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Welcome to Magma Bird Dogs

Summer camp relocation postponed until July due to the Wallow Fire. READ MORE...

Bird Dog Training

Whether you are interested in starting your dog in training, getting your hunting companion ready for the upcoming season or simply improving your dog’s retrieving skills, Magma Bird Dogs can help. Established in 1973, Magma Bird Dogs has prepared all varieties of pointing breeds for hunting and field trial competition for more than thirty years.

Training is available year-round, with winter sessions offered in the low desert near Phoenix and summer sessions in the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona. Dogs at both locations are handled by Bill Gibbons, a leading trainer of hunting breeds who is known for his ability to recognize the cause of, and overcome, trainability problems. He will apply the same standard of training to both hunting and field trial dogs, resulting in an obedient, polished dog.

Summer Camp Dog Training 2016!

We are very pleased and excited to announce that Magma Bird Dogs will be holding a summer camp in the White Mountains again this year. As some of you know Bill had a hip replacement in 2014, so there was no summer camp that year. Last year we coordinated with two other trainers for a camp in order to take a little of the physical burden off of Bill.

This year he underwent a corneal transplant and cataract surgery the 18th of February. We supposed that the doctor would not release him to work dogs until September, but to our great surprise and delight he was cleared about two weeks ago to start working dogs again. The stitches will not all be taken out for almost a year, and he has to wear a patch over the eye to sleep. Staying out of the wind and dirt is a must also, but with some precautions not impossible.

Harold Goodman has agreed to come up and help with camp again this year, and several others will be coming up during the summer. We are taking reservations now, and will be starting our camp, hopefully at Patt Knoll, on the 15th of June thru the 15th of September. We are taking a very limited amount of dogs for the summer, so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested.

Thank you to all who have waited around for this news. We are very thankful for all of you who have inquired about our training.

Tamra and Bill Gibbons
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Bill Gibbons


Rattle Snake Proofing Your Dog

Rattle Snake Proofing your Dog

Living in the desert of Phoenix or the mountain regions of Arizona, your dog is going to encounter snakes whether it is a hunting dog or a family pet, whether it is large or small. Rattle snake proofing your dog is essential for its safety, and may prove to be a safety measure for your children and family. Rattlesnakes live in all areas of Arizona, and some residents have even encountered them on their own front porch!

Rattlesnake proofing is effective with all breeds and all ages of dogs.  This training will help your dog overcome its natural curiosity and learn to flee from potential danger.  Our professional training program is backed by our years of experience with dogs and with Arizona wildlife, and we know that your dog will be safer when the rattle snake proofing is complete.

Visit our snake proofing page for schedules and pricing.

Explore our website to learn more about the services we offer. You can find information on hunting dog training, force retrieving, snake avoidance training, and boarding services, as well as photos of past and current dogs and our summer training facilities.

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