Quite simply, all domesticated dog breeds maintain the desire to please their master, owner, or handler. We utilize a training philosophy that taps directly into the instincts of hunting dogs so that dogs trained here learn and react in a way that is positive both for the dog and also for the master or handler. Hunting dogs, especially Labrador retrievers, find true joy and fulfillment in fetching and retrieving and helping their master. They also find joy in attention, affection, exercise, and interaction with other humans and other dogs. All of these attributes are viable parts of the overall training philosophy here at Blackbelt Retrievers.
Brandon Smith and Mark Bedsole use time-tested techniques that focus on a dog’s desire to work and retrieve to please their master. These techniques allow a young puppy to grow from a bundle of nerves and excitement into a hunting-partner that is also a calm member of the family. With proper training, encouragement, nutrition, and time a dog can go from simply reacting on instinct, to reacting on command. And when you have a dog that reacts on command, you have an extension of yourself in the field, which is the result of the Blackbelt Retrievers philosophy.