Huntersbest Retriever Training

  • Retriever Training Centre open to all retriever breeds.
  • Over 30 years of training experience.
  • Maximum 4 dogs at a time, allowing for individual attention and multiple daily set-ups.
  • Each dog’s training program is adapted to the individual needs/personalities of that dog. Stressing obedience/fundamentals, confidence building, experience, consistency and team building.
  • Multiple exposures to the drills and set-ups needed to advance the dog through the program while enhancing the dog’s natural abilities.


Gun Dog Program:

Geared towards the hunting enthusiast who wants a well trained hunting companion.

  • Multiple land and water marks.
  • Steadiness, honouring.
  • Hold/force fetch.
  • Exposure to birds / waterfowl and upland situations.
  • Basic handling.
  • Collar Conditioning.
  • Introduction to hunting blinds, layout blinds and boats.
  • Exposure to hunting situations at realistic hunting distances.

Hunt Tests & Field Trial Program:

Training program geared towards the Hunt Test / Field Trial Competitors.

  • Training and experience individually tailored to each dog, aimed at advancing the dogs through the Junior Hunter, Senior Hunter, Master Hunter, and Grand Master Hunter levels, as well as Junior and Qualifying Field Trial levels in preparation for All Age Competition.


Ontario Kennel is located on 106 acres of training / hunting grounds with creek and lake.

  • All runs are covered from the elements. The dogs are housed inside in heated and air conditioned sleeping quarters.
  • Fenced spacious exercise area.
  • Use of an additional 250 acres of training grounds with multiple ponds.
  • Alabama Kennel is located on 50 acres with covered air conditioned and heated runs. Large exercise area. Access to multiple large tracts of land and water geared towards retriever training.

For photos and additional information, see the Facilities section.

Additional Information:

  • Available to compete from mid May until the end of October each year in multiple Working Certificate, Hunt Test and Field Trials in Quebec, the Maritime provinces, and Ontario.
  • Winter training in Alabama yearly from Mid December to Mid April.


Fees and Services:

Training Fees:

  • Non Huntersbest sold dogs: $800. per month.
  • Huntersbest sold dogs: $700. per month.
  • One month minimum training period required.

Price includes the following:

  • Individual training plan and training.
  • Boarding, exercise and care.
  • Training birds.
  • Premium Eukanuba dog food.

For further details, please contact us.

Contact Us

Huntersbest Labradors - Don Gillingham
5475 Highway 511
Lanark, Ontario, Canada, K0G 1K0
Tel.: 613-812-0847
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