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CIRCLE R KENNEL - Michigan German Shorthaired Pointer, Labrador Retriever Breeders

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Our licensed kennel specializes in training pointing breeds but also work flushers for upland hunting. Dogs should be at least 10 months old. A two week evaluation will be done on your dog. If we feel that your dog is not progressing satisfactorily, the dog and remaining training fee will be returned to the owner. An up to date health certificate will be required. All dogs should receive vaccines at least 30 days prior to scheduled drop off date.

The owner will provide dog food. This is done to make sure dog has food that his system is accustomed to.

During a one month training period, your dog will be fully conditioned to a beeper collar, hand and whistle signal trained, worked with our finished dogs, and have birds shot down to them.

We train on over 300 acres of personal property and 150 acres of preserve property. All of this acreage is designated as state licensed hunting preserve property, so dogs can be trained and shot over year round. In addition, we have access to several ponds so your dogs can be exercised and worked in the water.

Need your dog conditioned? Our property has a one mile trail that your dog can be safely run/roaded on with our ATV's.

Circle R Kennel has 3-4 well bred, hard hunting G.S.P. males for breeding, and raise a couple of litters a year from our top females. Started and finished dogs also avaliable.

Limited boarding space (with or without field work) also avaliable. 4000 square foot fenced exercise area.

References avaliable upon request.

Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
German Shorthaired Pointer, Labrador Retriever
Additional Services
Hunting, Training, Stud Services, Boarding
Breeder Contact Info
Brad Rainey
1688 English Road
Deford, Michigan 48729
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 25 years.
Puppies for sale
Testimonials (105) You are viewing the 10 most recent - Click here for more reviews
Submitted by: David Krogel on Aug 03, 2016
I picked up my Fox Red Pointing Lab in mid-April, he was born on March 1st and is now just over 5 months old. The sire was Blaze (looks like Brad currently has 2 pups for sale sired by Blaze) and the dam was Reba. He is very intelligent and was house-broken very quickly. At 4 months old, I took him to the dog park for the first time. There were other Lab pups there that were 6 months old, mine was just as big as they were. That makes me very happy because I plan on training him mostly for duck and goose hunting - I want a big dog to crash through the cattails and brush easily. I also plan on taking him back to Brad for upland game training.

Brad is very passionate about his dogs. You can see it in his face and hear it in his voice when he talks about them. If I ever look for another dog, I won't hesitate to go back to him.
Submitted by: Bob Vasileski on Apr 29, 2016
We had a great experience with Brad Rainey. Brad always sent me pictures of the pup when they were born everytime i had asked. We picked up Gunner when he was 6 weeks old and he is doing great. Already has learned how to sit when told and likes to play fetch. My 2 year old son was scared of him at first but they are now buddies. i would highly recommend Brad Rainey at Circle R Kennels to anyone who is looking for a new addition to there family.
Submitted by: George Frantz on Dec 01, 2015
I met Brad at Wood and Water show in 2014, wanted to buy his pups at that point but had surgery scheduled soon and it wouldn't work out. Brad explained his process for deposits on up coming liters he was having. Needless to say in December of that year I made sure he had my deposit. After reading the testimonies of others, and meeting him at his kennels, I was glad I gave him a deposit! Brad is very knowledgeable and knows his stuff with these dogs. I brought my pup home and within a week he was traing with a wing and locking on it. I was tickled to death inside and had to show everyone how much instinct this pup had. I would have no problem purchasing another pup from him again! Now when he get around 8 months I will have the pup back to him for his month training to sharpen his skills even better. I highly recommend Brad @ Circle R Kennels for all your puppy and dog needs!
Submitted by: Matt R on Nov 28, 2015
Brad is an absolute miracle worker. I sent my 2 year old GSP to him for training. She'd never had any sort of formal training, had never been hunted over before, and was incredibly timid. It took me a long time to decide on where I was going to send Teddi, but I did a lot of online research and narrowed it down to Brad and one other kennel. I made a trip out to Circle R and immediately cancers my trip to the other kennel. Brads facilities are clean and his knowledge and honesty really sold me. The fact that he does a 2 week eval on the dogs instead of just taking in dogs that will be easy to train was what truly convinced me that Brad was the right choice. I've had some personal things come up that have prevented me from getting her out in the field yet, but we are going next weekend and I have no doubt that Teddi will do great. Brad, thank you for your amazing work!
Submitted by: Albert Mickalich on Nov 11, 2015
I've been a die hard GSP guy for years, I currently have three of them, two from Brad and their great. The last time I was at Brads my wife fell in love with one of his Fox Red Pointing Labs pups. I was concerned on how well this dog would be, would it be a flash point, how long would he last in the field and the list goes on. I have to say Hank is a pleasure to hunt at only his first season, he is like a GSP but in a smaller package but with the personality of lab. What a fun dog to hunt with, great on grouse because he works nice and close and also pheasant especially along the road ditches. This dog is a natural and he's only getting better. Great Job Brad on this blood line.

Submitted by: Larry Rosen on Nov 09, 2015
Saw Brad at Woods and Waters Festivel this year In Imlay City Michigan. He had a litter of Lab puppy's. I have been very skeptical about buying puppy during this festival. However it seemed the right time and the right breeder. I have had previous experience with Brad as he trained my Large Musterlander for upland and did a great job with her. She is now nine years old and still pointing and retrieving Pheasants. When it came to buying a Labrador I have been reluctant and very selective. I knew if i ever got another Lab it would have a lot to live up too as my last Labrador a Black was AKC Master Hunter before the age of 2. Well here we are today November 6th 2015 I brought a Lab from Brad at the festival knowing they were from generations of Pointing Labradors. A nice feature in a Lab but I wanted a duck dog as well. Our new Lab from Brad is almost 5 month old and doing great. He is and awesome Yellow but Fox Red in Color. He was pretty much house broken but week 11 or 12.Now just old enough to start with a small choke chain he already has a great grasp of healing after just one or two walks. Something that usually takes many days, took only two. Sit and stay are coming easy as well. So far so good. At 10 weeks I brought a Pheasant home from a local club and he carried it around the yard. Waiting for his first chance at the water but waiting for his last set of shots before we ate on that one.
Submitted by: Rich Russell on Nov 05, 2015
Our female GSHP Mocha was from the 9-11-11 litter. Just got back from Pierre, S. Dakota and was so proud and amazed how well Mocha hunted. Wild birds run, and Mocha followed until she went on point,sometimes covering 200 yds., never leaving point unless she felt the bird had ran some more. Best dog ever, myself and all others that I hunted with were extremely impressed with her determination and completion of task that she took on! Pointed, ran down wounded birds and retrieved without hesitation. Can you tell how happy I am with Mocha!!
Submitted by: Julia DeRoche on Sep 02, 2015
We picked up our 7 week-old male GSP last weekend, his name is Gruff. About four weeks prior, we visited Circle R and Brad to see the litters. Immediately, we were impressed by the kennel setup, and knew this was no puppy mill. Brad spent a great deal of time talking to us about GSPs and his experiences hunting and training with them. It was clear his clients respect his kennel, and have no problem kenneling their pups with Brad. At that time, we also we able to pick Brad's brain on tips for the care and training of our pup.

We received a call when expected from Brad for a day and time to pick up our pup. Since there were 3 pups left, Brad suggested and gave us reasons for the best pick for our home situation; family pet plus hunting. We gladly listened to his suggestion. Our paperwork was ready, Gruff was clean and beautiful. His shots were up to date and Brad and Candy sent us home with the appropriate food for a few days, and a toy with the litter scent in it.

We have contacted Brad since with all kinds of silly questions, and he has been responsive and kind to us. We feel like we can contact him for any help in the future. This was not just the sale of a puppy, but the beginning of a nice relationship with a responsible and knowledgeable breeder. We plan on contacting Brad for our next pup as well.

In addition, Brad had a few started dogs in his kennel we would have loved to bring home as well as Gruff.

Gruff is smart, very gentle with the toddlers. As for the hunting, we will see. We are not concerned.

We highly recommend checking out Circle R.
Submitted by: Justin on Jul 30, 2015
Brad donated a month of training to Bay County Pheasants Forever, I lost in the auction but after learning more about Brad I knew I wanted my Weimaraner puppy to be trained by him. I visited my dog after 2 weeks and was very pleased with his progress. I picked up my dog and Brad took me to the field to show just how well my dog had done, I was extremely pleased with how well Brad had prepared him and trained him. I would recommend Brad for any type of pointing breed to get your dog on the right track to being a great bird dog.
Submitted by: K RANDALL on Jun 22, 2015
TRAINING: Brad from Circle R Kennels will take in and board dogs to train not from his kennel and I highly recommend him.

I have waited 3 weeks since the month long training to be certain my satisfaction did not wane, and it has not! I have had GSP's for 25 years so I am not inexperienced and I have never had to use a trainer before but this dog NEEDED more. I had a 2 year old BEAUTIFUL female that had totally exhausted the entire family. Have you ever had one of those days with your kids where you thought they were just precious-when they were sleeping? That's how it was with her. We had to force ourselves to take her for walks. It is now a joy! I am still amazed how I can blow the whistle and she stops on the dime and looks to me for direction. Yesterday alone we came across several deer, squirrels and a turkey with her chicks while off lead and there were no handling problems. She stays within range, follows direction, comes when I call, and heals off lead. Pulling on lead had been a HUGE problem before that 3 different classes and collars could not correct, and now she heals off lead.
Thanks to Brad, we now have a dog that we enjoy and her life is better too because of it.

Furthermore, if you are hesitant to take your dog to a trainer because you have concerns about their care, let me put that worry to rest. Whenever we visited, his kennels were clean and the dogs there were all well fed, exercised and in good health. Even with these reassuring signs, my teenager was in tears leaving our family member behind. Brad was so good and patient with his reassurances to her, that I just knew he was the right trainer.

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