All dog training is important, but with hunting dog training finding an experienced trainer is essential due to the nature of hunting.
Fortunately, there are several high-quality hunting dog trainers throughout Maine.
I’ve researched and assembled:
- The top 5 hunting dog trainers in Maine
- What’s extra special about each business that made this list; it’s bolded below
- The backgrounds, certifications and experience of the trainers
- Specialties, such as field dog training, retriever or bird dog training
- And more
1. Reddog Guide Service
Reddog Guide Service is owned by hunting dog trainer Casey Mowers.
They are located in Bowdoinham, Maine, and serve the Portland area, mid coast and central Maine.
Casey’s background is impressive. He began hunting when he was 12, and later served in the Navy.
He now holds a Hunting, Fishing, and Recreation Guide License.
Owner participation is encouraged during training sessions.
They also offer a pre-hunting season tune-up program.
This involves running dogs on wild birds in the spring and late summer.
In addition to field dog training, owner-trainer Casey Mowers offers guided waterfowl and big game hunting on his property, as well as Maine boat tours and guided fishing trips.
Their expertise is in training Vizsla, Labrador Retrievers, and German Shorthaired Pointers to hunt bass and pike fish, as well as Upland Hunting.
Reddog also offers guided fishing trips. (Blanco and I are ready to go!)
Learn more about Reddog Guide Service’s field dog training programs.
Check out this picture of a hunting dog in training at Reddog Guide Service.
2. Grey’s Outfitting
Grey’s Outfitting is owned by field dog trainers Garret and Nellie Booth.
They are located in Caratunk, Maine, and serve Northwestern Maine.
But they also offer transportation for your dog from Connecticut.
This dog trainer offers sporting dog training for hunting and non-hunting breeds.
They train year-round on thousands of acres of land in a remote corner of Maine.
The area surrounding their property is rich in wild game and birds, which makes it ideal for bird dog training.
Owner trainer Garret Booth is a registered hunting, fishing, and recreation guide in Maine and New Hampshire.
He and his wife, Nellie Booth, provide guided hunting trips, dog training services, and dog boarding.
Nellie is a gourmet chef, providing the meals for outings and training clinics.
Their guided hunting services include upland bird hunting, deer hunting, and waterfowl hunting.
In addition, they are proud breeders of Elhew English Pointer dogs.
They offer puppies and started hunting dogs for sale.
Check out Grey’s Outfitting’s hunting dog training programs.
3. Firefly Kennel, LLC
Firefly Kennel is owned by professional dog trainer Julie Brown.
They are located in Dixmont, Maine, and serve the Bangor and Central Maine areas.
This dog trainer offers basic obedience training for flushing dogs only. This training program is five weeks long.
Training is conducted on 160 acres of ponds, fields, and woods in rural Maine.
Owner trainer Julie Brown has been training dogs since 1990.
She and her husband, Bill, are avid hunters and are passionate about providing quality field dog training.
In addition to dog training, they provide dog boarding and facility rental.
Check out Firefly Kennel’s flushing dog training program.
You’ll enjoy this picture of a flushing dog in training at Firefly Kennel.
4. Eshod Farm and Kennel
Eshod Farm and Kennel is owned by field dog trainers Ray Dohse and Kim Trafton.
They are located in Searsmont, Maine, and serve South-Central Maine.
They offer several hunting dog training programs for different life stages and skill levels.
The first is Puppy Training, followed by Hunting Dog Training and Flushing Dog Training.
They also offer Field Trial Training.
Owner trainers Ray Dohse and Kim Trafton have a combined seventy years of experience in the dog training field.
Ray has trained over thirty nationally-placing dogs during his career.
Kim runs a breeding program for English Cocker Spaniels, German Shorthair Pointers, and Irish Setters at Eshod Farm and Kennel.
She offers puppies for sale, as well as private obedience training.
Learn more about Eshod Farm and Kennel’s field dog training programs.
5. Clear Cut Kennels
Clear Cut Kennels is owned by professional dog trainer Victor Forsyth who has been training dogs since he was only 13.
They are located in Kingman, Maine, and serve Northeastern Maine.
They offer three types of bird dog training programs: Puppy Training, Mid-Level Training, and a pre-hunting season Tune-Up Program for experienced hunting dogs.
Owner trainer Victor Forsyth is passionate about training pointing dogs and competing in Field Trials.
He has been competing in both cover dog trials and walking field trials over 20 years.
In addition to dog training, he provides guided Maine grouse and upland bird hunting.
Learn more about Clear Cut Kennels’ hunting dog training programs.
Hunting Dog Trainers in Maine Summary
As you can see, there are several hunting dog trainers in Maine who offer bird dog training, obedience training, dog boarding, and more.
We hope this article helps you find a trainer who fits your needs and helps your dog meet their potential as a hunting dog.