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I am so thankful to Willow Creek for the incredible pup I have in Dexter! Dex is now 20 months and is both a phenomenal versatile hunter and companion. Dex was in the duck blind at 8 months and his steadiness and retrieving ability shocked everyone who didn’t expect this breed let alone one so young to excel with waterfowl. He’s a great chukar and pheasant hunter who runs hard, very intense and steady at point .Training Dex is more about understanding each other, he has it figured out already naturally….. he’s just waiting for me to get with the program! When I am not hunting I’m an avid hiker, backpacker and climber, Dex has been a true sidekick on that front and summited his first 14,000 foot peak this last July.As a companion, he is always at my side and is a wonderful “coffee shop dog” he goes to work with me daily, is fantastic with the three young kids at home, and very polite in the house (outside of the occasional counter surfing incident). He also turns a lot of heads, I was not prepared for the amount of comments and talk I get out and about with Dex!Thank you so much to Willow Creek for running such a fantastic program. I am so glad I chose to go with a pup from Willow Creek.
Penny is 20 months old and came from Sky x Charlie. She is only 42 pounds and as you can see looks a lot like her dad!I’ve been working basic obedience with her and exposing her to field conditions since we got her. I took her to North Dakota Pheasant hunting with me earlier this fall and warned my North Dakota friends I had a young dog I wanted to hunt. I could tell one of the guys was a bit concerned that she might be unmanageable and ruin the hunt. That anxiety left very quickly as we started our hunt. She has an excellent nose, unbelievable energy, points well, and chases down and retrieves birds with no problem. And the more I take her out, all she just gets us better! Recently, she has gotten much better figuring out what’s going on in winding conditions and chasing down running birds.As you can tell, this is an endorsement! Thanks so much for an excellent hunting dog and pet!Steve Knight
Our general requirements for a dog breed were: A) Loving companion B) Water dog C) Minimal Shedding D) Athletic E) Great hunter. We were absolutely blessed with The Duchess Willow (Willow) on May 2015 from the Sire: Honker and the Dam: Shelby. She has exceeded all expectations. We selected Willow Creek Kennels and the litter because we live on the Lake and required a water dog. We were happy to hear that even though water skills are not graded by AKC and the breed, Willow Creek Kennels does recognize it as a key trait and guided us to Honker. We were a bit nervous, but Willow absolutely loves swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking. Willow is on the small size at 47 pounds, but she is completely ripped. Most people who see her are amazed at her beauty and her temperament. Anyone who hunts with her is blown away with her athleticism, nose, and discipline. While hunting pheasants, she points birds that other dogs miss and hunts harder than every other dog. When she was 8 months she already started retrieving birds. We can’t begin to express how much Willow has added to our family and we thank everyone at Willow Creek Kennel for you help and love of GSP’s.
When we set out for our new pup we were looking for a pup that would not only point but have the drive to retrieve. We hunt upland game and shed hunt. We are totally blown away with the versatility and the learning ability of our pup Oakley. At 14 weeks old she ran two “fun run” NASHDA courses, because she is not old enough for the actual hunt test. She completed both in under the 15min time limit and found/retrieved all 6 sheds on both courses. We just own and run GSP’s, for the most part it’s a retrieving breed sport. Other’s were also blown away at how she did. She is also a machine on birds, which came natural to her. I have trained my own dogs and have been around a lot of dogs and you can just tell when a breeder has a breeding program right and good dogs. Willow Creek has it. If you are hesitating getting a pup from Willow Creek, stop and get the pup. A huge kicker, they are awesome people, very knowledgeable and helpful. Thank you again Willow Creek!
I would like to thank Willow Creek Kennels for our amazing GSP Luna. She is all we could ask for in a family dog, especially with our newborn. Luna is an avid hunter and she was a good nose and a strong point. When we saw Honker we had a feeling we were getting a good dog from that litter but didn’t know we were going to get so lucky. WCK truly knows what they are doing and they did a great job in guiding us towards the type of dog that may best fit our home and hunting environment. Luna is 1 1/2 yo now and is in full stride, amazing watching her work! When I decide to get another GSP, Willow Creek Kennels is hands down the place I will be contacting!
We can’t thank Chad, his wife and the staff at Willow Creek Kennels enough. We picked up our pup and a 3 hour drive home and he never whined, whimpered or barked. He adjusted so well to our home. He is a beautiful pup and we keep hearing from so many people how calm he is. Chad does his research and it shows. I was leaning for a pup from a different litter and Chad recommended a pup from his first choice for us. He said a pup from this litter would be a better fit for us and how right he was. Our pup picks up on training quickly. He has bonded to all our family members especially our daughter. Chief loves her. Can’t wait to get our pup in the field. People keep asking us were did we get such a calm and beautiful pup. Willow Creek has it going.Thanks again to everyone at Willow Creek Kennels !Bill&Leah Klein
I am sending this as a quick thank you and praise filled review for Chad and everyone at Willow Creek. Otis (Adele and Charlie) came to use the day after Christmas. He instantly became a part of the family. He is smart, quick to pick up on commands and not scared to adventure. Otis got introduced to gun fire during a skeet shoot at about 4 months and responded extremely well. I have no doubt that in a hunting scenario he will perform exceptionally well. We truly love him and can’t thank Chad and team enough for sending Otis to Alabama for us.
I just wanted to thank you again for all the assistance in picking out our puppy Lena! She is just amazing! I can already tell that she is extremely smart and learns the drills in your videos very quickly. I can’t say enough how impressed I am with your breeding program and the temperament of the pups that you produce. I can really tell how very passionate everyone at Willow Creek is about the breeding, training and hunting programs. It’s easy to see why you are so successful. I can’t wait to get Lena in for some hunting training in September.
Eric & Lindsey Gangelhoff
Piper, my 6 month old beautiful Black & White female pup. What a hunter! My first hunt with her at 4 months old was awesome. She found and retrieved 4 birds. I just took her hunting at 6 months and what a great day. She pointed 8 birds and retrieved every bird I shot without giving her any commands. Seeing her lock on a bird for the first time was amazing. She is the offspring of Honker & Lucy. What a combination. Keep up the good work Willow Creek!!!!
Willow Creek was phenomenal with my 10 month old GSP Piper. We have now had her home for about 1 1/2 months and she is doing so well. We dropped off a puppy that wanted nothing to do with retrieving and picked up a retrieving machine, this part of the training amazes me. The overall care that Piper received was TOP of the line. I also enjoy the fact that Chad and staff are so willing to answer questions. This was truly a great experience and I would highly recommend Willow Creek to anyone looking for a great training experience. Thank you so much!!
I brought a one and a half year old, dysfunctional hunting dog for a three week training session and left with a steady dog I am no longer afraid to hunt waterfowl in fields with. The work done by Chad and his guys was absolutely phenomenal. I could not have expected anything more. I look forward to bringing her back in the spring for some more work that needs to be done. Excellent job to everyone involved with training Lindy, and I sincerely thank you!!!
Brought my 5 month old GSP to Willow Creek for the one month training program. They did an absolutely incredible job! I honestly could not be happier!! The one on one with Chad when i picked Bodhi up was above and beyond what i could have ever expected. These guys know what they are doing and are great people. HIGHLY recommended!!!! thank you!!!!!
Chad and the rest of the Willow Creek team did an amazing job with our 6-7 month old Britanny, Tucker. I had experience training retrievers throughout my life, but have never had any experience with a pointing breed. Not only did Tucker find his prey drive (which was quite lacking), he came out with an amazing retrieve, a very reliable recall (as a 7 month old puppy!), a strong woah, and his pointing (which I was always impressed with) is phenomenal. All of this in one month!
Needless to say I will be bringing tucker back for a week or two each year and ever dog thereafter is coming to Willow Creek Kennals!
Thank you Chad and team, Tucker is one heck of a dog now!
These guys and gals at Willow Creek really do a great job training the dogs. I previously had my GSP Remi at willow creek training in the fall of 2011 and 2012 they trained her well. she passed away 2 weeks ago. So I went to Willow Creek Kennels looking for a trained dog. I purchased Thunderheads Willow –of Willow Creek she really knows whats shes doing. For anyone wanting to have their dog trained or looking for a trained GSP I would recommended meeting with Willow Creek Kennels. Thanks Blake, Chad, and Everyone else!! Todd Bulau
Chad runs an amazing breeding program ! He bred Cash X Jazz and my deposit was accepted I ended up with the best puppy ever !! He is super intelligent tons of style and flash ,fantastic nose and everyone wants to know who he is and where he came from.He was swimming like a otter at 2 1/2 months old. He has completed his JH and NA and we are onto his MH and UT training This puppy at 9 months is loads of fun on a daily basis
I would love to have another puppy from Willow Creek Kennels.
Thank you for bringing Ace into our life. Kim
As an avid bird hunter, who unfortunately finds themselves (like many of us) with limited time and training resources to devote to our faithful hunting companions.
Blake Wolf is truly one of the “Best in his industry”.
Let’s talk expectations:
It was important to us to not only have an exceptional hunting dog, but even more so a good family dog. Willow Creek Kennels understands each client is different and each dog is different. Blake chose to put “Bella” on birds early. Wow, that early exposure combined with their training to point, flush, and retrieve has been impressive. Lastly, the attention to socialization and obedience has made “Bella” a very loving and enjoyable part of our family.
Thank you Blake and Willow Creek Kennels for Everything!!
My family would like to thank you for Drummer. He is a great hunter and an even better family dog. He fits in perfect with our family. Tracy you picked a good home for him. He is loving life. We just wanted to thank you again for the very well trained lovable dog Drummer
I purchased a dog from Willow Creek at the beginning of 2010, prior to purchasing my puppy I had several discussions with Chad regarding what type of dog I was looking for. After hearing my needs he had me wait for a puppy from Breezy & Bomber’s litter which was a bit further down the road than I preferred. I took him at his word and boy am I glad I did, I couldn’t be happier with the finished product. He absolutely nailed exactly what I was looking for; he really knows the traits of his litters which is a testament to the level of detail that goes into his breeding program.
I’ve since had multiple professional dog trainers I’ve hunted with tell me that my dog is one of the best Shorthairs they’ve ever seen. Not only is he a fantastic hunter but he is such a great family dog. Willow Creek is really doing a fantastic job with their breeding program and I give them my highest recommendation.
Hello, just wanted to give a update and a thank you for what you did for Tucker. I took him out today to our local gun to try and get him on some birds and they told me to go to field 28 as a group with dogs just left and couldn’t find 11 of their 14 birds! Long story short he found 10 out of the 11 and was holding a steady point for 6 bumped the other 4 but was my fault for not working into the wind. Once again Thank you and will definitely recommend you to everyone that asks where I had him trained and will be back for some refreshers in the future.
Lisa (our dog) and I live in Florida, a bit too far to enroll Lisa in your training programs in MN. I am writing to tell you how important your training videos have been to Lisa and I in our “at home” training. We have used all of your videos as our foundation for our work thus far. Lisa has responded very well to each of your programs, especially your series on the “Whoa” command.
You have not received any compensation for this work on your part that I know of, so the very least that Lisa and I can do is give you the credit and praise you so deserve for your generosity in making your videos available.
Robert Grooms and Lisa
I meant to call and say thanks for a great job! This past duck hunting season was the best I have had, and not due to the quantity of ducks and certainly not due to my shooting skills! It was due to a dog that did what he was told, stayed in his kennel/blind (all but two times) and not a bit of whining/whimpering. What a new and great experience for me.
Jason Wenning and Sunny
I was invited to go pheasant hunting for the first time a while back and enjoyed watching and interacting with a fellow hunter’s GSP enough that I had to have one. My requirements were to have a calm dog that would “hang out” with us in the house without going bonkers all the time in a small size around 50 LBS. Oh, and of course a dog that would hunt but that’s a given since Willow Creek is in the business of breeding hunting dogs. I received exactly what I asked for in my now 9 month old GSP, Iver. What I enjoy the most is, his huge personality and ability to adapt to a wide variety of situations, fit right in, and steal everyone’s heart. Iver makes such an impact on others that everyone remembers, knows, and loves him everywhere he goes. He interacts with adults, my kids, all their friends, and his doggie daycare once a week. I take him to a Senior Living apartment complex where he is amazing and amazingly loved by the elderly. Iver is also quite beautiful with a big boxy head and fur mostly liver with white patches/ticking. I like that his tail isn’t cropped as short as other GSP’s I see and that he actually has an eight inch tail to point with and show off. I didn’t think of that when getting Iver but it’s important to me now and something I would ask for in my next GSP.
A typical day for Iver is a 4 mile hunting/walk from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM where he frequently finds pheasant. He then hangs out with me sleeping most of the day while I work until 5:00. We then goof off playing ball or Frisbee in the early evening followed by relaxing to whatever we may be doing. He will also happily run alongside me while I ride my bike and loves to participate in any goofy game you can think of. He often initiates goofy games himself. He likes to horse around. Recently, I left Iver with Chad for a month of training. I couldn’t’ take it anymore and picked him up a few days early. I wanted to make sure Iver was exposed to lots of birds and formal obedience from a kind trainer before hunting season, and since I was committed to that, I also saved collar condition and introduction to gun fire for Chad as well. Iver came home with as much of an improved HERE, WHOA, and does great with his electronic collar and gun fire. I also feel confident that I can take him out with our hunting group and control him. This October 2011, will be Iver’s first South Dakota hunting trip so we’ll see how he does.
I guess my whole point in getting a dog from Willow Creek Kennels was that I could see from the website training videos what kind of dogs they produced and their kind natural way of training them. I would do it again and I think I will sometime in the near future.
Howard Hilde and Iver
Dex gets comments from folks everywhere we go! At the dog park, or in the field – everyone asks about him. Other breeders approach me and compliment his body, shape of his head, and even the perfect length of his tail. He’s a great looking dog and he hunts non-stop. Couldn’t be more pleased with Willow Creek. Thanks again.
Just an update on Rooster and Snap. Ater a full hunting season I just wanted you to know how pleased I am with the dogs. Not only are they excellent hunting dogs, they are just fantastic companions for me and the wife. Rooster has a close to medium hunting range and took to the grouse woods like he was an old experienced dog. Rooster has no quit in him at all. Hunting just as hard at the end of the day as he did in the morning. Had him at the hunting preserve Saturday and we performed a little clean up work. The preserve planted 7 phesants in some pretty rough habitat for another hunter. The hunter managed to get 3 of the 7. I took Rooster through and he managed to nail the other 4 on perfect points. The guys at the preserve were pretty impressed. Also if you remember, Rooster was not house broken when i got him. It took 1 episode of him squatting to pee about 5 minutes on his first visit to the house and there has never been another episode. This is a testament to Willow Creek Kennels for breeding intelligent dogs.
Snap is a very loving dog and a pleasure to have around. Never makes a mess in the house and is a pointing machine. Just like Rooster, Snap will hunt all day and has that long range nose that does not flush the birds on point. Snap loves the water and does not shy away on some water retrieves we had this year. I live by a river and Snap is always in it during warm weather.
I have hunted with many different dogs of all ages this year and I have seen none better than Rooster and Snap. Everyone that has watched them hunt this year wants to know who trained them. I want to take the credit, but i tell them the truth. You guys and gals at Willow Creek do a remarkable job. THANKS MUCH!!!!!!!!!!
“I’m sorry it has taken me a while to reply. Beatrix(the puppy’s name) continues to grow like a weed and has been a great addition to the house. Although I wasn’t able to hunt with her this season, I am planning on doing so this next year. With all of the nasty diseases coyotes have around where I hunt, I didn’t want to take the risk of her contracting something terrible before her immunizations fully set in. (It has also been a while since I’ve been able to escape for the weekend). She is a smart dog that is very eager to please. I can tell when I give her a command that she doesn’t immediately understand, she gets frustrated with herself. After a few sessions of training, she nails the commands. Around the house she continues to be one of the sweetest dogs I’ve been around. I get a lot of compliments on how sweet and well behaved she is. I have attached a picture of her that is about 4 weeks old.”