program. This is a great way to jump start your upland adventure and make your dream dog a reality.
Our started puppies begin as a planned premium litter following our cornerstone values of proven ability, temperament, health, and pedigree. The pups we retain are selected for their exceptional representation of our breeding program values. If you would prefer, we also do allow for you to select your own litter and pup then chose to keep the pup with us to enter into our custom started dog program
Puppies are maintained on a premium diet and receive comprehensive preventative healthcare. The puppies are extremely well socialized and spend their first few months growing up and becoming accustomed to various aspects of life in the home and field. They can be expected to go on walks with us on foot, horseback, or with an RTV just to softly train handling. No corners are cut to get your puppy off on the right foot.
Pups are typically entered into a formal training program under a full-time professional trainer at about 4-5 months of age. We team with a trainer that we feel would be most suitable to the pup's temperament. Typically our started dogs are very well started on basic commands, retrieving to hand, and are green steady. Occasionally we have more seasoned dogs available.
Gallery of Sold Started Dog
What is the price of a started dog?
Started dog prices typically range from $2,600 - $4,000 where more finished dogs will be in the $4,500-$6,500 range. There is a fairly significant variance due to option selected and also as a "finished started dog" each dog is evaluated individually and priced accordingly. Experience, pedigree, level of training, and overall quality are taken into consideration when evaluating the dog. Often times, your own reservation of a puppy at a younger age through the custom started dog program is a more cost effective option if you have the luxury of having some time. You can select your own litter and puppy and it will remain with us in "soft training" on a very low cost board program until 4 months old then it can be put into the formal training program and go home once he/she is ready.
What level of training can I expect from a started dog?
It seems like everyone has a different definition of a started dog. We expect that our started dogs to be something you can take out hunting. They are e-collar conditioned and are responsive to voice commands. Started dogs will be introduced to the stake out, crate broken, and acclimated to traveling. These pups will have basic obedience, basic handling and field work, be well socialized to other dogs and exposure to simulated field hunting situations, and gun fire. Our started dogs are steady to flush although may be a little green and show some movement occasionally on running birds. The vast majority of the pups will be retrieving to hand or within a step. Our goal is a stylish and easy handling hunting dog that is enthusiastic, talented, and can be enjoyed in the field. We consider them started as, in most cases, they do not have the experience they gain from seasons of hunting under their belt yet. These dogs have the foundation but need you to go hunt them to reinforce their training and gain real-life experience from the best teachers around...the birds!
How do I know the dog is right for me?
We offer to demo all dogs on our farm. We have a very transparent approach in representing our dogs as it does no favor to you, the dog, or us if we don't make an appropriate match or misrepresent the dog. At the time we demo we will also review commands and, of course, answer any questions. Here at RFF we also offer a trial period for you to take the dog for 30 days to ensure it is the dog you are looking for. If you have reserved a pup for the custom started dog program and at the end of the program the dog is not the perfect fit for you we will refund any monies and place the puppy in a more suitable hunting home. Our started dogs are as risk free as any option we have found! Please just ask if you would like more details on how the trial works. After you get home we are always available for questions and ongoing support as well!
What is the benefit of purchasing a started dog?
Purchasing a started dog can have many benefits depending on personal preference and priorities for your new dog. A started dog allows you to purchase a dog at the stage when you have a very good indication of what type of bird dog it is thus removing some of the risk or unknown factors in purchasing a young, untrained, pup. It also allows us to take control of the foundation with a program that is proven to work. If you have limited time to invest in initial training or are unsure of where to begin it is an easy way to be guaranteed a bird dog you can hunt and enjoy. The started program is very limited so dogs receive daily training and plenty of birds. The program is best suited to hunting homes although pups can also be enrolled in just an obedience program.
What is the Custom Started Dog program?
The Custom Started Dog program is a program that allows you to reserve a puppy at a younger age to remain with us through the program. If you have the luxury of having some time, it allows you to make litter and pup selection yourself and often is a less expensive option than purchasing a "finished" started dog. It also allows you to be involved in the training process to communicate any specific handling ques or areas that you want particular focus on during training. You can be as (or as little) involved as you would like. The pricing structure for the custom started dog typically follows the outline below:
Base Price of Puppy: $1200 (unless otherwise specified)
Soft Training Board until 4 months old: $550 (this includes all vaccinations including rabies)
Formal Training Program: $125 per week with the average being 8-10 weeks
Final Price: $2750 - $3000
What is soft training board and what does that entail?
Puppies are just too young both physically and mentally to jump into a hunting training program at 8 weeks, however, there is plenty of work that can be done! The main focus of our soft training board is to get them a head start on basic obedience and most importantly socialization. This time allows us to expose the puppy to lots of people, dogs, animals, and situations. We look to train or condition appropriate startle responses but also things like knowing their name, "here", and starting to handle in a field by dragging a checkcord and staying in front of us as well as introduction to birds. Depending on the puppy's maturity we may also begin the stand command or exercising off horseback or ATV. They will also begin crate training at this point too. Our goal is to keep it fun and age appropriate so that the puppy can best develop confidence while learning at their own pace.
Ready to jump right into that upland adventure? If you are interested in a started or finished dog, please complete the below questionnaire. The information that you are able to provide helps us to build a picture of your expectations. This is the first step to our helping make your dream dog become a reality.