Training Offered

Northwoods Bird Dogs offers one of the finest facilities in the country for training grouse dogs. It is managed by husband-and-wife team Jerry Kolter and Betsy Danielson who have extensive experience with upland bird hunting, guiding and field trial competition.

In addition, Jerry is a nationally recognized bird dog trainer with more than 20 years experience.  He brings each dog to its fullest potential through proper conditioning, proven training techniques and extensive exposure to birds.

The goal of training at Northwoods Bird Dogs is simple:  development of the dog so it hunts with intensity, handles kindly and points birds with impeccable manners. Betsy and Jerry want owners to be proud of their dog’s confidence, desire and style as a result of their training.Training Programs
Northwoods Bird Dogs offers training programs for all stages of a dog’s life. Each program is designed to prepare the dog for the next phase of training. In most cases, the program length is the minimum time necessary to accomplish the goal. In addition, special training programs are offered.

The following training programs are offered.

•  Puppy Foundation
•  Gun Dog Basics
•  Gun Dog Finished
•  Wild Birds:  Grouse & Woodcock, Sharp–tailed Grouse, Prairie
•  Winter in Georgia
•  Pre-season Tune-up
•  Private Training

For details about training programs, please see 2017 Training Programs. To reserve a training spot, please use the 2017 Training Reservation Form.

Training Slideshow:

Thanks again for all your work with Jameson. It means a lot that my wife and I trust you to properly train and take care of our dog. Can’t wait to continue the training the woods. Quotes End
~ Justin

I wanted to thank you again for doing such a great job developing Gus. For a male to be doing all the right things at such a young age is really a testimonial of your ability, knowledge and training systems. Thanks again! Quotes End
~ Jim

Just a quick note to let you know that I'm very pleased with Brio. You made real progress with her from the time I came up for a two-week visit and now. She stands and lets me get around in front of her now. While she still finds it tantalizing to chase, she is better handling that impulse. Thanks again. Quotes End
~ Matt

I just wanted to thank you for the work you did with Snoop. I thought he looked great on Friday and he handled his birds really well. It was fun to be at the trial, a very nice group of people. I know next time I better have my legs in better shape—I could barely move by the end of the day. Thanks again. Quotes End
~ Jim

I can sure see the progress you made with him during the month you had him and am glad I sent him out to you to get that foundation. I feel a lot more confident that I'll be able to turn him into the great hunting partner I was looking for when I purchased him. Thanks.Quotes End
~ Dave