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    Planned Litters

    Piper-Rue
    Bell-Hitch

    $750.00
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    Swift- Smarty Smith x Gridette

    Steady to wing, shot & fall.mannered in the field and in the house.

    $3000.00
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  • our Dogs

    Puppies

    From 12-16 weeks of age

    From $750.00
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    Introduced

    16-24 weeks of age

    From $1500.00
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    Started

    from 6-24 month

    From $2500.00
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    Finished

    from 24 months of age

    from $3500.00
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    Why buy a dog from
    Gundog Development?

    selectively bread /for talent, temperament, and biddability.

    guaranteed health / all of our dogs are screened and guaranteed against
    genetic diseases.

    Continued training and consultation /WE
    are only a phone call or visit away from any help needed with your dog.

    Training & Hunting opportunities /
    for you and your dog to join us where the wild birds hang out.

  • training program

    Understanding what a dog truly is and how he learns, Gundog Development mentors your dog. first showing what is expected, and then establishing the desired behaviors through consistent repetition. Using a non-emotional, fair, and metered approach, your dog quickly responds and progresses through the program. As simple as it sounds, this more cerebral approach is effective, and produces dogs that maintain style and class, and that will not be married to an e-collar. Please contact us for specifics on your training needs.

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    • Luminary's Little Jeb

      Named after a pretty special dog, Little Jeb is a product of the Bell-Baylor breeding. He is a promising young dog that will be our guide team this fall and is a candidate for our breeding program. Jeb is the epitome of the companion hunter for the serious upland game enthusiast. He has plenty of gas to range out and cover ground, yet maintains perfect manners in and around the house.
    • Luminary's Cajun Gala

      Owned By Henrie Esquriex, DMV of Navarre Beach, Florida, Gala is a product of our Smarty Smith x Gridette breeding. Snappy and stylish Gala has completed our Puppy Development Program, Grouse Camp and Quail Mini-Camp. Now finished on her bird work, she has been promoted to our guide team and is used extensively on our Georgia quail hunts.
    • Luminary's Pied Piper

      A product of one of our Bell-HItch Breeding, Piper proved to be special at an early age. A hard and aggessive hunter, She is a quick study, handles easily and is the perfect lady after the hunt. Having spent her entire life in our program, she is in the process of being steadied. We anticipate Piper will become valuable asset to our breeding program in the spring of 2014.
      In this photo of a backing drill, Piper honors Bell.
    • Luminary's MInt Julip

      Owned by Mike Printess of Warrenton, Virgina, Julip was purchased as a nearly finished gun dog. During the summer of 2012, She returned for force retrieve training.

      "... my wife and I hope you raise puppies till we get old, Because we aren't going to get another dog from anyone else."- Bill Newby, Huntsville, Alabama
    • Harper Scout of Havencrest

      Owned by Jeff Mochel 0f Chattanooga, Tennessee, Scout is a regular participant of our group training sessions. Six months old in this photo, currently her training program is focused learning to hunt, rind, and birds.

      "...the progress she has made in just 6 sessions with Hunter has been amazing. I prefer the Group Training Sessions so I can learn how to be a better trainer as well as watch Scout improve week after week. Hunter has a lot of patience and gets results!"– Jeff Mochel, Chattanooga, Tennessee
    • Jagger

      Owned by Jeremy and Angle Kerns of Atlanta, Georgia, Jagger attended our puppy camp. At the completion of the program, Jeremy and Jagger came with us to our client pheasant hunt in South Dakota. Still a pupppy, Jagger pointed and retrieved quiet a few birds over the course of the week long hunt.
    • Lumianry's Powder Keg

      Weighing in at twenty-eight pounds, PK was sold as a finished gun dog. IN this photo, she is nearing the completion of the force fetching program. Always giving 110 percent, this snappy little girl is hunted regularly on a private hunting haven.
    • Bell, Frank, and Pheasants

      Long time fishing and hunting buddy Frank Buckly hunting with Bell in South Dakota. Mannered, reliable, and very bird savvy, Bell hunts for anyone with ease. Anyone that has hunted over Bell understands why she has been a cornerstone of our breeding program.
    • Who Says trial dogs can't hunt?

      Or maybe we should say, who says hunting dogs can't run field trials. Beed by a foot hunter, Jack has proven himself to be a remarkable dog that will handle close or will run the horizon if asked. WIth ultra keen bird sense, Jack always puts himself where the birds are located. Always showing to the front, if you havent seen him for more than five minutes, you can bet he is standing on game.

      "The wild bird programs have produced remarkable results for Jack."- Trevor Fuller, Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
  • Seminar- Health Management of the Working Gun Dog

    In addition to normal health care, the working gun dog has additional considerations to insure a long and healthy life. Learn health care essentials from Henri escuriex, DVM of Soundside Animal Hospital, Navarre Beach, FL. An Experienced upland hunter, Dr. escuriex understands the special veterinary needs of upland gun dogs.

    course curriculum

    THE SEMINAR CURRICULUM, USING AND INTERACTIVE FORMAT, WILL INCLUDE comprehensive DISCUSSIONS OF CONFORMATION CONSIDERATIONS, general AND PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE, EMERGENCY FIRST AID AND WHAT SHOULD BE carried IN FIRST AID AND TRAVEL KIT for the working gun dog

    An informative seminar that will not only make you more knowledgeable about your dogs general health care, it will provide you with information that could save your dogs life. Grounds open for training at the Seminar's conclusion. Make your reservation today.

    Date: April 27, 2013

    Location: Gundog Development- Spring City, TN

    Price: $ 50.00(Lunch included)

    Additional Family Members: $15.00

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  • Special Programs

    • Puppy Development

      A four week bird intensive program for puppies 12-24 weeks. Introduction to birds and gunfire, handling and fostering the desire to quest and find birds...

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    • Ruffed Grouse Camp

      A limited enrollment program to hone your dogs skills on the king of game birds, the ruffed grouse. Held where the birds are, either in Michigan, Wisconsin or Minnesota...

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    • Forced Retrieve

      All bragging rights hunting dogs must retrieve to hand. Our program
      insures an enthusiastic clean delivery to hand. for hunting
      or trial dogs. 8-12 weeks.

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    • Georgia Quail Mini Camp

      A one week bird intensive crash course held at our georgia training grounds. perfect for dogs of all
      ages and experience levels. 3 Sessions December-February

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    • Iowa Pheasant Mini Camp

      A TWO week wild bird program for dogs of all experience levels. Plenty
      of bird opportunities that will hone any pointing dog's skills. Contact us for details.

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    • Advanced Training Hunt

      Learn while Hunting. Our advanced training hunts give you and your dog the opportunity to both learn on wild birds. Destinations selected for bird numbers...

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    • Field Trials & Hunt tests

      Considering or already field trialing
      your dog? Gundog Development
      can assist you with birdwork, handling, and retrieving requirements for your trial dog.

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  • AVAILABLE DOGS

    • Swift

      Smarty Smith x Gridette

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    • Pope

      Smarty Smith x Gridette

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    • Gala

      Smarty Smith x Gridette

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    • Nate

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  • Luminary's Swift

    Swift has been one of our favorite pups from the Smarty Smith-Gridette breeding from the get go. She has a great personality and has been easy to work with in the field. A good student, she is responsive to commands and handles effortlessly. Enthusiastic, she looks good on the ground and works comfortably from about 50 t0 200 yards depending on what the cover requires to find birds. Reliable and honest on her game, if the bell goes quiet, you can count on her to be standing when located.

    Swift has had exposure to grouse, woodcock pheasant and quail, and is ready to be hunt. She has good manners both inside and outside of the house. For more information, or to make arrangements to see Swift at work, please contact us to make an appointment.

    Price- $ 3,000.00

  • Luminary's pope

    Pope is a special dog. Easily handled off of foot or horseback, Pope has proven himself on quail, pheasant, grouse and woodcock. Adapting to the cover he is hunting, Pope works close in tight quarters, and will open up in the big country. Honest on his birds, Pope holds point and is steady to wing shot and fall. Currently he is being force fetched to complete his gun dog training. Although he is easily handled and very biddable, Pope is probably best suited for a more experienced upland hunter

    Pope has good house and kennel manners, travels well, and is compatible with other dogs. To see Pope work in the field at our facility or yours, please contact us to make arrangements to see this special dog on birds.

    Price- $7,000.00

  • Luminary's gala

    $5000.00

  • Luminary's Nate

    $5000.00- Sold

  • Contact information

    Traiining Grounds

    Located approximately just north of Chattanooga on the Cumberland plateau, we welcome you to visit the kennel. If necessary, Gundog Development will pick up and deliver your dog from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, or other cities by special arrangement.

    693 Hubb Swafford Road
    Spring City, Tennessee 37381


    Telephone: 423-290-5631
    Cellular: 770-401-2666
    E-mail: hunter@gundogdevelopment.com
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    All submittals to gundog development are considered confidential and will not be sold or traded

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  • our beginnings

    A lifestyle

    Hunter Payne, owner of Gundog Development, was raised in the traditions of southern quail hunting. From the time he was eight years old, he walked the small farms of south eastern Tennessee with his father chasing pointers and setters in pursuit of quail. Birds were abundant, and as a youngster, it was hard to keep count of the points and covey rises, but it was never about keeping score. It was about frosty mornings, the acrid smell of burnt gun powder, time with friends and family, birds, and most of all, quality pointing dog.

    Living a Dream

    Today, on the Cumberland Plateau just north of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Hunter pursues his dream of working with bird dogs. Situated on approximately 170 acres, and surrounded by thousands of acres of timber land, Gundog Development has the ideal environment to develop a “bragging rights” bird dog. From puppy development to the forced retrieve, and everything in between, Gundog Development's programs are designed to bring out the best your dog has to offer.

  • Training Services & More

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  • Planned litters

    We are very excited about our planned breedings for later this year. Because of the outstanding puppies from our previous Bell-Hitch Litters, it has been decided to repeat the breeding. We anticipate the breeding to occur mid summer.

    We are also planning to breed Piper, an offspring from the first Bell-Hitch breeding, to Rue, a son of Jettsetter, and a daughter to a littermate of Smarty Smith. Both Piper and Rue are high horse power dogs that have plenty of go, yet are both level headed, trainable, and manageable. We anticipate this breeding to occur late July or early August.

    Both of these litters will produce nice puppies for the upland hunter or trialer/

    For details more details on this breeding, or to reserve your own Bell- Hitch puppy, please contact us at the kennel.

  • Smarty Smith x Gridette Breeding

    four nicely finished gundogs available

    We are now offering four dogs from our Smarty Smith x Gridette breeding. Gridette, call name Bella, is a classy bird finder sired by Grid Iron. The Sire, Smarty Smith has a name that speaks for itself. These dogs, steady to wing, shot and fall, handle with ease and are classy bird finders. We will be guiding these dogs on quail hunts in Georgia during the months of January and Ferbruary of 2013. Trained and hunted on foot, these dogs are just as comfortable in the grouse woods as they are in the pine savannahs of Georgia. If you are seeking a good natured companion hunter, please contact us for more information on the outstanding gun dogs.

    Force Fetch Training by Arrangement

  • Puppy Development

    You'll have him for a long time, why not give him the chance to be the best he can be?

    Regardless of breed or genetics, to maximize a dogs potential in the field, it must be started properly at an early age. Our puppy program, designed around a young dogs imprinting stage, offers your young dog all the opportunities needed to become a bragging rights bird dog. A bird intensive program for juveniles 12 weeks of age and over, pupils enrolled is this program will learn to seek, find and point birds. Daily walks in all types of bird rich cover and conditions insures plenty of opportunities for a young dog to hone his skills. At the completion of this four week program, your dog will have developed a desire to quest for birds, be comfortable with gunfire, and have the confidence to hunt in a group or by himself. Gundog Development’s Puppy Program provides your dog with solid foundation needed to be a great bird dog.

    Program Dates

    Our puppy development program is open for enrollment year round, starting any week of the month.

    Tutition

    $650.00 for a four week session

  • Ruffed Grouse

    A unique opportunity for the ruffed grouse enthusiast.

    The ruffed grouse truly is the king of game birds, and it has been our experience that a dog that can master the ruffed grouse will easily learn how to handle other game birds. Unless you live in the great grouse covers of the northern United States or Canada, it can be very difficult to give your dog the numbers of bird contacts need to develop its skills. Accepting dogs that comfortable with birds and gunfire six months of age and over, and with a limited enrollment, this program gives your dog plenty of ground time in the grouse coverts of Michigan or Wisconsin. The camp location is based on drumming surveys and could be relocated to keep your dog in birds during the programs tenure. The focus of the program is develop a dogs ability to locate and handle grouse and woodcock. It is not a program designed to finish a dog steady to wing and shot; however, we believe it will facilitate the finishing process of any young dog.

    Camp Dates

    September 7-21, 2013

    Tuition

    $850.00 for the two week session

  • quail camp

    An affordable yet effective training opportuntity

    For those that find it hard to part with their companion hunter for the two or more weeks needed for training or special camps, we offer mini camps based at our winter training grounds near Cochran, Georgia. On these private hunting grounds, abundant pre-released quail provide for numerous bird contacts in a very short period of time. Habitat emulating open pine habitat of the southern plantations, this program provides great training opportunities for dogs of all ages and experience levels. It is viewed as an extension of our puppy program, where numerous birds can be shot for puppies or introduced dogs. For well started dogs, it is the opportunity and place to steady them on their game. Finished dogs can be polished, and for dogs that have completed the force breaking process, retrieving skills can be solidified. In addition to dog work, the bunk house at the facility allows us the unique opportunity for clients to participate and learn with their dog. Gundog Development’s Quail Mini-Camp is a great opportunity for you and your dog enjoy the pleasures of Georgia Quail Hunting.

    Camp Dates

    Beginning the first Saturday of the months of December, January, and February

    Tuition

    $350.00 for the one week session

  • pheasant camp

    Chasing the wild birds of Iowa

    Abundant in numbers and just like any wild bird, pheasant provide excellent training opportunities and fun for the upland enthusiast and their dogs. This two week limited enrollment program is a crash course to hone your dogs tactical skills on the elusive game bird of the prairies. Located about a hundred and fifty miles east of Sioux Falls in the rich farmlands of north central Iowa, your dog will have daily bird encounters in all types of cover and conditions. Offering two programs, the basic or introductory phase, conducted late summer is designed for dogs from nine months of age or older dogs that have had limited exposure to birds. During this time young pheasant broods are a little more mannerly sit tight for the inexperienced hunting dog. Our advanced program, is for dogs that have adequate bird exposure, and is held during the late gun season. At this time the birds have matured and have developed survival skills that will challenge your dog’s bird handling abilities. The emphasis of this program is not to finish or steady your dog, but to hone his and polish his ground skills. Patterning and objective recognition will be emphasized and drilled daily, and your dog will be mentored in a variety of hunting conditions and cover. Upon completion of either phase of our pheasant camp, your dog will have improved handling and bird finding skills regardless of whether you chase prairie birds, quail, woodcock or grouse. Please contact us to discuss programs specifics or to reserve a place for you dog in this limited enrollment program.

    Camp Dates

    Summer Session- August 10-24, 2013, then Monthly sessions through January 2014

    Tuition

    $750.00 for a two week session

  • forced retrieve

    A training process that completes the dog

    A dog that retrieves game to hand is an asset to the upland enthusiast. Not only is it exciting to watch a dog make a clean delivery to hand, it conserves game, something should be a priority to all upland hunters these days. Those that have dogs that are natural retrievers, need not force their dogs, but if your dog does not retrieve or performs incomplete retrieves, it is the best option. Viewed by many as a brutal process, those individuals have either read, heard, seen someone do a poor job of the forced retrieve. Done properly, it does not have to be inhumane, and not only will it teach the proper delivery and mouth handling of dispatched game, it will build confidence in your dog in all aspects field training and obedience.

    Program Schedule

    Sessions start monthly, year round

    Tuition

    8 Week session $ 1300.00, 12 Week Session (recommended) $1600.00

  • Advanced training hunt

    fall- winter 2013 schedule coming soon

  • Field Trials Hunt test

    Extend your dogs season and raise

    Field trials and hunt tests are not for everyone, but for many it is a great way to extend the season for their bird dogs. Participation in these sports gives a purpose and reason to establish training goals, and at the same time motivate one to meet these goals. That, and the fact that trials are fun and are a place where like minded bird dog people can meet. Stepping up to play the trial or hunt test requires more discipline in the training regimen than if one is just training a hunting dog, although many hunters train to a very high standard also. Gundog Development’s training program provides an excellent curriculum for those that want to explore the avenues of the games. In addition to working with your dog, group training sessions and mock trials are held on and offsite of the kennel to prepare you for these competitive games.

    Program Schedule

    Boarded Training- year round starting weekly. Group Training and Practice Session as per schedule

    tutition

    Program Dependent. Call for Pricing

  • Our Puppies

    Carefully chosen breedings for the serious upland hunter.

    Gundog Development’s primary focus to produce quality field companions for the foot hunter. Without question, puppies whelped at Gundog Development lead the good life. Nurtured during the neonatal & transitional periods, and then socialized and encouraged to become a bold and confident puppy from the time they leave the whelping nest. Before leaving Gundog Development, puppies are exposed to a wide variety of stimuli that will prepare him for a life as a companion and a performance bird dog. Research has shown that important social behavior is learned in the confines of the litter between ten and twelve weeks. Because of this research, and confirmed by our own experiences with puppies from all backgrounds, Gundog Development will not release puppies until twelve weeks of age. The twelve week old puppy you take home from Gundog Development will have been introduced to birds and gunfire and demonstrate a strong desire to quest for find birds. Along with your puppy, you will also recieve a multi-media presentation cataloging its development.

  • Introduced Dogs & Puppies

    A tremendous value for the bird dog enthusiast that wants to develop their own dog.

    Introduced dogs range in age from 16-24 weeks of age, and have completed our puppy development program. These young dogs will, have been introduced to birds and gunfire, and will be aggressively hunting the cover, finding, and pointing birds. When taken home, introduced dogs will readily mold into the lifestyle you choose for him. Comfortable in the kennel and easily adaptable to life inside the home, introduced puppies will be ready to begin formal obedience and will only require some time mature to begin formal bird training.

  • Started Dogs

    Built on a solid foundation, and only needing time in the field to be a finished dog.

    Started dogs range in age from approximately 6-24 months of age. These young dogs have completed our puppy development program, and have attended one or more of our wild bird camps and mini-camps. Started dogs will aggressively hunt, find and point game, and may or may not be steady to wing and shot. Started dogs will have basic house manners established, including house breaking, and are developed for the serious upland hunter seeking a bragging-rights companion hunter.

  • Finished Dogs

    unsurpassed hunting performance and companionship for the upland enthusiast.

    Our finished gun dogs range in age from 24-36 months, and have completed our puppy development program, attended numerous wild bird camps, mini-camps, and have served on our guide team for one or more seasons. Our finished dogs are fancy bird finders with impeccable manners whether in the field or sitting by the fire at the lodge or home. Your finished dog from Gundog Development will find, point, and retrieve to hand with all the class and style expected of a blue ribbon bird dog. Finished dogs will role up their sleeves and get dirty to produce game, then behave like a lady or gentleman at the end of the day by the fireplace at the lodge or home.

  • Breeding Thoughts

    Selective Breeding

    GUNDOG DEVELOPMENT OFFERS A LIMITED NUMBER OF ENGLISH SETTER PUPPIES FROM OUR BREEDING PROGRAM EACH YEAR. THESE PUPPIES, PRIMARILY BRED FOR THE FOOT HUNTER, ALSO OFFER POTENTIAL FOR THE FIELD TRIAL ENTHUSIASTS. STYLISH AND CLASSY BIRD FINDERS, ANY DOG WITHIN OUR BREEDING PROGRAM MUST ALSO DEMONSTRATE GOOD TEMPERAMENT, HOUSE & KENNEL MANNERS, AND BE BOTH BIDDABLE & TRAINABLE. AFTER MEETING THIS CRITERIA, THE DOG MUST HAVE ITS HIPS, ELBOWS AND PATELLAS CERTIFIED BY VETERINARIANS.

    SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

    After birth, neonatal care IS BASED ON THE US MILITARY’S “SUPER DOG” PROGRAM, AS WELL AS THE RESEARCH OF VETERINARIANS JOHN SCOTT AND JOHN FULLER, CO-AUTHORS OF "GENETICS AND THE SOCIAL BEHAVIOR OF THE DOG". THIS RESEARCH DEFINED SEVERAL CRITICAL STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT- THE NEONATAL PERIOD (3-16 DAYS), THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD (FROM 14-28 DAYS), THE SOCIALIZATION PERIOD (4-12 WEEKS), AND THE JUVENILE PERIOD (3-6 MONTHS). DURING EACH OF THESE PERIODS, A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT THINGS MUST HAPPEN TO DEVELOP A PUPPY TO ITS FULL POTENTIAL. BECAUSE OF THIS RESEARCH, AND OUR OWN EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH PUPPIES FROM ALL SORTS OF BACKGROUNDS, IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT in order to DEVELOP an outstanding dog, IT SHOULD REMAIN IN THE CONFINES OF ITS LITTER UNTIL THE COMPLETION OF THE SOCIALIZATION PERIOD and therefore, we WILL NOT RELEASE PUPPIES UNTIL TWELVE WEEKS OF AGE.

    OUR ASSURANCE

    FOR THE UPLAND ENTHUSIAST LOOKING TO ADD A PUPPY TO THE FAMILY, THESE EXTRA WEEKS AT GUNDOG DEVELOPMENT ENSURES THAT YOUR NEW PUP WILL NOT ONLY RECEIVE PROPER CANINE AND HUMAN SOCIALIZATION, IT WILL HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED TO BIRDS, GUNFIRE AND HAVE DEMONSTRATE THE DESIRE TO QUEST AND FIND BIRDS. THOSE THAT CHOOSE A GUNDOG DEVELOPMENT PUPPY, INTRODUCED, STARTED, OR FINISHED GUN DOG QUICKLY REALIZE THAT THEY ARE MUCH MORE THAN JUST BIRD DOGS.

  • Gundog blog

    JANUARY 28, 2013

    WHAT BREED MAKES THE BEST BIRD DOG?

    ALMOST EVERYDAY SOMEONE CALLS ASKING ME WHAT BREED IS BEST BIRD DOG, AND OVER THE YEARS I HAVE LEARNED ANSWERING THAT QUESTION ONLY GETS YOU INTO TROUBLE. WHENEVER ASKED, IT REMINDS ME OF A STORY TOLD BY A FRIEND. A SKILLED HORSE TRAINER THAT OCCASIONALLY PEDDLES A LITTLE TACK HAD A LADY COME AND LOOK AT A SADDLE THAT WAS FOR SALE. AFTER APPROVING OF ITS APPEARANCE SHE WANTED TO TRY IT OUT, AND AFTER A FEW TIMES AROUND THE PADDOCK, SHE STOPPED THE HORSE AND ASKED, "DOES THIS SADDLE MAKE MY BUTT LOOK BIG?" MY FRIEND, BRUTALLY HONEST FOR A HORSE TRADER, WITHOUT HESITATION REPLIED, " LADY, I’M TRYING TO SELL A SADDLE, AND YOUR BUTT DOESN’T LOOK BIG, IT IS BIG.” TO THIS DAY, I STILL DON’T KNOW IF SHE BOUGHT THAT SADDLE.

    DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE BEST BREED OF BIRD DOGS. I'M GOING TO GET TO THAT IN A MINUTE, BUT ANOTHER STORY COMES TO MIND. ANOTHER FRIEND HAD A REPUTATION OF BEING QUIET THE LADYS MAN. GORGEOUS WOMEN WERE DRAWN TO JIM LIKE FLIES ON..., WELL YOU KNOW. ONE DAY, HE CONFESSED THAT HE LIKED BIG WOMEN, AND ME BEING A LITTLE SLOW AT TIMES, THOUGHT HE MEANT TALL. WELL, ACTUALLY I THINK HE MEANT BIG AND TALL.

    THAT DAY I TRULY GRASPED WHAT WAS MEANT BY THE PHRASE “BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER”. DID THAT SADDLE MAKE HER BUTT LOOK BIG? SOME MIGHT SAY YES, AND SOME MIGHT SAY NO. IS THERE A SUPERIOR BREED OF BIRD DOG? SOME MIGHT SAY YES, AND SOME MIGHT SAY NO. I HAVE BEEN BLESSED TO HAVE, SEEN, WORKED WITH AND SHOT BIRDS OVER A LOT OF GREAT DOGS REPRESENTING MOST OF THE POINTING BREEDS. ITS A PERSONAL CHOICE, AND ALL CAN BE GOOD ONES IF YOU START WITH GOOD GENETICS AND TRAIN THEM PROPERLY. WITH THAT BEING SAID, ANY SENSIBLE UPLAND HUNTER KNOWS THAT KNOWS ENGLISH SETTERS ARE THE BEST BIRD DOG.

  • Current news

    Updated April 23 2013

    Grouse & Pheasant Camps

    We still have a few openings for both of our grouse and pheasant camps this summer. Currently we are watching the weather to see how the bird hatches turn out. We anticipate to be at our Iowa training grounds Mid August for our pheasant program, and WIsconsin the latter part of September for our grouse program. Both of these programs provide a great opportunity for your dog to be worked on wild birds, preparing them for the upcoming season as well as the many seasons for him down the road. Please call us for more information or to discuss these opportunitues for your dog.

    Saturday Training Sessions

    The spring weather has been very kind to us for our saturday training sessions. There have been a lot of young dogs visiting that have needed bird introductions, as well as some more seasoned dogs at various levels of steadiness training. Contact us for more information reguarding the training sessions. Reservation Recommended

    upcoming events at Gundog Development

    Seminar- Health Management of Working Gun Dogs, April 27, 2013

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  • Our Philosophy

    A Solid Foundation

    Time has taught us that there are no short cuts to success, and that includes the training of bird dogs. It is our belief that in order to develop a "bragging rights" bird dog, it must be built on solid foundation. Starting with the best genetics possible in the chosen breed, the developing dog must continue its journey with a sound nutrition and training program. A good bird dog must be introduced into its lifestyle at an early age, and must include proper introduction to birds, gunfire, humans, other canines and as many of the different experiences that it will encounter during its hunting career. It cannot be overemphasized that much of this should take place during the young dogs "imprinting" stage, with more formal training coming later.

    It's Personal

    Upon arrival at Gundog Development, your dog is evaluated and a program drafted to maximize its potential. Benchmarks are established to advance him through the program rather than using a time schedule that either forces or restricts your dog within a program. During the training process you are encouraged to visit the kennel and monitor your dog's progress, and if travel distances make this difficult, video will be posted to the internet for your convenience. Upon completion of a specialized program or training period, a detailed report along with continued instructions will be provided to assist you with continued training. Designed to bring out all the class, style and talented bird dog has to offer, Gundog Development finishes bird dogs, not break them.