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Phil Fortner was raised in Trenton, Tennessee, a small rural town in West Tennessee.  He had his first bird dog at age 12 and has been involved with them ever since.  As a retired Doctor of Optometry, he is now devoting more time to his passion of developing quality gun dogs for the walking bird hunter. From his years of experience, study, and affiliation with other trainers, he has developed his method of training which includes a Soft-Voice, Gentle Touch and No Harsh Treatment.   Due to requests from various bird dog owners, The Fortner’s have decided to expand their training program to include all pointing breeds while still specializing in Llewellin Setters.

Puppies

Puppies

I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with Randy Johnson of Twin Cedars Kennel, which is located in Wingo, Kentucky. His kennel produces outstanding pups which make excellent gun dogs. The buyer has a choice of Llewellin Setters, Elhew Pointers, or American Brittanys. His pups are bold, intelligent, healthy, and well-socialized. The kennel facilities at Twin Cedars are of the highest quality and they are clean, sanitary, and well maintained.

Randy breeds the “Best to the Best” which results in a pup that may be the “Best” you have ever owned.

Contact Twin Cedars Kennel for more detailed information:
www.twincedarskennel.com

Training Program

Training Program

Training programs can be custom tailored depending upon the hunter’s needs and the dog’s experience.  I limit the number of dogs I am training to Six.  I offer Two sessions per year – January and August.

My 90 day program will produce a dog that the owner can take hunting, have an enjoyable experience, and expect to put birds in the bag.

 

This program includes:

  • Basic commands (here, kennel, whoa and heel)
  • Steady to wing
  • Back
  • Respond to whistle
  • Hunt with a controlled range
  • Electronic collar conditioning
  • Introduction to trained retrieve

I offer a multiple dog discount.

Owner’s will receive regular progress reports and are invited to participate in the training process as much as their schedules will allow.

 

Facilities

Facilities

We have recently finished construction of an addition to our kennel resulting in new dimensions of 20 x 90 feet and ten runs.  It is enclosed on three sides, roofed, concrete floor and has removable ventilation flaps for adequate air circulation  Three large fans plus individual fans provide additional comfort in our warm summer months. Our training grounds are completely fenced. We use quail and pigeons as training birds of choice.  Your dog will be exposed to a minimum of 300 bird contacts during its training period.

Philosophy

Philosophy


My basic philosophy is that I train dogs instead of “breaking them”. I want a bold, happy and confident hunter who is eager to please his handler.

I achieve this with my motto: soft voice . . .gentle touch . . .no harsh treatment.