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    For the people that don't own there own training grounds what's the best way to ask a land owner to use their property? Now that my pup is getting older I'm running out of room and places to train. I found two really nice places both with over 1,000 acres of rolling hills and multiple ponds, a dream really, just 10 minutes up the road. I've yet to find out who owns the property I just know they drill gas on it but when I find the owner I'd like to be prepared because I'd never need to find another spot again for what I need it for.

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    Knock on door.. Say i'm... I am training my dog and was wondering if i could use your pond... then explain why you would like to use there place. Tell them about your equipment, blank guns, poppers, driving on property, atv's, etc.. BUT dont bombard them with info! I always say who i am, where i live, around here that means a lot.. I'm ___ live on the __ farm over by __ That way that sort of get to know at least where you are from and not some joe blow from a hour away!
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    I go on the on line county records, search for the property, locate it on the map then there is an option to click for more information about that parcel. This will tell you who owns the property and normally their address. I then send a nice courteous letter, or call if possible, requesting their interest in allowing access for dog training purposes. I give them my contact info and hope the call back. Normally I get no reply but on a rare occasion there is interest, especially if a lease is an option.
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    I found this place using google earth, just down the road from my family's place where I want to live.

    im not sure if these people used to train dogs or not, but I will be asking to use these ponds, hopefully they will let me.

    I plan to just catch them at the gate or drive up to their house if the gate is open and explain what I want, hopefully they will be accomadating, if not, I'll try to trade them for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandon a View Post
    dog training grounds.jpg

    I found this place using google earth, just down the road from my family's place where I want to live.

    im not sure if these people used to train dogs or not, but I will be asking to use these ponds, hopefully they will let me.

    I plan to just catch them at the gate or drive up to their house if the gate is open and explain what I want, hopefully they will be accomadating, if not, I'll try to trade them for it.
    Judging from those ponds, I' suggest asking them if they need a gunner!
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    Try to keep this a secret just between you and me but I advertise on craigslist under farm and garden. My heading says "Attention: Farmers and Land Owners" then I explain my situation and add a couple of pictures of me and my dogs. I now have from good to excellent places to train and always looking for more. Best of luck to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brandon a View Post
    dog training grounds.jpg

    I found this place using google earth, just down the road from my family's place where I want to live.

    im not sure if these people used to train dogs or not, but I will be asking to use these ponds, hopefully they will let me.

    I plan to just catch them at the gate or drive up to their house if the gate is open and explain what I want, hopefully they will be accomadating, if not, I'll try to trade them for it.


    Yeah those arent average joe ponds!! I'd be asking them if they need some help on the weekends to run your dog on their place
    Also i would never cold call someone to ask them to use their land!! To easy for them to just hang up.. And would you let anyone use your property just with a phone call???

    Also i always get a couple of my main land owners something for christmas.. Gift card to eat, or local store.. just something small
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    IMO the best way to get permission is by networking, find out if you have any common friends or someone who can vouch for you, or some kind if "in"....do you have something to trade ? We secured the training grounds in eastern Idaho thru a friend of the family, who set up a "medical center" in his home..my brother saw about a dozen patients from the area and didnt charge anyone a dime,when word got out that all we were looking for is a place to train dogs/hunt, pastures and properties suddenly became accessible...The locals even turned down one of the neighboring FT clubs looking to move their trial...
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    Thanks y'all for the input. I'm going to do some digging this week to find out land owners. I really think on both lots they are being leased out for gas because there is no house on either. Both places are awesome training land, they have ponds but not technical ponds. I have access to that at another lot. I'm more than willing to put in work or pay for a lease to it so will see how it goes. Thanks

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    I can only compare to the same for hunting permission but after sourcing the landowners name (which is sometimes different than the resident of the property), I send a note in the mail to let them know my interest and I will be stopping by in the next week to introduce myself. I think approaches out of the blue set the wrong tone with a person = catching folks by surprise has never served me as well.
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