Adventure Gundogs

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..."The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become." Ronald Reagan 

Adventure Gundogs’ has one training objective and that is to provide quality honest service to both clients and their dogs. We use proven field training methods which bring out best of the inherent traits of these versatile field dogs. By keeping my kennel small, I am able to concentrate each dog’s training into a more focused approach. 




TESTING

Adventure Gundogs is a member of Big Sky NAVHDA Chapter: The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association. I test through the year in NAVHDA 
From Spring thru the Fall. 





In previous years I kept the breeding division small by only whelping on average one litter a year. However, I am now interested in expanding as a breeder. I've added another German breed. I take a great deal of pride in our record of producing puppies with the drive and the natural ability needed to be the best they can be with the right socializing in the field and home front. So my love of the German breed of Versatile dogs has lead me to wanting the German Wirehaired Pointer also known as the Deutsche Drahthaar. We are a couple years away from breeding,The dogs will have to earn the right to breed through passing hunt tests and be able to handle wild birds land and water. We also want our pups to have great conformation and be a mentally stable confident bold pups with  friendly personalities.



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Adventure Gundogs’ Story - Don Evanson 


I have always loved animals and competition. As a kid, my friend Devin and I bird hunted as much as we could. As a teenager I would walk the two miles out of town in order to meet my friend and his dogs, Bummer and Bride, two German Shorthair Pointers. Bummer was saved from the dog pound on the very day he was scheduled to be euthanized. I think that Bummer truly knew how lucky he was but we were the lucky ones. The memory of that first season hunting with him will be clear to me until my last breath. I shot my first Pheasant and Partridges over him. However, I missed 100's more over the years with Bummer as he was a better hunter than I was a shooter. Later, when I was around 17 “Bum” and I would take road trips and hunt together when Devin was away. 

I often think of the people who trained and lost him because I'm very sorry for their loss because he truly was a bird finding Duck and Goose retrieving machine. He worked on land or in water. It did not matter to Bummer because he lived to hunt. 

As a young adult I let myself get to busy to hunt. I started working with horses ended up spending one third of my life training, breaking, and shoeing race horses in the Northwest. When I started bird hunting again I did so behind labs that belonged to clients. Later, I trained and hunted with my own labs and did so for 10 years. After retiring from horse racing I began working nights dealing in a casino poker room. This allowed for more time to hunt. 

Thinking back about my younger days hunting with Bummer, I decided to focus on German Shorthaired Pointers (GSP). I missed the style of the pointing dog and I wanted to hunt more species of birds and GSP are the number one pointing dog for a reason. Instead of relaxing and enjoying a sort of semi-retirement, I found myself once again training. Life brings us full circle at times and it is always interesting when it does. 

Adventure Gundogs has been operating in Kennewick, Washington since 2003. 





ADVENTURE GUNDOGS' "ON POINT" ADVICE ABOUT CHOOSING A PUPPY 

We cannot stress enough how important it is to do your research before choosing a puppy or starting the training process. It is vital to know your hunting style and identify the dog that best suits you. Many hunters, who choose to hunt on foot, want a close working or medium rage working dog. Many AKC field trial dogs want to range big and far, which is fine if you like big running dogs in big country. I personally prefer dogs that do well in NAVHDA testing. These dogs are close to medium range hunters so you can see them working in the field. 

It is also vitally important that the pup or young dog that you choose is from OFA certified parents or if they have a good score on the Pinn Hipp test. A breeder should allow you to spend some time with the parents, observe their temperament, observe their hunting skills, and interact with the puppy. Observing the parents in the field will provide a great deal of information regarding the puppies potential. Look for indicators such as the ability to “hold point”. You may also ask the breeder to work the puppy on sight pointing a bird wing or a live bird. Puppies should have been socialized on birds by week 6 however, I begin at 4 weeks. Scent drills should begin by week 9. You are looking for various indicators in your puppy but I personally believe that it is important that a puppy demonstrate natural ability and overall calmness. 
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This also allows me to recognize each dog's personality,In doing so, I am able to make the small, but sometimes necessary modifications, which address the individual needs of each dog. The point is to stimulate and development your dog’s hunting instincts while conditioning him/her to view gunfire in a positive manner. The result is a reliable and sound hunting partner