Ryan Waterman (Missouri)
Blood Tracking & Sheds
I bought Felina from Northwoods Training Kennel in September of 2019, shortly after a buddy had got his lab home from NTK. The obedience work alone is what made my mind up to go with NTK for a started dog, it is second to none!
I purchased Felina to not only be a personal dog but also a dog that could track and recover sheds for us at Spikes-N-Spurs Outfitters and Wicked Wing Shed & Tracking Dogs. Anyone that knows me, including Carli knows I have very high expectations. When I got Felina in November, after the standard adjusting period, she hit the ground running and absolutely shocked all of us when it came to tracking. She found close to a dozen deer as well as one bobcat in her first season and over half of those tracks had already been given up on by clients. I can’t wait to see her in the woods this fall for her second season of tracking!
Shortly after tracking season I sent Felina back for a shed tune up. Now I’ll tell on myself, Carli told me not to throw a single shed to her while I had her during tracking season and well I listened....NOT! (Felina had zero clue what a shed was or that she should bring it back to me).
So a month and a half later I get her back after her tune up with one goal, we’re going to find 15 sheds by the end of shed season with her! Well she’s currently at 15 sheds on the year and I only got to shed hunt half as much as I normally do. She has also achieved several passes on the UKC Elite Shed Dogs and NASHDA circuits. So you could say Felina in a mere 45 days KNOWS what to do with a shed!
I can confidently say I am 100% pleased with Felina from the ground up (anyone that knows me knows that’s a big task) and I currently have another dog being trained at NTK with plans of many more to be from Northwoods Training Kennel!
I sent my dog, Duke, to Carli the first of December 2019 and picked him up at the end of February. He was just 4.5 months at the time I sent him off. I knew as soon as I got Duke that I wanted him to find sheds plus still make a great family dog. My Facebook feed kept bringing up Northwoods Kennel and the more I researched the more I knew that I wanted Carli to work with Duke. When I got Duke back from training it was amazing to see how much he had actually progressed. The obedience training was hands down the most amazing part of it all. Duke is so good with commands and even tho he is still a pup and wants to act the part sometimes, he is such a solid dog. When it came to picking up deer sheds he was “ok” at it when I sent him, but now it’s just awesome to watch him work. It’s almost like Carli made Duke fall in love with antlers. At just 8 months now he has found many horns on his own and made 40+ retrieves on wild antlers. I couldn’t be happier with him and the decision to go with Northwoods Kennel! Carli is a great person and super helpful with any questions I have. I’ll be sending Duke back this summer to keep up on his training and insuring his future success.
Ryan Pfaff recommends Northwoods Training Kennel LLC.
May 24 · Carli did an amazing job training Benny for shed hunting and blood tracking! I am beyond satisfied! She was very helpful and informative on all my questions prior to purchasing Benny from Northwoods Training Kennel. She allowed me to stop by with my 2 1/2 year old daughter to do a meet and greet with Benny to be sure the interaction between the two of them was positive before I made a decision (my daughter wanted to take him home that day). Carli has definitely exceeded my expectations with Benny and I am very happy that I went with Carli and Northwoods Training Kennel. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for this type of training. 5 STARS!
Cole Youngkin recommends Northwoods Training Kennel LLC.
June 15 · Carli did an awesome job training sprig. She definitely knows what she is doing and does a great job with it. I’m happy with the improvements with sprig in just a short period of time I highly recommend NTK if you want your dog to be trained. Thank you again Carli for working with sprig!!
Allen McLain recommends Northwoods Training Kennel LLC.July 7 ·
We had been debating on getting a second dog for a while but we were a little nervous to get a puppy. We decided to get a 14 week old Male from Carli, and we are so glad we did. From the ride home to settling in the house and meeting our other dog, things went great! It is very easy to tell he has been brought up well, his behavior is beyond expectations, can’t wait to start training and see what he does in the field!
Alec Hampton recommends Northwoods Training Kennel LLC.
August 15 at 8:32 PM · I highly recommend taking your dogs to Carli, she’s very professional, knowledgeable and did an awesome job with my dog willow. She was more than happy to answer my questions and show me what to work on after I picked willow up. She currently has another one of my dogs and I trust the results will be the same.
Wes Kusilek reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
August 4 · Being a die hard shed hunter, having a shed dog has always been a dream of ours. After years of waiting, my family and I finally pulled the trigger. We knew we wanted a British lab due to preference and past experiences and then we finally found Northwood training kennels. The whole process from start to finish of getting Ruger home was a treat due to Carli's service and organization. After getting Ruger home we quickly found out he not only excelled in shed hunting but was great with our kids! We have since sent Ruger back to be finished over the summer and even purchased our 2nd dog, Masha, from Northwood training kennels as well!
Jill Johnson Bushor reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
August 7 at 3:54 PM · Obedience training is SO important, and Carli is so attentive to people's needs, and the dog's temperament and abilities. I can't say enough good things about the training that my dog, Ruby, got at NTK. I so enjoy having a well behaved dog!!!! Carli goes the extra mile to ensure a good experience!
Haylie Hirner reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
February 21 · Carli did a great job training our golden retriever pup who she also sold to us as well. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another pup from her! Great trainer/person who has a love and great connection with dogs.
Lynn Berkner reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
December 6, 2017 · I took my puppy Zucker to Northwoods Training Kennel for the 4 month started dog program. Zucker was a puppy with lots of drive! Carli worked for 4 months with Zucker and took that drive and developed her into a little hunting machine. She kept me informed and always got back to me when called upon. She is a trainer I would recommend. She got Zucker on the right path to a bright future of hunting!
Richard Rapp reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
December 6, 2017 · Carli and NTK did a phenomenal job with Obedience training for our 1 year old stubborn black lab that had proven too difficult for us to train on our own. He came back to us a different dog in all the best ways! So thankful for NTK!
John Rutz reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
August 2 at 9:53 AM · Great kennel to work with! Carli had my pup for the starter and intermediate programs. Everyone comments how well behaved my pup is when I bring him out. Can’t wait to get him in he blind this season. Thanks again Carli!
January 19, 2015
Northwoods Training Kennel
British Black Labrador Retriever (male)
Born: January 20, 2014
Breeder: Diamond J British Labs
Started Dog Program: Apr – Sep 2014
Immediately after purchasing Shadow in March 2014, I enrolled him into the Started Dog Program at Northwoods Training Kennel with the goal of having him ready for waterfowl and upland hunting by fall.
Since I never spent any time with Shadow prior to training, I was very concerned about his transition to my family. By following your instructions, Shadow understood that he was not the leader, and he made a smooth transition to become a member of the family.
This past fall, Shadow and I went on numerous hunting adventures to include: waterfowl hunting from a boat and blind, grouse and pheasant hunting. While duck hunting, Shadow quickly learned to stay sitting in the blind while setting decoys and patiently waited for ducks. When shooting, Shadow stayed sitting until he was commanded to retrieve. While upload hunting, Shadow was attentive to his distance and direction by consistently looking back at me. On a pheasant hunting trip, I am certain that I would have not seen any birds if it was not for Shadow’s field work. For Shadow’s first season, I am proud to report that he was 100% successful in all his retrievals.
It has been almost four months since Shadow graduated the Started Dog Program, and I could not be more pleased with the training results. Shadow’s training prepared him very well for his first hunting season. Shadow is a great hunting dog that is very well mannered, obedient and balanced. So, I want to thank you and Northwoods Training Kennel for the great training that you have provided Shadow and me. Not only do I have a great hunting dog and companion, but I now have a renewed passion for bird hunting.
Very truly yours,
After purchasing a silver lab I contacted many accomplished trainers throughout the United States and got basically the same answer from them all. They told me that Oakley would never amount to anything because of his color and they did not even want to take him on for training saying he would be dumb and aggressive. This was very concerning seeing that I have small children. When I contacted Carli with Northwood’s she was very interested and confident in training Oakley so enrolled him in Northwood’s started dog program. When we got Oakley back from the Started Dog Program I was very surprised to find that my 4 month old lab puppy had very little signs of being a puppy at all. Oakley was obedient, calm, and ready for a command at all times. I even had friends ask if Oakley was sick because he did not act like a normal puppy, they were amazed that a 4 month old lab could be so well-trained. I was so impressed that I decided to send him back to Northwood’s to become a finished dog. Now two years later Oakley has been on many duck hunting adventures where he has performed flawlessly hunting from shore, in a boat, on a river and multiple retrieves have never been a problem. Friends who previously did not like duck hunting with a dog changed their thoughts after one successful hunt with Oakley. This past year on the Wisconsin pheasant opener I took two friends with and we were limited out within the first 30 minutes Oakley had full retrieves on every bird. Not only did Carli train Oakley, but she was more than willing to show my wife and I how to get the most out of the training which was very helpful and not a service that every trainer offers. I am very confident to say Oakley will be the best dog I will ever own and that is thanks to Carli.
Cassondra KateLynn Pollex reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
· September 29, 2016 · Northwoods training Kennel did an amazing job training our Sitka! She did an amazing job teaching him the basics in behavior and retrieving.
We have done lots of fun things this summer with him. Lots of camping, and he does so well. Very well behaved, but he is still a puppy so he has his moments. He loves finding sheds, being on the boat, helping with food plots, and setting tree stands :) of course he loves playing fetch, and playing with our girls. He has made the perfect addition to our family. We couldn't be happier
Thomas Tadysak reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
I just want to thank Carli for training my Labrador Henry. Carli was relentless in her quest to get my dog Henry to where he needed to be. I can't say enough for the time and effort she gave as well as showing both my daughter and I how to reinforce his training in the future. Henry just turned 1 years old and is very well behaved, forced fetched and retrieving for future duck hunts. My daughter and I are very happy with NTK and Carli and would recommend her to anyone thinking about training program for their dog. Thanks again Carli!
Joe Kubacki reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
Picked up Muzzy today from his stay at NTK and I could be happier with the results!! He has be shown and taught key essentials on become a great bird dog!! Thank you NTK for the guidance and setting him on the right track!!
Chris Roisum reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
· May 9 ·
I sent my lab pup, Louie, to Carli for the Started Dog program and am very pleased with the results. Carli did a great job getting Louie started on behavior and retriever training and I would not hesitate to send another pup Carli's way for this program. Carli has been a great help with additional questions and training tips and I may consider some advanced training with Carli later this summer. Thanks again!
Adam Maier reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
· May 17 · Carli is excellent with dogs and a great person to deal with! I had her take my pup for socialization and an introduction to birds and guns. You could immediately tell the difference in the dogs attitude and confidence after spending a few weeks with her. Carli is quick to respond to communication and sent some awesome pictures during the training process. Definitely recommend sending your dog to her!
Melissa Stone reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
· March 28 · Carli did a great job training my Brittany on sheds. She had her work cut out for her due to Ruger being very strong willed, but she didn't give up!! Ruger has been back from training for almost a year and is doing great. If I ever need help with anything I know Carli is just a phone call away. I'm excited to add a pup to the family that I bought from Carli out of the Annie X Max litter that she is also shed training for me.
Matt Buszka reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
· April 28 · Carli did a good job training my golden retriever Bela. She had her work cut out for her because she was spoiled by me and she is very strong willed. Carli is up front with you and if she does not think it is a good fit for training she is going to let you know. She also takes the time when training is complete to help you and train you if you need it. She is there for you if you have questions and took very good care of Bela. I would recommend taking your dog here for training.
Started dog trained for upland,shed hunting, blood tracking,and obedience
I highly recommend NTK they have been extremely pleasant to deal with in the purchase of Eider and they are extremely good at what they do I have owned several dogs and by far this one is the best I have ever purchased the Obedience alone is worth every penny. If I ever purchase another dog it will be from NTK.
February 15, 2020
Jason Anthony recommends Northwoods Training Kennel LLC.
September 15, 2018 · 5 stars
Carli did an amazing job training Oakley. I am more than pleased with how he turned out. I would highly reccomend Carli to anyone, she is amazing with animals. Thank you Carli for training Oakley.
Tammy Moore recommends Northwoods Training Kennel LLC.
May 31 · I highly recommend NTK!Anyone looking for help with training, Carli’s your gal. I appreciate her knowledge and input to help have a well balanced dog. I would definitely use NTK again if needed. You rock Carli!
Tyler Schmidt recommends Northwoods Training Kennel LLC.
July 17 · I purchased a finished dog from Northwoods in sheds, upland birds, and blood trailing. I was completely blown away with the support from Carlie on getting my dog accustom to being with me and working with me! I strongly recommend there program to anyone looking for a new dog or just training. Feel free to contact me at any time for a reference. Thanks again to Carlie and her crew!
Dustin Harmeyer recommends Northwoods Training Kennel LLC.
July 18 · I would highly recommend this kennel. Carli has been very helpful and patient with my wife and I as new dog owners with general questions as well as helping us with questions on training too. Very good customers service with great dogs too!
Conner Koerperich recommends Northwoods Training Kennel LLC.
October 24th 2018
Carli runs a first class operation and did a phenomenal job with Sam. Wonderful facilities and Carli has a true passion for the dogs and training. She has provided endless support and resources even after bringing Sam home. I’ve been very impressed and would highly recommend to anyone. Thanks a lot.
Heidi Drengler-Goethel recommends Northwoods Training Kennel LLC.
August 7 at 10:27 PM · For the past 40 years I have trained dogs in several different venues...field work,service and hearing dogs,behavior and obedience and now nose work. I cannot tell you how impressed I've been with our newest addition. Sage is from Annie and Kayne litter. The work Carli put into the puppies before sending them home shows. Sage adapts easily to new situations and is eager to please. I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend Carli as a breeder.
Heidi Drengler-Goethel CPDT-KSA
Lisa Higgins reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
October 2, 2017 · I just want to say thank you to Carli! She did an awesome job with our dog Ella. I got to take her out on her first live blood track for my moms buck last night and she was amazing! She led me right to the deer. I'm not sure which one of us had more fun! I can not wait to go bird hunting and get her to some competitions for shed hunting. This has been a great learning process for all of us and Carli was great to work with! Thanks again Carli �
Jason Morgan reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
February 24 · We purchased Cash from NTK as a started pup.We live in southern Iowa which is about 7 hours away from NTK.We didn’t have time in our busy life to train a dog for our new house and all the hunting needs we have.I can truly say we made the best purchase of our life with Cash.He has been the best pup ever and listens to every command that was taught by Carli!She made our life complete and our hunting needs our going to strive now! I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase a dog or pup at NTK!
Jill Modl reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
July 4, 2017 · Carli did an exceptional job with our yellow lab Annie. She had been spoiled at home and was in need of obedience training and we also had her trained for force fetch. We have never had a dog formally trained, and I am so happy we made the investment. Annie learned so much and so have we. Carli has a wonderful way of explaining the methods she uses for training. She has been following up with us since Annie came home, and Annie will return for some additional gun training this fall. We highly recommend her facility and are so happy with the results!! Don't hesitate to send your dog. Wonderful experience!
Michelle Roberts Jones reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
March 28 · Our Maxx is doing great! Trained at Northwoods Training Kennel for shed hunting. We've not had him home very long but I'd say he's doing great! He goes to work with me every day & listens very well! We haven't taken him into the woods yet but we're excited to get him out there! Frank & Michelle Jones- Missouri
Taylor Rasmussen reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
May 21 · We brought our black lab Daisy here for obedience training. Daisy was displaying aggressive tendencies and we felt that our in house training just wasn’t going to be good enough. She was here for a total of 6 weeks. When we got her back it was like a completely different dog. She respects us and listens now. Carli listened to all the concerns we had including jumping, aggressions, lack of listening, pulling on the leash and more. Carli addressed all these issues in the 6 weeks Daisy was there. We were thoroughly impressed and it’s definitely exceeded our expectations!
Thank you Northwoods Training Kennel for the amazing work you did with Reese! Your guys training program is top notch! I highly recommend anyone that is interested in sending there pup to Northwoods Training Kennel! Throughout the whole process of signing up and then picking Reese up, Carli was great to work with answering all our questions and making sure we understand what we needed to do after Reese was home to be successful! Since Reese was home, we have taken him bird hunting and shed hunting which he did great at! He qualified for 2016 NASHDA World Championship this spring and we are out every weekend shedding. He is easy to handle and makes the outdoors even more fun! Reese is a high energy pup but the discipline that Northwoods Kennels training trained into him has made Reese a great house dog also. I hope everyone considers Northwoods Training Kennel for there next pup!
Thank you Carli at Northwoods Training Kennel LLC
Thank you for not only teaching our Lab Piper to find shed antlers but transforming her from an stubborn, obstinate, domineering and unmanageable dog to one that is a joy to be around. What a wonderful difference!!! We are so impressed!
2/23/2016 Midland TX
I would like to write a review for Carli Ferron. I have known her for over a year...to talk with her on the phone and listen to her vast knowledge of dog training and dog psychology you would never guess her age. She is now working with my second dog and the fact that she has my second dog shows my trusting her abilities and satisfaction with the training of my last dog. She is honest to the point of hurting your feelings....but I had rather have honesty anyday than over expectations of my dog. I give her 5 stars and two thumbs up.
I wanted to take a moment to tell you I couldn't be happier with Bonnie, the English Pointer I purchased from you a year and a half ago. Bonnie has been a perfect fit for not only my hunting needs but also as a pet for my family. She is a very obedient dog and is very much a people pleaser. I can't say enough about the job you did training her. She was advertised as a starter dog, but she was totally ready to hunt when I got her. This was my second season hunting with Bonnie, and from the get go she was the star among the other dogs that we hunt with. She is all business when we hit the field and she gets along great with the other dogs. She continues to get better and better each time we hunt. Everyone I hunt with says she is something special. I can tell that you really have a passion for your job and it shows through the dogs you train. Above all, I can really tell that you love each and every dog you train and care for their well being long after you fi! nish with them. I would highly recommend NTK to fellow hunters and I plan on getting my next dog from you.
South Milwaukee, WI
John Roberts reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
I bought an 8 week old female from Karli, and could not be happier. I have been training the pup myself, but Karli has shown incredible support. She stays in contact, checking on the pup and her status, and is always available for my questions. I would recommend Northwoods Training Kennel LLC to anyone, form buying a great quality dog, to having your dog started, or finished there in whatever you wish from shed to waterfowl or upland. You will not be disappointed if you do the work she advises/demonstrates, etc., when it is your time with your dog. Excellent Trainer, responsible kennel, and wonderful person.
Jerrod Hilger reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
· August 30, 2016 · Northwoods Training Kennel has done an excellent job finding us a pup, developing that pup, and training my kids and I how to handle and continue to develop our dog. Would recommend to anyone. Carli has been great with our kids. We can't wait to start with another pup in the near future. Thanks Carli
Kelly Payne reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
· 6-27-2017· Carli and NTK have been great. Moose was there for his puppy development and early bird introduction. Carli noticed a change in his back legs. Had the Vet exam and x ray Moose. They noticed a curve to his legs. Carli came up with protocol to treat Moose. After X-rays yesterday, my Vet was amazed by the difference in Moose's legs. So Moose is going back NTK for some upland training. Thanks again Carli for all your help.
Jon Zager reviewed Northwoods Training Kennel LLC — 5 star
· May 29 at 12:41pm · We recently bought a pup from Carli's Max & Annie Litter. We had Carli do the started dog program with our pup, Timber. In the interim, we were able to visit with our pup and watch Carli train in person. Each time we visited, she showed us what she was training him to do and how he was progressing. She even had both my wife and I go through the steps with Timber as she instructed us. It was amazing to see such progress in such a short time! After having your pup go through training with Carli, she offers training videos to view so you can stay on track with her training methods once you get your pup home. We know Carli is an exceptional trainer, as we see it in our pup every day! Thanks so much Carli!
Some of our clients and their dogs out working!
Joshua and Buddy!
Savage and Curtis Kimbrell
"Prince" An imported Labrador we sold as a started dog!
Bill and his boy "Bane"
Dolly with her first find for 2017
Ken Peterka and Shadow!
-We raised and trained shadow!
Tom and his Setter "Chumly"
Tank with his very first wild shed!
Jetta on point!