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Ganderwood's Adventurous Companions - Michigan Retrieving hunting dog trainers
About Ganderwood's Adventurous Companions

Ganderwood trains pups for 3-4 months in our Adventurous Companion Obedience program. We also have a basic 6 week Obedient Companion program Our programs are for hunters and also for family companion pups which do not hunt. We tailor the training to meet each family's needs.

In the Adventurous Companion program, pups are taught the Force Fetch in a very humane way, using the "hold" and "fetch" with treats first prior to being taught to retrieve inanimate object with the traditional ear pinch. Hunting pups are put on thawed birds and taught to use their nose. Pups are properly exposed to gunfire. Pups are thoroughly obedience trained for the "take anywhere" dog. They will hike off leash, wear a hiking pack, ride quietly in a canoe or motor boat, stay on a "place" for up to 2 hours, and have terrific house manners. Pups are taught some basic agility to promote confidence and obedience. Our program accepts pups under one year old. We use both rewards and correction for the perfect pup attitude. Adventurous Companion Program is 3-4 months and is $1800 which includes feeding Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete, vet care is additional. The Obedient Companion program is about a 6 week program and is $600. See website for details.

Testimonials below are from Ganderwood's past trained pups:

Jane:

I made 2 trips to South Dakota this fall. I didn't find too many birds on the 1st trip but it was raining the 1st day and the pheasants held real tight. Misty pointed every pheasant we got that day, and my brother and I each got our limit. I went out again 2 weeks ago and the pheasants were in grass that was 6 feet high. Misty works even closer when she is in heavy cover, because she is constantly checking where I am. I managed to get my limit all but one day. We did quite a bit of pigeon hunting over the summer at some local farms, and got a dozen ruffed grouse here in Wisconsin, and got a few ducks too. Thanks for the tip on the bag balm, it seems to keep her feet in better shape. She has become my best buddy, runs with me, and everyone compliments me on how well she listens. I plan on doing some out of state duck hunting next fall. Misty has the best personality of any dog I've ever had. I hope your family is doing well, God bless you and your family and have a very Merry Christmas.

Thought I'd send you an update on Misty. I got her spayed last month, and that went well. The ladies there (vet office) all just loved her because she listens so well. I've taken over 60 birds with her this fall and winter. I attached some more pictures of her cross country skiing with my wife and I. I believe she enjoys going skiing as much as hunting, she gets very excited when she sees the skis come out.

Thanks Al

Hi Jane!

I just thought I would write you a quick note to say thank you for the great job you did with my little guy Kinnick. He is my absolute best friend in the world and he is honestly the best dog ever. Everybody who meets him cannot believe that he is a pup yet because is he so well behaved and sweet. I was a little worried the first month or two when he came home because he was a little timid and wouldn't play like a normal lab puppy, but be careful what you ask for because he has definitely come out of his shell! If I could know for sure another one would turn out this good, I get one in a heartbeat…my friends tell my though that I hit the lotto with Kinnick and I shouldn't push my luck! Anyway, I thank you for the great job you do and for Kinnick coming into my life. He's now about 90lbs, a great swimmer & Frisbee player, and loves the snow.

Sincerely,

Kirk & Kinnick

Jane,

The pup is amazing! It has been the greatest experience. We love him! He comes up north with us and he is so well tempered. Every where we go people comment on how good he is. He has been swimming like a beaver in our lake up north. I am excited for duck season! He also does really, really well on boat rides. This was something our old lab could not handle. Our old lab, bless her, would pace constantly in the boat. This was not only annoying, but it was not safe as well. Tanner just jumps in and lays down. He went to sleep within 10 minutes on our last boat ride. Unbelievable! Thank you!

Tanner and family

Jane,

I had a jewelry party for a friend last night, 20 people and 5 kids. Zoe didn't eat anything she wasn't supposed to, obeyed commands well, and was nice to all. I have told everyone about Zoe and her training and how happy we are with your program. Will talk and send pictures soon.

Regards,

Katie

Hi Jane!

I just thought I would write you a quick note to say thank you for the great job you did with my little guy Kinnick. He is my absolute best friend in the world and he is honestly the best dog ever. Everybody who meets him cannot believe that he is a pup yet because is he so well behaved and sweet. If I could know for sure another one would turn out this good, I get one in a heartbeat…my friends tell my though that I hit the lotto with Kinnick and I shouldn't push my luck! Anyway, I thank you for the great job you do and for Kinnick coming into my life. He's now about 90lbs, a great swimmer & Frisbee player, and loves the snow.

Sincerely,

Kirk & Kinnick

Jane,

The pup is amazing! It has been the greatest experience. We love him! He comes up north with us and he is so well tempered. Every where we go people comment on how good he is. He has been swimming like a beaver in our lake up north. I am excited for duck season! He also does really, really well on boat rides. This was something our old lab could not handle. Our old lab, bless her, would pace constantly in the boat. This was not only annoying, but it was not safe as well. Tanner just jumps in and lays down. He went to sleep within 10 minutes on our last boat ride. Unbelievable! Thank you!

Tanner and family

Jane,

I had a jewelry party for a friend last night, 20 people and 5 kids. Zoe didn't eat anything she wasn't supposed to, obeyed commands well, and was nice to all. I have told everyone about Zoe and her training and how happy we are with your program. Will talk and send pictures soon.

Regards,

Katie

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Ganderwood's Adventurous Companions Contact Info
Jane Heikoop
9451 2 Mile Rd NE
Ada, Michigan 49301
 
616-676-9451
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Pup are put on thawed birds and retrieve to hand.
A pup doing a long down
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