At Quail Canyon Kennels, we begin by discussing goals for prospective clients' dogs. We then evaluate your dog for the first two weeks to see if your dog has the qualities we’re looking for to be a professionally-trained bird dog here at Quail Canyon Kennels. Our belief is we don’t want to waste your money or our time. We tailor our training to each dog based on its unique needs. Our goal is to see our clients have success with their dogs in whichever venues they choose, whether hunting, hunt tests, field trials, or basic obedience. We succeed when you and your dog are successful together!
We welcome dog owners to come work with us when their dogs are close to being ready to come home. Learn how we handle your dog and what we expect him to do. We are always ready to answer your questions and give any assistance you need after your dog has completed our program. We do not use harsh methods. We do not believe in mistreating dogs.
We have thousands of acres of private land on which to train. Our grounds are loaded with wild quail, pheasants and Prairie Chickens. In the summer months, we train in the Nebraska sand hills and on a private ranch in South Dakota. The dogs are worked on WILD prairie chickens, wild quail and pen raised birds. Summer camp is great for exposing your dog to a lot of wild birds before the field trial or hunting season. Dogs are worked off horseback, four-wheelers, and off foot. This program includes conditioning, yard work and two months of training on wild birds.
Winter Camp also includes Prairie Chickens, Bob White Quail and Pheasant. Bird populations in Nebraska provide a great setting for breaking dogs and teaching perfect manners.
"Josh, I wanted to thank you again for the great job you did with my Shorthair, Bruno. As you know Bruno is very much the 'Alpha Male' dog of his litter. He is both physically and emotionally a tough character. I just got back from an extended pheasant hunt in South Dakota with quite a few other serious bird hunters and their dogs. Even though Bruno is only a year-and-a-half old, the consensus was he was far and away the top performer. His points were rock solid and his retrieves flawless. I hate to admit it, but it was actually a lot of fun to watch some of the other hunters struggle with their dogs while I did not have to give Bruno's performance a second thought. I particularly appreciate the way you were able to make him so responsive without tempering his great desire to hunt. This morning for instance, I took my over-under out of the gun rack to wipe it down. I looked around for Bruno but could not find him. When I did, he was sitting eagerly at the side of the truck, mistakenly having decided that because the shotgun was out, we were going hunting. (Either that or he was trying to coax me into a weekday hunt.) Anyway, thanks for all your help. I would be more than happy to recommend your services to any other owner." Best Regards, Terry
"I have owned and trained my own pointing dogs for 25 years. Even ran in AKC Field Trials and finished an Open Field Champ. But when I ran into trouble with my current shorthair and he wasn't progressing the way he should my son said, 'Dad, you should try that Josh Nieman out in Elwood.' So I called and sent Max to Quail Canyon Kennels. In a short time they had Max responding to the whistle, steady on birds and in general acting like the biddable bird dog that I knew he could be. Now I send Max out every fall for a 'tune up'."
Charles E. Smith, MD
"I took our Brittany Spaniel to Josh Nieman at Quail Canyon Kennels when she was about a year old. He had her over the summer and when I got her back in September she did a wonderful job with upland bird hunting. He took a dog that was very green with no real skills and over the course of the summer transformed her into an amazing hunting dog that my sons and I have enjoyed tremendously. I would recommend Josh and Quail Canyon Kennels without reservation."
"Josh is an excellent trainer. I have run English Setters for 50 years and have dealt with many trainers in that time. Josh is the best. I took a dog with multiple difficult problems and asked him to evaluate and tell me if she was trainable. He said she was and he did the job. I would recommend him without a question."