Submitted by: Susan and Greg Farley on Jul 08, 2010
"Ed has done a fabulous job of helping us develop Dirk, our top-notch family and hunting dog. With Ed’s guidance and training, Dirk (a four-year-old Deutsch-Drahthaar) is the envy of everyone who meets him because he is well behaved, loves children, obeys his commands, and hunts like a machine. To us, Ed was the difference between having an okay dog and a great dog."
Susan and Greg Farley
Mendota Heights, MN
Submitted by: Dr. Jerod L. Ochsendorf on Jul 08, 2010
"Ed, I wanted to give you an update on Kess. I am so happy and proud of this dog its difficult to describe. Your knowledge, skills, patience, and determination to force break Kess sure paid off. As you recall, I kept in contact with you during the months you had Kess to get updates on his progress, as I was eager to get my best friend back. You told me that you didn't want to give Kess back to me until he was 100 percent trained. I must say your 100 percent is 100+ percent trained. I've had Kess over 500+ birds so far and he is doing awesome. He is steady on point, the commands "steady", "fetch" (land and water), and "here" are all well known to this dog.
The people who have hunted behind this dog are "amazed" to say the least. He tracks and retrieves crippled birds hundreds of yards away. In addition to being a great bird dog, he turned out to be a great family dog (including watch dog). The obedience you engraved in this dog shows everyday at home and in the field. I have attached a photo displaying how proud Kess is of his birds. I look forward to the Utility Test and the NAVHDA Invitational next year. When I need another dog trained, I will be contacting you - that's for sure. If you need a honest reference, have them contact me ANYTIME!
Thanks again Ed for your help and time, lets go bird hunting together sometime!"
Dr. Jerod L. Ochsendorf
Life Quest Chiropractic Center
Submitted by: Mark Gebhart & Deb Finstad on Jul 08, 2010
"Ed Erickson has been a driving force behind our quest for the best hunting dog's we could possibly have. He has helped us achieve with our dogs what we had only previously dreamed of. We test in NAVHDA and the VDD. With our dog Max, he trained both Max and myself to run at the 2004 NAVHDA Invitational and we came away with Max being a Versatile Champion. Ed is a great dog trainer, but he is also a great teacher, for the first time handler or a seasoned pro.
With out Ed, none of this would have been possible. Thanks Fast Eddie!"
Mark Gebhart & Deb Finstad
Submitted by: Jake Bohnsack on Jul 08, 2010
"Being a first time dog owner, Ed Erickson did a wonderful job answering my questions and being available on a regular basis.
I had Windsor out hunting at 4-5 months old and pointing birds, I ended up shooting 15 wild roosters over Windsor before he was even 6 months old. I was completely surprised to have a wonderful hunting dog at such a young age. I can't say enough about Windsor's temperament as he is the first dog to play with kids in the neighborhood and is very directable in the field.
Without the help and training tips from Ed I would have never been able to have the dog I have today!"
Submitted by: Dan Fabian on Jul 08, 2010
"Ed was recommended to me by another NAVHDA (North America Versatile Hunting Dog Association) member. This guy's wire-haired pointing griffon was an awesome retriever that he said Ed had helped him. My young german wire-haired pup Roxy would not go in the water and I really didn't know anything about training pointing dogs. This was a problem since we bought the dog for both upland and waterfowl and the dog was actually my daughter's dog (so we would not be replacing it if it didn't work out). So I called Ed and we scheduled a private lesson. After the first lesson which included some live bird work including a wing clipped pigeon into the pond, Roxy was a retrieving fool. That summer we entered Roxy in a NAVHDA Natural Ability Test in which she scored a perfect 112.
We scheduled a few more private lessons with Ed. Included in those lessons were e-collar conditioning for Roxy and training for me on using the e-collar for training. We also took Ed's trained retrieve class the following winter. This was also a great experience for both myself and Roxy as there was a group of about eight in the class and you got to watch other people train their dogs and learn from that.
Ed also gave a dog handling demonstration at our Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Day which was a huge hit with the kids and adults. The demonstration included one of his client's dogs that was working on blind retrieves for the NAVHDA National Invitational.
I would definitely recommend Ed as a dog trainer and he's even better at training people to train and handle their dogs.
The attached photo is of my son Jared and Roxy on our 2006 Pheasant hunt to Montana.
Submitted by: Stan-Jersey on Jul 08, 2010
"Ed is a great trainer with an innate sense for what an individual dog needs. With two very different approaches, Ed turned two wonderful house pets into accomplished pointers...and didn't take the house pet out of them!"
Submitted by: John McHale on Jul 08, 2010
"Ed, I want to update you on the progress of Cooper and to also thank you for all of your guidance and help along the way. As a first time handler, I needed lots of help and you provided it in a candid and unvarnished way.
It is hard to believe that in May of this year, Cooper was testing for Natural Ability at Four Brooks and just yesterday, he got 180 points in UPT at the Northern Minnesota NAVHDA test. He got fours in all categories except for water search in which he got a three-thanks to poor handling by yours truly.
As the training progressed the last 5 months, you always came through with the right help and training advice at just the right time. You were also able to properly gauge the progress Cooper was making and give me clear direction on what I needed to be working on next.
Probably the toughest part of this summer was the force fetching. You told me it was going to be grueling for both Cooper and me-how right you were. But as I progressed through the hold/out sequence and then the force fetching you were always available to answer my "now what do I do about this" question. Ultimately we got though it.
I have to tell you Ed that as painful as the force fetching was for both of us-the force fetching was absolutely essential and it is truly what has made Cooper the dog he is today. Now when I shoot a bird, or do a drag, or do a water retrieve, I have absolutely full confidence that the bird will be brought back to me and he will only release it when he is given the "out" command.
That confidence shows up in Cooper as well. You can tell how eager he is now to bring back the game and he does it with his head held high and proud. Simply put, he is a much better hunting and NAVHDA dog now that he is force broke.
Once again Ed, thank you for being such a valuable resource for Cooper and me. We would not be where we are today without your help."
Submitted by: Josh Olson on Jul 08, 2010
"We bought our first dog Gunnar – a GSP – without knowing much about dogs, let alone training a pointing dog. We were lucky to come across Ed and asked if he could help us train Gunnar to hunt before we screwed him up too bad!
With Ed’s help, Gunnar has not only become a great hunter but a wonderful pet and companion. Gunnar even has my flushing dog hunting buddies buying pointers!! When it comes time to get another dog or for training, we will definitely look to Ed at Autumn Breeze Kennels."
Submitted by: Jim and Karen Gemmill on Jul 08, 2010
"I'm sending you a photo of my little Sassy. At the time of this picture she is 8 months and a week old. After your training I had taken her to a game farm twice to keep your training fresh in her mind prior to pheasant season.
On this, her very first "real" hunting experience on public land in Minnesota, and three weeks into the season... She found and either pointed or flushed 10 birds. Three were cocks, and my youngest son missed one so we only came away with 2, but my oldest boy is now calling her a Rock Star!
Sassy is the sweetest, most family friendly dog I could have ever wished for in a hunting dog. Even at this young age, when she gets out of the truck she is ALL business. I can't begin to tell you how happy we are with her and the training you did for us. If you would ever like to use me for a reference please don't hesitate for a minute."
With sincere thanks. Best regards,
Jim and Karen Gemmill
Submitted by: Doug Walter on Jul 08, 2010
"Ed, just a quick note, I recently returned from a South Dakota Pheasant hunt and Max performed far beyond my expectations. Once he got on the scent of a bird he stayed on it and than locked on point, after the bird was flushed and shot he retrieved the bird right back to me. The training that you did with him provided a great foundation that I was able to build upon, I could not be happier with the results.
Submitted by: Jerry Lahr on Jul 08, 2010
"Ed, I am send you some pictures from this fall hunting with Macy. As you will remember I attended your Force Fetch program that you taught in Feb.2008. I wanted a dog to retrieve and I was worried that Macy was to small at 38lbs. to retrieve a pheasant.
You told me not to worry that she would retrieve. You had more faith in her then I did. Well I did everything you told me to do, it was a tough job for Macy and me as well but we got through it. Well you were right she had a great fall, she made many great retrieves from deep in the cattails to burried in deep grass. She has done a fair job of trailing wounded birds and is getting better at it.
Ed, I just want to say Thank You for giving me a great dog . You really know how to get the best out of a pointing dog. Feel to use me as a referral.
Submitted by: Dr. Barbara S. Fischley on Jul 08, 2010
"My name is Barbara, proud owner of Ellie, the "hunting and retrieving machine". Ed purchased and trained my German Shorthair Pointer for me, and I couldn't be any happier! She is a master at finding birds and retrieving cripples, birds I thought would be lost to predators. As a veterinarian, I can't stand the thought of leaving game in the field suffering. With Ellie, I don't have to worry. I am amazed at what she can do, and I have Ed Erickson to thank for that! Everyone should hunt with such a well trained dog!
Ed is very skilled at reading each dog individually and training accordingly. He understands that my young English Setter, Bendis, hunts very differently than my "hunting machine" German Shorthair. Ed has expertise in many breeds, and I consider him to be a highly skilled dog trainer. I would trust no other with my dogs. He has an excellent training facility and grounds; his kennels are impeccably clean. I can drop my dogs off for training or boarding and not worry about a thing. I know they are in good hands, and that's saying a lot for the "very picky" veterinarian. I adore my dogs and want nothing but the best for them. It is with this in mind that I highly endorse Ed Erickson and Autumn Breeze Kennel. I know that you will be as happy as I am with the training and care your dog will receive.
Dr. Barbara S. Fischley
Submitted by: Brady on Jul 08, 2010
"Dear Ed, I was enjoying your photos, but I didn't see a picture of Tug, so here's one for you. He is a dog you should truly be proud to say that you have trained! Tug truly is one in a million. . .I hope he lives to be about forty years old!!!
Talk to you soon,"
Submitted by: Tim & Michelle Skime on Jul 08, 2010
"Ed, it is very seldom in life that a person feels compelled to write a letter to inform someone just how completely satisfied and grateful they are. My family and I want everyone to know about you and Autumn Breeze Kennel and the outstanding job of training you have done with our GSP(Boone).
Our #1 concern was that Boone is a huge part of our family and he means everything to our 5-year old Trevor. They are buddies through and through and we did not want to jeopardize that. Reason #2 is that I needed training just as much as Boone did. I want you to know that you have exceeded our expectations in every way. Boone is our family dog and now because of your efforts and expertise a HUNTING MACHINE. I can't even begin to count the number of strangers and hunters that have approached us about Boone's training and how JAW DROPPING IMPRESSED they are. Your results speak for themselves LOUD AND CLEAR.
Ed Erickson & Autumn Breeze Kennels = Well Trained Dog.
Please feel free to use us as a reference."
Tim & Michelle Skime
Submitted by: Chris Mason on Jul 08, 2010
"I wanted to drop you a note about your work with my Drat, Willy. I brought you a 12 week old puppy who did not like the water very much. After you worked with him (and consoling me) to get him to like the water, I was impressed. Then you worked with him on his Advanced Natural Ability Test (HZP). Frankly, I was going to be very satisfied with a 175 score, and elated at 180. When you delivered a perfect 193, words cannot express my appreciation.
In my opinion, you have trained a perfect hunting dog and companion. He works the field like a master, strong points and holds the point, at 2 years old none the less. No other trainer or even boarder will ever see my dog other than you!
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