To all my loyal clients supporting my gun dog programs – I sincerely thank all of you once again! Happy Hunting, Jeff Pelayo, AWA Gun Dogs, North Dakota.
“Mojo is a 6 year old lab that has hunted hard and been a guide dog all his life but I had allowed him to have a bad breaking issue. Jeff did a great job with Mojo’s steadiness and got the issue on track right away. We hunt hard August through May and guide many of those months so I needed someone who understood what I needed and Jeff was that man. Jeff is your man if your looking for a guy that knows what it takes to create a true hunters dog. I highly recommend Jeff and his operation and will be taking all of my future dogs to him”. Matthew Wesley Piehl, Dirty Bird Outfitters, Bismarck, North Dakota
“I dropped off my nine-month-old lab on April 23rd and picked him up three months later. I am totally satisfied with the way my boy “Deke” turned out. He is still a driven retriever but he is content and happy. Jeff is a very good at what he does and takes a personal approach to each dog with awesome results. I’m looking forward to working with Jeff in the future with Deke and would advise anyone looking for a great trainer to contact him. Thanks again Jeff”. Gerard Bercier, Jamestown, North Dakota
“Jeff had my Boy Scout for his three month basic gun dog and obedience training and all I can say is “wow”. Scout left a wild puppy and came back a manageable, obedient dog with the same drive he had before leaving for school. I highly recommend Jeff as a trainer”! Marcus Bergstrom, Grand Forks, North Dakota
“Jeff did one heck of a job with my dog Gabby! The love, the patience, the joy, and his knowledge while working and training these dogs is outstanding and really fun to watch! His training facility is a dog’s paradise and well maintained. His program is very well thought out and put together. If your looking for a excellent gun dog please don’t hesitate to call him! Thanks again Jeff”! Peter Rogers, Brookings, South Dakota
“On July 3rd, my son, Charles, and I worked my dog, Baily, with Jeff. Jeff has been training Bailey this past year and is an excellent trainer. Bailey is a little more than a year old and can be very determined. Jeff is patient, consistent with his expectations, professional, and not only interested in training the dog but also helping the owner be a successful hunting dog owner. Jeff is always helpful and wants both the dog and owner to have a successful and enjoyable hunting experience. He has spent time with me reinforcing what I am doing right and helping correct what I am struggling with. Not only is he patient with Bailey but with me also. I recommend Jeff Pelayo to anyone who wants a well trained hunting dog and a trained owner so that the hunting experience can be what it is meant to be. I am looking forward to hunting and continuing working with Jeff”.
Mary Jo Stewart, Jamestown, North Dakota
“I’m having my fox red lab Kugel trained at AWA. Jeff is very smart and takes tremendous pride in what he does. Kugel has only been there a month and Jeff has brought out a lot in him already. Can not wait to see him at the end of his program! I would highly recommend Jeff to anyone. He posted good pictures of your dogs progress witch is very nice to see”. Corey Burza, Linton, North Dakota
“I have had 2 of my dogs trained with Jeff at AWA Gun Dogs. I am impressed and very happy with how the dogs came back to me. Drake was already an experienced gun dog before I brought him there but I wanted to be able to handle him a little better, Jeff helped me with that tremendously. Cyris is my young pup and I have given Jeff more time with him to do the whole gun dog program, I picked Cyris up recently and have hunted him some with great results. Cyris will go back this spring to finish up the program! Overall very happy with the results that Jeff has given me with my dogs. I would recommend anyone to use his service for their hunting companion! The updates and videos are absolutely fantastic as well, keeps everyone in the loop of what is going on with their pup”. Jonathan Olson, Hunt Addictions and Snow Addictions Guide Service, Grand Forks, North Dakota
“I sent Henry to Jeff with no expectatio
ns because I train dogs. Jeff did a wonderful job working Henry and has spectacular grounds to train on right outside the door. Jeff respects the dogs and treats them fair. I have no reservations sending Jeff another dog and highly recommend him as a trainer. Henry was in happy spirits, clean and in good health when I picked him up. oh, and he was doing very well in his training. Kudos to Jeff”. Greg Houser, Houser Quality Labs, Los Banos, California
“Just recently received a dog from Jeff and his brother, Star. They did a fabulous job training her and it so far is carrying over nicely into my family. She not only is a great gun dog but is shaping up to be a great family dog as well. I would highly recommend this operation to anyone out there looking to get their dog trained. Thanks again guys, will be seeing you around”. Mike Koenen, Montevideo, Minnesota
“I have the advantage of living close by and Jeff has been seeing Tess since she was a puppy. At almost 6 months she was ready for training and Jeff took her in. The little star that she was as a pup is nothing compared to the rockstar I got back. Now to get thru this hunting season and see what a superstar she becomes next year in training. The assessment he gives and training adjustments he does per dog is great, and they figure out the best way to train your dog without over pressuring them to make each one shine bright. The updates, pictures, and videos are awsome to see the advancement of your dog. Also the time he’s willing to spend training you as well is great, some of us need more training than the dog did,lol. But they are always there even after you pick your dog up for questions, which is great”. Rob Nystrom, Gackle, North Dakota
“I took my year old pup Max to Jeff in April and he stayed with Jeff for 4 months. What Jeff was able to bring out in my …pup and the progress shown over this time is unbelievable!! I will forever have a great hunting companion now and couldn’t be more happy! Jeff is the real deal and I highly recommend him and his gun dog program”! Karl Kenner, Maddock, North Dakota
“I brought my 15 month old yellow lab, Ruger, to Jeff in April. I was hesitant on bringing him to another trainer since the first experience with a trainer the summer before was not the best experience for Ruger. Jeff did an outstanding job working with Ruger and understands and evaluates each dog that comes in to work with him. He creates positive situations for the dogs to learn in and has multiple ways on getting the dogs to learn. Jeff understood that Ruger didn’t come wit…h a lot of drive and he understood the amount of pressure he could use, in order to have another successful gun dog come out of the program. He keeps you updated with texts throughout the program and uses pictures/videos on his page to show you progress of your dog every week/couple weeks. I would highly recommend Jeff and AWA Gun Dogs if you are wanting to train your dog–well worth the money”! Rylan Gutzmer, Colfax, North Dakota
“Jeff knows what he’s talking about and gets what your dog needs and excels at it, he can help you with questions and tries to better you as a handler. You can’t ask for much more than a trained hunting dog and a great trainer who will work with you and has the right facilities to make sure the dogs can experience everything you need to make your new hunting partner worth every penny”. Brett Williams, Streeter, North Dakota
“Absolute best man to send a dog to. Complete change in the way my dog acts and listens I am so pleased with the results”. Erick Smallbeck, Wilton, North Dakota
“Thanks again Jeff! You did a real nice job with Gunnar. Tonight was our first night with real birds, and he’s totally different dog when you give him a real bird compared to bumpers! Delivers to hand every single time! Thank you, thank you, thank you”! Michael Shutt, Hillsboro, North Dakota
“Jeff is a wonderful, patient and diverse trainer. My gun shy Chesapeake Bay Retriever attended his spring program and not only did he convince her that gunshots… are AWESOME but her entire personality blossomed. I would highly recommend AWA Gun Dogs to anyone looking for an excellent Gun Dog trainer with a gift for understanding even the most confused dogs and encouraging the best in them”. Katie Nystrom, Gackle, North Dakota
“I sent my Chessy puppy to Jeff for 2 months of training and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Jeff and his brother are great, knowledgeable, friendly guys and give you honest feedback and advice. I had weekly feed back and updates on progress and many pictures/videos of his progression in training and I felt in the loop at all times. They were very responsive to all my questions before and during his training, and I know they will be there in the future if I have any more questions. I will recommend AWA Gun Dogs to any one interested in gun dog training. I am highly considering sending my dog back for advanced training next year”! Brett Andrews, Aberdeen, South Dakota
“I dropped my 6 month old puppy off with Jeff and got back a waterfowl hunting stud. I couldn’t be happier with job he did and the countless hours of hard work he put into my dog. Would strongly recommend him to anyone looking for a dog trainer”!! Kevin Ringgenberg, Fargo, North Dakota
“Guys this is the man to go to he is very responsive to messages and is good at what he does. I am confident that you will not be disappointed if you send your dog to him. Spend the money and do the right thing for you and your pup. Good luck hunting guys. Thanks Jeff”!! Dustin Mittleider, Jamestown, North Dakota
“I brought my year and a half old dog into awa gun dogs. My dog Tator would not retrieve waterfowl for nothing and sometimes… would not even retrieve a bumper for me. After 3 months…wow what a total turn around in her training. I wanted to just give up and buy a finished dog but Jeff said…”hey she will be a good gun dog we just need to keep working at it”. When I went down to pick her up she retrieved a canada goose, snow goose and a mallard with no hesitation at all. She is a total freak about retrieving…I cannot say anymore besides Jeff and his brother at awa gun dogs are the best there is. Totally satisfied with the service, great attitude and amazing facilities. THANKS GUYS”. Cameron Thompson,Garrison, North Dakota
“I dropped off a wild, crazy, attitude filled pup. I got back a wild, crazy, attitude filled dog that listens extremely good! Jeff did an extremely good job! Very good with communicating with you and sharing photos. You can tell he really cares about your dog. He definitely can do wonders with dogs”!! Tygh Yatskis, Jamestown, North Dakota.
“Can’t say enough good about Jeff and AWA Gundogs. He had my female Labrador for 3 months this summer and made terrific …progress on both land and water handling in various mock hunting scenarios, i.e. ground blinds, ruff stands, thick vegetation etc. They take the time to evaluate your dog’s individual needs, and spend the hours both you and your partner deserve to get them ready to hunt! Top notch all around”! Ron Zega, Regional Director, Ducks Unlimited, Schenectady, New York.
“Jeff had my pup Timber for 4 months and did wonders. AWA is the place to send your dog if you are serious about having a… well oiled gun dog. Their gun dog program is worth every penny. Jeff periodically posted pictures and videos so I could follow his progress. It was great knowing how timber was progressing through the program. Cant wait to send timber back in the spring to finish up water handling and blind retrieves”. Cole Baylis, Corvallis, Oregon
“Here is a guy that is what we all want for a dog trainer. Thanks AWA and Jeff”. Sykes Mitchell, Owner-Operator of Duck Creek Outfitters, Sisters, Oregon.
“I am not one to usually leave a testimonial but this is a special one. I’ve traveled to many places to hunt with various outfitters, and other sorts of fun exciting times. Researching trainer’s for almost four year’s until I was finally in the market for a dog. Cypress Creek Labradors out of Alabama introduced me to Jeff Pelayo of AWA Gun Dogs. Once my dog was of proper age and I was able to send hi…m to jeff I did. From day one of dropping him off to visiting him, Jeff and his brother rey are nothing short of amazing. The way they work with dogs and how they treat them is amazing. From where my dog was when I first sent him to Jeff, too where he is now is unbelievable to say the least. You may think that by him only taking a select number of dogs is a sign of weakness. The reason he only takes 5-6 at a time is so he can give each and every dog his complete undivided attention. You won’t get someone else training your dog. You get Jeff! The owner and trainer. I would highly recommend using awa gun dog for your training needs. I have nothing but good things to say about his operation and how excited I am to hunt with my new hunting partner this fall”! Joel King, Bloomington, Minnesota.
“My Chessie had been thru two different “pro” trainers and I was ready to give up on him. I found AWA Gun Dogs and was actually picking Jeff’s brain about finding a started dog. We talked about all of Gus’s baggage and he wanted a shot at him to see if it was Gus or the trainers. So I pondered sending him there and finally I pulled the trigger. Loaded up for North Dakota, arrived at some of the most beautiful training grounds, pretty much a gun dog heaven. Spent hours talking to Jeff meeting all of his dogs. I really liked he only took 6 dogs at a time. Also liked how the dogs aren’t kept on a truck but are treated as family. With almost daily video updates Gus has totally changed in less than two weeks. He is a challenge of a dog and Jeff took the challenge and has excelled with him. All my future dogs with be trained there”. Dylan Schober, Bridger, Montana.