- Hey Man,
Just thought I'd give you an update on how Sadie is doing... She comes to school with me everyday. We do yard work in the baseball field during break, and I usually have kids throw a few marks in the afternoon after practice. Right now we are solidly in the middle of Double T (in Lardy's progression), and will be transitioning to disciplined casting in another week or so. I can't say enough about how strong of a foundation she has from the time spent with you-none of those skills has deteriorated in the least bit. It is amazing how solid she is with EVERYTHING! She has certainly "sold" you and your dogs to every single one of my hunting friends and relatives. I can't tell you how many times I've heard: "You're trainer is training my next dog", or "my next dog is going to be a started pup from Long Hollow", etc. Any advice/tips you want to throw my way will be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
You're season 2 promo looks killer by the way! Hope all is well with you and the family.
- Hi Ryan,
- As an avid hunter and first time dog owner, I did a significant amount of research prior to narrowing down a breed, breeder, trainer, etc. However, research will only take you so far. At some point, you have to go with your instincts.
When I was referred to Long Hollow Retrievers, I was immediately impressed with not only the level of detail about their operation found on their website, but more importantly with my conversation with owner Ryan Fortier. When he picked up the phone during my first call to him, he was in a duck blind preparing for the next approach of green heads (I took this as a good sign). During this initial interview of sorts, I found Ryan to be knowledgeable, confident, helpful (especially to a beginning lab owner like myself) and, most importantly, honest about the process. Before I got off the phone, I asked for forms for placing a deposit on my future pup.
When pick up day arrived, my wife and three boys accompanied me to the Kittitas Valley where I was blown away to witness all 5 of his black females retrieve a pigeon at 7 weeks! This made my choice harder but we eventually walked away that day with Long Hollow’s “June”.
After some initial obedience training for several months in my back yard, I decided to send her back to Ryan at the proper time for a 30 day gun breaking and retrieval training prior to the start of her first hunting season. When I came back to pick her up, Ryan took my dog and I to a field where he planted 6 chucker. I then witnessed firsthand her newly enhanced skills. During that short hunt, June found all 6 birds birds, flushed them, I shot them and she retrieved them! We then loaded her up and took her to a nearby pond where ducks were launched into the water 20 to 30 yards out and she again retrieved them, only after being instructed to do so.
With my newly trained dog in hand, the opening of waterfowl season started one week later. From my first day out with her on our own, I was completely impressed by her natural hunting ability. She has always demonstrated great blind manners, an excellent nose and a keen ability to track ducks in the air. I also took her on several pheasant and quail hunts and she once again blew me away with her energy, determination and instincts and retrieval skills.
Finally, and most importantly, June has been an excellent family dog. She has always treated my young boys (ages 6, 4 and 2) and wife with care and loves to retrieve any and all items thrown for her.
If you are looking for a instinctual hunting dog that exhibits the character of a champion, I would highly recommend choosing a Long Hollow Retriever.”
Alex B. Hodge, CIC | Broker, Partner, Yakima Washington
- For over ten years now I have been involved with Ryan Fortier and Long Hollow Retrievers. The level of commitment that he and his family put into their business is second to none, that I have found in the outdoor industry. From training my dogs, to instructing me on how to be a “wanna-be” amateur dog trainer. Ryan has always given 100% of himself to his clients and their canines. Additionally, Long Hollow dogs set the standard for trainability, looks, hunting desire, and family compatibly. Every time you get the opportunity to see a LHR dog on the line at a Hunt Test, or in the field retrieving a duck 100’s of yards across the Colombia River, you will say to yourself “I want one of those dogs!” From the family guy looking for a pet for his son, to the hardest of hardcore bird hunters seeking that dog of a lifetime, Long Hollow Retrievers fit the bill.
Joshua Wolff Seattle, Washington
- I purchased a 4 month old pup from Long Hollow Retrievers in the beginning of February. He came from Long Hollow’s Magic Patton and Gavin’s Point Roughrider MH. He is a great dog. He learns quickly, is very birdy, is quiet in his kennel, and when relaxing around the house is very calm.
- I have been wanting to drop you a note for a while now. Hobbes is the only yellow from the July 2011 litter from Bindy and Delta. He is my 4th Labrador and while I have loved them all, Hobbes is the best dog I have ever had. He is mellow, loves to snuggle, and he listens - something I've never been able to achieve with much success with any dog. We hope not to be in the market for another lab for a long time, but I wanted you to know how pleased with are with him. He is a great family pet and a good looking dog. Happy New Year!
- Kudos to Ryan Fortier at Long Hollow Retrievers ( www.longhollowretrievers.com ) for getting me this pup and helping to train her up right. It definatly makes hunting more exciting having a dog to hunt with all the time.
Alex Hodge Yakima, Washington
- Hey man hope all is well, just wanted to drop a line and let you know Kona is doing great and she is an awesome dog. I really appreciate all that you have done man. Right now we are still working on casting in the yard and doing single retrieves on land and water. She has had some good and bad days but I think I will take the blame for the bad days. Picking up a mud hut in the next couple weeks and I will be getting her out on the boat to get used to that as well.
Mike Gilbert Lake Tapps, Washington
- Griz was a rockstar on some pretty tough retrieves – as I didn’t see where the bird landed (or even see it fall) and he swam thru the channel, behind some logs in a bush. Wish I had it on video, but Tater did a quad retrieve on 4 geese we shot and while 2 were easy, the other 2 were in the river and floating at high speeds with the ice. Swam down river, stuck in a whirlpool and finally got to the bank and ran 2-300 yards down the bank and back into the river to get him (btw it was about 0 degrees and covered in ice).
Bob Bostwick Fall City, Washington
- Hey just wanted to give you an update on Houghton. He is possibly one of the best dogs I have ever seen. Everyone that cones around him can't believe how well tempered he is. He is learning fast. He has only had one accident in the house the first day we brought him home from then on he goes and sits in front of the door. He is doing well with the bumper as well. We throw it a couple times a day. I started some leash training as well and he picked up on that after about five minutes however the first five minutes were painful. I have been feeding him a little under two cups of food twice a day. He is also starting to like his kennel. If you have any advice on what I should be doing any would be great. Thanks again for breading such a good pup. Take care and we are looking forward to coming back and doing some training.
Matt Pradon Oak Harbor, Washington
- First of all, my compliments to you, your wife, and I am sure your kids on socializing the pup. He is so calm around people and when being picked up or handled. You folks did a nice job of familiarizing him with these kinds of things.
We are currently working on basic obedience,...sit, stay, come etc. He will sit on a single whistle blast(little treat helps when he forgets), and he comes in on a "toot, toot, toot,toot. We laid some scent trails with dead pheasants and he worked them up fine. Even dragging them around after finding them! Slowly introducing him to loud noises, blank pistol, cracking 2X 4"s etc. and distant 20 ga. gunfire. All told things are progressing fine. He is outside in his run now and has been for the past two weeks and seems to have adjusted well to it. I think he prefers it as he has lots of room and fresh air out there. We call him "Gage" as maybe, just maybe he will be the dog on which all my others will be measured, lets hope so.
Mike Wright & Gage
- Quick story... Kona went out for a bird her first time out this season and it dove 4 times on her! Finally on the 4th time it came up it was close enough for her to snag it. Matt was so proud of her persistence to stay out there and come back with something (thank you force fetch!).
We look forward to working with you again some day in the future with more pups we plan on having after Kona some day. We will always have a hunting dog in our household! :)
Matt, M’Lissa and Kona Portland, Oregon
- Scout is doing great at home-remembers lots more than I expected about the routine, and all the other dogs seem to be glad she's back. Bob has had her out hunting two or three times now, and they have done just fine-not too many birds (days have been too nice) so it has been perfect for them to get some time just hanging out in the blind. Scout has been really good and has listened and almost done everything right-he's happy with her. We've done a few training sessions, too, and all seems to be going really well.
Thanks for everything, and we really appreciate the great job you did with her. I know you really wanted her to continue in your program-but she is exactly what we wanted her to be, so I hope that kind of makes you happy, too.
As always, I will continue to send anyone who asks your way! Have a great hunting season and happy holidays, and take care!
Marlana, Bob and Scout Canada
- Thanks Ryan for all your help with Diesel and I am now looking forward to Rider's bright future as a Hunt Test dog in your program...
Matt Tuttle Portland, Oregon
- Long Hollow is training our second dog "Darby" I got to see her this weekend and she is doing wonderful... Darby is a very immature 1 year old black female... She is through Basic Retriever Training already and moving into Advanced Training...
Thanks to Ryan and the Team...
Marcy Ralph Seattle, Washington
- My dog Bindy was trained by Ryan at Long Hollow Retrievers... She is now a Senior Hunter...
Now Ryan is training my new dog for the Masters... Their program is very interactive and I have been able to learn right along with my dogs...
Billy Ward Woodinville, Washington
- Ryan, I wanted to publicly thank you for having me over to your open training session even though I haven't put River on your trailer. The amount of assistance, guidance, and just watching a pro at work far outweighed any help throwing I provided you, definitely worth the drive. Thanks for keeping it simple yet very meaningful.
Feel free to use me as reference anytime.
Nolan Wadland Mount Vernon, Washington
- Just thought you should know...... Little Scooter is a hell of a hunter. Once he rooted up his first big ol' rooster in two foot snow covered CRP grass and saw that big thing flushing away....... The game was on!! He is a hunting machine, he leaves no stone unturned. He'll check every rock, bush, hedge row to find those big old birds. He digs being able to point on the quail cause they don't go anywhere, but once he saw the size and how those roosters exploded from the cover..... He thought that was the coolest thing ever. Now, I can tell he's not to happy when the wild ones won't hold for him, but he's okay with it I think, I'm pretty sure it's all about the hunt for him. He's a smart little guy and is very easy to train. As you know, he's my first setter, but he's been very easy to instruct. He listens very well to me, getting him to sit, stay, lay down, kennel up, here, no, over there (with an arm movement right or left) has been no problem. I've only used the collar to hunt with him twice, that's cause he is ranging out a little too far for me. The wild roosters won't hold long enough for me to get there allot of times, so keeping him in a little closer to work with Mallard has worked out allot better for us as foot hunters.
Anyway, he's an awesome dog, Andi loves the little guy, he sleeps in the room with the rest of us on his dog bed (except when he jumps up on the
bed and curls up on my pillow). And he loves being able to run around all over the place over in Idaho.
- We just wanted to compliment you on your training. Kathy and Dave Wilson, and Dennis and I took Charlie and Gauge out hunting this weekend and you would have been amazed at how well they pointed and honored each other. We planted some pheasants and a couple other guys joined us on Sunday and they were really impressed at how well the two of them were working together. It was the first time they had seen a lab point and their comment was "that was beautiful". The Wilson's and us just wanted to thank you for a job well done. I know Gauge has a long way to go but he was sure working great this weekend. He also retrieved his first duck on the Columbia River on friday.
Dennis and Phyllis Laukala