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.