Run-N-Gun Retrievers

Dog training

Nick Stillwell started training dogs at the young age of 14. He completed a HRCH and a Master title with his dog Gunner at the age of 17. After Gunner Nick stayed competitive in the hunt test world for several years with other dogs. He grew up around the dog world you can say. Nick is also a full time guide and outfitter. When it's hunting season, Nick is in the field everyday hunting ducks and geese. Nick's incredible hunting experience chasing ducks and geese all over the country really separates him from many other trainers. He has seen it all, and knows exactly how to make the perfect retriever to fit all your hunting needs. Dogs have always been his passion and he truly believes that duck hunting would not be the same with out a great retriever at his side.

"I train really great hunting dogs, plain and simple." -Nick Stillwell

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One Month

$ 1000
per month
  • 5 Weeks of obedience training
If you are not sure about hunting and just want an obedient companion Nick can do that too. This will cover the basics on obedience.

Basic Hunting

$ 850
per month
  • Three Month Minimum
This program is a minimum 3 month program. It will first focus on introducing your retriever to the basic elements of hunting, water, birds, and guns. This also keeps it fun so the dog and Nick can make a strong bond early on in training. Once the dog is comfortable with these three important elements the trainer will move into simple obedience. This will be on-leash training, heal, sit, and stay. During obedience we will still practice marking and hunting scenarios.
This will include guns, water, and birds every day. This is very important when training a young dog. Once Nick feels like the dog has completed the basic obedience, he will start force fetch. Force fetch is the foundation in retriever training. After the force fetch, your dog will deliver to hand and fetch on command. But more than that, your dog will understand pressure, and this helps to set the foundation for the collar and hand signals. Nick will adjust to your dog to ensure that the force fetch is done correctly.
After the force fetch is completed, we will collar condition your dog and start more advanced obedience including off-leash healing and steadiness. Your companion will also be marking and doing live hunting scenarios daily. This allows Nick and the dog to test and put everything together in live training situations. After the program is completed, you will have a retriever ready to work for you in the field.


$ 850
per month
  • Three Month Minimum
This is on a month-to-month basis. We will focus on multiple marks, hand signals, and whistle training. But beyond that, it gives Nick more time to customize your companion for your hunting needs. Every hunter is different, and hunts different terrains. For example, if you field hunt the majority of the time your dog needs to practice long distance marking and handling. If you hunt big open water your dog needs practice taking casts in the water with lots of decoys. These are just a few examples of many different hunting scenarios. How ever you hunt, Nick will customize your dog to fit your needs.


Run-N-Gun retrievers prides itself in having top notch facilities to do our dog training. The kennels are very nice, four-x-twelve ft galvanized runs. The dogs have their own individual kennel with plenty of space. The kennel also has a permanent roof and concrete floors. The actual kennel sits on ten acres which is completely closed off by a dog-proof fence. There is also a four acre training pond on the grounds. Nick has a dog trailer and takes the dogs to different hunting properties to show them new terrain weekly. Dogs are cared for daily, seven days a week. They have play time everyday while the kennels are cleaned in the morning.

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Interested in Dog Training?

Contact our lead Dog Trainer, Nick Stillwell, at 979-240-1639 to discuss scheduling or to get more information!