We are beyond happy with the results we got from BackYard
Training Kennels and would/have highly recommended Buck if you are looking for
a trainer to not only help your dog reach their full hunting potential but us
handlers as well. He never made me feel like any question was ever too silly to
ask and always kept me up to date on how Toby was doing every single week of
his entire stay. He even took the time to take him to the vet to check out his
leg when he started limping midway through his stay there. That meant a lot to
me and showed me that Buck truly has the dogs best well being in mind. He
treats the dogs he is training as one of his very own and you can tell that
right away. There is no denying there was a bond and an immediate respect
formed between Toby and Buck from their very first meeting. It was and has been
an honor to work with Buck and even though Toby has been home for several
months now he still takes all of our phone calls and answers any questions we
Toby continues to do great with all of his training
exercises at home and has amazed us in the field on all of the upland bird
hunts that Chris and I have taken him on these past few months. He has passed
his first NAVHDA hunting test and has several AKC hunting test coming up. We
both couldn’t be happier with the results we got from sending him to Back Yard
Training Kennels and consider Buck like family. Chris and I are still learning,
as is Toby, but I am confident we will have a lifetime full of making wonderful
memories in the field with our beloved hunting companion. Thank you again Buck
for all that you do and making it your life’s work to help couples like us be
able to enjoy all the gifts a hunting dog can offer.
Our family was in need of a Golden Retriever Puppy to fill
the void of our 12 year old Golden that had past the year earlier.
After five months of becoming our new family member we
decided to give our new pup some needed lessons in basic commands.
I had heard of Buck Henderson’s Back Yard Training Kennels
from a friend of mine, who had brought his German Short Hair for puppy basic
After discussing a time frame for my pup to gain access to
the kennels, and all of my questions answered by Buck, I was ready for him to
begin. I was kept informed of my pup’s progress on a weekly basis. This was
important to our family as my wife and kids were missing him while he was gone.
Once my pup’s training was complete I was very impressed
with the methods that Buck had used. I was able to walk my dog through all of
the commands that I asked Buck to teach
him. Buck introduced my pup with frozen and live birds to get him used to
future upland and water retrieving.
Once home we gave our puppy a chance to enter back into the
family pack, before starting back up his training routine with all family
I truly can say that it was easier to keep our young adult
on track with the commands by using a vibration collar to back up his training
In a few weeks I plan on taking him to the lake and start
working him around some decoys.
Thanks Buck for the work that you do. You truly care
for every dog that comes through your kennel.
Steve Ulrich (Avid Hunter)
Diesel- German Shorthair Pointer
" After not having much luck finding a good quality
trainer we found Buck! Buck was very friendly, kind, and really showed
appreciation for the dogs he's trained. His kennels were simple but clean and
effective. The location was great and secured. Buck not only trained Diesel
obedience but also did field training and forced fetch retrieval. Diesel
has come back a changed dog and I look forward to having him hunt beside me!
Buck was very informative and called me every week with updates on how Diesel was
doing. Buck exceeded my expectations and he takes care of all the dogs in his
kennel. Buck was fantastic and I would take any dog to him. Buck always gives
out more than you ask for and for that I'm thankful we chose him.
Thanks again Buck and happy hunting! "
I would like to take this opportunity to say a few things
about Buck Henderson. We purchased our German Shorthaired Pointer back in July,
and through our breeder, Buck Henderson was referred to us for training. Upon
arrival Buck sat down with me and thoroughly conveyed to me what I could expect
from River after a short 4 week program. He checked in with me every week to
give me updates on Rivers progress. What I was impressed with the most, is that
when we picked River up, he again sat down with my wife and I and thoroughly
explained what he had taught her and answered any questions. He did this even
knowing he had an ill family member in another State and was going to be
leaving to be with. He is dedicated to customer service and passionate about
what he does. We will definitely be bringing River back in the Fall for formal
I cannot say enough about Buck or the time and effort he put
into our German Shorthair Pointer, Belle. The dog we dropped off at Backyard
Training Kennels was a bouncing, energetic 6 month-old pup that was testing
every boundary she could find. I did months of research trying to find
the right trainer for Belle, but in the end, I took the advice of my breeder
and signed her up to train with Buck.
Buck took the time to interview me and learn what I wanted
in a hunting partner and what we needed in a family companion, and he built
that into Belle's training. Every Monday during her stay, Buck called me
and gave a detailed update on her progress. It is obvious that he cares
for his clients' dogs as much as he cares for his own.
After 4 short weeks of Puppy Training at Buck's facility, we
were re-introduced to Belle as an energetic, alert hunter that knew the
"rules"! Buck was able to identify and develop her strengths
and instinctive abilities, and he was able to show us how to continue her
growth as she transitioned back to our home.
Backyard Training Kennels is a fantastic investment in a
lifetime of memories with your hunting partner. Thank you, Buck, for
helping our pup start on the road to reaching her potential!
Mason and Brooke LeGrue
Sugar Land, TX
Hunter Graves (Plano Tx)
Buck is an Awesome trainer!
I sent my 10 month old Pudelpointer
"Jaeger" to Buck for the puppy training program.
This is my first hunting dog and I
was about to lose my mind dealing with his puppy brain. He couldn't listen to me.
His whole brain was occupied with 1. food, 2. rabbits, squirrels, birds 3.
playing with other dogs 4. me. Walking him around the neighborhood made
me wonder if i could get some money for him as a sled racing dog. My dog seems pretty natural at all
the hunting tasks, he's got a great nose, but he had almost no self control and
could only go in high gear.
Buck was flexible on our
scheduling. He fed Jaeger my own food and gave him his heartworm
meds. He called every week with updates. Jaeger came back with the
heel command, perfect come command, if i just want him to come back to my
general area i call his name and he works back to me, loads into the truck,
kennels on command, and a crazy stay command where he freezes in place like a
mime. As a bonus he will stand still to put on a collar, attach the
leash, or if i want to clean his face. As for hunting: after the training
Buck spent a lot of time training me and putting us through drills where I
worked Jaeger through a field to point about 7 planted birds. Buck is
really good at training humans too. Jaeger found all the birds, pointed
most of them, would stay while they were released to fly, he had no fear when
Buck fired blanks, and he did a pretty good job bringing back frozen birds
after the shots. It took about two weeks for me to get the control Buck
had on him but the number one one thing my dog took away is that my commands
are more important than anything else. Because he's listening to me we
can do a lot more fun stuff. I can't wait for hunting season to
Our "Camo" is
almost 2 years old now, when we first got her we had no plans on taking her to
hunt tests to try and get titles on her, we just planned on having a great dog
for the family and to take hunting as we can. Camo showed us pretty early how
much drive she had for hunting and how much she loved it. So we decided why not
try some hunt tests and see how well she will do. That's where we met Buck. We
had several people tell us how well Buck was in training hunting dogs. Buck was
a judge at this event and we were able to talk to him during breaks. He had no
hesitation with helping us with anything we wanted to know and helped us as
much as he could. After Camo received her junior hunt title, we decided to send
her with Buck to make her a better hunting companion and to take her further
and work towards one day hopefully getting her a master hunt title. Buck is
very good at sitting down with you as many times as he needs to, to know what
you want to get out of your dog. During the process of Camo being with Buck she
received her monthly heartworm preventative and tick/flea preventative and she
was there for a little over 4 months. Also with Buck being the great guy that
he is, we were taking our other dog to an event (which he also helped me do
things on my own at home to help this dog) and Buck happened to be going to the
same one so he brought Camo along just so we could see her and on another
occasion we were passing through and he let us come by and visit and see some
of her progress. We were so impressed with how much improvement we seen, we
could not wait until we saw the end result. Buck is very good with dogs and you
can see it when he is out with them and we could see the excitement in Camo
every time he brought her out and she listened to him so well. When we went to
pick Camo up Buck told us to make sure we had plenty of time to stay there for
few hours so he could go over everything with us. He wasn’t lying, he went over
EVERY THING. It was Awesome!!! Our dog knows so much more now and does it with
beauty. He also let me, my husband, and our 10 year old daughter go through the
drills with her just so Camo will know to listen to us as well as she does him
and this really helps with the transition back to us. We are very grateful for
Buck and all his time he has spent helping Camo. Because of him she is only one
pass away from a senior hunt title and this is something very hard to
accomplish. If it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t be where we are today with her.
It’s so relieving to know of a trainer to send your dog to and not have to
worry about them while they are gone and they come back better than what they
were. We already have plans to send another dog with him and we have no worries
with how he will be handled and cannot wait to see how he improves.
all you have done for us
Buck it’s truly appreciated and we cannot wait for
many many days of hunting.
This letter is long over due!
Atticus was in your care for about 9 weeks. I
remember when I picked him up from you. It was two days before Dove
Season 2015, which made him a few days short of 1yr 5mo old.
At that young age you and I ran through mock NAVHDA UT
test. He performed exceptionally well for a 17mo old dog.
Since September Atticus has been on many hunts: Dove,
Quail, Pheasant and Duck (and a Deer hunt --- he sat quietly in a blind looking
at Does, then at me and wondering why nothing was shot!). On every hunt
he amazed my fellow hunters at what he could do: Rock Solid points,
Steady to Fall (mostly ! he does like to take those two or three steps),
Retrieving to hand - every type of bird we hunted
On one duck hunt in South Louisiana we wounded a duck that
glided into cane about 60 yards across the lake. When I sent Atticus to
retrieve my host told me I was wasting my time "He'll hit that cane and
turn back." Well, he hit the cane, went into the cane, and then he
headed back in about 2 minutes....with a duck !
It was on this same duck hunt where I realized a great
appreciation for a well trained (and well loved) dog. After the hunt
several groups were gathered together in the parking area. I was walking
back to my truck with Atticus (he was off lead and heeling at my side -
perfectly). Another dog wanted to play with Atticus, and that dog was
walking with us, around us, barking... just being playful.
owner was screaming and yelling for the dog to return. He finally yelled
to me "Stop, please." I stopped, and he caught up with his dog
and drug him back to his truck (I'll leave out the details, but let's just say
it wasn't pleasant for the dog).
When I got back to the truck my host pointed to that other
fellow and his dog and said "Now that's how you teach a dog who's boss and
how to control your dog." I said, "Really - that way? Do
you think that dog would have run into that cane and fetched that duck?
I'll keep doing things the way I'm doing them, thank you very much."
So - thank you, Buck. I know I give my dog an awful
lot of love and attention, and when that is combined with the strong
fundamentals from your training it makes for a wonderful companion, great hunter
and impressive dog.
Duck Hunt - 1yr 8mo - retrieved 3
limits all to hand
I appreciate you taking the phone call here and there to
help me keep him tuned-up. I look forward to sending you an addendum to
this letter showing our UT accomplishments.
Take care - and I know we'll be talking soon.
Whiskeytown's Royal Reserve( Razor) NA P1 110, AKC JH
Our experience with Backyard Kennels has been nothing short
of amazing! Mr. Buck took our dog from a driven, spunky pup, to a finished
gun-dog in no time. His methods of handling dogs in the field are second to
none and I would highly recommend him to anyone that asks.
Wing and A Prayer’s
It's amazing, these pictures show Buck
Henderson’s training results. In four short weeks, Rider (age 11 months)
was pointing and held the point when given the “WHOA” command. Buck
called every week and gave me a progress update.
Rider was on the waiting training list for
7 months. It was worth the wait. I recommend Buck, he is truly a
professional trainer, customer friendly, and Buck took care of Rider.
In preparation for the AKC hunting tests
coming up in the fall, we are on the waiting list for the next training level.
Thank you, Buck, I appreciate your
professionalism, kindness, and ability to recognize Rider’s strengthens and
weaknesses and bringing out his hunting potential.
Baylee Larrington AKC Sr.
Thank You Buck for the amazing job
you did with Baylee’s training! It’s absolutely awesome to have aDog / unterHunter obey
just about every command every time, we’ve never had that.
We are completely overjoyed with the
training that Buck did for us; he was truly a God Send. Our experience with
Buck started when Baylee was around 4 months old, when we went to meet Buck and
check out his Kennels. We were very impressed that Buck took the time to sit
and talk to us about training and his love for developing young hunters. We
spent 2 hours talking with him, and then he had birds setup in his field to
take Baylee out and see how she would react. Buck was interviewing us as much
as we were him. We had a very bad training experience with a previous dog, and we
did not want to do that again, so we were very cautious about the kennels and
the training as we looked for someone to send Baylee to. After spending the
afternoon with Buck we were convinced that he was the one for us and Baylee.
Buck gave us just a few things to work on at home prior to the time at which we
would take her back to him. But primarily, he said just have fun with her and
let her enjoy her puppy time. Buck had an opening come up, so off to BYTK we go
with Baylee at 5 ½ months old. Buck called us every week to give us an update
on her training and how she was adjusting. Buck knew that we had lost another
GSP to a tragedy earlier that year and we were very protective of Baylee. He
took excellent care of Baylee and reassured us every week that she was doing
great. Buck called us one week when Baylee was around 7 1/2 months old, and
said that he would like to take her to an AKC Hunt Test and enter her in the
Sr. division. We were a little reluctant, but trusted Buck’s judgment and agreed.
That weekend she made her first pass on her way to the Sr. Title. Buck kept
telling us that he had her trained to the Master level, and was capable of getting her Sr.
Title if we stayed with it. He was right, by the time Baylee was 9 months old
she had 3 of the 5 passes needed to earn her AKC Sr. Hunter title. At 10 months,
there were no Hunt Tests to take her to, but on her 11 month Birthday in Yoder,
Kansas she finished her last 2 passes and earned her AKC Sr. Hunter Title. Even
after bringing Baylee home, Buck has always made time to talk with us on the
phone if we ever have questions. I cannot say enough good things about Buck,
and the exceptional results that he produces. Our plan is to continue with the
AKC Hunt Tests and help Baylee earn her Master Title. I have all the faith that
she will earn her Master title before she turns 2 years old. When Buck says
they are trained to the Master level, you can rest assured they are. We would
highly recommend Buck and BYTK!
Buck contacted me soon after I
submitted an inquiry about his 30 day Puppy Training program through the
Backyard Training Kennels website. We traded a few emails and then talked
on the phone. I was impressed with Buck's sincere interest in educating
me about his program and describing his expectations for my Brittany pup,
Gunner. I told Buck I was ready to sign up and we agreed on a drop off
date a few months in the future. A few weeks later, my wife and I got one
more Brittany puppy named Buster. I called Buck and told him that we had
one more student for the Puppy Training program and asked if he could take both
puppies at the same time. Buck was immediately agreeable even though I
needed to change the date to a few months later. During our initial phone
converstion, Buck told me that this program would have our pups obedience
trained (come/here, heal, stay/whoa, load up, kennel) and beginner level
hunting/field ready (introduction to live birds, gun shot, and an introduction
to steady to wing and shot/whoa) in 4-6 weeks. I was excited about those
prospects but I truly thought it might be a bit much to expect. The
morning that we dropped off Gunner (10 months old) and Buster (6 months old),
we spent about 2 hours visiting with Buck as he observed and interacted with
our dogs. He described his training program again and his expectations
and he asked lots of questions about both dogs. Buck called me each week
with a detailed update on both pups about their health and well being, as well
as how each was progressing in the training program. It became very
apparent during just the second weekly update, that Buck was spending
meaningful time with both puppies as he described the distinct personality of
each like they were his own dogs. Six weeks after dropping our boys off,
it was pick up day. Buck told us he wanted us there at
6:30am because he needed about 3 hours to work with us, Gunner and Buster
and he wanted to avoid the heat as much as possible. We were excited to
see our guys and we missed them so much that we were just ready too see them
whether they had learned anything or not!
It was a great reunion and both
dogs put on quite a show. Buck walked us through the full training
routine with each dog individually and had my wife and I giving the commands
(load up, kennel, heel, come, whoa) culminating with work in the field with
live birds and gun shot. Both dogs showed proficiency with load up,
kennel, heel, come, pointing and turning to command. Buster was even steady
to wing and shot and retrieved. Needless to say, we're thrilled and
thankful that we entrusted our boys to Buck. We continue to work with our
dogs at home with continued success now that Buck has trained us, too.
Buck Henderson is a great person and clearly, a man who is
passionate about his work with dogs and I highly
recommend him and Backyard Training Kennels.
looking all around the state of Texas and southern Oklahoma I found Buck at BYTK
he was the only trainer who called back and talked about what we could do for
me. Buck only takes a few dogs at a time so he can work with your dog every day
and spend time instead of just once a week. That made it alot easier choose
right away. We dropped Ruger off with Buck right after he turned seven months
old.he has very clean and well kept kennels. In a safe location. We left him a
puppy that would jerk you around take out birds bearly listened. Buck called
once a week and gave us details as to how our boy was doing all the way from if
he was using the restroom up to his progression in the training program. Buck
not only trained my dog to retrieve to hand. He exceeded my expectations with
the gun dog program he was able to work into the training. I recived a dog that
I can not only walk around the neighborhood without a leash but take to the
feild and do a tremendous job finding the bird and holding point until he's
sent. One of my biggest worries was will he still be able to be my family dog.
If you choose to leave your dog with Buck not only will you get a top of the
line hunting companion but a dog with tremendous obedience and control. I
cannot wait for dove season to begin in just a few days so we can get these
dummies out of his mouth and get him in the feild on the birds. Once again Buck
thank you very much for your tremendous job on ruger and making him a enjoyable
hunting partner. I look forward to bringing my next puppy in the near future.
I am really impressed with the work that Buck did with our young
shorthair pup, Klaus. When we dropped him off at 4.5 months of age for
puppy bird camp, I was nervous. Klaus exhibited no outward
interest in birds, was stuck to my side when walking the field, and seemed more
interested in playing and jumping than using his nose. Fast forward
30 days . . . . . and what a change! Klaus had a newfound
birdiness, exhibited confidence in running the field, and was responsive
to various commands. Since then, Klaus has already been on several
dove hunts and one teal hunt, and I cannot wait to see his work on quail this
There are several aspects I would like to point out on Buck's
level of service. I really appreciated his
weekly "update" phone calls, in which he relayed his
findings about our dog, how he was progressing, and the various stages of
training that he encountered. When we dropped our pup off initially, Buck
spent a solid hour with us, going over his program and setting
expectations. Upon pick-up, Buck spent even more time . . . thoroughly
explaining the training the dog had received and important tips/pointers to
keep him progressing in the right direction.
Overall, I highly recommend Buck. His knowledge of dogs
Buck Henderson at Back Yard Training Kennels did a great
job with my Boykin Spaniel (Pete Rose). I would recommend Buck for any of your
bird dog training needs. He is a pleasure to deal with and the weekly phone
calls helped ease the stress of our boy Pete being away from our family. Thank
you Buck for getting Pete back on track.
My Small Munsterlander, Penny, just completed the 30-day puppy training
program this November and we are very pleased with the results. I had done
extensive research to find the right trainer in Texas and after reading the
online reviews and speaking with a few previous customers I was certain that
BYTK was the right place. From the first phone call before training to her last
week, Buck went above and beyond in communicating the status of training and
answering any questions we had. We always felt that our dog was in caring hands
and getting the attention needed. At both pick up and drop off, Buck spent a
few hours walking me through the training process and making sure I understood
all aspects of training. I had a great experience using BYTK, and look forward
to working with them again in the future.
Thanks again Buck.