About Us

About ZRSD

Zumbro River Sporting Dogs is a dog training facility in South Eastern Minnesota focused on training high quality sporting dogs.  It is located in West Concord, Minnesota (between Rochester and Owatonna).  ZRSD was founded by Aaron Valentyn, an avid hunter and dog trainer.  Aaron is the sole owner and trainer.  He personally trains and handles each dog.  The number of dogs is limited so that Aaron can spend as much time as necessary with each individual dog to maximize their potential.  

We also have a small breeding program and strive to provide genetically sound dogs and we are always working to improve the breed.

Aaron Valentyn

Aaron has been training retrievers for over 20 years and has been hunting upland game birds and waterfowl across the country for over 30 years.  Aaron's love of dogs and hunting started at the age of 8 with his first dog Sadie, a lively golden retriever. 

Aaron has trained many dogs to the finished level and has had great success in both AKC and UKC hunt tests.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

We are always prepared for any dogs' needs and ensure that your dog will receive the best care. Their happiness and care is our priority and we strive to provide a service we would want our own dogs to receive. 

Our Boys

HRCH AV's One Tuff Storm


HR AV's Highflying Dutchman


HR AV's Officer in Charge


SHR AV's Wild and Crazy Ride


Our Girls

HRCH WildFowl's Bailed Out Warrior


HR AV's Highflying Ace


AV's Pretty in Pink


AV's Pretty Little Mallard Smasher



Gun Dog Training

3 Month Minimum 



     Collar Conditioning

     Force Fetch

     Bird and Gun Introduction

     Steadiness and Quartering 

$675 per Month Plus Birds 

**Additional Training is Available - See Our Hunt Test Program**

Hunt Test Training

Started Retriever Training

5 Month Minimum



     Collar Conditioning

     Force Fetch

     Bird and Gun Introduction


     Complex Single Marks both Land and Water

Should be able to run a Junior/Started Test

Intermediate Training


     Introduction to Handling Land and Water

     Simple Stand Alone Cold Blinds

     Complex Double Marks both Land and Water

     Honoring Other Working Dogs

Should be able to run Senior/Seasoned Test

Finished Training


     Complex Triple Marks both Land and Water

     Multiple Complex Land and Water Blinds

     Poison Bird Marks and Blinds

Should be able to run Master/Finished Test


$675 per Month Plus Birds, Entry Fees and Handling Fees

All Breed Obedience

We welcome all breeds into our obedience program.

1 Month Minimum

Covers: On-leash              Off-leash/Collar Conditioning

     Sit                                     Sit             

     Here                                  Here 

     Heel                                  Heel

     Kennel                               Kennel

$700 Per Month 


Up-Coming Litters


Sammy X Dutch  Spring 2018

Charlie X ??? (Yet to be determined) Summer 2018


Indoor Climate Controlled Kennels

All of our kennels are indoor in a climate controlled facility.  Kuranda beds are used in all of the kennels for the dogs to be comfortable on during their stay at ZRSD.  

Technical Water

We have access to some of the premier technical water in the midwest.  This allows us to be able to bring out the full potential of your dogs water work.

Technical Land

We also have access to hundreds of acres of premier technical land.  We are able to develop a dogs ability to handle many different situations that it may see in either a hunting situation, hunt test or field trial.

Groomed Training Grounds

We have grounds that are groomed specifically for obedience and yard work.  This allows us to get sound ground work done with all the dogs in  our programs.  


Client Boarding

Depending on availability we are open to boarding existing client dogs and any additional dogs our clients may have.  Please call to check on availability.

Public Boarding

During special occasions and Holidays we are open to public boarding.  All dogs boarding with us must come with proof of vaccinations and Bordatella shots.

Limited spots available.

Please call for availability.  


1 Dog - $25 per night

2 Dogs - $40 per night 


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Zumbro River Sporting Dogs

17603 535th Street, West Concord, MN 55985, us

(507) 990-2900