Ed & Shelly Ladwig, Lodi WI.
We got our puppy from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and knew we wanted her to be trained for hunting by them. We couldn't be happier with the results. They have amazing facilities for the training and the dogs. I liked that we could visit and walk along with her while she was trained. We have a son who is 9 and it was so nice that Steve and Amy included him in the training. Very family oriented. Steve and Amy are knowledgeable and experienced hunters, it shows in how they trained our dog. We have friends that were so impressed with her hunting skills that they inquired were we got her! Can't say enough...we will always get our dogs from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs!
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Jerry Meronk, WI.
A little about myself, I've hunted birds most of my life, had several hunting dogs, mostly labs and saw thousands of dogs hunting while I was working for close to 30 years as a Conservation Warden. I'm not kidding when I say your odds of having a good hunting dog will greatly improve if you try Bird Crazy Gun Dogs training program. In my opinion Bird Crazy Gun Dogs hunting dog program deserves 5 stars out of a possible 5 stars. In one word "unbelievable". My year old yellow lab puppy flushed and retrieved over 100 birds in her first year. Thanks to Bird Crazy's training methods. In just 4 weeks she was taught obedience, gun conditioning, E collar training and was exposed to lots of birds at a cost probably less than what a single hunting trip would run.
Steve Pappas has a way with dogs. The dogs love and respect him. I have never observed him being mean to a dog. He gains their respect through his ability to be firm, consistent and enthusiastic with praise when the dog shows improvement. The kennels are spotless, the dog food is top of the line and the atmosphere is geared toward success.
Very few of us have access to what is necessary to successfully train a dog. Simply put various types of cover, access to birds, (chukkars, pheasants) patience, time, experience and knowledge. The biggest mistake I have ever made in reference to dog training is not taking my young dogs to a place like Bird Crazy Gun Dogs for training.
If you continue to spend time with your dog and use the methods your dog has learned you will have an excellent hunting dog at a very young age. I know I am prejudiced but I believe you would have a very difficult time finding an older dog that hunts any better than my puppy.
At least check it out! You can do that for free.
The key ingredient in creating a great gun dog is:
We train 5 1/2 days per week, late May to early October.
Our training program is for the family companion, gun dog. We strive to produce dogs that are happy and perform with confidence and enthusiasm. Our dogs learn through association, repetition, success, and a clear understanding of what is expected of them. We have created a positive environment for your young dog to learn in. We show them what we want, then get out of their way, and reward them with flight ready game birds, and lots of them.
Last year a friend referred us to Steve and Amy Pappas for training of our one year old Chocolate Lab, Ranger. From the first inquiry through today, Steve and Amy have impressed us with their expertise, knowledge and affection for hunting dogs. Ranger reported to Bird Crazy Gun Dogs in late June 2015 with tons of energy, a moderate grasp of obedience training and a great sniffer. We had struggled to get him to heal properly, to stop pulling on the leash while walking, and to come when called. During the training, Steve and Amy encouraged us to visit him to observe the training and to learn how he was being trained. We visited Ranger every weekend during his 4 week training course and learned invaluable lessons that we carried forward through the hunting season and continue to use every day.
Upon the first visit to see Ranger in training, we were already in AWE. Ranger immediately flushed a pheasant . He came back with the bird, dropped it and sat. Ranger wasn't perfect, but for just a few practice runs, we were extremley pleased. Ranger continued to progress over the four weeks as did our knowledge as Steve and Amy stepped us through dog psychology, training tips, and recommendations of what works from products to gestures and tone of voice.
Upon returning home, Ranger immediately showed new signs of maturity and obedience. Beyond newfound obedience, the results of Ranger's training was countless hours of pheasant hunting in the fall with dozens of birds flushed and retrieved. I have never seen my husband happier than when he came home from hunting and when he told his hunting/Ranger stories. The dog is amazing and we credit Steve and Amy for the transformation.
We cannot recommend Bird Crazy Gun Dogs highly enough. Ranger left for training a boy and came back a MAN!!!
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I have been a Pheasant hunter all my life and have had mainly German Shorthairs. I never had to train them except for the bringing the bird back to me as they just took to the pointing on their own. I decided since my Shorthair was 9 years old I would get another dog so it could hunt with her and learn. I decide to get a Labrador and at the time did not even know about Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. This year in September my Shorthair developed cancer and had to be put down. The Lab I got had only hunted with her three times. I knew that if I wanted to hunt Pheasants I would need help getting her trained. That is when I started looking very serious at a trainer and did my homework and phone calls to several people that had used Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. I had met Steve and Amy a few months before as I started getting my dog food from them.
I talked to Steve and Amy about their training and if they had room to get my dog in. Steve already had a pretty full plate with the dogs he had, but did agree to take my pup in and train her. After the first week I went out and was able to watch her work and she did a great job on the birds. The second week I was amazed at the change in my dog and how she had drive to hunt. The third week I could not believe how well she worked the field to put up birds and bring them back. I went out the last week before picking her up and was totally blown away as to the skills she had acquired in just 4 weeks. She was like a seasoned veteran. My dog learned obedience, E-collar training along with whistle training in just those four weeks.
I could not be happier in the choice I made to have her trained by Steve and Amy. They have the passion and take the time to work with each dog to get the best potential they can out of them. Steve also is a great trainer on the owner. I learned a lot just by going with him when my dog went into the field. Steve is a very patient man and has a way of working with dogs to gain their trust in him.
I know this may sound a little corny but Steve took a dog from just setting and fetching to a hunting machine in four weeks all with praise and time.
I can guarantee that the next dog I get will be from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and will be trained by them.