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Annabella Kennels

November 17th, 2017 No comments

American BrittanyAnnabella Kennels is a full-time gun dog training and breeding facility! We pride ourselves in breeding upland hunting dogs who excel in the field and also make great companions .Our breeding program has been built on decades of research and by traveling the United States from coast to coast, hand picking dogs that would continually produce true to form. We focus on breeding puppies who are focused, intelligent, willing to please, easy to train at home or in the field, naturally point and retrieve, and are great companions. Our dogs can sit and watch the game by the fire on Friday evening and put game in the bag Saturday morning. They are bred to be a loving companion to all in the family including children.

We have a very high standard for our dogs to live up to. With each litter we look to improve the breed and help individuals find their next hunting companion. We continually compare our breeding to others across the country as we have the opportunity to train many dogs each year.

We strive to provide you the best fit for you and your family. If you are looking for a Field test dog, a hunting companion dog, a dog who can keep up with you on your long runs, or one who can make a great family pet, we will take the time to help you find the right dog for your living situation.

This is our passion, this is our life, this is our family. Our dogs are part of our family and very much who we are. Give us a call to discuss what your needs are what dog would make a great addition to your family.

Training time is here!

May 7th, 2017 No comments

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River is a pup from Jack! She is only about 7 months old and is already doing a great job in the field. We have started our summer training programs so if you wan to get your dog ready for this fall give us a shout! We train full time for the public.

Brittany Bird Dog Training

December 1st, 2014 No comments

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There is nothing we love more than to watch a young dog get excited about birds and hunting!

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Annie Oakley Update

August 12th, 2013 No comments

Annie Running Big

Annie has been such a fun puppy so far. She is nearly 6 months old now. Seems like we just got her off the plane. She absolutely loves birds and she covers a lot of ground. She moves well and hunts objectives like a pro. She pointed this quail nicely after chasing and bumping a few then figuring out she was not going to catch one. We are hoping to get her into some field trials this fall so she can earn her puppy points. She is definitely going to be one to watch.

Annie Quail Point

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Brittany Puppies and Bobwhite Quail

April 23rd, 2013 No comments

Brittany Puppy Quail Introduction
Bobwhite quail are one of my favorite birds to use with young Brittany puppies. Their small size make them a great choice for bird introduction. They also make a great bird noise and they prefer to run away from dogs. The chirping call and the running make bold puppies that want to chase. The idea with young Brittany puppies (8-12 weeks) is to build their confidence and encourage prey drive around live birds. This is something you just cannot accomplish with a wing on a string.

We typically introduce our young puppies to live birds around 7-8 weeks of old. We have tried it at 5-6 weeks but it seems a bit early and the results were not conclusive. We use the exercise as a way to assess the litter and which puppies have the most bird interest. Although this is not a cut and dry indication of birdiness, it can be a great early indicator of standouts in the litter. Getting the right puppy to the right home is crucial to the success of our kennel. We try to get bird dogs to hunting homes, and people dogs go pet homes.

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Sue Puppy Pointing Strong

April 3rd, 2013 No comments

Sue X Luke Brittany Puppy 2012

This is a puppy from last year’s Sue X Luke brittany litter. She is being trained by Ben Garcia of HideawayKennels.com in Colorado. This puppy is doing well in her bird dog training and loves to point birds. Her owners live close enough to Ben’s training grounds that they can participate in Saturday training sessions. Ben likes to start his bird dog training when the puppy is 6 months old. The typical training process starts with a 3 month session working on pointing, retrieving and obedience. After that Ben likes the puppies to go home for a hunting season then come back next summer for advanced training. I think the system works well if you can stand to have your puppy gone for a few months. Proper training can make all the difference.

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Dave Walker Bird Dog Training Seminar

February 18th, 2013 No comments

Jon at Dave Walker Training Camp
Dave Walker is one of my bird dog training heroes. We have had the pleasure of hosting his bird dog training seminars in our area for the past several years. He is one of the most successful pro trainers and field trial competitors still alive today. He has that uncanny ability to read a dog’s body language and understand what they are thinking. This puts him head and shoulders above the rest as I think reading a dog is the most important skill to acquire in bird dog training. You have to know when to back off, or when the dog is ready to kick it up one notch. Dave Walker can do it, flawlessly.

Join us this summer for our 2013 Utah Bird Dog Training Camp. Dave Walker will grace us with two solid days of bird dog instruction and hands on classes. Dave Walker uses live birds in his training and prefers to work with you (the handler) and your dog as a team. He will save you a lot of time and trouble and can even help your through those training trouble spots. He will be going over steady to wing and shot, force fetching, backing and honoring, and introduction to birds and gun. This seminar is for all ages and skill levels, puppies to finished dogs. Don’t miss out on this chance. Click for more details about the 2013 Dave Walker Bird Dog Seminar.

Proper Bird Introduction

June 22nd, 2012 1 comment

Liver Brittany Puppy and Young Pigeon
One of my favorite parts of training a young bird dog is the introduction to birds. I like to use a smaller pigeon and/or a bobwhite quail with their flight feathers clipped on one wing. They can flap and flutter but cannot get away. The prey drive woke up instantly in these 5 1/2 week old brittany puppies. Their first instinct is to freeze (point). As the pups get a little bolder they begin to stalk and chase the birds. Then they mouth the birds and try picking them up and carrying them around (intro to retrieving). For you non-hunters, typically the birds are not harmed in any way. Just a bit of slobber and feathers ruffled.

Brittany Puppy Bobwhite Quail Intro
We try to make their first bird contact very casual and fun. No pressure is placed on the puppies to do anything but investigate and follow their instincts. This is a good time to take a look at which pups are more birdy, more outgoing, better retrievers, etc. Nothing is set in stone at 6 weeks old, but it does give an indication of the puppies desire. The main thing is to make it positive and fun with lots of praise and atta boys. All the puppies did well and showed great signs of prey drive. Our little runt Sandy was the surprise of the day. She was the most interested in birds and the first one to retrieve.

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Starting your Brittany Right

December 15th, 2011 No comments

Turbo Pointing Pigeon Nothing is more fun than bringing home a new bird dog puppy. It marks the beginning of a 12-14 year relationship with mans best friend. Your new dog will be loyal and a pleasure to own if you get things started in the right direction. The foundation of the first year will effect the outcome of the entire structure, much like building a house. If your foundation is shaky, so will your dog be. If your foundation is strong and well-built, as will be your dog. Here are a few ideass to help you get started right.

The first few weeks can sometimes be the most trying but can also be the most enjoyable. Potty training and basic obedience are often the main focus during this period. We prefer the “crate training method” when house training your young dog. Giving your pup his own private den will help a lot in laying the ground rules in your house. Dogs need a place to retreat for comfort and security. They rarely soil this den so it is very helpful with potty training.

We believe the best thing you can do for your puppies first 6-12 months is socialization. The more people, animals, and environments you can introduce him to, the better. Everything should be fun and positive during this time period. Try to avoid high pressure situations and set your puppy up for success. He is going to make mistakes, relax and don’t make a big deal about it. Enjoy this time with your puppy.

This is also a great time to introduce your dog to birds. Pigeons and quail are best because they are smaller and less intimidating. The goal is to build prey drive and confidence in your young bird dog. He will learn that birds are fun, they smell good, and they are fun to catch and carry around. Pointing will come along in due time. Some trainers let puppies chase and flush birds till they point on their own. While others begin holding the puppy on point with a check cord after they become confident around birds.

You can’t make a bird dog without using birds in the training process. If you want lot’s of bird dog, then you should use lot’s of birds. The time you invest now will help produce a well mannered brag dog when your dog is 4-5 years old. The number one mistake new bird dog owners make is rushing the first year. They want the dog broke to wing and shot at 6 months old. It is not gonna happen. And you will ruin a great dog in the process. Relax, let him be a puppy and enjoy the first year. Take your time.

Training Dogs in Groups

November 12th, 2011 No comments

Jon Lizzy Point Sadie Backs There is a famous brittany man named Ben O Williams in Montana who is know for running several dogs at a time. He not only trains like this but he often hunts his dogs in a similar fashion. He feels like they can learn much from each other and learn faster too. He doesn’t mind if they make mistakes and blow some birds. The idea is that they learn quickly to honor and back or there will be no birds in the bag (ie: no birds to retrieve).

Lately I have been running two dogs at a time when I go training or hunting. I wanted to try it out for myself and like Ben, I just love to watch the dogs work. The more the better. My dogs seem to be learning to back and honor points a lot better. Sure we have had a few covey flushes and birds blown, but it has been worth it. I try to mix up the tandem each time as well. Sometimes two dogs of a similar age, but more often I pair an older more experienced dog with a younger inexperienced dog. Try it out if you have more than one dog, you will find it quite enjoyable.

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