Welcome to

The Upland Academy

A premier bird dog training facility

About The Upland Academy

We don't believe in a one size fits all training regiment, EXPECT custom tailored training to meet your wants and expectations. While we use a standard that the dog adheres to, we create a smooth path to bring out all of it's abilities.


Quality upland training requires quality birds. Healthy strong flying birds play a significant role in the genetic & behavioral development of bird dogs.

The most valuable resource available to a dog is a fair and understanding trainer. You can count on our transparency and honesty throughout their training process.

Meet The Team

Josh Tucker

Head Trainer and Owner

Josh Tucker

Head Trainer & Owner


Assistant Trainer.


Assistant Trainer & GameKeeper


Champions Produced







Our Services


One of the most important times of a bird dogs development is the puppy stage. Your puppy is learning, thinking and soaking up information. This is a great time to build a solid foundation for your dog's future! Daily live bird exposure, structure, honoring/backing and limited gun fire are all integral and included in this early start program. We accept puppies at 6 months after a brief consultation. This is the best pathway to our start to finish Complete Dog program.


Recommended program for our primarily wild bird hunters and or state release hunters. We get your dog handling , quartering, honoring/backing, holding birds steady to flush, exposed to gun fire and finding downed birds. Training Time varies by the dog's ability.

Wing and Shot

This is our most popular training program, as stated we teach your dog to stand on point after the flush and until gun fire. Honoring work is also part of the program. If you have young shooters, guide or do trials/ hunt testing this is for you! Generally a 2-3 month commitment, your dog will be standing tall and be the envy of your hunting buddies! This program is the gateway to our Complete Dog program.


Everyone wants a perfect straight to your hand retrieve! We offer this fetch program for dogs that won't retrieve at all or need polished up on their current retrieve work. Generally takes 8 weeks to a perfect delivery!

Complete Dog

This is our start to finish training program. We start with a foundational puppy session, ease in to the Wing and shot session, complete our retrieve program, followed by a smooth transition to perfectly Finished! Training Time varies per dog and the dog will have periodic home time.

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11 Lakecrest Ln. Hillsboro, IL 62049

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