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Submitted by: Monica Zee on Mar 17, 2015
March 15 at 2:09pm
When we went up to Jim's, we were expecting to learn a little bit about English setters, as we were used to Labs and Shibas and curious about a change.
After seeing Annie and Duke, we didn't care what the puppy looked like, we wanted one from that litter! With parents that excellent, there was no way those puppies would grow up to be anything less than stellar! We ended up getting the last available pup.
Jim was amazing, on the first visit, subsequent ones, and even with follow up phone calls, emails, check-ins. During the time our little Oakley was still with his mom, Jim sent pictures and videos regularly, making sure to highlight each pup for the soon-to-be owners. He was informative and clearly knew and obviously loved each dog, be they adults or puppies. When we needed help or had questions after Oakley came home, Jim was available and took his time helping us out. He is a hands-down exceptional breeder to work with.
And Duke may be the Father of all Brag Dogs, but all his offspring are Brag Dogs in their own right-- Oakley is the friendliest, most trainable, intelligent dog we've had! We get compliments from the vet on his perfect proportions, from the puppy daycare who love to snuggle him during his naps, from strangers on how cute he is, and from puppy kindergarten classmates who remark on how well-behaved he is.
Thank you, Jim, for all the love, care and work you put into your pups AND their owners-- it shows all over! Thanks again!
Submitted by: Chris Woodbury on Mar 16, 201510-week check-in . . .
We could not be happier with the pup we got from you. He has become an integral part of everyone's day. Rose, our Labrador took a few days but has welcomed Zeke completely and plays with him as if she wasn't 9 years old. The kids are fully engaged and understand when and what to say to correct any negative behavior.....interestingly, he listens! As for me, he has been incredibly good medicine. He gets me up between 5 and 6 to go out, let's me know he wants to eat, and then settles down in my lap after a little playtime. He is probably the smartest dog I have ever owned which is surprising to me being that he is so young. He comes when he is called at a dead run! He sits to voice or hand signal although he gives a little verbal objection sometimes=) He stays like a champ, he knows "off"(couch), leave it, "out"(pantry), "back"-when he's crowding the door, and he always sits and let's everyone through the door (including Rose) before he comes in. We've been walking on the leash quite a bit and will be covering "heel" this week. All these lessons have been very casual as we have been focusing on bonding and the hierarchy of the house. As a side note, he LOVES to retrieve the noisy turkey rope toy I got him, 12 in a row today right back to me, probably doesn't hurt that his playmate is a superstar retriever! As for the muscles he has that you commented on in the picture I sent, his playmate is over 100 pounds, so gets a good workout everyday. That's all for now, again, thank you Jim, Zeke is all I had hoped for.
Submitted by: Chris Woodbury on Mar 01, 2015FYI -yesterday and today, 3 retrieves to hand - it was Andrew's underwear, but the point was received. I stopped at 3 to end on a positive note.
He is sooooo smart! Kennel training is going well - he had 1 accident in the house that was totally my fault. He has actually gone to the door and yelped to be let out. So smart, so awesome.....
Thanks Jim - you may never know the depth of this gift I have received...
The boys are all over picking up poop and feeding etc. Last night he climbed into my lap to watch the news.....perfect.
Submitted by: Ed Young on Nov 18, 2014It has been two years since my wife and I purchased our beautiful English Setter, Kimber Iza Pistol and we are still as excited and happy about this dog as we were the first day. Kimber is growing up to be a wonderful, loving dog. She is pointing birds well and is progressing into everything I desired in a bird dog. I am still fighting with my wife over whether to get another puppy from Team Duke but I have had no luck in spite of all of the pleading and "doggie kisses" from Kimber. Thanks,Jim. You've made us one happy family.
Submitted by: joanne pinnell on Nov 11, 2014What can you say about the best. Three weeks ago we sought to fill the hole left by the death of our 13 year old setter. I spoke with Jim about our loss and he was so very understanding that I knew that he would help us find the perfect match. I trusted him more than any of the other breeders I had spoken with and we went to see his 11 month old Olivia the next day. She stole our hearts and continues to do so as I write this. She is so very smart, easy of personality and willing to please. We have had English Setters for 48 years and she stands out as one so very very special. I credit Jim and Lori for this. They breed great pups with spirit and a willingness to please. Jim made it clear that he would be a resource for us as his responsibility was to the pup to make sure she had a good home. That is the best endorsement I could give, a breeder that produces great dogs and considers them first. Thank you so much for this wonderful girl. I would never look anywhere else for they breed the best Setters anywhere. What a Brag dog. She shines, our Olivia.
Submitted by: Joe Caldwell on Sep 24, 2014A note to the public. This breeder is awesome. Jim and I connected, I was interested in a companion level. Jim met with me, I'm permanently disabled from a fall in '98. I have to use a cane to get around, he brought a one year old dog named "Johnny". I did try and Johnny was very responsive. He made every attempt ("Johnny" to heal to my right; unfortunately, I could tell, that the situation was not a fair situation to the dog. Jim, the owner, went out of his way, to help, encourage and ultimately accept and listen. He too recognized that despite all best efforts, "Johnny" would be better off elsewhere. I have been around dogs all of my life and used to work rescue and foster homes for English Bulldogs and Boxers. I have met many so called "caring breeders", this one is the real deal and my hat is off to the kindness and understanding of Jim and "Tim Duke". You're a credit to the bread and genuine human beings.
Submitted by: james salter on Apr 27, 2014In somewhat of an unorthodox post, I would like comment on my personal interaction with both Jim and his amazing dogs. Yesterday my wife and I purchased a beautiful Setter from Jim for our four year old son. Our family had been discussing adding a forth member and hunting companion for some time now. After visiting with numerous breeders, we last met with Jim. My wife, son and I were blown away with the pup Mr. Jim showed us. Our family decided to take the puppy home and the experience was better than we hoped. After a quiet ride home, little Jackson (the new puppy) was very quick to adjust to his new surroundings. Jackson was already crate trained. Jackson never once jumped up on my 4 year old son. Jackson was walking on a leash and heeling within 24 hours. And unbelievably, Jackson was also showing signs of potty training after one day. And here comes the hard part: Despite having grown up with hunting dogs (outside dogs), it turns out that I was (unaware) allergic to Jackson. Heartbroken, our family reached out to Jim the next day explaining our situation. Jim quite literally welcomed our family with open arms and welcomed Jackson back. As a professional, I can tell you coming across this level of professionalism is a rarity. We are sad things didn't work out with Jackson, but our family felt like we discovered a new friend with Jim and his. If you are considering adding a quality bird dog to your family, do yourself a favor. Talk to Jim, see what he has to offer, and don't think twice, and don't look back. Listen to what he has to say and trust what he tells you. You will not be disappointed.
Submitted by: Megan Spoon on Mar 11, 2014Hi Jim -
I'm sure Tony will send you a note too...
His name is RZR Upland Ranger. He's doing great!! Tony will have more detail on the hunting piece, but as an all around house dog he's been wonderful.
One interesting thing is that he LOVES to retrieve and will swim out for balls and sticks - we could probably use him to duck hunt. ;0)
I'm going to head out occasionally with the hunters and take some photos of the dogs, we will be sure to send them over.
Best of luck with the new breeding your looking at!
Submitted by: Mathew Lamb on Feb 03, 2014Hey there Jim,
Sorry – it took me a week to sit down in front of the computer – but here are a couple of pics of Niery. Most often we are on bikes and so taking photos doesn’t happen as often as I'd wish.
The first two pics are from a trip a couple of weeks back to a trail in the Olympics. Riding the ferry is particularly attractive to him – as it is a moving platform that attracts birds. 30 mins of uninterrupted pointing action. He has now travelled all the ferries from Seattle to the Powell River up in BC and run most of the trails in between. Amazing trail dog.
The other photo is from the Dungeness river valley – a 6 mile downhill we did last spring. He has incredible route finding skills and can link up sections of the valley without ever having been there before, plus he does at least 2x the distance we do on account of quartering the hillside. You'll notice he has a rock in his mouth. I normally replace that with a stick – but he needs to carry something. In summer I hefted a tree limb that had fallen over the path over the edge of Tiger mountain. I took off, but then had to wait for Niery who has recovered the tree limb and was dragging it down the trail. In two months Tiger mountain opens again and he returns to two guaranteed BIG runs a week on top of his usual 3 miles/day.
As you can guess he is doing really well here – I couldn’t imagine the family without him.
Hope all is good with you
My best wishes, Mathew
Mathew Lamb Ph.D.
Submitted by: Dean Seaburg on Nov 17, 2013Jim & I were hunting together for the first time, along with my friend, Paul. The second day, Jim came up lame about half way through the afternoon. He told us to just keep going. I was concerned about handling Duke, but Jim said he’d be fine . . . fine???
What happened in the next two hours was six birds, all pointed, none bumped by Duke, all one shot dead birds, and all retrieved to hand by a dog I’d never met until the day before (and he wasn't even wearing an e-collar).
I now own a Duke brag dog. Now over two years of age, Carl is part of my family and is one my daughter's best friends.
I know that your pup by Duke will be the same.
Dean Seaburg - Redmond Washington
Submitted by: Dan Mar on Nov 13, 2013I was privileged to be Duke's first trainer, watching him handle everything in stride. I told Jim I thought he was breeding quality and Jim took his time deciding to breed him. He found bitches that have put some wonderful dogs on the ground.
I have worked eight of Duke's pups at my summer camp in Washington state. Each and every one of them have been sensible, trainable, talented and wonderful representatives of the breed.
I'll say it again - you just couldn't go wrong with a pup by Duke.
Congratulations Jim - your friend Dan.
Submitted by: tommy on Jul 08, 2013email- i send JIM
Here are some more pictures of Cedar. Just an FYI, she's absolutely fantastic. Elise and I can't imagine our life without her. She has to be the smartest dog ever. At 11 weeks, I can't believe she's about to hit the 3 month mark. She now, sit's, shakes, lay downs, leave it, and speak all on command. She's also a weekend warrior, she loves the hikes and camping get-aways. Believe or not, she is not afraid of rivers, she does not mind getting dirty, and trekking on the trails. Let's just say, she's the perfect dog for us. Oh, and walks, excellent leash walker, however, she's a better off leash walker. Checks up on us, wont cross the street, or hurdle large tree longs, rivers, forts, camp-grounds, with out us. When I get home from works, she runs to me and licks the hell out of me. Super loving, we can't be happier. thanks"
Submitted by: Tony and Megan Zavaglia on Jul 04, 2013Our pup Ranger is 13 weeks and is an AMAZING dog. He already heels, sits, retrieves, comes, etc. Ranger shows the natural instinct of a pointing setter and has exhibited those traits from 6 weeks of age. We were looking for a nice "house" dog as well as a hunter and couldn't have gotten a better dog. We can't wait to get him into the field and are looking for many years of great hunting and friendship.
Jim is a great breeder, he starts the dog out with the right attitude from the start. Ranger was crate trained when we got him and the overall experience made the transition bringing him home very easy.
Thanks Team Duke!!
Megan and Tony
Submitted by: Rachel Holloway on Jun 25, 2013Brag Dog’s Rule!
I am delighted to write a testimonial for Jim and Brag Dogs. First of all, I am so happy with my 10month old puppy, Niery. He has the sweetest disposition of any dog I’ve ever had or met, patient and sweet with my 8year old boy, deferential to all the dogs he meets, and is obedient and loving to us all. We are not a hunting family, though with this dog we probably should be. Niery has such great instincts- he will scale down mountains to retrieve a stick, bolt off the dock into the lake near home to catch a ball, pointing to anything bird-like in the bushes- I hope we do not disappoint him too much. Puppies always chew and need to be trained, but Niery learned fast, despite his love of eating shoes (preferably my slippers) he now restrains, and is a thoroughly well behaved member of our family.
I also feel pride in how Niery looks- to be frank he is beautiful, and we are frequently stopped on our journeys with people cooing about ‘what a lovely dog he is’.
Jim has done more for us that we could have ever asked for. He gave down to earth advice when we needed it, and even helped us when we needed to board our pup, he is definitely the ‘grand master’ who always likes to be updated, and continues to care about each and every dog. You will do no better than a Brag Dog!
Submitted by: Rachel Holloway on Jun 20, 2013I am delighted to write a testimonial for Jim and Brag Dogs. First of all, I am so happy with my 10month old puppy, Niery. He has the sweetest disposition of any dog I’ve ever had or met, patient and sweet with my 8year old boy, deferential to all the dogs he meets, and is obedient and loving to us all. We are not a hunting family, though with this dog we probably should be. Niery has such great instincts- he will scale down mountains to retrieve a stick, bolt off the dock into the lake near home to catch a ball, pointing to anything bird-like in the bushes- I hope we do not disappoint him too much. Puppies always chew and need to be trained, but Niery learnt fast, despite his love of eating shoes (preferably my slippers) he now restrains, and is a thoroughly well behaved member of our family.
I also feel pride in how Niery looks- to be frank he is beautiful, and we are frequently stopped on our journeys with people cooing about ‘what a lovely dog he is’.
Jim has done more for us that we could have ever asked for. He gave down to earth advice when we needed it, and even helped us when we needed to board our pup, he is definitely the ‘grand master’ who always likes to be updated, and continues to care about each and every dog. You will do no better than a Brag Dog
Submitted by: Ed Young on Jun 18, 2013My wife and I have had two English Setters over the past 2 1/2 years...one from Team Duke(Kimber)and one from a different breeder (Benelli). Both dogs were wonderful dogs. This breed is truly outstanding and they make great hunting partners and pets. Our dealings with Team Duke were far superior over our experience with the other breeder. Jim really knows his stuff and he is breeding some wonderful dogs. He cares about his animals and shows it in his knowledge. He is not overbearing and is always willing to help. If it was not for the fact that we have endured two years of puppy-rearing, I would definitely have a second Team Duke puppy right now! Kimber is absolutely the best dog I have ever had.
Ed Young, Sisters, OR
Submitted by: Jaydogmills on Jan 27, 2013I purchased a female pup sired by Duke out of his first litter. Duke was whelped here at my home out my world class producing bitch and sired by a NASTRA field champion. I also own his littermate and owned the grandmother of Duke's second litter. Ihave raised English Setters for many years and can say that without any doubt that Duke is an extremely rounded birdog, very much a people lover, highly intelligent, very birdy, extremely easy to train, and exhibits the endless desire to find,point, and retrieve. He also displays perfect confirmation. My own Duke puppy is a great joy for me and I have observed other littermates and they all exhibit Duke's traits. Hats off to you Jim for first, being the true friend and gentleman that you are, but also for studying and being very selective in your own breeding program;and thank you for making my day with "Quaize".
Submitted by: Jaydog Mills on Jan 26, 2013I purchased a female pup sired by Duke out of his first litter. Duke was whelped here at my home out my world class producing bitch and sired by a NASTRA field champion. I also own his littermate and owned the grandmother of Duke's second litter. Ihave raised English Setters for many years and can say that without any doubt that Duke is an extremely rounded birdog, very much a people lover, highly intelligent, very birdy, extremely easy to train, and exhibits the endless desire to find,point, and retrieve. He also displays perfect confirmation. My own Duke puppy is a great joy for me and I have observed other littermates and they all exhibit Duke's traits. Hats off to you Jim for first, being the true friend and gentleman that you are, but also for studying and being very selective in your own breeding program;and thank you for making my day with "Quaize".
Submitted by: Luis and Heather on Sep 07, 2012We purchased Bosco, our English Setter, from Brag
Dog on March, 2012 and couldn't be happier. We were looking for a balance of a great hunt dog as well as a great family pet and found exactly what we wanted. Bosco is not only beautiful, he has a great disposition, gentle and patient with the most trying little ones, very loyal, super smart and pointing instincts off the chart. In the house he is the perfect pet and out in the fields he is ready to work, so focused and holds his point beautifully. When at hunt tests, training or in the field around other hunt dog owners; Bosco receives nothing but compliments on his ticking, form, pointing instinct and how great a hunt dog he is going to be.
This is our first hunt dog and we've had assistance from Jim and Lori of Brag Dog every step of the way. These aren't breeders who breed to just breed, these are breeders who want the very best hunt dogs and the very best owners for them. They really care about their dogs and are always available for us no matter what questions we have. Not only do you get an outstanding dog when purchasing from Brag Dog, but you become a part of the Brag Dog family and are always welcomed. We would highly recommend Brag Dog to anyone wanting to purchase a great hunting and family dog.
Submitted by: Stryker Family on Sep 04, 2012Brad Dog, truly breeds the best English Setters, we couldn't be happier with our pup. There is nothing to improve on, he nailed it. An exceptional brad dog, indeed. The purchasing process was seamless and delightful too. I highly recommend to anyone wanting a world class pointer!!!