Hours of Operation
Long Hollow Retrievers LLP
We offer professional Retriever Training as well as Upland Bird Dog Training for all breeds of Retrievers, Flushers and Pointing Dogs. We are centrally located in Washington state. Ellensburg is readily available to clients from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Whether you are looking for a Hunting Companion or an AKC Master Hunter you are welcome to join us for a training day. We offer a free evaluation of your dog and we welcome all aspiring dog trainers, handlers and bird hunters alike. Long Hollow Retrievers also produces some of the best field bred Labrador Retriever puppies and started dogs in the Northwest.
Retriever Training and Upland Bird Dog Training Workshops with Ryan Fortier and Blake Gibson.
The Proof is in the Pudding...
Ryan Fortier / Head Trainer
Ryan Fortier grew up hunting Pheasants in the Palouse wheat fields of Eastern Washington, Chukar and Quail hunting along the canyons and orchards of the Northwest's vast rivers and eventually found himself drawn to the Waterfowl Hunting to be had all up and down the mighty Columbia River. This time spent Duck hunting as a teenager is where his true appreciation for Retrievers began. After a rough upbringing and finding inspiration in what not to do, he soon found himself training dogs in the off season and competing in AKC Hunt Tests and Field Trials.
"With a desire to be constantly learning, evolving and thinking outside the box, I like to think that my style and methods of teaching and training are unique. But they are a culmination of countless hours in the field with many different types of people, bird dogs and retrievers. I have had the opportunity to be exposed to the many great trainers before me. Such as George Hickox, Bill Gibbons, John Greer, Larry Calvert and Mike Lardy just to name a few. Training methods are passed down from generation to generation but all the best trainers have something of their own that can not be explained. It is that which makes their program unique. With a completely new perspective and the addition of Blake Gibson, his youthful energy and unparalleled passion, the Sky is truly the Limit for our Long Hollow Retriever and Bird Dog Program... We look forward to training with you and your new hunting buddy". - Ryan Fortier
Blake Gibson / Retriever Trainer & Kennel Manager
Ryker Fortier / Kennel Hand & Bird Boy
Dog Training is not an exact science.
The true reality of Waterfowl Hunting and Retriever Training in the
Pacific Northwest. Sharing the sport of Retrievers and Capturing the way great
dogs complete our team as Waterfowl Hunters. Passing on the pure
traditions of Waterfowl Hunting and Retriever Training to the next
generation. Bridging the gap between East and West. We are not chasing
limits with an outfitter. We train our own dogs, we scout our own birds
and we put out our own decoys.
The NORTHWEST'S source for LABRADOR RETRIEVERS and UPLAND BIRD DOG & RETRIEVER TRAINING
Professional Retriever Training
AKC Hunt Tests
- You’ve played ball with your Retriever about a million times in your backyard or at the park, but do his fetching abilities automatically mean he’d make a good hunting companion? Not necessarily. The only way to really know is to participate in a Retriever Hunting Test.
- Ever since the first AKC retriever hunting tests were held in 1985, the focus has been on how well your dog retrieves birds under all types of conditions. You don’t compete against other handlers and dogs; each dog is assessed based on his own merit (as opposed to competing in a Field Trial where a winner is chosen). There are three hunt test levels – Junior, Senior, Master, and titles can be earned at each level. Judges score dogs on their natural ability to mark and remember a fall, on their hunting style, perseverance or courage. They are also scored on learned abilities such as steadiness, control, response and delivery.
- This non-competitive environment creates a very warm and communal
atmosphere where everyone encourages each other to succeed. Even though
you have to remain quiet during the test, you should hear the round of
applause afterward! It’s not to be missed. LEARN MORE