Submitted by: Clayton Simonson on Oct 17, 2016
I have been a pheasant hunter all my life and have had mainly German Shorthairs. I never had to train them except for the bringing the bird back to me as they just took to the pointing on their own. I decided to get a lab and at the time did not even know about Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. This year in September my Shorthair developed Cancer and had to be put down. The Lab I got had only hunted with her three times. I knew that if I wanted to hunt Pheasants I would need help getting her trained. That is when I started looking very serious at a trainer and did my homework and phone calls to several people that had used Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. I had met Steve and Amy a few months before as I started getting my dog food from them. I talked to Steve and Amy about their training and if they had room to get my dog in. Steve already had a pretty full plate with the dogs he had, but did agree to take my pup in and train her. After the first week I went out and was able to watch her work and she did a great job with the birds. The second week I was amazed at the change in my dog and how she had a drive to hunt. The third week I could not believe how well she worked the field to put up birds and bring them back. I went out the last week before picking her up and was totally blown away as to the skills she had acquired in just 4 weeks. She was like a seasoned veteran. My dog learned obedience, E-collar traning along with whistle training in just those four weeks.
I could not be happier in the choice I made to have her trained by Steve and Amy. They have the passion and take the time to work with each dog to get the best potential they can out of them. Steve also is a great trainer on the owner. I learned a lot just by going with him when my dog went into the field. Steve is a very patient man and has a way of working with dogs to gain their trust in him.
I know this may sound a little corny but Steve took a dog from just setting and fetching to a hunting machine in four weeks all with praise and time.
I can guarantee that the next dog I get will be from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and will be trained by them. Clayton Simonson, Portage WI
Submitted by: Dean De Noma on Jun 10, 2016
Last year a friend referred us to Steve and Amy Pappas for the training of our one year old Chocolate Lab, Ranger. From the first inquiry through today, Steve and Amy have impressed us with their expertise, knowledge and affection for hunting dogs. Ranger reported to Bird Crazy Gun Dogs in late June 2015 with tons of energy, a moderate grasp of obedience training and a great sniffer. We had struggled to get him to heal properly, to stop pulling on the leash while walking, and to come when called. During the training, Steve and Amy encouraged us to visit him to observe the training and to learn how he was being trained. We visited Ranger every weekend during his four week training course and learned invaluable lessons that we carried forward through the hunting season and continue to use every day.
Upon the first visit to see Ranger in training, we were already in AWE. Ranger immediately flushed and retrieved the pheasant shot over him. He came back with the bird, dropped it and sat. Ranger wasn't perfect, but for just a few practice runs, we were extremely pleased. Ranger continued to progress over the four weeks as did our knowledge as Steve and Amy stepped us through dog psychology, training tips, and recommendations of what works from products to gestures and tone of voice.
Upon returning home, Ranger immediately showed signs of maturity and obedience. Beyond new found obedience, the results of Ranger's training was countless hours of pheasant hunting in the fall with dozens of birds flushed and retrieved. I have never seen my husband happier than when he came home from hunting and when he told his hunting/Ranger stories. The dog is amazing and we credit Steve and Amy for the transformation.
We cannot recommend Bird Crazy Gun Dogs highly enough. Ranger left for training a boy, and cam back a MAN!!!
Ranger's Lead The Way!
Dean and Kristy De Noma
Submitted by: Don Mezei on Jul 13, 2015
Having a dog trained is a big investment and I believe in the saying, "you get what you pay for". It really paid off for me in this case. I contacted Steve and Amy Pappas at Bird Crazy Gun Dogs after much study. My 8 year old Springer had passed 6 months prior and I realized that my "want" for a new dog was really a "need". I wasn't ready to give up hunting birds and I craved the companionship a good dog offers.
They invited me to visit their home and it was clear from the get go that they love what they are doing and run a first class operation. They offer selective breeding resulting in handsome dogs, well socialized and instinctively attuned to hunt. Their facilities are clean and well organized. Steve and Amy know their business and share their expertise freely. I bought a female Springer and have been so pleased with her progress.
I decided to have Piper go to their "hunt-em-up" program this summer in order to get her ready for her first bird season this coming fall. Boy was I impressed with her progress! I'm 66 years old and I know I could never have had her bird ready as of now and believe me - she is! She is ahead of the learning curve and we'll be sharing some great adventures in the years to come. Piper is the complete dog for me and a great return on my investment. Not only that, I've made friends with Steve and Amy and I know that I can always bank on their advice should I have the need.
Retired Wisconsin Conservation Warden
Submitted by: Mark Geisler on Jun 21, 2015
I delivered my 7 month old Springer puppy to Steve with the basic obedience and retrieve in place. My puppy was ready for the next level. Let me tell you, by giving that puppy lots of birds in combination with the professional experience of Steve Pappas, my puppy at 8 months of age is an exceptional hunter. My experience with Bird Crazy Gun Dogs started as a business transaction, but Steve and Amy's values and morals as a breeder and trainer really set them apart from the rest. Steve and Amy both give 100% to their kennel and training operation making Bird Crazy Gun Dogs a true first class operation.
Submitted by: Kevin, and Jodie Bronkhorst on Jan 15, 2015
We highly recommend Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and working with Steve and Amy for training your dog to bird hunt. Steve and Amy trained our 8 month old Brittany Spaniel puppy in August of 2013. We found Bird Crazy Gun Dogs online and asked to visit the training area prior to committing to their month long training program. They welcomed our visit and took us for a tour of the kennels, fields, and explained their process of training the dogs. We felt extremely at ease and confident these where the right people to work with our dog. During the training we visited on weekends and took part in the field training process. Their hands on personal experience has accelerated our ability to hunt effectively with our dog, and walking on the leash! After our month training, we have been back several times to Bird Crazy Gun Dogs for their boarding services with field training and weekend training hunting birds. This constant practice keeps the training fresh for both our dog and us We highly recommend Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. We are grateful to have found them, to have people we trust and can turn to for information and guidance with our dog.
Kevin, and Jodie Bronkhorst, and Cooper
Submitted by: John Obst on Dec 31, 2014
Two things are a must if you want a great - or even a good - hunting dog: genetics and training. I can't stress enough how important good breeding is and I was fortunate to get a female German Shorthaired Pointer (Bella) from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. Steve and Amy Pappas might be able to help you too get that quality puppy. If they can't, be sure to talk to them about other breeders, as they are likely to point you in the right direction. Bird Crazy Gun Dogs is not just a name , it is also Steve's philosophy of training: get that puppy on birds, early and often. And that's training creed that I buy into 100%. Proof of success was at six months old, and after four weeks of training, Bella was finding birds, pointing,with rock solid points, and retrieving downed birds. At that tender age, she was hunting better than many dogs I've seen in the field. Now a couple of months and lots of hunts later, I can attest that Steve's lessons "stuck" and she is well on her way to becoming an outstanding hunter.
Bird Crazy Gun Dogs is well-run, clean and organized; ample fields are available for getting those pups on birds. I was particularly pleased with the e-collar training that Steve did. Too many dogs have been ruined by heavy-handed inexperienced owners. The training transition from Steve to me was seamless and it is rare that I have to use the e-collar to correct behavior. I can't begin to tell you what a pleasure it is to have Bella immediately respond to the "here" or whistle command when hunting. Successful training doesn't happen overnight and the four week program was great for us. Owners are able to observe and even participate in the training. My schedule was such that I was able to attend most of the sessions and that was really important to me. Doing so enabled me to understand the training techniques and consistently apply them once Bella was home. Steve is more than happy to explain what he is doing and to answer your questions.
Without reservations, I enthusiastically recommend Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
John Obst, WI.
Submitted by: Tim Connor on Dec 11, 2014
I just got back from a perfect late season morning hunt with my 12 month old Golden, "Finn", who as with as many days this fall, provided an excellent and enjoyable day in the field. Finn really loves the hunt and is a pleasure to work due to the excellent training he received with Steve and Amy Pappas at Bird Crazy Gun Dogs in Wisconsin. Finn is the second Golden Retriever I have sent to Steve and Amy. I've found their consistent methods and care and daily encouragement in training produces well mannered and enthusiastic hunters. without question having a young dog hunt over live birds each day helps fuel their excitement for the hunt and helps them more quickly become effective in the field. I highly recommend Bird Crazy Gun Dogs for anyone interested in training a dog to be a great hunting companion. I am so pleased with their work with my dogs and look forward to having them train our newest 11 week old Golden Retriever next summer.
Thanks Steve and Amy
Tim Connor, Fitchburg, WI.
Submitted by: Randal Kruzicki on Dec 24, 2013
Ida, our Pudelpointer, spent one month with Steve and Amy this fall at the tender age a 5 1/2 months. She was only accepted that young because she had already learned some of the basic commands. Steve molded her into a fine tuned hunting machine. There is nothing like entrusting your pup to a complete stranger and getting her back as a well behaved hunting companion. Since getting her back we have harvested 25 quail, two mallards and 10 pheasant. She has already helped bust up a couple turkey flocks and really wanted to go after geese.
Submitted by: Matt & Amy Paugel on Oct 13, 2013
After searching for a trainer and talking to a few. I was convinced after talking to Steve that he and his wife Amy were the team to train our German Shorthair, Gabi. We took her up to Steve at about 14 weeks old. Some may think this is really young but it was the most exciting experience and the most important step in training your gun dog! Steve asked me to take Gabi and point her toward Amy as she had a shotgun and was about 100 yards away. Amy shot and Gabi instantly perked up wondering what that was. Amy proceeded to shoot a few more times and Steve was convinced Gabi had no care about the gun shots. Next Steve took out a chukker to see what Gabi's instincts were. To say that part was incredible is an understatment. She took off after that bird like a shot out of a gun.
We brought Gabi back in September for 4 weeks of training. She is a completely different dog now, yet still a puppy, with a love to hunt birds that I could have never trained her for. Steve and Amy are respectful incredible people that are amazing with your dog and will help train a hunting partner for life! I am so looking forward to this year's 2013 Pheasant season. If you are considering a trainer that is honest, friendly & knowledgeable then look no farther! What a wonderful experience we had and we cannot recommend Steve and Amy enough! They truly make your gun dog bird crazy! We look forward to visiting them again as they took such good care of Gabi as if she was their own dog. You can't go wrong with such a superb duo. Give them a call and you will see for yourself what they can do to help get you on your way to a solid hunting partner for life!
Submitted by: john center on Aug 06, 2013
Steve received a well bred 1 year old "cityfied" black lab who had no experience and little interest in hunting or retrieving due to our city existence. With patience and positive reinforcemment he returned to me an enthusiastic hunter ready for this fall. I am very pleased with Steves efforts and the fact that I was able to join him on multiple occasions to work the dog and see the progress. He does a great job. John
Submitted by: Paul Holzem on Mar 02, 2013
We have a soon to be 2 year old Deutsch Drahthaar that Steve has worked with from the time she was just 10 weeks old. Under his direction she was stedy to point by 10 months old, ant this fall at 18 months old solid in all aspects of a field hunting companion. Steve and Amy will provid your dog with outstanding care and BIRD exposure in a very humane envoriment. Of the 6 bird dogs and 4 trainers I've worked with in my adult life, they are without doubt the best overall. Do you hunting pals a favor and spend some time with this wonderful team.
Submitted by: Jerry Meronk on Jan 05, 2013
A little about myself, I've hunted birds most of my life, had several hunting dogs, mostly labs and saw thousands of dogs hunting while I was working for close to 30 years as a Conservation Warden. I'm not kidding when I say your odds of having a good hunting dog will greatly improve if you try Bird Crazy Gun Dogs training program.
In my opinion Bird Crazy Gun Dogs hunting dog program deserves 5 stars out of a possible 5 stars. In one word "unbelieveable". My year old yellow Labrador puppy flushed and retrieved over 100 birds in her first year. Thanks to Bird Crazy training methods. In just 4 weeks she was taught obedience, gun conditioning, E collar training and was exposed to lots of birds at a cost probably less than what a single hunting trip would run.
Steve Pappas has a way with dogs. The dogs love and respect him. I have never observed him being mean to a dog. He gains their respect through his ability to be firm, consistent and enthusiastic with praise when the dog shows improvement.
The Kennels are almost spotless,the dog food is top of the line and the atmosphere is geared toward success.
Very few of us have access to what is necessary to successfully train a dog. Simply put, various types of cover, access to birds, (chukkars, pheasants), patience, time, experience and knowledge.
The biggest mistake I have ever made in the past in reference to dog training is not taking my young dogs to a place like Bird Crazy Gun Dogs for training.
If you continue to spend time with your dog and use the methods your dog has learned you will have an excellent hunting dog at a very young age. I know I am predjudiced but I believe you would have a very difficult time finding an older dog that hunts any better than my puppy. Plus she lives in the house and sleeps in her own bed.
At least check it out! You can do that for free.
Submitted by: Shawn Eisch on Dec 16, 2012
Took my large German shorthair Bruno(75 lbs) to Steve when this dog was completely out of control. He is a large German shorthair who loves to hunt, but did not listen. In short order Steve had him coming to the whistle every time. This year we never lost a grouse or pheasant. He never moves on point unless told- and he listens. He is awesome thanks to Steve. Best money I spent this year, maybe ever! Thanks Steve!
Submit your testimonial