Grouse Dog Training Manual

Training Your Grouse Dog to be a Foot Hunting Companion Gun Dog

By: Ann Jandernoa

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“It takes years of training, hunting and research to understand grouse hunting and grouse dogs…Ann Jandernoa has all of those assets. Ann has used that knowledge to write Training Your Grouse Dog to be a Foot Hunting Companion Gun Dog. There is no book on the market today that explains grouse dog training as well as Ann’s publication. Using Ann’s training methods, you’ll have a better grouse dog and have greater enjoyment afield with your treasured companion.”

-Paul Fuller, Host, Bird Dogs Afield TV

Ann Jandernoa, professional guide, breeder of grouse hunting dogs, and owner of Northwind Enterprises, shares her years of experience and expertise in this training manual.  With an unparalleled understanding of grouse habitat and the grouse traits, Ann’s insight shared in this training manual will help you to better understand how to train your young pup to hunt these difficult upland birds. This is a unique, positive training method is structured for the first year of training your pup to become a good grouse dog, hopefully great, grouse dog. You can use it for older dogs, also but the main focus is on the first year of your pup’s development as it grows. The younger the dog, typically the better results.

Training Your Grouse Dog to be a Foot Hunting Companion Gun Dog contains photos and illustrations to help you better understand the detailed training methods that are outlined in this manual.  There are detailed skill development exercises from teaching your pup to settle, focusing its eye contact, incorporating whoa into its daily life, then graduating to quartering, hand signals, noise conditioning, and more.  There are exercises on teaching your pup to work with minimal scent, learning to work unproductive points, relocating as needed, and locating the bird.  This manual describes a process that will help you develop the foot hunting companion you want both in the grouse woods as well as in your home. Over the first year of your pup’s life every interaction you have with it has the potential to be a training lesson. By starting at a young age you are building the foundation for a future grouse dog that knows how to work the cover, works within gun range, and has learned to point and work a grouse while putting minimal pressure on the bird.

This manual is designed for both the avid grouse hunter as well as someone who is just getting into grouse hunting.  The goal they both share is that they want to start with their own puppy and over time become grouse hunting partners that will share many seasons of enjoyable and productive hunts.

About the Author: Each year Ann, along with her partner Skip Souther, conduct over 140 guided hunts for clients that have traveled to the Northwood’s of Wisconsin in search of the Ruffed Grouse.  Their guide business depends on developing dogs that excel at locating grouse for their clients.  With each guided hunt their dogs prove their worth in the woods by locating grouse and also by working with and for the hunter.  Ann M. Jandernoa, is a professional forester, cartographer, grouse guide, grouse dog breeder and owner of Northwind Enterprise LLC since she founded it in 2001.


Lesson One


Scent Training


Quartering Diagram


Hunter needs to position between grouse & dense cover


Manual Cover

Displayed left are sample pages of from our Grouse Dog Training Manual:

Training Your Grouse Dog to be a Foot Hunting Companion Gun Dog

Published by ExpressPress/ISBN: 978-1-9359203-8-0/Printed in USA

150 page color, spiral bound training manual, printed on 80# satin finish coated stock, packaged in a resealable sleeve.

Extensive photography provided by Days Afield Photography, LLC

“Not enough has been written about puppy development. Too many breeders wish-want-desire-even push their puppies for potential buyers versus understanding how to read a puppy and providing a sound and legitimate training regimen for owners not familiar with developing a hunting puppy properly. This includes far too many. Ann, I have said this before, but your training program is one of the very few more sound developmental puppy programs on wild birds I know of in America.”

-Bob Priest