No Gimmicks… Just Results.

At Valhalla our training program focuses on consistently turning out exceptional bird dogs. Obviously the natural talent of every dog varies but our trainers work to bring out the best in every client and the goal is to deliver a hunting companion that is confident in the field and is responsive to the handler.

How does Valhalla define a well-trained bird dog?

Over 40 years of combined training experience 20 years of a dedicated training program has put Valhalla’s program is a nationally recognized training program that has set the standard in consistently producing the ultimate upland bird dog. Our professional staff focuses on providing the ultimate experience for both dog and owner. Producing a bird dog that you can brag about at the end of the hunt.

Trainers take great pride in the level of training that dogs have upon leaving one of our programs and are passionate about providing results for every owner.

What makes a successful experience at Valhalla? Expectations and education.

First let’s start with an evaluation. Gauge exactly where your dog’s skill set is and give a realistic set of expectations for the program.

Education – you’ve invested in your dog’s education now it’s time to learn how to handle. Training the dog is only half the battle. Becoming proficient in your handling and correction of the dog in the field/home is the other half of the equation. When these two things come together in the field it makes for that quintessential hunting experience.

Trust, Expectations, and Education

These three fundamentals have been the foundation of our training program for the past 20 years.

We recognize that you are entrusting us with more than a dog. Our clients consider their dogs to be members of their family and want the best care and training available. At Valhalla we have a staff of dedicated kennel professionals take that trust seriously and are passionate about making sure every dog is safe, happy, and healthy. Our full time training staff take pride in every dog that leaves the program and have the highest of standards in the dogs they graduate.

For the best results in any of our training programs it’s essential to have well communicated and realistic expectations. An evaluation prior to starting a training program ensures that everyone knows the goals and the approximate timeframe. What you expect out of your bird dog and determining your dog’s existing skill set are the first steps at Valhalla.

The trainers have worked hard at developing your dog into a hunting machine. Now it’s your turn. Take advantage of over 40 years of combined training knowledge and learn the art of handling a bird dog. Confidently controlling, correcting, and trusting your dog in all situations is the ultimate goal of the Valhalla Gun Dog School of Excellence Program.

Rookie Training

Introduce your pup to the FUN of bird hunting!


The Rookie Training course is for ages 20 weeks and up, your bird dog puppy will be in heaven while learning:

  • Confidence around birds and guns
  • Confidence in and around hunting grounds
  • Learn “Here!” and the whistle
  • Point and Chase
  • Find and pursue game – Flushing dogs
  • Begin retrieving
  • Learn to socialize with other dogs
  • Physical conditioning
Training at Valhalla Kennels and Gun Dogs

Seasoned Training

Training at Valhalla Kennels and Gun Dogs

Furthering your gun dogs’ potential in the field!


For ages 6 months and up, the Seasoned Training course picks up where Rookie Training left off:

  • Learn “Whoa” command – Pointing dogs
  • Learn to sit to the whistle – Flushing dogs
  • Learn quartering on voice and whistle command
  • Learn to point without chase
  • Work to improve retrieving
  • Learn to honor/back another dogs point
  • Introduction to water work
  • Physical conditioning

All Pro Training

For the experienced gun dog.

All Pro Training is for all dogs who have been through the first two stages of training.

This course picks up where Seasoned Training left off:

  • Learn “Steady to wing & shot” – Pointing dogs
  • Learn “Sit to the flush” – Flushing dogs
  • Brush up on whistle commands
  • Force retrieving
  • Intense water work
  • Physical conditioning
All Pro Training

Jim Vanek

Jim Vanek, an avid wing shooter and lover of German Shorthairs highlights his hunting season in his regular column for the Greeley Tribune. Jim shares the ups and downs of the 2004-2005 wild bird hunting across the West, with the only real down being the fact that it’s over.

Greeley Tribune Article