Testimonials - Countryside Gun Dogs


Greg Palas, Des Moines, IA

Jeff did a tremendous job getting Harley into hunting shape. Harley was giving to Jeff after developing some gun dog faults (due to my inexperience). Harley has become a nice dog to hunt behind. Clients and friends provide compliments after a day in the field. He is all work in the field. Does not say quit.

Jeff is genuine. Provides straight forward feedback on progress. He spent time to ensure I was comfortable giving commands. Called me to check in on Harley. Some of my friends have had dogs trained by others. And never heard from them again.

Would I recommend or utilize his training again? Without a doubt. In fact being so impressed with how Harley has progressed. I purchased a puppy (Bailey) from Jeff. This puppy just hit six months of age. Has been remarkable in the field. She possess traits to make a father proud. Honors other dogs, sticking solid points, and has began to retrieve back.

Guess who is going to be putting the finishing touches to Bailey! Jeff will be the man!

Jeff, thanks for making Harley and Bailey joys to hunt behind.

Greg Palas


Chet Goemaat, Pleasantville, IA

I met Jeff in 2001 and since our first meeting he has trained two of my German shorthairs to the master hunter level. both of them received their master hunt test titles thanks to the knowledge Jeff has about dogs. you see both aj and maddy have very different personalities, but Jeff has the gift to figure out exactly what each dog needed from him as a trainer to bring out the best in both of them. aj was first and was only two years old(wow) what an accomplishment for jeff! maddy was only three when she passed her tests. these two dogs alone are quite a testament to Jeff’s abilities-however there are many more than mine that have received his expert guidance. as I am writing this we are about to embark on our third project, sassy, soon to be one year old and will be with jeff early in the spring of 2007. first for the navhda natural ability test and Jeff’s evaluation of sassy to see where we need to go with her. oh by the way aj is a 106 point prize two natural ability and maddy is a 112 point prize one natural ability. jeff also prepared maddy for this test. it's obvious that with the ability to get to the highest standard's in training that jeff can train your dog to whatever level that you would like, to a good pet ,to a great foot hunters dream dog, or all the way to the top. jeff thanks for everything and good training with sassy.

Chet Goemaat

Keith Gilbertson, Royal Flush Game Farm
Deforest Wisconsin

I own Royal Flush Game Farm in Deforest Wisconsin so great dogs is a must to keep my customers happy! My two older Germans Shorthairs are getting older they still put on a great hunt but their recovery time was getting longer so I knew I needed to get another pair so I could keep fresh legs on the ground at all times. I heard of Jeff thru the old friend of a friend story, he had just whelped a litter of pups but with my schedule I don’t have the time to get them to the level they need to be, Jeff worked out a great deal for me I picked out 2 males Milo and Carter and he kept them all the way thru their training until they were finished, he kept me up to date on their progress explaining their strengths and weaknesses and when they were done he walked me thru all the steps so I felt like I was part of their training, I’ve had Milo and Carter now for 2 seasons and couldn’t be happier I sent them back last season for a month to get them season ready and conditioned. If you are looking for a puppy, started dog or to get your dog trained I would strongly recommend Jeff he will give you everything you are looking for.

Mike Banks, Des Moines, IA

I sent my 2 ½ year old Visla Toby that had a great nose and good bloodlines but no training to Jeff 2 years ago hoping for the best and that is exactly what I feel I got. Because of my schedule for Toby’s first 2 years when I wanted to have him out in the field hunting he was sitting in a apartment waiting for me to come home. Toby was a big project he had great nose but had no idea what to use it for and he had no retrieve in him at all, several phone calls, a couple visits and 12 weeks later Toby was a hunting machine he is a blast to hunt behind handles excellent in the field holds his birds until shot and most important he retrieves to hand on land and water, I get compliments on him every time I take him out. Jeff kept me up to date on his training and even invited me along to see his progress there were no surprises or secrets he explained how he got Toby to that level and what I needed to do to keep him there, even after I took him home I would call him when something came up that I wasn’t sure what to do and he would take the time to explain and even call back to check to see how it went.

Mike Banks

John McGrane, Cedar Rapids, IA

The city below isn't exactly correct; that is just my address.

Actually, where I live is in the surrounding pheasant hunting fields of eastern Iowa.

A big past time for me. My get away.

You probably guessed by now that I love to get out and hunt, and my best hunting pal is my dog, Buck.

Buck is a German Short Hair Pointer, and a good one. And he is a better hunter thanks to Jeff Chapman. I hired " Chappy " to work with Buck last summer. And man 'o man, did he ever tune - up Buck for this past bird season ! Kept him for a couple of weeks, worked with him, and simply got Buck to where he was more attentive hunter. More responsive to my commands, more controllable, and more fun with which to hunt.

Chappy has the whole package. The facilities, the land to work the dogs, and a real easy going style about him. It worked for me.

John McGrane


Steve Kimerer, Loxley, Alabana

I bought Riley as a started dog six years ago and I am very happy with the way she was trained, I have hunted her in Michigan, Iowa, and in Alabama and she has adapted to the different hunting conditions and to the different species of birds. I have been told by a bird preserve owner that Riley has been trained by someone who knows what they were doing. That was after Riley out hunted his two dogs where they hunted three or four times a week at his preserve. After six years I am ready to get another birddog and chose to go back to Jeff where I am confident in he will get me exactly what I am looking for, I would highly recommend Jeff Chapman as an excellent birddog trainer.

Steve Kimerer

Earl Welch, New Lenox, IL

Jeff trained my GSP Tanner and GSP Jackson; Jeff did an outstanding job finishing Tanner. Tanner is a GSP that I sent to another professional trainer and received poor results. Jeff corrected Tanner and is now a pleasure to hunt with. Jackson is a GSP I purchased from Jeff as a pup. Jackson has turned out to be the best GSP I have ever owned thanks to Jeff. I asked Jeff to provide me with dogs that are steady to wind and shot, force fetched to retrieve and that is exactly what I got.

I would recommend Jeff because of his honesty, fairness and his desire to bring the best out of your dog. Jeff will also help you learn to handle your dog once you take him/her home. One example from my experience is that Tanner was finished however I could not make him respond the way Jeff could when I picked Tanner up. I called Jeff and he said bring him back and we'll hit the field together to see what is going on. It was my mistake in how I was handling Tanner, Jeff help me handle Tanner and then just smiled!

I would highly recommend Jeff to anyone serious about wanting a trainer that is a true partner.

Earl Welch

Greg Carl, Madison, WI

I wanted to give you an update on Hunter, which I believe you said was the first German "WIREHAIRED" Pointer that you have trained. I am so happy and proud of this dog its difficult to describe. As you are aware, I brought Hunter to you when he was 14 months of age which I understand is a bit late to start training a pointing bird dog. However, your knowledge, skills, patience, and determination to force break Hunter sure paid off. As you recall, I kept in contact with you during the four months you had Hunter to get updates on his progress, as I was eager to get my best friend back. You told me that you didn't want to give Hunter back to me until he was 100 percent trained. I must say your 100 percent is 100+ percent trained. I've had Hunter over about 300 birds so far and he is doing awesome. He is steady on point, the commands "whoa", "fetch" (land and water), and "here" are well known to this dog. The people who have hunted behind this dog are amazed to say the least. He tracks and retrieves crippled birds hundreds of yards away. In addition to being a great bird dog, he turned out to be a great family dog (including watch dog). The obedience you engraved in this dog shows everyday at home and in the field. I have attached a photo displaying how proud Hunter is of his birds.

When I need another dog trained, I will be contacting you - that's for sure. If you need a honest reference, have them contact me ANYTIME!

Thanks again Jeff, and lets go bird hunting together sometime.

Greg Carl

Dave Troup

A word about Jeff Chapman. Jeff has a great deal of knowledge of dog behavior and what it takes to bring out the best in a dog. He consistently produces positive results in the pointing breeds with lasting results. I sent my dog Sadie to Jeff in Feb 2003 to be trained and handled thur AKC Master Hunt Tests. Sadie is a hard driving dog that requires some reeling in and Jeff accomplished this without difficulty. She received her Master Title at 22 months of age in 6 of 7 tests. I believe this to be a great accomplishment, and I was very pleased with the end product.

 If you are considering having your dog trained, I strongly suggest you contact Jeff. I had a very pleasant experience working with Jeff and highly recommend his services.

Dave Troup

© 2023 Countryside Gun Dogs. All Rights Reserved.