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Nick Larson could hardly wait to get his three-month-old setter puppy, Hartley (Northwoods Grits x Houston’s Belle’s Choice, 2014), into the woods.
Friday, September 23, 2016

A puppy’s first season in the grouse woods

Developing a puppy into an experienced grouse dog begins with the all-important first season. The dog is at an impressionable age and lessons learned will set the foundation for future success. To begin, this fall… >

Serious beggars! Rose continues to teach Stella all the tricks!
~ Laura, Illinois owner of Rose (Blue Riptide x Blue Ghost, 2010), on left, and Stella (Northwoods Grits x Northwoods Carly Simon, 2015)
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

News from clients: late summer/early fall 2016

Business email inboxes and message queues are often full of boring stuff. But Jerry and I are always eager to read correspondence from a client who has bought a puppy or an older dog, especially… >

Callie, on left, and Blitzen share point on a bobwhite that landed in the willows.
Friday, September 9, 2016

Start ’em young!

Starting puppies on birds is right at the top of our list as a fun part of our work. And it’s something Betsy and I believe in beginning when they are quite young. Puppies at… >

Photo by Chris Mathan
Friday, August 26, 2016

Northwoods Chardonnay: January 2009 – July 2016

I knew when she was a pup that she was special. One of the best and nicest bird dogs I ever owned. ~ Paul Hauge Even though Paul Hauge and Jerry conceived the idea together,… >

Photo courtesy of Ben Sklar/For The Washington Post
Friday, August 19, 2016

Dogs at work…and in training for our security

Dog lovers know that dogs are far smarter than most give them credit for. So it won’t surprise some to read about their newest skills. A recent feature in The Washington Post by Andrea Sachs… >

Northwoods Bird Dogs is a pointing dog breeding and training facility located in east central Minnesota. Our focus is on English setters and pointers used in the pursuit of upland birds — particularly ruffed grouse and woodcock.

We are adjacent to thousands of acres of wild bird habitat that offer excellent training opportunities. Our training programs are designed to develop a dog’s natural instincts and our proven techniques and plentiful bird exposure bring out of the best in each dog.

Our breeding program has been honed through multiple generations of English setters and pointers. Puppies and dogs from Northwoods Bird Dogs have it all—physical conformation, instinct and temperament—that make them ideal companions in the field and in the home.

~ Jerry Kolter & Betsy Danielson