We brought our Gordon Setter, Will, home at about three months of age. We decided to get another dog since our two Brittany’s were over eleven years old. Will has an intense desire to hunt. He was pointing birds at three and one half months and by the young age of six months he has pointed over seventy birds. It is a blast watching him when he’s on point. We like to call it his “stealth mode”. There is nothing more fun than to watch as he works the grass and cattails and locks up on the bird! His nose doesn’t quit after the point. If it is a rooster and I’m successful in hitting it, Will finds it. From my first rooster in October to the last one on New Year’s Day, Will was there and found the bird. We even had Will’s mom, Spirit, a brother, Ace, and his sister, Fire, over to hunt with us. We saw hundreds of pheasants, plenty of points, shots, and had a wonderful “family day “.
We would recommend purchasing a Gordon Setter from Rob and Kathy to anyone who likes to pheasant hunt. He has far surpassed our expectations at only six months of age. He has an instinct to hunt and he has learned how I want him to hunt incredibly quickly. Besides all of these great attributes you would want in a hunting dog, he has wormed his way into our hearts and fits into our family perfectly.
We purchased a female Gordon Setter from Wild Acreage this past July. Her name is Lord Bond's Lady of Independence and we call her "Indy" for short. Our experience working with Kathy and Rob was wonderful and the product of their great efforts keeps amazing us more and more everyday. We already have an eleven year old Gordon who we just love and who has given us miles and miles of fabulous hunting memories and got us totally hooked on the breed. Miss Indy is going to be picking up the slack as Ginger slows down a bit. She is a very intelligent pup and learns very quickly. She has totally become one of the family, and like Gordon’s loves to please us. I would recommend Wild Acreage to anyone looking for a Gordon Setter. Their puppies come to you as beautiful dogs with instinctive intelligence and a warm heart.
Paul, Ellen and Maggie Ham Lake, MN
Even after a year, we are hearing awesome things about our pups. Ellen emailed us on the pups 1st Birthday and wrote: 'Happy Birthday to our wonderful puppies!!! Still couldn't be happier with our little Indy. She has a personality that amazes us and is so smart it's unbelievable. Thanks again you guys for giving us such a special member of our family!'
What impressed us with Rocky was the way he acted when we were checking out all the pups. In looking at the pictures that Kathy and Rob provided then we were trying to decide, he wasn’t our first choice, but when we saw him in the field that day we knew he was going to be a good hunter. He did not jump on the bird he just nosed it. He also nosed where some feathers were instead of running right into them. The nose on him just won’t quit. We really like the time that Rob and Kathy spent with us to pick out Rocky. You can tell the both of them really make sure that the right dog goes with the right person. I also like that we can stay in touch and let them know how Rocky is doing. This shows that they really care.
Once we got Rocky home, he was potty trained within a week or less. We used a treat reward when he went to the door, and when he did his business outside. He was so smart that he even started to want to go outside just for the treat, so the treat reward was adjusted. He loves to give his mama kisses on command all the time and he is always happy to see us. He does not like being away from us which is good because he stays around. He is also very playful with Mandy and Caesar, our other two Gordon’s.
We would recommend getting a Gordon from Rob and Kathy, it has been a very pleasurable experience for us.
Lord Bond's Ronan - Our dog is now seven months old and although we haven't hunted with him yet, he shows all the characteristics of a great bird dog. He excels in the field as well as at home. Ronan is intelligent and easily trained. He learned sit, stay and come at four months. He now knows to "go to his place" or to "leave the kitchen" when asked. He lies down on command, which is hard for him because he likes to be around people and on his feet. He comes to the whistle to check in with me on our walks in the forest or he comes to heel when I want him to. He is getting really good at heeling on the leash when we are in town or around traffic areas. We have two cats and we have trained the dog to not bother them. This is very hard for him to do because he wants to play with them so much! Out in the field Ronan loves to hunt and shows a zeal for finding birds. He is able to hold point most of the time and I expect this will be refined once we get into real hunting situations. I haven't bothered with an e-collar or some of the other elaborate training techniques in hunting dog books and I don't expect they will be necessary. Ronan seems to have it in him. He's birdy and bidable. Rob and Kathy are wonderful people who care about the dogs they raise and were very communicative. They shipped our dog to us in Portland, Oregon and he arrived in good health. I would highly recommend Rob and Kathy's dogs for those who want a good hunting dog that is easy to get along with.
My family and I were so fortunate in September of 2007 to bring one of the Osterberg puppies home with us, to Elbow Lake, Minnesota. What a great addition to our family. The three things that we look for in a dog, is companionship both in the house and in the field, train ability and a great nose for hunting. Radar, our new pup, has lived up to our expectations in all of these areas. He has learned how to behave very well in the house and yet when we are in the field his nose never stops, and neither does he. And I think he has an excellent point. We do all our own training and I have to say that Radar has been a pleasure to work with and has an excellent attitude and is eager to learn.