GUNDOG TRAINING

UPLAND DOG TRAINING SPECIALIST

 STEVE KLASSEN 
(Owner of Blue Ridge Kennels and trainer)

Steve Klassen, who has been training dogs professionally since 1992, got into this business because he loves dogs and loves to train them to hunt.  Steve relies on finesse rather than force when handling and training dogs.

Steve Klassen, who has been training dogs professionally since 1992, got into this business because he loves dogs and loves to train them to hunt.  Steve relies on finesse rather than force when handling and training dogs.

LABS AND WATER FOWL TRAINING SPECIALIST 

RICHARD GEBHART

Richard Gebhart has been with Blue Ridge Kennels for 4 years and currently specializes in Water fowl breeds

Richard Gebhart has been with Blue Ridge Kennels for 4 years and currently specializes in Water fowl breeds

 
 
 
 
At Blue Ridge we limit the number of dogs in training courses to ensure that all dogs receive the appropriate amount of training and attention.  Our specialty is training pointing breeds for hunting and AKC Hunt Tests, but that's not all we do.  We also offer:
 
  • AKC Junior, Senior, and Master Hunt Test training
  • Spaniel and Flushing Breeds Hunt Training
  • Basic Waterfowl Retrieving

  • Private lessons with or without owner/handler are $60 per lesson plus the cost of birds.  Lessons run between 45 minutes and an hour depending on the dog's attention and focus.  Pigeons are $5 per bird and Chukars are $20 per bird.  Pheasants by prior arrangement.
  • Boarded Training:  pups and dogs are trained daily.  Fees are $350 per week and are all inclusive (boarding, food, birds, etc.).  We encourage owner/handler participation for boarded pups and dogs.  If possible, we would like to work with the owner/handler at least once a week.