Finished Dogs give us a call
A finished grouse dog will have had at least one to two seasons of hunting on grouse and woodcock. He/she may have been used as one of our guide dogs and will be accustom to the demands of working with multiple hunters and other dogs. They will whoa on command, quarter and can be directed to where you would like them to hunt. They will have learned the "easy" command to slow down the hunt. They will hold point while the hunter gets into position and will release on command. They will be steady to wing and shot. They will back and honor another dog's point and will easily adjust to various cover. A finished dog may be a natural retriever or will know how to hunt dead. The dog may be house trained and will be used to traveling.
Our finished dogs may range in age from 2 to 3 years and are priced according to the amount of training they have received and their demonstrated ability in the woods. Price start at $4500 and we reserve the right to not sell a dog if we do not feel it is a good match for the dog and potential owner.
We do not post these type of dogs on our website. We prefer to talk with an individual and make sure that the home is a good match for these special dogs. Many of these dogs are also house dogs and have been a part of our family.
I would like to share my experience with buying a grouse dog from Northwind Kennels. I began my looking for a finished grouse dog over three years ago and found nothing I would even consider. Ann's website caught my attention because it talked about a hunting partner that would stay in range and let the hunt unfold in front of you.
I set up an appointment to meet a dog that she believed would suit me well after talking to me several times about where and how I hunt. The first thing that struck me was how calm and friendly Filson was (especially because I had met many other high strung English Setters). Filson was all she said he would be in the field, stayed in range ,found and pointed birds, steady to wing and shot. He was not trained to retrieve but with minimal work is retrieving. Last season he tracked a wounded grouse sixty- seven yards and found the bird under a log. He just gets better and better with more time in the field. I also won my hunt clubs trophy for shooting the most grouse behind Filson.
Last but by far not least he is a house pet. We all like to get a great hunting dog but realistically even the most avid hunter only hunts his dog 5 to 10 percent of the time. Filson is gentle, friendly with people and other dogs . He loves my wife and is very affectionate. He is also not a barker. All in all as good a house pet as a hunter which is very important to me.
I believe Northwind Kennels breeds great dogs and then trains them to be both pets and hunters.