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Submitted by: Dan Cicuto on Mar 10, 2013I think it's rare that you find breeders that put as much as their self into the breeding and training into their dogs as Brad Rainey, but He truely is the real deal. I selected Toby after reading some of his testimonials, and speaking on the phone. Came up from Chicago to look at Toby and knew that he would be a great fit. After picking him up after another months training and could not be happier. he is a great addition to our family and going to be a fantastic hunting partner Can't go wrong if you choose one from his litters.
Submitted by: Toney Casey on Jan 19, 2013This should of been submitted months ago, but we all know how life gets in the way of these things. Last May I took my first bird dog ( a Brittany ) to Brad for training. Not only was it her first year, but mine as well. Brad is an excellent trainer and he takes wonderful care of the dogs as well. We have been on 3 hunts so far with a 4th coming up this weekend and I can not express how proud I am of my dog. She is growing into something I never imagined and it all started with the training Brad gave the both of us. I wish this site had a way to post a pic here, then maybe it would express the wonderful trainer that my Indy girl received. Thank you, Brad.
Submitted by: Nathan Buelow on Oct 02, 2012It is hard to put to words how happy we are with the GSP puppy we picked up from Brad in April. Our little guy is only 5 months old but already goes to full point and listens incredibly well for a puppy. Brad and his wife were great throughout the whole process and made picking up our puppy incredibly smooth. Our GSP is by far the smartest dog I have ever owned and displays incredible problem solving skills. If looking for a GSP puppy I wouldn't direct people anywhere else.
Submitted by: Paul Gray on Sep 26, 2012I was researching gsp and came across gundogbreeders, I found circle r kennel and read and reread every review on Brad and his kennel. Made an appointment to go look at a pup after viewing pictures on the web site. It is great to see the parents and grandparents of the the puppy your thinking about. After looking at the pups picked one out, asked Brad if he could keep the pup and train him for me, which he did. When I picked him up in June, Brad said he reserved the first two weeks in september for me to bring him back for a tune up. The night before I was to bring Colt back for training I noticed a lump on the side of his jaw. Too late to call the vet, I loaded him up early am and headed for Brads. As soon as Brad seen the lump said he had a abscess and gave him a shot of penicillin. The lump was still there after a couple of days and Brad took him to his own vet for treatment. Colt is back to 100 percent. Colt is probably the best bird dog I have ever owned and now a great family member. I know this review is lengthy, but I want people to know what and awesome trainer and breeder Brad Rainey is. If your looking for a pup, its worth the wait for Brad. I can not say enough about my experience with Brad and Circle R Kennel. I will definitely be getting my dogs in the future from Brad.
Submitted by: Allen Johnson on Sep 24, 2012I purchased a two year old male GSP from Brad Rainey about two weeks ago. This dog was fully field trained and house trained also. My wife and I were a little apprehensive at first, purchasing a dog that already had its "habits" engrained. What a fantastic surprise we were in for. We brought him home on a Friday. By the next day he was quite the gentleman in the house. He is well behaved and mannered for the home. In the field, he is a workhorse. He has succeeded my wildest expectations. His field manners and obedience are outstanding. His drive and desire to hunt and please are unmatched. I have owned GSP's since 1979 and he is the best. We had to put down one of our female GSP's in April and the other one in early September. I thought for sure this would be my first bird season without a bird dog in over thirty years. What a great surprise to meet Brad at the Woods & Waters show in Imlay City. Our new addition has helped ease the pain of our two loses. He has fit in perfectly. Thanks to Brad we will be (and already have been) in the field this fall. I will be looking to Brad for future purchases and training. Brad is a very compassionate gentleman and a credit to the hunting sport. On a scale of 1-5 (5 being best) I rate Brad and his dogs a 10. Thanks so very much Brad and God Bless you.
Submitted by: Sam & Jess on Sep 02, 2012We bought our pups (two females) from Brad last October and took them back to Brad seperately in May and June for training. We are very pleased with the care and work that went into both of them and leaving them with someone who is so good with dogs made it easier for Jess to be without "Her Girls". They came back to us better prepared for hunting than I thought was possible for such young dogs. They will be hunting very soon now and I look forward to working with Brad agin in the future. The dogs are so even tempered most people think they are two years old after they calm down from meeting new people, and they listen to and obey commands given both at home and in the field. Brad is super easy to work with and will take the time to work with and improve any dog that he is given. Thanks Brad!!
Submitted by: Dave Palmer on Aug 22, 2012First I would like to apologize to Brad for taking so long to get this up here. That said let's get down to it. I took Mickey my 15 month old rescue GSP to Brad in April. Neither of us knew what to expect. I fully expected Brad to call me a day or two later and tell me "this dog won't hunt". Not the case, I now have a great handling field dog ready to shoot birds over. My family and I went on vacation in July and we took Mick back to Brad. The dog jumped out of the truck ran straight to Brad and I swear she smiled. He really takes time to get to know your dog and adjusts his training to suit the dog. Thank you so much Brad and I look forward to seeing you in September for some field work.
Submitted by: Damian Taulbee on Aug 21, 2012My grown stepson asked me to find him a shorthair since I have two. There were no breedings with the breeders I knew, so I hit the web. I read some of Brad's testimonials. There's too many for me to read all of them. Turns out they were all right. He's a super nice guy, unassuming, knowledgeable, and fair. His dogs are even tempered, confident, and have good geometry. I'll tell you the rest when the pup's a little older. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend going to Brad for a dog or training.
Submitted by: Thomas Colvin on Jun 06, 2012Brad and I just finished breeding my dog Sadie I purchased from him in 2009 with the dog Ace that he has for sale now. He helped me with everything from getting the dogs togeather and answering any questions I had. Togeather our dogs produced a very fine litter of GREAT GSP PUPPIES. My vet was very impressed with the quality of puppies I had, and I also have very satisfied owners of my puppies. Brad is a fantastic breeder and trainer to work with, and I look foward to working with him and his dogs in the future.
Submitted by: Derek on Jun 03, 2012I fortunately had the opportunity to have my two shorthairs trained by Brad. Brad was there to answer all my questions and was very helpful along the way. My 11 month (high stung) female came back better than I could imagine. I have great hopes for my 10 month male as it was a last minute decision to take him there, one that I’m glad I made. (Thank you Brad for adjusting your schedule to fit him in.) Both of my pups are for the most part steady on wing and ready for this coming season.
I could go on all day about how great my experience was/is with Brad, but all the other testimonials sum it up. As most people I was nervous dropping my puppies off 6 hours away and leaving them there for a month not knowing what was going on, but it work out great and they came back as rock solid hunting machines. If anyone has any doubts, don’t. If you don’t have the time to train them yourself, let brad do the work for you. You will be glad you did. Thanks Brad for your hard work and I’m thankful to have found your wonderful kennel.
Submitted by: Pat Pettit on May 29, 2012New friends made AND a great return on investment! We are SO pleased with getting to know Brad and his wife as well as his training of Deps (Deputy Dawg - - got him from a local police officer :) ) that we want to join in the ranks of those that sing his praises so other dogs can be trained by him, too.
Brad was very helpful prior to the month of boarding and working with our English Setter/Brittany mix so that we were as comfortable about the decision as possible - - I was a bit apprehensive about leaving our happy, smart, loving boy somewhere for a whole month.
We jokingly called it Dog College when explaining to friends where Deps was, not realizing just how true it was in terms of how much our dog would learn in a month. Brad did a FANTASTIC job. Our young dog came home better behaved in general, able to work wonderfully as a hunting partner in the field, and in great condition emotionally and physically.
Add to that that Brad is a great guy - - very experienced, down-to-earth, sensible, responsible, communicative, and emotionally involved and understanding. I know I'm forgetting lots of adjectives that I'll think of after I hit the "submit" button. OH - - Plus he's got so much hunting experience of all kinds, that he's got GREAT stories to tell ;).
Thank you so much, Brad - - we'll touch base to let you know how Deps is doing, let you know when we'll get those pheasants from you, and we'll definitely want him in your care if we head out on a vacation.
Patty Pettit and Neil Iseler
Submitted by: Ashley & Josh on Jan 11, 2012We got Lucy, our 4-month-old GSP, from Brad a month and a half ago. It was clear from the moment we arrived that Brad had a true love for his dogs and deep knowledge and passion for the breed; and you really can't ask for more from a breeder. Lucy has been the greatest addition to our family. She's smart, loyal, cuddly, energetic, gorgeous and has brought joy to everyone she's met. We've reached out to Brad a time or two since getting Lucy, and he continues to be a valuable resource. We would highly recommend Circle R to anyone!
Submitted by: Mike & Linda Freeland on Jan 07, 2012Linda and I heartily recommend Brad & Circle R.
We recently purchased a four year old male GSP from Brad. As gun dog breeders ourselves, we carefully assess those with whom might we do business. To accomplish that, I made a couple visits and booked a hunt, with Brad handling, and Bubba working, to get to know both. Bubba was exactly as Brad had described. And Brad proved to be everything a quality trainer/breeder should be. Honest, fair, dedicated, knowledgeable, skilled, helpful, trustworthy, and other similar adjectives come to mind. All in all, Brad and his dogs are special.
Mike, Linda & Bubba
Trailsong Beagles/Firesky Retrievers
Submitted by: B.E.HIGGINS on Dec 28, 2011I highly recommend Brad Rainey to everyone.I just returned from a hunt in S.D. My dog willow did a very good job for me. Brad had willow for the month of August he did a very good job training her she was solid on point,close working,and she DID MIND ME! BRAD is good at what he does! THANKS BRAD.
Submitted by: Tim K on Dec 08, 2011After taking my dog to Brad last spring I was so pleased with the results that now whenever we are out of town for an extended period of time, I just schedule my dog for training with Brad instead of boarding him. Brad keeps him well tuned, trained, and conditioned. I plan to take my dog back to Brad any chance I get.
Submitted by: Rich & Kathi on Nov 27, 2011We picked up our female GSP from Brad one month ago today and it is the best purchase we have ever made!! Mocha is 11 weeks old, smart as a whip and absolutely gorgeous. She is as well behaved as any 11 wk old pup can be - house trained and following simple commands. Brad was just great to work with. He answered all of our questions and his love for his dogs and knowledge of the breed is evident. It was a pleasure and very reassuring to be introduced to our pups beautiful parents and grandparents. We plan to take her back to Brad for some advanced training when the time is right and look forward to working with him again. Thank you Brad!
Submitted by: Sam and Jessica on Nov 01, 2011We picked up our pups from Brad just over a week ago and are very happy with them. Brad made it super easy and he answered all our questions. It is obvious that he genuinely cares about his work and the dogs. Kaya and Nuka are just over seven weeks old and growing and learning quickly!! Kaya locked up on a wing for the first time today and just about fell over. Brad's dogs come from great stock and we look forward to taking them back to him for further training. ****HIGHLY RECOMMEND****
Submitted by: Larry Lamphere on Oct 16, 2011Brad did a great job with my one year old shorthair. Whistle trained, pointing, retrieving and ready to go to South Dakota. Thanks Brad. We shot 25 birds the other day and he worked with 2 labs. I did what you said and left him in the kennel until we hunted. No problems, but him trying to retrieve every bird. The older labs wanted nothing to do with him. I worked Copper solo and he did awesome.
Submitted by: Dean Bentley on Aug 08, 2011I just recently purchased Ruger a started 2yr old neutered male GSP from Brad, and we couldn't be happier. Brad took the time to answer all of our questions and was gracious enough to show us him in the field. It is obvious that Brad cares deeply about his dogs. I'd encourage you to look his way if your looking for a new companion or hunting partner.
Submitted by: Philip & Lisa on Jul 31, 2011We loved Brad, our dog Desul loves Brad. He is such a good trainer and breeder, he took care of our dog for 1 month and I was extremely worried but by the end we were extremely pleased with the way he was trained. He caught my boyfriend 77 rabbits this past year. We will be calling Brad again to do a refreshing coarse for our dog. Brad and his wife are truly sweet and really caring. We appreciate everything he did. He is AMAZING. Thank you.
Submitted by: Jim T on Jul 09, 2011Just got my 11 mo old GSP back from Brads. He is exactly what Brad said he would be when we dropped ZEKE off. Conditioned to a beeper collar, whistle trained with hand signal, a basic hunting machine. ZEKE at 11 mo old will hold point through the flush until released. He has had several birds shot down to him, over the next few month's will have several more. Looking forward to October. Great job Brad.
Submitted by: Carl Delisi on Jun 17, 2011I highly recommend Brad to anyone considering a German Short hair pup for hunting, show or as an added family member to his or her home. My pup, Tempest, has all the desired traits of a future hunter and as a pet. She’s intelligent, house broken soon after she knew the boundaries of my crate. She learns new commands quickly, usually within two or three lessons. Of course, getting her to focus for that long is quite a challenge at ten weeks old. I really enjoyed meeting both parents of Tempest and received surety, from their dispositions, that Tempest was going to have that quiet confidence. It is quite obvious to me that Brad has a special understanding of bird dogs and a dedication to the GSP breed. He was a pleasure to deal with and definitely delivered more than he promised. Even though, I am in no hurry for Tempest to leave her puppy status, I really am looking forward to bringing her back to Brad for some advance training. Beautiful, curious, energized, loving, friendly and yes a bit thick skinned. If you’re looking for a breed that can handle rough play, without turning sensitive, then GSP is the dog and Brad is the Breeder.
Submitted by: Carl Delisi on Jun 07, 2011I highly recommend Brad to anyone considering a German Shorthair pup for hunting, show or as an added family member to his or her home. My pup, Tempist, has all the desired traits of a future hunter and as a pet. She’s intelligent, house broken soon after she knew the boundaries of my crate. She learns new commands quickly, usually within two or three lessons. Of course, getting her to focus for that long is quite a challenge at ten weeks old. I really enjoyed meeting both parents of Tempist and received surety, from their dispositions, that Tempist was going to have that quiet confidence. It is quite obvious to me that Brad has a special understanding of bird dogs and a dedication to the GSP breed. He was a pleasure to deal with and definitely delivered more than he promised. Even though, I am in no hurry for Tempist to leave her puppy status, I really am looking forward to bringing her back to Brad for some advance training. Beautiful, curious, energized, loving, friendly and yes a bit thick skinned. If you’re looking for a breed that can handle rough play, without turning sensitive, then GSP is the dog and Brad is the Breeder.
Submitted by: Andrew Hartwig on Jun 01, 2011I bought my German Shorthair Pointer, Abby, from Brad when she was a puppy. She is now almost 1 year old, and I am more than happy with her. She has been a great dog so far, and I am having a great time with her. She loves the water and being outside in the woods. She listens extremely well and was easy to train. Brad was very helpful before and after I purchased the dog, and I would not hesitate to work with him again.
Submitted by: Scott and Julie on Apr 29, 2011Working with Brad has been a great experience. We brought our GSP pup home last week and couldn't be more pleased with our dog and the entire experience. It is obvious that Brad is dedicated to making sure his customers are completely satisfied. He offers great advice and has followed up to make sure the pup is doing good. The pup has a great temperment and is adapting well to his new home. Thanks Brad!
Submitted by: Aimee Fedore on Apr 28, 2011HIGHLY RECOMMEND! we just purchased a GSP puppy from Brad and we absolutely LOVE her! When I first called Brad answered every question I had and gave me time to talk things over with my family. We were able to have last pick in the liter and I think we got the BEST puppy! She is already impressing us every day. Not only is she an absolutely beautiful dog, her disposition is everything Brad said it would be. He knows his dogs! When we left with her, he sent us with all the necessary paperwork and more, a stuffed animal to comfort her and a bag of dog food to transition her. She was very well taken care of her first 6 weeks of life! We drove 2 1/2 hours to get her and it was worth every mile of it! Thank you Brad for giving us such a precious gift!
Submitted by: Doug Nicoson on Apr 10, 2011I recently brought my two GSP litter mates to Brad for training. He had never taken litter mates at the same time before, but quickly accepted the challenge. Brad was very patient and worked hard to help them overcome their dependence on each other. It was critical for him to separate the dogs so each could gain the necessary confidence to become successful bird dogs. They were 14 months old & had never been apart, so Brad had his work cut out for him. I am sure there were a few rough nights, but Brad was very understanding and patient with them. When I visited half way through their training, both dogs had adjusted & were already responding to the whistle and hand signals, as well as pointing birds. When I returned to bring them home, Brad and I took each dog out separately & shot some birds over them. It was obvious to me that each dog had her own unique hunting style that Brad had allowed to develop. Although I will probably not hunt these two dogs together this year, once they mature a bit more I believe they will complement each other well. Brad also encouraged me to allow each dog the time to grow before putting them together. From what I have seen with these dogs I believe this to be very good advice. I can't express enough how happy I am with the training that Brad provided. He understands dogs (and their owners) and I would recommend him to anyone.
Submitted by: RANDY STRONG on Feb 27, 2011I purchased the 9 month old vizsla from Brad and Cindy.I drove there from Des Moines IA, 10 hours on Brads word and reputation. I have to say she is every bit the dog he said she was and more. Autumn is a big part of my everyday life now. Since picking her up she has more than impressed me with her willing to please and learn.I would return to Brad and Cindys anytime for a dog or training.
Submitted by: Ivan Miller II on Feb 15, 2011I Highly recommend Brad and Circle R Kennels for the training of your upland bird dog. I was very pleased with my GSH Cooper's training and care that was given to him during his stay with Brad. I was able to run Cooper with Brad the day I picked him up and I was very pleased on how much he had changed and learned during his time with Brad. I would recommend Circle R Kennels to anyone.
Thank you Brad for a job well done!
Ivan Miller II
Submitted by: Gary Kelley on Jan 05, 2011I had met Brad & Cindy Rainey at the Woods & Water Weekend in Michigan, when he helped us with a non-hunting dog. I then got a new French Brittney pup (Ruby) and wanted her trained, so we went to see Circle R Kennels. We decided to begin the training at 7 months and I was a bit apprehensive to say the least about leaving my little puppy with those big GSP's. My fears were relieved when I saw Brad work with Ruby. Within 1 month Brad had Ruby pointing birds and retrieving to hand. Needless to say I was thrilled. At 7 months old Ruby will need additional work to get to be the great dog I want her to be and Brad has offered at no charge to walk the fields with me as I am hunting to give Ruby and me, pointers for improvement. Brad I could not be more satisfied.
Submitted by: Jim Hackney on Dec 06, 2010I recently purchased a 3 year old GSP named Trapper. When I contacted Brad about the dog, he was prompt on his response and told me to call if I had any questions which I immediately grabbed my phone to call. He described Trapper to me accurately and honestly. After a short conversation describing my interest, experience, and situation he assured me the dog would fit the home well and warned me about the dogs high energy. Since I already have one GSP, I had to be sure the two males would get along. Brad was more than accomidating. Brad worked Trapper on a couple of birds he provided. We then worked both dogs on additional birds that I purcahsed to be sure the dogs would get along. He took the time to check for problems, thankfully there are none, and to give pointers on what I should be doing to make the dogs a successful team. He told me of products he would suggest to help the dogs succeed and how to work them both at the same time. A few days after my purchase, Brad called to see how things were going and suggested a few more ideas to ensure our success. He went above and beyond what I expected and I will be calling Brad when it comes time to add another nose to the arsenal.
Submitted by: Kurt Broers on Nov 29, 2010I am very satisfied with the training my dog received. Brad was very professional and took good care of my dog. He limits the number of dogs that he works with to make sure they all get they attention they need in order to succeed. Thanks!
Submitted by: Art and Charlene on Sep 27, 2010We got our GSP pup in early July. What a fantastic dog! He is a beautiful animal, he is very smart and very friendly. Our whole family, as well as our miniature dachshund just love our new addition. Brad was wonderful to deal with and we would highly recommend him. He loves his animals and it shows in the qualities that he brings out in the breed. Thank you so much Brad!
Submitted by: Becky and Jon Gray on Aug 11, 2010Brad took our 11 mth. old yellow lab., Allie for some upland hunting training during the month of July. My husband is a hunter, but Allie had no prior hunting experience or training. She had also been a little bit difficult for me to handle, as she was very excitable, and also extremely strong.
Imagine my surprise, when we went to pick her up. She jumped right into the back of his truck and into the kennel at the load-up command. When we took her out to the field she seemed to work it like she had done it for quite some time. She responded to Brad's commands and the whistle like a pro.
Brad, and his wife took great care of her while she was gone. He was very patient with my twice a week calls, and encouraged us to come for a visit whenever we wanted. Since she had never hunted before,he took great care to build her confidence, and treated her like she was one of his own. He said he liked a challenge, and I know he got it with Allie.
Since she went for training, she has been easier for me to handle, and has the basics to eventually be a very good hunting dog. I would refer Brad to my best friend or anyone who wanted some quality, compassionate training. Thanks Brad and Candy too.
Submitted by: Tasha and Chadd on Jul 27, 2010We brought home our new GSP pup from Circle R Kennel at the beginning of July, and we couldn't be happier. Brad was great to work with throughout the entire experience. He let us come up to visit the kennels prior to the birth of the pup to get a feel for the place (which I will add was kept in great condition, and all the dogs there were in good spirits and healthy). Our puppy is well-socialized and has a great temperament and beautiful markings. Brad went above and beyond in our minds, since he let us visit the pups when they were 4 weeks old, and even sent a toy home with our pup to help with her transition. He really cares about the dogs. I plan on taking our pup back there to be trained next spring!
Submitted by: Will and Shannon Kaeding on Jul 20, 2010We picked up our GSP puppy from Circle R Kennels at the beginning of July, and we couldn't be happier. Our puppy is beautiful, with a gorgeous, classic GSP pattern. He is also extraordinarily attentive, intelligent and eager to learn. We were thrilled with the way we were treated throughout the process. Brad Rainey, the owner, is professional, kept thorough vaccination records, and gave us great advice. The puppies were all very healthy and well-socialized. Working with Brad has been a great experience and well worth traveling for!
Submitted by: Genevieve Anderson on Jul 05, 2010Brad and Candy were fantastic. The pups were all so happy and beautiful!! This was our first time purchasing a dog and our little pup has been great. Highly recommended!
Submitted by: Susan Faistenhammer on Apr 29, 2010My husband and I were very pleased when we found Brad and Cindy from the Circle R Ranch. They were exactly what we were looking for in a hunting school for our brittany. He spent a month at the beautifully maintained ranch training with Brad on the whistle and e-collar. We were thrilled with the results. Our dog did very well under his guidance. Brad really knows dogs and their behavior. Our pup is all set for hunting season; following commands and pointing. They treated our dog as if he was one of their own. We really appreciate all the care they gave him because he did need some extra attention and they were happy to give him everything he needed. We would and have recommended Brad to anyone interested in training their dog.
Submitted by: Jeffrey Allen on Mar 27, 2010REFERENCE: PEPPER 20 month old English Pointer
My name is Jeff Allen, I am from from Rhode Island 900 miles from CIRCLE R KENNEL... I have hunted over a Springer Spaniel for 13 years and as of November 2009, my springer has retired. I knew that my next dog would be of the pointing breed, and I preferred a started female. Well with countless hours of researching and conversations with Kennels throughout the United States I found BRAD RAINEY owner of CIRCLE R KENNELS....
NOW THE STORY BEGINS!!! Brad is a hard core German Shorthair pointer enthusist and rightfully so. However he was advertising a Started 20 month old spayed female english pointer named PEPPER..... Brad wrote that she was collar conditioned,whistle and hand signal trained, holds point, and retreives to hand most of the time.... Well I read that AD at least a dozen times before I called him, We spoke for quite a while, and several times there after in reference to PEPPER. Brad was honest and holds no punches, several people were looking at Pepper very closely but all were a little apprehensive due to ENGLISH POINTERS known to be rangy and hunt for themselves, however BRAD swore quote " If Pepp was a German Shorthair she would have sold in a week" and " If I could cut her tail people would think she was a German Shorthair due to the way she hunts." Well this was enough for me, I called Brad told him I was driving the 900 miles to pick up PEPPER, Brad made me feel very comfortable and added you get to watch her hunt because he guides on a Pheasant Preserve. I watched PEPPER hunt for 5 minutes grabbed Brad and kissed him on the cheek(Sorry Mrs Rainey). I feel bad for anybody that did not believe Brad about PEPPER!!!! She is a sweet quiet dog, house broke and quiet in the kennel.
Most of all people PEPPER is an absolute machine when it is time to hunt or train ALL BUSINESS!!! She rips through any kind of cover, not afraid of water, and handles very nice to whistle and hand, She is steady through the flush and actually holds until the bird goes down, I WOULD CALL THAT A FINISHED DOG PEOPLE... OH and Brad said retreives to hand sometime.... He was just trying to be honest as can be, she is a wonderful retreiver. I call Brad at least twice a week, sometimes at 6:00am during our training to tell him PEPP just nailed down 4,5,6 woodcock... sorry about that Buddy.. Brad Rainey is the real deal FOLKS... My Sweet Pepper will own the Grouse/Woodcock in Aroostook County Maine at my family owned hunting lodge, I truly do feel bad for any upland bird that comes within a mile of Pepps nose.. I also wantto apologize to my fellow gun club members that I train with, PEPPER is in a league of her own. And I will not take credit for training her I PROMOTE BRAD RAINEY AND CIRCLE R KENNELS... Brad in closing you are a friend for life and thank you for bringing Pepper into my life. I will be visiting you every October on my way to SOUTH DAKOTA, NEBRASKA... For me and PEPPS 3 weeks of Hun,Sharptail, and Pheasant hunting. You are always welcome my friend to join us in Maine or the Midwest.... I'll kiss PEPPER good nite for you Buddy.
Submitted by: Scott Beyer on Mar 14, 2010BAILEY LABRADOR RETREIVER, 9 month old! We met Brad this year while doing a little bird hunting at Bruce Farms in Deford Michigan. After watching his commitment to his dogs (german shorthairs) I questioned him on his willingness to train my new Labrador pup. Brad responded No Problem. We dropped Bailey off at Circle R Kennel in mid February. Two weeks into the training we used Bailey to Pheasant hunt at Bruce Farms. We were amazed and impressed by her physical appearance how much she had matured, listened to commands,and flushed/retrieved birds. Circle R Kennels specializes in German Shorthairs however, Brad's overall experience with dogs and bird training renders excellent results with all hunting breeds(especially our lab). The Kennels are kept very clean. The dogs are comfortable and well taken care of. Brad runs/trains your dog everyday. Brad truly loves dogs and what he does and it shows!! Thanks for a Job Well Done.
Scott and Debbie Beyer and of course Bailey!
Submitted by: Elizabeth & Dale Longshore on Feb 24, 2010We met Brad and Candy last year at woods-n-water, where both of us had vended. We have several GSP's in need of training. The 1st dog was our male Blue, Brad was able to work through some difficulties he had, he is whistle trained and collared trained. Still needs work with his confidence which comes with time. We're very pleased. Maggie, Blue's sister was 2nd to go. Maggie was a true natural in the field, very strong prey drive and true natural ability. Maggie has since finished her AKC Champion in confirmation and will be pursuing her SH. and MH. title. We went out with Brad in terrible conditions 20-25mph winds with Maggie and Blue, for follow-up. Brad goes above and beyond for the dogs in his care. Brad will continue to receive our dogs for field training, we couldn't be more pleased with the training and facilities.
Elizabeth and Dale Longshore
Submitted by: Matt Farkas on Feb 05, 2010“This is a proven breeding. I have owned and trained several pups from previous litters from Doc and Bree. All of the dogs turned out to be fantastic gun dogs with a "ton" of natural ability. We have both pups in the house and are beginning house training. Both pups pointing wings. Shots and worming up to date.”
This was the ad we saw from Brad and this is exactly how our German Shorthaired Pointer “Lucy” has turned out. She has a wonderful even temper with lots of spunk. She is a natural retriever and She is pointing and retrieving woodcock wings and frozen ducks. I am firing .22 blanks and light load 20 gauge over her while retrieving. I have dragged a frozen duck and hid it in the woods, she has found it every time showing her natural tracking abilities.
She was well socialized with dogs and people when we got her at 10-weeks old. She potty trained and crate trained very quickly. She is about 4 ½ months now.
All her paperwork was in order and our Vet was impressed that she did not have worms.
This is my first hunting dog and I am very pleased so far. Thank you Brad.
Submitted by: Matthew Lahr on Feb 03, 2010I met Brad through a longtime friend in November of 2009. At the time my brittany pup was 7 months old and I was looking for someone to evaluate/train. Brad took her and kept her for the entire month of December. I was very pleased when I picked her up. At 8 months she hunted and handled better than some "seasoned" hunting dogs I have been around. She was all business while afield. She responded well to the whistle as well as to hand signals. I couldn't have been more pleased. Since then I have hunted her on my own with her holding point on 5 of the 6 pheasants that I shot. She is well on her way to being an excellent hunting dog and I have Brad to thank for that. I have already referred someone else to Brad and their dog is scheduled to be in training in February. If you are looking for a honest, up front, professional trainer than you owe it to yourself and your dog to contact Brad.
Submitted by: Steve on Jan 11, 2010Last year my son and I decided we needed a new hunting partner. We proceeded to look at all the different breeds.and decided on a german shorthair.We found Circle R on the internet and started to Email Brad to see if we had picked the right breed. he answered all of our questions and was a fountain of information before we had even picked a breeder to use. over the course of a few months we coresponded thru E mail and phone, ther was no question in our minds tht Circle R would be the place for us to find that new addition to the family. We have had Gracie for nine months now and She has been everything Brad said she would be. We can"t wait to take back for field training in the spring.We are new to upland and Pointers but I am sure with Brad,s knowledge we are in good hands.
Steve Brown Ontario ,Canada
Submitted by: Dan Denkins on Dec 31, 2009I picked my Setter up from Brad just after Thanksgiving. I have got out with her 5 or 6 times since then. She does come back to the whistle real good, but usually test me once a trip. She will bring the birds most of the way back and some times all the way to hand. Maybe she will continue to grow in this area over time.
Submitted by: Lindsey Yagiela on Dec 07, 2009Last friday i had bought a 10 week old male german shorhair pointer from the Circle R Kennel for my grandfahter for xmas, he's been wanting a gsp for a very long time, and when i found out about the amazing pups the circle r kennel had i couldnt pass it up. my grandfather loves hunting and always dreamed about having a hunting dog of his very own. I was so excited to find out that brad had two pups at the kennel, and i couldnt wait to go pick one up. Levi is a great pup and fits right into our family, he gets along with everyone and is really warming up to my grandpa. At 10 weeks old he's already pointing really well, and my grandfather is really pleased with him. I plan on brining him back to the kennel for furhter training, i wouldnt want to take him anywhere else. They really know what there doing up there, and i cant wait to see the results to a great hunting dog... Thank you guys so much for this pup he's amazing and is in good hands. we hope to see you soon and will keep you updated on how your little boy is doing!
* Lindsey *
Submitted by: kristen devine on Nov 11, 2009Brad has trained both my male and female french brittany's. We are very happy with the results. It is a top notch facility and you can trust that your dog is treated right. On a more personal note it is a warm feeling when you go back to visit and your dog jumps on Brad for a hug or my famale Dixie jumps in the front of his cart and looks at him like ok lets go hunt. These type's of expressions from your dogs say it all. We will continue to use Circle R Kennel in the future and highly recommend Brad to anyone looking for a place to get their dog ready for hunting. I truly feel training is essential to bring out the best in your dog.
Nathan & Tyler
Submitted by: Jim Sovik on Nov 09, 2009I was in a search for an upland hunting dog and family companion. My focus was on a younger GSP with some field training. Brad offered a 16 month old female, Kallie, as a started dog. After her first few weeks with us we took her pheasant hunting. She followed all the field commands and responded well to the whistle. I utilized the beeper collar training provided by Brad and was thrilled with Kallie’s coverage and field patterns. Brad has offered both field and home advice for our first GSP’s best care. Additionally, Kallie enthusiastically shows her affection, which delights my two teenage daughters and my wife. I recommend Brad’s expertise, wealth of experience, and professional integrity for your GSP needs. Jim Sovik, Naperville, IL
Submitted by: Jim Gilsdorf on Nov 08, 2009I've had and trained my own gundogs for 35 years. This pup (now 7 month) is the most intelligent and readily trained I've ever seen. Learned "sit", "heel", and "whoa" in one or two days each. Hunted pheasants in North Dakota last week and the pup pointed and held three birds, and retrieved one. He's just barely started on retrieving training, by the way. He quartered better than my friends professionally trained setter despite only puppy walks in short grass earlier as "training." Conditions in ND were very difficult, with much wind and rain and sleet, but pup used the wind very well in shelterbelts and other narrow fields, as well as angling to it in the broader CRP. All this is with hunting him ony an hour or two on any given day. I am exceedingly pleased with this pup, and would say he is performing like a two year old or better at his young age.
Submitted by: Greg Clark on Nov 02, 2009I have know Brad for about seven years and he has trained several of my Brittanies. He is an outstanding trainer with excellent knowledge of all pointing breeds. He is extremely honest and hard working and the dogs just love him. I have already sent several of my friends to him and would recommend him to anybody. As a matter of fact I just picked up my 7 month old Brittany from him yesterday and he is already hunting and handling like a seasoned dog. If you are looking for a good honest dog trainer that will get the most out of your dog then Brad is your man.
Submitted by: Bill Daam on Oct 23, 2009I purchased a female pup from Brad's April litter. I and am very impressed and happy with her development at six months. She displays natural hunting in stinks and exceptional intelligence in the field. She is an active and healthy pup. I am looking forward this winter to bringing her back to Brad for formal training. I was very comfortable with Brad during the purchase, he is very knowledgable. Brad gave me all the information I needed regarding the breeding backround and care of the pup prior to the purchase.
Submitted by: Lewis Winburn on Oct 23, 2009I recently decided to purchase a started GSP due to my current dogs age. I purchased a started dog from Brad. The dog was exactly what was advertised. Brad did a great job w/the initial training of Charlie. Charlie has great potential w/a great disposition & willingness to learn. By the 3rd day in the field I was convinced that I had made the right decision. I would recommend Brad to anyone interested in getting a quality hunting companion.
Submitted by: Al Straus on Oct 10, 2009I got Brads name from my neighbor who had purchased a dog from him .He was totaly impressed with what the dog could do .I called Brad and later got a male from his july 3 litter .He is now 14 weeks old and we have him trained to kennel when called .He is young yet but his nose is incredable I can hide a bone in the yard anywhere hi low up under he will find it .Brad has what every hunter envies a training facility that has everything corn sorgum grasses the works.I do intend on taking Doc back for training in the spring so Brad can do what he loves to do and thats "train dogs". Al Straus
Submitted by: Richard Myrick on Oct 07, 2009I purchased "Gracie" from Circle R Kennel this past spring and she is doing just great. She is an awesome German Shorthaired Pointer. She turned 6 months a few days ago. I've been training with her for the last two months. Took her out recently and got two woodcock under her. She's intelligent, biddable and calm, an excellent family companion, good with kids and a perfect hunting pup learner. I am very pleased with her.
Brad expresses that he breeds calm GSPs and that is true with my experience. "Gracie" is much more stable, calm and easy going than any GSP I've been around. Others have commented the same. I get lots of compliments on her. She's a beautiful dog and not a barker. I have told a number of folks who were interested that I recommend Circle R Kennel for GSPs.
Rick Myrick, Gladwin, Michigan
Submitted by: Heather Bird on Oct 03, 2009I just bought a 7 week old GSP puppy from Brad on Moday. I had a deposit down for a male puppy for a July litter. Unfortunatly, that litter only had 2 males, and there were already 2 people ahead of me waiting for males. So Brad said that I could have fisrt pick of a August litter if I wanted to wait. I knew I wanted one of Brad's pups so I waited. The puppies were beautiful and healthy and I couldn't be happier with my pick. The puppies had there shots, and were dewormed. He gave me a list of all the shots and when I should schedule the pups vet appointments. I would reccommend Brad to anyone who is interested in purchasing a GSP. I also had the opportnity to come see the puppies when they were 4 weeks old, and Brad showed me the grounds and the kennels. It is obvious that Brad loves what he does and that his dogs are very well cared for. I'm sure I will be back in the future, either to train my GSP or to buy another puppy.
Submitted by: Rick Ostrowski on Sep 22, 2009I met Brad by chance in the Fall of 2007, while pheasant hunting in Deford, Michigan.
I was having some training issues with one of my Brittanys and Brad offered his services.
Since than we have become friends and he has worked with some of my other brittany pups, as well as some of my customer dogs.
Brad breeds and trains his own line of real nice German Shorthair Pointers. But over the two years I have witnessed his training techniques with other breeds ( Setters, Pointers, Brittanys, Labs, Vizslas, Weimaraners...)
If your dog has hunting instincts Brad will bring them out. Thanks Brad !
Submitted by: john b. pomante on Sep 10, 2009Brad worked with my young english pointer, she needed some steadying work.He did a great job getting her to hold her birds and steady to wing in a short period of time. Nice grounds great cover and clean kennels, thanks Brad.
Submitted by: Thomas Colvin on Aug 27, 2009Brad was great to work with, I live fairly close and was able to veiw the mother and father of my pup. Sadie will be 8 weeks old tomorrow and is doing well. I am looking forward to working with Brad again. Excelent kennels, lots of room to work your dogs, Brad and his wife care for all the dogs as if they were their own. He has always got dogs from clients on site and people waiting to get theirs in. I would say that speaks for it self.
Submitted by: Gary & Wendy on Jul 25, 2009We purchased a 3 month old GSP from Circle R Kennel and have been nothing but pleased. She has responded well to her early training and is working out to be a great family pet. Brad & his wife went above and beyond to make this experience a pleasant one.
I would recommend highly to anyone wishing to purchase a GSP. His training and kennel facilities are top notch. Looking forward to bringing Sasha back for her continued training.
Submitted by: Marc and Corrine Doxey on Jun 02, 2009Brad did a great job with our Vizsla, Kessel. Kessel trained with Brad for two months, and passed his Junior Hunt test that summer. Kessel goes to Brad's every summer when we go on vacation for boarding. Not only is the training excellent and reasonably priced, the boarding is also great. Where else can you send you dog and have them trained on birds for less than $20 a day? Kessel loves it!
Submitted by: Bob & Joanna wessel on May 30, 2009Hi my husband bob and i got a 15 month old GSP from Brad about 2 months ago. when we got there to his kennels he was very nice to talk too. when he took out the dog (it was Blake)know it is Jake we liked what we saw. Brad then took use out to see him work as he would do if we were hunting out in the field.He took the time to show use that he was not gun shy at all and that he listened when he called.Brad did not make use feel rushed at all and he did answer all of the questions that we asked him.That was great. We would buy another dog from him any time.
thank you Brad for a great dog with a personality plus.
Bob & Joanna wessel
Submitted by: Jason Baerlocher on May 28, 2009A couple months ago, I decided that I wanted a german shorthaired pointer of my own. I grew up with one as a child and hunted behind my father's GSP for the last ten years, so I consider myself pretty experienced with the breed. In my search for a pup, I stumbled upon gundogbreeders.com, and more specifically, Circle R Kennel. After seeing that a litter was expected, I contacted Brad and put a deposit down on a female. Six weeks ago the pups were born and today I was able to bring Cabela home. Through my experience with Brad and Circle R Kennel, I can tell you it would be worth your while to consider Rainey's Circle R Kennel for any of your GSP needs. Brad is very knowledgeable with the breed and is a down to Earth guy. It has been a pleasure dealing with him and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. In fact, next year I plan on taking Cabela back for the field training. During my time at Circle R, I saw how well Brad and his wife cared for all the dogs, and I have no doubt that when I take Cabela back, she will be treated as if she was one of their own. I can't express in its totality how impressed I am.
Submitted by: Scott Ploe on May 27, 2009I met Brad last August while he was putting on a demonstration with his GSP “Jack”. I was truly impressed in the way Jack performed and his gentle disposition, so I purchased one of Brad’s last pups.
Well a few months’ later after some basic obedience and some light fieldwork I returned Chip to the “Circle R Kennel “ for Brad’s 30 day bird dog training program. To say I was please when I picked Chip up would be an understatement. Brad accomplished exactly what he said he would. Chip responded to hand and whistle commands, staunch pointed birds, accustomed to a beeper collar and being shot over.
During the time Chip was at the “ Circle R “ Brad kept me informed regularly on his progress. And after picking him up told me if I had any kind of problem in the future to give him a call and he be happy to help correct it.
So if you are looking for a quality no nonsense trainer for your bird dog or looking for a GSP pup you can’t go wrong with Brad Rainey at the “Circle R Kennel “
Submitted by: Steve Maudrie on May 22, 2009Brad is a top notch dog trainer and a big supporter of Pheasants Forever. Many members of Pheasants Forever Chapter 467 have had dogs trained by Brad, we've also seen the dogs he keeps at his kennel. I can recommend Circle R Kennels without reservation! Brad specializes in pointer training, but he is every bit as good with flushing dogs.
I made the mistake of hunting my promising young Springer Spaniel with much more experienced dogs. My dog quit hunting and starting 'polishing' my boot instead of working. Brad worked him with some of his pointers and got him hunting again. 'Vader' has been a joy to hunt with ever since. That was three years ago. Now my kids ask "When is Vader going back to Doggie College?" My kids love making the trip to Circle R Kennel to drop off and pick up Vader. My dog goes back to Brad every year. Thanks Brad!
President - Ingham County Pheasants Forever
Submitted by: Mary Guilds on May 18, 2009We had our German Shorthair bred by Jack at Circle R Kennel. What a great experience! From day one of breeding to after the pups were born, Brad has been nothing but helpful as we were new at this experience. Our pups turned out great and selling fast with Brad's help! We will definitely be back for the next breeding or if we need one of our dogs trained. So glad we met Brad at the Wood's and Water show!
Submitted by: Steve Maudrie on May 18, 2009Brad is a top notch trainer and a big supporter of Pheasants Forever. Many members of Chapter 467 have had dogs trained by Brad, we've also seen the dogs he keeps at his kennel. I can recommend Brad without reservation! Brad is an excellent trainer for your flushing dog, he did a great job on my Springer Spaniel.
Steve Maudrie, President PF 467
Submitted by: John R. Pomante on Mar 08, 2009My name is John and I have known Brad since 2003, we first met when I was helping with a youth hunt on the preserve where he trains. I was very impressed with Brad and his techniques, at the time I had some young setters that were just developing and had been with another trainer, two were coming along real well with some minor problems that needed correcting and the other one was not pointing birds at all, so I made arrangements with Brad to take him a month before hunting season prior to a trip out to Kansas. Needless to say when we went west we thought Brad had given us the wrong dog back, what a difference this trainer had made with this particular problem dog. We always knew that Buck had a great nose and could find game, he just would not hold his game. Not any more he holds, backs, retrieves and is now one of our best hunting dog's. Brad has had all our dogs back for pre-season tuneups and doe's a great job. You will not be disappointed by this trainer, give Circle R Kennels a try and you won't go anywhere else. Thanks Brad,
Submitted by: Bill Brake on Feb 23, 2009I am the past President of Ingham County Michigan Pheasant Forever. I met Brad in 2005 at our banquet. I had just purchased a female Short Hair and was looking for a trainer. Brad did such a great job that he has now worked with all three of my Short Hairs. He has the right approuch (Gentle) to training each dog and turned all of them into outstanding field dogs. I have worked behind some of his own dogs and liked them well enough that I plan on breeding my female to Brads dog Jack. He is a stout dog that is truely a power house in the field. Thanks Brad - Bill Brake
Submitted by: leon kharnoulian on Jan 29, 2009hi my name is leon i have a brittany that did not want anything to do with hunting,he was very shy did not have any interest in birds so i was looking around to finde some one to train him and make him a good hunter,thats when i came across CIRCLE R KENNEL i talked to the guy incharge of the kennel and set up a date to drop my brittany off after one month of training i still cant believe that the dog i picked up from him a month after my drop off date is the same dog.I am very pleased with the kind of work (Brad) put into my dog because now i can say i have a hunting dog and a very well trained hunting dog. So if anyone is looking to get any kind of training done on there dog (Brad)at circle r kennel is the man you want to see.
Submitted by: Jay Lasco on Jan 06, 2009Brad is just a great person all around. He has the proper facility and knows what's best for your dog. You will continue to see my business in the future Brad. Take Care