Jeff Orwat


In the words of professional gun dog trainer, Jeff Orwat, “You can’t control the stock market, how much you owe in taxes or who is going to be the next president, so you might as well be able to control your dog!”

But all joking aside, Jeff’s no-nonsense approach to training gun dogs has helped build one of the top training facilities in the country at Valhalla Kennels. So whether you are just beginning training a new pup or trying to correct a problem such as a gun shy dog, Jeff has the experience and talent to meet your needs.

Jeff is truly a master of his trade and for more than a decade has helped gun dog owners and their dogs get the most of their time afield together. Jeff’s training program is customized to the abilities of each dog and their owner, taking you through the process step by step. Jeff not only develops top-notch gun dogs but he also will help you learn how to handle your dog in the field and at home.

Jeff works with all breeds of gun dogs but is renowned for developing some of the best German Shorthair Pointers in the country. In addition, he is very skilled and experienced in developing all sporting breeds including rare gun dogs. Perhaps Jeff’s greatest skill is his ability to read a dog and then develop and train accordingly. So if you want the most out of your dog make sure to give Jeff a call today and get your gun dog evaluated by a true expert of his trade.

Jeff’s goal is to bring out the best maximum potential in your hunting partner and to help you better understand how to relate to your dog in a fun and informative environment. If you want a gun dog that you can truly be proud of, be sure to give Jeff a call today and inquire about his wide array of services including monthly training programs customized to fit your needs, private training sessions, started and finished gun dogs and world class upland bird hunts.

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Russell MacLennan

Russell MacLennan is a respected bird dog breeder, trainer and upland hunting guide. He began his amateur training career in 1989 with a black lab named Buddy. Since then he has trained all breeds of sporting dogs and their owners for performance in the field and basic obedience in the home.

Russell is no stranger to competition, at age 14 he competed in the Colorado Pheasant Hunting Championships, hosted by Pheasants Forever. Along with the help of Sir Hershey of Surrey and Delery Guillory they won top honors. Since, Russell has trained for, and competed in a variety of competitions including:

  • National Bird Dog Challenge Association
  • A.K.C. hunt tests and horseback trials
  • A.P.L.A. qualifiers and many local hunting trials
  • Russell and his dog “Boo” own the record for the fastest time set in the Colorado Open Pheasant Hunting Championships. In 1997, Russell and “Boo” completed a six pheasant run in less than 5 minutes, posting one of the highest scores ever.

Russell was born with a gift to understand dogs and the patience to teach their owners.

Russell’s favorite food for thought:

“A dog is man’s best friend! So why can parrots talk?”

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Scott King

Tyler Bowman

Scott was born and raised in Texas where his love of dogs devolved with his first Lab puppy Dixie. Scott served in the United States Coast Guard for over 11 years and then followed his dream of living near the mountains, being outdoors, and big game hunting in Colorado. Scott and his family have 2 GSPs and a Dachshund and he understands the balance of a hunting companion and family pet. Scott enjoys spending time in the field, working each dog individually, and is dedicated to producing the best hunting companion for you and your family. 

“Great bird dogs are trained and developed with dedication to time in the field and precision handling. Natural instincts and a hard-working personality are also key to having what it takes. The same is true for great and talented dog trainers.”