Submitted by: Kevin Nelson on Dec 03, 2013
I purchased a French Britt from Phil over two years ago. A fiery little male named Rooty ( Short for Rooty Bird). At 8 months old he was pointing solid, retrieving, and backing. He is now 2 1/2 years old and continues to impress me ever time we are hunting. He can be on a dead run and see another dog on point and slam the brakes on big time. I have never seen a dog stop and back so solidly before. It is all natural, I have not done any training other than obedience. We were hunting released birds the other day. These birds have no scent for the first few hours after being released. I was hunting with a buddie who has a 4 year old britt and my 11 year old french. Rooty found and pointed 8 birds and the other dogs had no clue there were birds around. He has an amazing nose. When he retrieves he takes off on a dead run and scoops the bird up and retrieves to hand and looks up at me and says " Lets go get another one boss" I think the most impressive part of this whole deal is Phil Rogers. From day one he was just a joy and pleasure to deal with. Here is man that loves his dogs and wants only the best for them. I have contacted him several times for training advise and he always returns my calls promptly. We have great visits and he always gives me great advise. The more I talk to him the more you can hear him get excited about his dogs. Like I said here is a man that truly loves and knows his dogs. If anyone is thinking about one of Phils dogs, you cannot go wrong.
Submitted by: Andy Elser on Nov 30, 2013
I am Sorry it took so long for me to do this. I wanted to share with everyone my story about my all star Reno from Windy Acres in ND. much earlier however time is always short.
I am a fly fishing, upland, and waterfowl guide in eastern Montana. Over the last few years I have unfortunately had to decrease the numbers, in fact most of my kennel do to old age and cancer. With all this on my plate, I was at the point in life to take a break from dogs. I think that most dog lovers can appreciate that. That was until my mother bought a dog from Phil. Reno came into my life because she had to take a job working 12 hour shifts. I as a dog fan, told her I would help with some training and exercise. The more I got to know my new little buddy, I , against my own good judgment fell in love with him! Over the last year and a half I have came not only to appreciate the breed even more, but have grown to truly love Phil's (Windy Acres) lines. Reno is one of the most easily trained dogs I have ever worked with. At seven months old he was constantly finding and pointing birds for my clients. This year he has exceeded all my expectations in the field as a well rounded , mature beyond his age, versatile hunting dog. He is an amazing boat dog with a gentle and calm demeanor, that is of coarse, until we pull up to an island to hunt, or until a duck goes down in front of him then look out he is all business. He will find any dead bird and point anything you tell him it's ok to find. Of coarse there are things we still need to work on, but he is without a doubt an all star. Have I have failed to mention? that above all he does with helping me earn a living as well as helping me with my obsession of hunting, the rest of the time he is our house dog. He is gentle with my son, wife and all other dogs and pups. He is very calm and caring in the house but watch out in the field!
My great thanks for Phil's knowledge and thoughtful care to his lines and pairings, can only be out done my the dogs themselves, which in my experience, are simply amazing!.
If you want to talk dogs and need truth give him a call.
Submitted by: Patrick Chapin on Nov 10, 2013
Bought my first Brittany from Phil in the summer of 2011. I have been a Labrador man my whole life so this was quite a change. Coral was intended to "give me something to do" within months after losing my wife and son to two separate tragedies. She did her darndest to fill the void. We are soul mates. I started her hunting behind my two labs and really didn't care if she turned out to be a flushing dog like them. But she has had other ideas! I knew nothing about training a pointing dog and as it turns out I didn't need to know anything! Coral is absolutely fantastic! We are in Montana hunting right now and she is really nailing the pheasants down. Her points are beautiful! She's only 28 lbs and the birds usually let her get within inches. She is also easy to keep in range. And I have never used an e-collar in my life! Or a check cord. Or trained with pigeons. Coral is made of the right stuff that's for sure. Thanks, Phil!
Submitted by: Erik Jolliffe on Oct 14, 2013
UPDATE: With upland season now fully open, Phil's 30 day training program my 10 month puppy went to is paying huge dividends. My pup works at a great range, is enthusiastic and knows what to do by Phil's expectation setting sessions that have become second nature. I hardly have to use the e-collar or even say a word to him except in praise!
Phil's training is second to none and it makes for a great hunting experience for both dog and owner.
Best decision so far as a dog owner for me! Thanks Phil.
Submitted by: Mike and Jill Ford on Oct 05, 2013
We purchased our French Brittany about a year and a half ago from Phil at Windy Acres. We wanted a female dog that would be great in the field and even better in the home and Zoey fits the bill! We sent Zoey to Phil's for the month of September for his field training course and we are so happy with the results!! We loved her before but love her even more because there is nothing better than a well trained dog! Zoey is a smart and at times a little "strong" willed pup. Due to Phil's help in "tweeking" some of our everyday commands, he has taken out our frustrations with training. When Phil told me he could take care of some lead issues we were having in two minutes...he wasn't kidding! The boys are excited to get her out in the field this pheasant season! We have gotten dogs from other breeders but never again. If you are looking for a dog or a training facility, we highly recommend Windy Acres. Phil's compassion for his work shines through in our dog and it will in yours too. Thanks Phil!
Submitted by: Steve Hoerner on Oct 03, 2013
We bought our puppy "Gunner" from Phil 2 1/2 years ago. What a wonderful dog. Not only is he an excellent hunter, he is a blessing to have in our home. He is great in the field and will nestle up to the kids at night by the couch. Gunner went through Phil's training course (which I recommend)and was great at 7 months. What impressed me the most was Phil's willingness to answer questions and help whenever needed after we brought him home. Even after several years, he has been there whenever I called. Thanks Phil!
Submitted by: Glenn Pladsen on Sep 30, 2013
Our 19 month old dog Deke had an awesome day duck hunting. He had four water retrieves. A couple were long swims after birds he didn't even see drop. We pointed him to the birds and he swam out to get them.
We worked on retrieving quite a bit this summer but didn't know if he would take to waterfowl or not. Can't wait for pheasant opener in a couple of weeks.
Submitted by: Erik Jolliffe on Sep 28, 2013
We got our dog from another breeder however the training our dog received prior to delivery was sub par. I contacted Phil whom was happy to place our dog in his last spot for his training class. I just picked up my dog and am amazed at the results. Phil's professional approach and proven training regiment got my dog back on track. Even though I did not buy a dog from Phil, his effort and approach to my dogs weaknesses has me convinced that my dog will be a great hunter. Many thanks and I will go to Phil for all my dog needs...!
Submitted by: Glenn & Audrey on Sep 02, 2013
Well its, another training opportunity at Windy Acres Kennels. I can tell you that I have used Phil's experience in creating the best litter of hunting dogs I have seen in my travels.
I am so confident in his ability to train French Brittany's, he has two of our dogs for the next month. Cody is once again with Phil to receive advanced training and (little Gypsie named after her mother) is there for her initial month long education.
I would encourage anyone interested in obtaining a dog that you will be proud to own to give Phil a call or visit his web page.
Glenn and Audrey
Submitted by: Sid Boshers on Aug 30, 2013
Taz is six months old ,he is finding , and pointing birds like a 2nd season dog . Taz is great in and out of the kennel , hunts close and is always checking to see where I am . Please visit Taz's page @ ,www.pickoflitter.com> to see him in action . Thanks again Phil .
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