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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.
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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: 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.
Submitted by: Roy Brown on Jan 15, 2015
Well I found out about Brad through another breeder that a guy at my work suggested to me to get into contact with. From the moment that I talked to Brad you could tell he was really passionate about breeding GSP's. He truly loves this breed and has vast knowledge about the GSP's. So after I made my deposit a couple weeks later my wife and I made the 5 hour drive to Michigan to get our new pup. So we arrive at Brads and he shows me the remaining females. Which these pups were from Jack Hammer and Hannah's litter. While we were picking LuLu which my daughter named her before we got her. We also had this little rascal male that kept following us everywhere. Needless to say we left Michigan with two GSP pups. Everyone said that we were crazy but now that they are just about 8 months old I never would have done it differently. They fit in with our other two dogs well. So thanks again for the new family members Brad. Max and LuLu are happy pups. By the way Brads pups point out of good breeding at 8 weeks. Stellar pedigree at this kennel.
Submitted by: Kevin Brooks on Dec 31, 2014
I picked up Diesel in August of 2014 From Circle R kennel. He was born on 6-24-14. The Sire is Jack Hammer and the dam is Trixie. At 6 months old diesel is locked on point with live birds. He is also well mannered, he is well behaved around other dogs. I couldn't have asked for a better GSP. All I can say is WOW! Brad at Circle R Kennel knows how to breed superior dogs. Thank you Brad for a wonderful dog.

Submitted by: Jeff Hurst on Sep 22, 2014
We picked up Morgan last July From Circle R kennel. Brad was an enormous help both over the phone and in person. He walked us through the temperament of each individual puppy we had to pick from. Morgans sire was Circle R Black Storm and Dam was Circle R Hannah. We couldn't be happier with him over the course of the last year. He hunted very often in his first year with much success and is a very well behaved dog in the home as well as the field. Brad will be taking him for a month soon for training and we are really looking forward to seeing him in the field after some formal work.
Submitted by: Dino Pittiglio on Sep 05, 2014
We picked up a pup from Brad in August of this year. What a nice addition to the family he has been. Brad helped my family and I pick out a great pup that would blend in well with our other two dogs. I can't say enough good things about Brad and how he runs his kennel. If you're looking for a GSP pup I highly recommend Circle R Kennel.
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.

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