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

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About CIRCLE R KENNEL

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.
989-325-0469
Puppies for sale
Testimonials (89) You are viewing the 10 most recent - Click here for more reviews
Submitted by: Bob Griffith on Aug 16, 2014
Well where do I start, We met Brad at woods and waters last September in Imaly City. After talking to Brad and his wife for some time we decided to purchase one of his GSP puppy's. His knowledge of the breed and his passion made it easy to choose one of his pups over the many breeders at the show.Lola was 8 weeks when we picked her up and has been nothing but a joy to have around.She bonded and fit in with our other two dogs immediately. She is very loving,energetic,and intelligent.House broke in a week and very easy to obedience train.She is now a year old and has spent a month with Brad at the objections of my wife as she feared should would not get her loving puppy back after 30 days of training.Lola came back just as loving as she left with no personality changes (still in my lap or under my chair). We got her back 2 weeks ago and the preserves opened yesterday. I could not wait to get her out and see what she had learned.I had 6 birds planted and hoped for the best.She was rock solid on point on all 6 birds,never flinched when the 12 gauge went off,found all the down birds and did reasonable on the retrieves.She responded to all commands and hunted like a pro.This was her first hunt and it was unbelievable to watch the dog work from start to finish. I can not say enough about Brad,his dogs, and his training methods. If your looking for a puppy,started dog,or a trainer you will not do any better than Brad and the Circle R Kennel.

Submitted by: Keith and Shawna on Jul 19, 2014
Sorry this has taken so long, to get up. We lost one of our dogs shortly after Christmas, and since we have an older german shorthair, we were looking for an older puppy. That's when we came across an ad for Army, now Remington. He's been apart of our family for 7 months and we couldn't be more pleased. He shows signs to be a phenominal hunting dog he loves to point, stalk, creep, and run. He's a very smart level headed dog that has been an ease to train in basic commands. He's very trustworthy off the leash, never wandering far and always coming back when called. We're excited to drop him back off to Brad in less then two weeks so he can start his hunt training, we have no doubt that he wont be anything but an exceptional hunting partner, as he's already an exceptional family dog.
Submitted by: Mark N on Jul 14, 2014
We met Brad at the Woods and Waters show while looking for a GSP puppy. We immediately could tell how much he cares about his dogs. Our dog has been amazing! Great temperament, loves everyone and has a natural curiosity that is without fear. He is almost a year and strong and healthy. He is almost never on a leash anymore as he will heel on command no matter the situation. Been a great dog and Brad is really great to work with. Going back to have him do some field training before the season. Get a pup from him, you won't be disappointed!!
Submitted by: Mike Klipper on Jun 19, 2014
Because of a serious medical issue about 10 days after I picked up GSP from Brad in December 2013 Brad was kind enough to let me return him. I was devastated. Life goes on. However Brad understood and gave me the opportunity to have first pick of the next litter. Well, we picked up Army II 5 weeks ago and he was exactly what we expected, pure joy. When we arrived home he went right into his kennel. He howled for the first two nights and never again. He sleeps in his kennel every night. It took only two weeks to potty train him. It took him some time to become accustom to the sounds of the city but we are there. He is a load but all is well. In due time he will be back with Brad for training. As I mentioned in my first comments back in December Brad has raised some great GSP,s and we are fortunate enough to have one. If you are looking for a great breeder and great GSP's go to Circle R Kennels.
Submitted by: Thomas Butler on Apr 14, 2014
Took my seven and a half month old GSP, Cletus Storm Over the Western Front, out of Circle R Black Storm and Circle R Bella, up-north this past weekend since it was the last weekend before april 15th. Saturday morning I started the weekend working him on a pigeon in a launcher in heavy cover. He pointed, steadied to flush, and the bird was shot down for him and he made a very exited retrieve (this was his first bird shot down for him). Then we ran the magical grouse woods all day Saturday and Sunday. For the weekend he had over 16 solid finds on wild birds split pretty evenly between woodcock and grouse. He matured so much as a hunting dog this past weekend it astounds me. He literally went from being a puppy tweety bird sight pointer out on a fun run in the woods, to being a determined game-bird finder, scent pointing and running the woods with purpose and drive. For each bird he encountered he handled better than the last. He had several textbook points on grouse where he held the bird so well that I was kicking the bird up myself. He was pointing and holding grouse in heavy cover and giving them usually about 30 feet of space. With woodcock I could tell he was getting the scent but he had more of a tendency to bump em. He would reliably find singles after the covey flush and often pointed them well. I am sure he is going to be a fabulous gun dog. On Sunday night even after running all day he got exited when I got my gun out to clean it. He presented me a lot of easy shots this past weekend and if it had been hunting season I would have filled my game pouch. He works at a comfortable range but covers a lot of ground. I am certain that if you get a GSP from Brad and expose it to birds that your gonna have a great bird dog.
Submitted by: Shawn Pitts on Apr 09, 2014
Where do I even begin? Brad is an excellent choice if you are thinking of purchasing a hunting dog. He is extremely knowledgeable about the GSP breed and takes great care and pride in what he does. We purchased a female last summer (July 2013) and named her Piper. From that start she was a great dog. It only took me 3 1/2 weeks to potty train her and by August we no longer used a crate when we left. (We did gate her in the kitchen) After Christmas we stopped gating her and she has free range of the house. She is extremely smart and knows more tricks than our older dog. I have been diabetic for 26 years and have many complications. Piper has sensed low blood sugar attacks before me and calms my severe muscle spasms just by climbing next to me in the chair. She senses when I no longer "need" her and knows when to leave. She is so affectionate and loving and hardly barks! I am sure we got the pick of the litter when we got her, but I have a feeling all of Brad's dogs are amazing. We have her enrolled in what we've been calling "bird school" for May with Brad and I am sure I will only have more good things to say. Piper is a perfect fit to our family. I am sure any of Brad's dogs would make a wonderful addition to any family.
Submitted by: Albert Mickalich on Feb 25, 2014
This past summer I had to put my GSP down after 12 great years hunting with him. My wife did all the research on finding another hunting partner. She was very thorough in her research and she decided on Brad. We initially went out to see a young male he had by the name of Cooper. After spending some time talking with Brad I could tell he was a straight forward and knowledgable man. I decided to take Cooper but while I was there he had another dog that was a bit older. Needless to say I now have two fantastic dogs from Brad. The older dog, Cal, I hunted last fall and he performed extremely well. Copper will be going to Brads this spring for training which I know he will be trained correctly based upon how Brad trained Cal. If you are looking for a hunting partner Brad has one for you. Top quality breeder with a beautiful blood line.

Submitted by: Mike Klipper on Dec 26, 2013
After searching on the net for weeks I finally decided to pull the trigger on purchasing a GSP. I found Brad's web site and decided to inquire about the last dog he had left. I chose CIRCLE R KENNEL because he had everything that I was looking for, not only in a GSP but the expertise in helping to train this dog into becoming a great bird dog. After meeting and talking to him I could not wait to take my new GSP (aka Army) home with me. Brad's kennels are well kept and he is extremely knowledgeable in breeding and training bird dogs. I look forward to dropping Army off in August so that he can begin his new training with Brad. Army is beautiful, smart, still a puppy but in only one week he lets me know when he wants to go outside to do his business. "You want a GSP?" Then go to CIRCLE R KENNEL.
Submitted by: blake and amanda on Dec 07, 2013
I have bought three gsp from Brad. One for my dad and two for myself and wife. Not only are these dogs terrific house dogs, but it took two trips to the woods before Maggie (17 months) was pointing naturally, and holding like a champ. Stella (7 months) is showing good signs with the wing. I am really excited to get her out next year. The dogs have great temperaments, good energy, and are beautiful dogs. Thank you Brad.
Submitted by: Mike Wilson on Nov 18, 2013
My experience started about a year ago. I purchased a german wirehaired pointer pup. She is the fourth pointing dog I have owned. The others were all trained by other people with no owner involvement. I thought I would be more involved with the training this time. So found a trainer that came recomended by a coworker close to home and began working with him. On our second visit things started to go bad.Things were not working out with him the dog had become both bird and gun shy. We took the summer off I looked for another trainer.A friend of mine recommended Bran and said he had trained several dogs for him. So I contacted Brad and he said he thougjht he could help me.We scheduled her training and took when the time. Brad called 1 week into the training and said I needed to come get her. She was in heat. I took her back about a month later and told Brad I would call in two weeks for a progress report.I was afraid to call for fear the news would be bad. So Brad called me after three weeks and said she had turned the corner and he was able to shoot over her but still needed some more work. After four and a half weeks he called and said she was ready to go. We picked her up saw Brad shoot three birds over her in the rain multiple shots no problem. Brad told me take to home and shoot some birds over her by her self which I am doing four or five at a time and she is bird crazy. Holds point solid whistle beeper and e-colar trained.Thanks Brad.Would recomnd you anyone that asked. If it wasnt for Brad I would have had a very expensive pet. Thank again for every thing. Mike Wilson

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