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My goal after retirement from the military in 2007 was to take my bird dog training hobby/affliction and turn it into a full time occupation.

I unhappily discovered there was a problem with that idea... It is difficult to make a good living training bird dogs. Therefore, I keep a real job.

I trained my own dogs for many years. Did a little training for friends here and there.

In 2018 my wife encouraged me to buy a couple of GSP pups, raise them, train them right along with my dogs. Then offer them for sale. A couple more dogs on the chain did not seem like a big deal. So far that plan has worked out fairly well.

My standard of a trained dog:
Points staunchly, steady to wing, shot and fall and honor another dogs point.

The retrieve should be a nice delivery of the bird to hand. Force breaking to retrieve is done if required.

I have no interest in peddling "started" dogs. It is my stance that a dog is either trained or not. A started dog is not trained. I sell trained dogs.

I have discovered I am not much of a salesman. When a dog is ready for sale, I provide a short video or two of dog.

I train silent and sell silent.

At some point, I hope to scratch another part of my bird dog affliction. I had some success running in field trials a number of years ago. I would like to get back to that. So far, that part of the plan has not worked out....

The tools I use are simple. Carded feral pigeons that I trap, and sweat equity working dogs on a check cord.

An old, but good video of Bill West explains the training concept I use.


Bill West

Thank you for looking.
D. Chilson


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