Our Approach to Gun Dog Training

Dogwood Brittanys has over 30 years experience training gun dogs. We have studied all the major approaches...West/Gibbons, George Hickox, Dave Walker, Mo Lindley, NAVHDA and the Smith Method. (Delmar, Rick and Ronnie Smith) We borrow the best from each approach, but 90% of what we incorporate in our approach is based in the Smith Method, or Silent Command System.  Because the Smith Method starts with a deep understanding of pack behavior and how a dog is wired, we see the dogs succeed and move through their training more quickly while retaining their style on birds.

The Making of a Brag Dog

A brag dog is that dog who is successful in any endeavor their owners choose to participate in, whether it is a family companion, hunting partner, jogging partner, therapy provider or high level competitor.  Regardless of the venue, the steps are the same:

  • Puppy Head Start

  • Puppy Obedience

  • Adult Obedience (Canine Good Citizen.)

  • Foundation Training

  • Intermediate Training

  • Advanced Training

Puppy Head Start


In Puppy Head Start the focus is to teach the three basic skills that every dogs needs to be successful in every stage of training and life.  Those skills are Come To Me, Go With Me and Be Still.  Everything a dog learns is built on one of those skills, from house breaking to winning a National Championship!  Puppy Head Start begins at 8 weeks of age through 13 weeks and also begins their formal crate training, house breaking, walking on a lead and sit/stay.  In the field it introduces hunting forward, turning with you and recall.  We offer a limited number of Puppy Head Start training slots to our customers for $500 plus expenses.* for the 5 week program.  Additional weeks beyond the initial 5 week period are billed at $100 per week.  *Expenses include, but are not limited to vaccinations, deworming, wellness and vet.

Rick Smith Seminars

Dogwood Brittanys is proud to host Rick Smith for the Foundation Level gun dog seminar each spring in April. The Foundation Level Seminar is excellent for any dog, and perfect for the novice handler or a great refresher for the more seasoned gun dog trainer.  


Our seminars are all about teaching you how to train your bird dog.  So come prepared to be given a lot of information!  We are not training your dog over the course of the weekend.  We are training you to train your dog!

All pointing and flushing breeds are welcome at our seminars!  If you have a puppy, feel free to bring him.  He may not be old enough to begin his formal training but we can introduce him to birds!  Email us through the Contact Page to request the registration packet.

Mark your calendars and register for our 2021 Foundation Seminar!

Our 2021 dates are set for the weekend of April 17-18 at our farm in Peoria, Illinois.  Registration is limited to 30 handlers for the weekend.  We typically fill up quickly and we are already receiving registrations for next spring.  Click on the buttons below to view the seminar packet and to sign up.  

We get started on Friday evening with a meet and greet with Rick Smith, snacks and refreshments, a tour of the kennel and bon-fire.  On Saturday and Sunday we go from 8AM-4PM with breakfast and lunch provided.  Whether you are just getting started with your new pup or have years of experience, you will leave with lots of new tools to use in training your Gun Dog.

Puppy Training Video's from Purina and Mike Stewart

Dogwood Brittanys is proud to be Purina Pro Breeders.  Purina is the research leader in canine nutrition and behavior and the leading sponsor of field trials, hunt tests and Pheasants Forever.  We feed and recommend Purina Pro Plan formulas for every stage of the dogs life.


Recently, Purina introduced a series of short Puppy Training video's with Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels.  Mike is a world renown trainer and breeder of Labrador Retrievers and developed a positive training methodology called "The Wildrose Way."  

Click on the button below to visit the Purina Pro Page and view these excellent video tools.


Todd Parmenter
Telephone:  217-871-4559

Dogwood Brittanys - AKC Bronze Breeders of Merit

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