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.
– Joe Toth
Dutchess Willow
Submitted: November 2, 2016
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
Thunderheads Willow
Submitted: January 17, 2018
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!
– Mark Sonntag
Submitted: January 17, 2018
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
Submitted: November 7, 2016
Upon acquiring our GSP, Jake, we did considerable research on training kennels for upland bird dogs and settled on Willow Creek due to their positive reinforcement training methods. We sent Jake to Willow Creek at age eight months, he trained with Cade Richgels and became a new dog. We then sent Jake to Greystone Castle at age eighteen months, with Cade, and he returned to us having met all the goals we had established for his training. Both experiences were fantastic, the entire staff at Willow Creek are to be commended, a special thanks to Jordan for his administrative acumen and assistance. Cade, our trainer, is an expert in his craft, loves dogs, and has a way that encourages dogs to enjoy hunting. Our heartfelt thanks to Cade for his professional work. Willow Creek Kennels did an exemplary job with our Jake—Our highest recommendation to anyone looking for dog needs and training.Thanks,Joe and Gayle Perkins and Jake, Nebraska
– Joe and Gayle Perkins
Submitted: March 28, 2017
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.
– John Porteous
Dexter (Honker x Shelby)
Submitted: November 15, 2016

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