Dog Training

Pro-Trainer, Neal Kauder, directs private lessons and group training sessions at Orapax.  His training methods are heavily influenced by Rick Smith (Silent Command System), but they also mix in other techniques learned over time. 

Private Dog Training

Call 804-514-1576 for information and pricing for one-on-one training for any pointing, flushing, or versatile breed dogs. We also offer all breed manners and obedience, correcting problem behaviors, special home visits, and puppy development and environmental soundness training.  Rates vary, and training is by appointment only with the handler usually involved in each training session. Residential training of dogs are taken on occasion, on a case by case basis.

Group Training Sessions

Call 804-514-1576 for information on group training sessions on weekends (usually Sunday afternoons). This is open to all breeds for puppy development through steadiness for pointers, flushers, and retriever breeds.  Our training methods for manners and obedience and puppy development are proven for ALL breeds of dogs. Class size is limited; two classes are typically running -- Foundation and Intermediate.  Cost is $25 per 1 hour group lesson. 

Dog Training Membership

Our Dog Training Membership gives you, your family, and your bird dog a place to recreate and train at a significant discount compared to regular $55 pay-as-you-go fees.  The cost is $100 per month (you pay by the month, for as many months as you choose).

With membership, you will enjoy access to the preserve property to run your dogs through the fields and woods (unlimited during off-season, limited but sufficient field access during the hunt season).  To cool down, there are 2 large and easily accessible ponds spread out on the property, as well as Licking Hole Creek, all of which can be accessed to work on water retrieve or to just acclimate your pup to water.

You have complete use of our homing pigeons, launchers, and basket foot traps.  We will teach you how access our pigeon coop, how to set up your practice field, and how to handle and treat the equipment, including our 16 foot shaded training table. 

You can enjoy a 20% discount on renting boats for fishing, or for pleasure cruising, as well as a discounted fees if you wish to launch your own vessel.  You may target shoot or practice with your bow (all requiring your own equipment).  Pet boarding is available at our on-site kennel for a discounted price of $15 per dog, per night. 

You may also just hang-out with your family, use our fire pit, or even have a cook-out for an evening dinner while enjoying an amazing sunset over the pond. 


One member described the dog training membership as “entry into a huge private outdoor club”, a perfect description!

Pigeons, remote control launchers, and training areas are available year-round: $55 for 1/2 day access.  Please ask about discounts for dog training memberships.


* Additional guidelines include signing paperwork, following rules about guests and other dogs, and notice and limitations of use.

Preserve Location   

3831 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1152, Goochland, VA 23063

tel  804.556.2261


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