Our Background

Wing & Shot is a family-run business owned by Fred and Kelley Saber and operated with their son, Austin, and a team of staff members. What started as a passion for watching hunting dogs work a field fueled a thriving bird dog, obedience, and service dog training operation. We are proud of the reputation we've earned for high quality services, and we are fortunate to be doing what we love and sharing our expertise with our clients and their dogs.

Personal Attention

Whether it's professional bird dog training, simple puppy training, or even the most extreme adult dog obedience issues, we uphold the highest training standards. The key to training at Wing & Shot is our ability to read a dog and understand them as an individual. We pride ourselves on the personal attention provided in our training programs. When your dog stays with us, whether it's for a week or several months, they become part of our family.

Our Facilities

Wing & Shot is operated out of two state-of-the-art pet care facilities in Michigan that allow us to board up to 65 dogs. Our Goodrich location is surrounded by 2,000 acres of state land including fields, woods, and a lake. The lake is crucial for waterfowl dog training. In 2016, the Sabers acquired Maple Lane Kennels in Ortonville, giving us a second property for training and a larger facility for boarding.

Decades of Training Experience

Fred Saber offers over two decades of professional dog training experience. Testing hunting dogs at the highest levels of discipline is how Wing & Shot branched into obedience and service dog training. Commonly referred to as the soft-hand trainer, Fred specializes in training for all breeds from the rarest Bracco Italiano to the most common Labrador Retriever. It is this expertise that sets Wing & Shot apart from other upland bird dog trainers. 

Wing & Shot is not a big treat trainer. We believe that working dogs should not need to have treats to perform their tasks. With service dogs, training without treats is essential. Because many of our service dogs go to schools or to children with disabilities, we cannot have the dogs nosing in a teacher's or student's pocket.






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