Master Trainer, John Staley, has been producing premier flushing dogs since 1989. Big Sky Kennels can help you achieve the hunting dog with the results you demand.

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Our methods involve only positive reinforcement backed by repetition and never use electronics. We believe that a calm, happy dog is better at finding game and forms a closer bond with  the handler.


Big Sky Kennels brings out the best in your dogs natural hunting instincts, and we enhance those hunting instincts to fully maximize your dogs hunting and obedience abilities.

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​​Big Sky Kennels hunting dog training is a skilled, award-winning training group for flushing gun dogs.  With over 30 years of started gun dog training experience, Big Sky Kennels hunting dog training is a family-owned business skilled in the art of training dogs at every stage.  Whether you are looking for a trainer to mold your pup into a started gun dog hunting companion or would like to purchase an already trained started gun dog in Fargo / Grand Forks area, Big Sky Kennels is your perfect match. We can also accommodate to your needs and location.  With locations in Minnesota and North Dakota, we can assist in the transportation and delivery of your hunting dog.

We have two main training locations, Battle Lake, MN (Central Minnesota) and our headquarter location in Grand Forks, ND.   Located in ten miles outside of Grand Forks, North Dakota, in the Rye township, Big Sky Kennels hunting dog training headquarters operates a private gun dog training ranch with various natural upland cover terrains and many water hole locations, ideal for dog training.   We raise our own chuckers, quails, and ducks for the sole purpose of live prey use for dog training.  Equipped with remote activated mechanical throwers, the prairie land ranch is designed for all training sets needed for each training phase.

Because we know the best started gun dogs and hunting dog training begin with excellent breeding, we recommend our customers purchase spaniel pups bred by Oahe Kennels of Menoken, ND, and/or british lab pups bred by Diamond J British Labs of New London, MN.  These two stellar breeding kennels are exceptional at breeding canines with excellent health and behavior heritages.  Although Big Sky Kennels will accept dogs from other reputable breeders, we recommend using Oahe Kennels and Diamond J British Labs, due to past experience in development and skillful training of effective gun dogs.


150 acres of beautiful wetland preserve in the Rye Township. Located just 6 miles outside of Grand Forks, ND, our training ranch is full of pheasants, pigeons and waterfowl for the canines to hunt.

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