The Hunt Is On For The Best Bird Dog Trainers In The USA

Who are the best bird dog trainers in Texas, Wisconsin, California—or what about across the entire USA? We are about to find out! We’ve embarked on a full-blown hunt to uncover the best of the best hunting dog trainers in the USA, and we want your help! Do you know of a bird dog trainer doing exceptional things out in the field? We want to hear about them! You can submit yourself or your favorite trainer here.

Top Trainer Requirements: Top 4 Things We Are Looking For

#1. Quality of Care for Dogs

Dogs are the most important part of the equation when it comes to the sum of a good trainer. We are seeking trainers that treat each dog like one of their own, with kindness and respect. Hunting dogs often go away to training for a month or more, causing quality care to extend beyond handling and training practices. Top-notch training facilities should be comfortable, clean and safe, with plenty of space for dogs to roam, grow and learn.

#2. Results & Accomplishments

Trainers whose dogs excel in bird dog field trials and competitions are highly accomplished, but we understand not everyone is interested in competing. Trainers with the ability to reshape hyper pups into beloved and obedient family dogs who enjoy the occasional weekend hunt are equally valuable and accomplished.

#3. Community Reviews

We don’t just look at the star rating, we read reviews to understand the type of experiences people have with a trainer.

#4. Online Presence

We are looking for trainers that are active in their communities out in the field and online. 

Alpha Dog Top Trainers

Top Trainers are carefully selected and screened for the above qualities and dogma to help ensure a reliable list of top bird dog trainers for hunters to rely on. Top Trainers receive a state-customized badge that can be applied to their website or social media for instant recognition of status.  

Nominate yourself or your favorite trainer here!

Photo credit: Andy Anderson




Brian Manley on August 07 2017 at 10:48AM

Matt Dyson , has trained my English setter , , that I rescued , she was over a year old when he started , I cannot begin to tell you what a great job he did , she has become one of the best bird pointer and retrievers that I’ve ever owned , HIGHLY RECOMEND !

Curtis Self on August 01 2017 at 12:04AM

Surefire Gun Dogs-Omaha, NE.
Jessica is a fantastic trainer!! She uses positive training techniques to build a great retriever that loves to “work!” She is very patient with the dogs and treats them like they are her own!! She sends updates and pictures/videos all the time! Our boys miss going to class and seeing miss Jessica!! She got the boys to retrieve to hand in a very short time! (They liked to play keep away) I am excited to take them hunting this fall/winter and watch them enjoy retrieving!! Jessica rocks!!!

Joshua Badura on July 28 2017 at 10:06PM

Jessica Bock (owner/operator) of Surefire Gun Dogs out of Omaha NE is flat out amazing. The best money I ever spent on my dogs. Professional trainer, attentive to my requests, and just all around a great person. I am more than satisfied with the results, and will recommend Jessica to anyone that will listen to me.

Travis Leiskau on July 28 2017 at 09:58AM

Standing Stone Kennels – Ethan + Kat Pippitt – Kansas.
Produce the best dogs hands down!

Jeffrey McClure on July 28 2017 at 09:23AM

Sure fire in Omaha Nebraska. Great and effective reward based trainers. Consistently teaches and trains working dogs to industry and personal standards

Dave Burk on July 27 2017 at 06:44PM

Surefire Gun Dogs – Omaha, Nebraska
Jessica Bock is a fantastic dog trainer. She uses positive training techniques and produces a very biddable and enthusiastic hunter. She will treat your dog like one of her own. She threw a birthday party for girl (GWP) and an Easter Egg hunt. She was very prompt with communications and very easy to work with, very thorough with her paperwork, and sent photos and videos regularly. We drove eight hours so she could train our girl.

Candace vaughn on July 26 2017 at 07:24PM

Gordy and Sons Kennel; Texas- Matthew Dyson is a one of a kind trainer. He cares for and trains well known breeds. He is always atune to the customers needs. He doesn’t disappoint and will go the extra mile always. I would highly recommend him anytime! Their site can be found on Facebook.

lela brown on July 26 2017 at 09:11AM

Standing Stone Kennels Pretty Prairie, KS
Ethan Pippitt and Kat Pippitt
Check out their facebook page or visit their facility!
What you see is what you get!

Nate Burger on July 24 2017 at 08:33PM

Kat and Ethan, Standing Stone Kennels.

Matthew Knight on July 23 2017 at 10:52PM

Kanupp Kenells North Carolina

Glenn Sisk on July 23 2017 at 10:04AM

Standing Stone Kennels – Ethan Pippit and Kat Pippit. We have found Ethan and Kat to be both responsive and honest. The quality of their breeding produces excellent GSP’s beginning with tremendous confirmation, great hunting instincts, “dog smarts” as well as tremendous family pets/disposition. A recommendation for SSK’s and Ethan and Kat will be the easiest thing I’ll do today!

Lori Klitz on July 23 2017 at 08:06AM

Marty Kanupp
Kanupp Kennels
North Carolina

Carrie Herman on July 22 2017 at 05:21PM

Marty Kanupp, Kanupp Kennels, Hickory, NC

Dave Copley on July 22 2017 at 03:42PM

Standing Stone Kennels, Ethan Pippitt and Kat Pippitt – Kansas

Kay Ward on July 22 2017 at 07:17AM

Standing Stone Kennels-Ethan & Kat Pippitt, Kansas

LISA COFFEY on July 22 2017 at 06:24AM



Elizabeth on July 21 2017 at 09:03PM

Kanupp Kennels in NC. Marty has such a passion and love for all the dogs he trains, such a gift for working with these amazing animals!

Troy Hummel on July 21 2017 at 07:38PM

Standing Stones Kennels, Ethan & Kat Pippitt. Best kennel I’ve worked with! Great dogs! Great results!

Christina on July 21 2017 at 06:27PM

Kanupp Kennels-North Carolina. He really is amazing. He goes above and beyond!

Dan boyles on July 21 2017 at 06:09PM

Standing stone kennel in Kansas. Ethan and Kat have been so responsive to questions and run an extremely professional business. You can tell they care a lot about the dogs and customer satisfaction.

Will Stinson on July 21 2017 at 04:53PM

Standing Stone Kennels, Ethan Pippitt and Kat Pippitt – Kansas

Jerry Freeze on July 21 2017 at 03:36PM

Ethan & Kat Pippit, Standing Stones Kennel, Pretty Prairie, KS. I haven’t trained with them, but have seen plenty of dogs they have trained at AKC hunt test & NAVHDA test. They do an outstanding job with their dogs.

Anthony Horne on July 21 2017 at 03:14PM

Gordy and Sons Kennel, Matt Dyson, Texas. Matt is a very knowledgeable trainer and has a strong passion for dogs. He is recommended by many in the dog training industry!

Laine Jewell on July 21 2017 at 02:55PM

I can honestly say Jeff Martin of Stoney Brook Outfitters in Wisconsin changed my life! And my dog’s too, of course.

Eric Pitts on July 21 2017 at 02:50PM

Kanupp Kennels in NC. Show me somebody else who sends out Christmas cards each year with him and his dogs.

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