Retriever Training

Get the Hunting Buddy You Deserve with Retriever Training at our Missouri City and Sugar Land lodge!



One of the most popular choices of services that we offer is our IN-LODGE RETRIEVER TRAINING. In today’s busy world, most owners do not have the time that is required to properly train their retriever. How many times have we all been on a hunting trip with our buddies only to have a beautiful morning disrupted by an unruly retriever that does not have good duck blind or duck boat manners? If you don’t want to be “that guy” with “that dog” you can let the training professionals at Lone Star Pet Lodges work with your retriever to produce a hunting companion that will be welcomed by all your hunting buddies!

Lone Star Pet Lodges offers a variety of In-Lodge training programs including lodging, feeding and training your dog to the desired level of performance you seek for your hunting companion.

Below are a list of the types of IN-LODGE RETRIEVER TRAINING, and a breakdown of what is involved:


The beginning program is designed to provide the owner with a retriever that is obedient, steady to shot, and reliably retrieves and delivers the birds to hand under a variety of hunting or hunt test scenarios. The Basic Program is also designed so that your dog is prepared to run the basic level hunt test program for both AKC and HRC.

Below is a breakdown of what is involved in our BASIC RETRIEVER TRAINING PROGRAM:

We begin during the first month with a thorough obedience program that teaches your dog five commands: Sit, Down, Heel, Here, and Place. We train your retriever on a leash and then transition to off-leash obedience on an electronic collar.

Basic Obedience is the foundation of a good retriever and a high priority is placed on this stage of training. We also introduce and expose your dog to birds (ducks and pigeons), gunfire, and swimming; and encourage the desire to retrieve with lots of fun bumpers. This process takes approximately one month,but can vary from dog to dog.

Next,we teach your retriever the trained retrieve, or how to properly hold, drop, and fetch bumpers and birds on command. This process is important because it teaches the dog how to heel and deliver the birds to hand, and avoid problems such as playing with, eating or mouthing the birds. This process takes approximately one month, but can vary from dog to dog.

Once your dog has learned the trained retrieve, we take the training that he or she has learned in the first three months and apply it to a basic retrieve in the field. We show your retriever how to retrieve on command and be steady until sent, how to hunt and find birds in cover,and how to reliably return your birds to hand. We apply this to both land and water. This process takes approximately one month, but can vary from dog to dog.

Once your dog understands the process of a basic retrieve, then we begin to introduce him or her to a variety of hunting scenarios. From dove hunting from a bucket over a stock pond, to duck hunting in a blind over a big spread of decoys, to goose hunting a field of Texas rags in lay-down blinds, we expose your retriever to many hunting scenarios. Our goal in this stage is to try and familiarize your retriever with as many different setups as possible so that he or she can be comfortable in any setting in which you might choose to hunt. This process takes approximately one month, but can vary from dog to dog.


Many times, we need a retriever that can mark and retrieve multiple birds in the field, and be able to take hand and whistle signals. The advanced stage of training takes approximately four to six months (in addition to the basic program) and prepares your retriever to perform at a level which will make you the envy of all your hunting buddies. The Advanced Program is also designed to prepare your retriever for the advanced levels of hunt test programs, both
AKC and HRC.

Below is a breakdown of what is involved in the ADVANCED RETRIEVER TRAINING PROGRAM:


Your retriever is taught how to watch and memorize the fall of multiple birds in the field, and retrieve them efficiently.


This is the core of the advanced training program. Your retriever is taught how to take hand and whistle signals so that you can direct him or her to the fall of a bird that he or she didn’t see fall.


When your retriever is coming back from a retrieve during a hunt, sometimes you may manage to shoot another bird down and you don’t want them to switch birds. Your retriever is trained to finish the retrieve before going out for the diversion bird.


When jump-shooting a duck pond or walking a fence line for doves, we train your retriever to be steady to shot so that he or she doesn’t scare the birds or break before being sent to retrieve.


Many of our hunting buddies have retrievers that they take with them to the field and it is important to teach our retriever that every bird that falls is not necessarily theirs to retrieve! Hence, we teach your retriever to ‘honor’ another dog’s retrieve.

Hours of Operation

For your convenience, following are the Hours of Operation for Pet Drop-off and Pick-up except major holidays that include New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day:

Day of the Week Hours
Monday – Friday 7:00am to 6:30pm
Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm

Our Camp Coordinators are still here for our normal extended hours and are busy caring for our holiday overnight guests.
Please review our Dog Training policies here

Grooming and Bathing

We are open for Grooming and Bathing by appointment 7 Days-a-week with drop-offs preferred from:

Day of the Week Drop-Off Time
Monday – Friday 7:00am to 10:00am
Saturday 9:00am to 10:00am
Sunday 10:00am to 11:00am


Try our convenient Pet Pick-up and Delivery Services starting as low as $1.00 per mile!!

Or give us a call to book your appointment today:    281.403.7700

To start, our quality service is consistently delivered. Our state-of-the-art facility has been carefully designed by long time pet owners to offer a full menu of Lodging, Grooming, Training and Doggy Daycare amenities at prices you can afford. Together with convenient 7 day-a-week* extended store hours, our facility design ensures that your pet’s experience at Lone Star Pet Lodges will make both you and them anxious to return