In Memory of Sully
"When my wife and I decided to become GSP enthusiasts
after growing up with water dogs in South LA our entire life, we looked to a
reputable breeder outside of Houston to get started. After falling in
love with our Sully it was without a doubt that we would take our breeder's
advice and put our dog in the hands of their trainer Buck. Seeing their
dogs in the field prior, I knew the training was sound. Being somewhat
green in the area of upland work myself, I came to see that training with Buck
was invaluable. Not only was he finishing top notch dogs for the expert
upland hunter, but he was willing to train me in how to handle the dog.
After an hour long discussion and review of all the information that was unique
to myself and to my dog we headed out to the field. Buck had planted some
live birds and took Sully on lead for his first exposure to anything of the
sort. As we approached the third bird, Buck told me to get my camera out
because he was going to point the next one. Shortly after that Sully caught
his wind and there he stood as a perfect statue like something on the cover of
Gun Dog magazine. I was amazed, and I was hooked. Aside from the
end result of the training itself, there was no part of my experience that was
not 100% professional. Buck's facilities are excellent and well
kept. He is passionate about what he does. He truly individualizes
training to each and every dog. He doesn't overload his schedule or his
kennel. He takes the time to converse with you before the training, weekly
while the dog is in camp, as well as post training follow ups. There is
not time you cannot call or email him and receive a prompt response. He
has the dogs well being and safety in mind at all times. My dog left as
healthy and happy as he came. We have a new puppy now, and all I can do
is count the days until I get him into Buck's hands. He truly is a
Christian man and puts God and his family first. But you will be glad to
know he will put your canine loved one as a close third."
JoDee and Andre Broussard
Gunner putting on a show! I took Gunner and Buster with my youngest son on a put and take hunt yesterday. Wow, what fun! Both dogs performed really well. Gunner was nothing short of amazing; he demonstrated a great nose, was solid rock steady to wing and short and did some retrieving too. Buster did well too though he did not show the nose that Gunner did. He pointed, was steady to wing and shot and show great determination retrieving wounded birds in very heavy brush. We had a great morning and I could not have been more pleased with work of the dogs. Thanks again for all your training! I'll do a better job taking more pictures next time.
I just wanted to let you know that I've worked with my dog twice using what you told me on the phone - basically, just changing the way I was using the e-collar, and she will already whoa when she's running with about 95% accuracy. The 5% of the time when she doesn't, she stops about three steps after I first touch the button. Clearly you know what you're talking about!
I just placed my order for Perfect Start, Perfect Finish from Gun Dog Supply, and will begin using it as soon as it arrives. When the time comes, I will definitely contact you for help.
Thank you again for your advice on the phone the other day!
If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around.
Buck, did a phenomenal
job with Samantha. It was hard to find a trainer in Texas that would take a
Vizsla pup and train them to be a gun dog because of the care and patience
needed with their breed. I’m so glad we found Backyard Kennels. There were no
frills; Buck was very upfront with me from the get go. When I dropped Samantha
off with him, he did a great job giving me an overview of the training as well
as what to expect over the next few months. I didn’t feel rushed when I dropped
her off. Buck really took the time to answer any questions I had about the training
and to make me feel comfortable. It was great getting the weekly updates from
Buck on Sam’s progression. I could tell he genuinely took the time to work with
Sam and her personality; I didn’t feel as though I was getting a canned
response from Buck when I asked him specific questions about how she was
developing and what her strong and weak points were. Although, I didn’t know it
when I dropped Sam off, I suspected Sam would be a bit shorter than the rest of
the pups in her litter. But I didn’t realize her legs would end up being half
the length of an adult female Vizsla. I was worried at first that Sam’s
deformity would hinder her from being a great hunting dog, but Buck assured me
she had the heart and desire to do it. I know that with his training and
patience with her, it has made Sam a phenomenal hunter. I will continue to
recommend Backyard Kennels to anyone who is serious about training their pup
for obedience or gun dog training.
Thanks again Buck!
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.
Buck was a pleasure to work with you during our dog's, Finn, stay with
Back Yard Kennel. Finn is a highly energetic German Short Hair Pointer
and required a structured training program that would bring out the best in
him. Buck was nothing short of remarkable from the time Finn was dropped
off to the time I picked him up. Upon completion of the training program,
Finn was controlled and disciplined in his mannerisms and hunting acumen.
We cannot express our pleasure enough with the results we received.
Rosie - Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. After doing a fair amount of online research into
Texas-based trainers that had experience with Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, we
decided to take our 15-month-old WPG Rosie to Buck and let him train her for 3 months
- and it may go down as the best money we¹ve ever spent. We dropped off a dog that had natural pointing ability,
but also had a rambunctious and overly excitable personality, a pup that we
weren¹t sure had a real desire listen - and we got back a dog that has been an
absolute dream. Any deficiencies that we had in the beginning were operator
error on our part. Rosie does everything we ask of her the first time
probably 95% of the time. Whoa is excellent - she¹ll stop in a dead sprint and
will stay for as long as needed until instructed. Heels just right, watch our
cues and stops when we stop. Lots of eye contact. Very purposeful. She ranges out when
instructed but always keeps an eye back to make sure we¹re watching and she¹s
not losing us. We have an e-collar per Buck¹s training but probably only use it
5% of the time, and briefly at that. The best thing about Buck¹s training was not just what he
taught her - but that he taught her to learn, and he taught us to teach her.
We¹ve progressed into silent hand signals for whoa and come, and are starting
silent heel soon. None of this would¹ve been possible without Buck training
both Rosie and us. We can¹t recommend him enough - it¹s the best thing we¹ve
done for our dog and it will make the next decade of family life with the dog
10x better than it would¹ve been otherwise.
When I got my GSP puppy for my
fiftieth birthday I thought I would name him Charlie and I thought I would
train him myself. Once I realized who Charlie was, I knew he needed to be a
fully finished gun dog and I also knew I was going to need help getting him
there. So I asked the most avid bird hunter I know who trained his dogs and he
pointed me to Buck Henderson at Backyard Training Kennels. I called Buck and
got Charlie on the wait list. I continued to work with Charlie on the things
Buck recommended and a short time later I dropped Charlie off at BYTK. I can't say enough about Buck and
the results he produced in my dog. When I dropped Charlie off with Buck he was
a rambunctious eight month old. He hadn't been introduce to guns or
birds. He pushed boundaries, jumped on family and friends, disobeyed
commands, had trouble loading up and whimpered in his kennel. After the thirty
day Puppy Training he got from Buck, Charlie is an amazing new dog. He points
and retrieves birds, looks to the sky when he hears gunfire, and is getting
better at "Whoa". He comes on command all the way to heal, walks at
heal both on and off leash, and loads up on verbal and hand commands. He no
longer jumps on people when excited and is so quiet in his kennel that my wife
forgot he was in the house. Most impressive, Charlie is confident and secure.
It is obvious that he now knows and is comfortable with his place in the pack.
I'm looking forward to his continued development and his continued relationship
with Buck. I strongly recommend Buck. He even
took the time to train my daughter how to handle a dog.
I’ve been meaning to write you for a few weeks now. I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the work you did with Lily. She’s still a puppy and crazy at times but the ability to control her with the commands you taught her has made the experience so much more enjoyable. We’ve been able to get her in the field with wild birds and she’s showing good potential. The training makes a big difference in the field too. All in all a great experience. We’re both looking forward to bringing her back and having you sharpen her skills even more.
Rosie – GermanShorthair Pointer
Rosie has become a shining example of a strong hunter’s breeding program teaming up with a top-notch trainer of versatile hunting dogs. Rosie came from her mother with unmatched potential, and showed signs of interest in birds at a very young age. She also came with a strong will and lots of energy. She was a sweet puppy, but we spent a lot of time watching her closely, both in the house and the garden. It was pretty stressful, but we knew her potential. The day I brought Rosie to Buck, he showed me how truly trainable she was, teaching her to locate birds on scent in only 4 minutes of field work. Three long months later, we got our Rosie back, and she was a skilled bird dog, under total control. The day we picked her up, Rosie proved her skills in finding birds on scent. Two days later, she showed her worth in waterfowl retrieval. We got her a lot of field time over the end of duck and quail season, and she finished with a bang, taking in quail, chuckar, and pheasant on our final upland hunt of the season. I still spend time working her in the front drive, having her jump from the tailgate (something she refused before BYTK), retrieving bumpers, and returning to the tailgate to deliver to-hand. In the house, she is a cuddly, lovable dog, whose entire life can now be controlled with only a handful of verbal commands. We are beyond pleased with our Rosie, and would recommend Backyard Training Kennels to anyone who has a high-octane birddog, and wants to be able to control them in the field and at home.
We worked with Buck
on our rescue Boxer puppy, Pawnee. She came to us with no training and was in
need of basic house training and commands. Within our first session, Pawnee was
acting like a new dog and has maintained the good manners since coming home
from our first day. We have continued to implement the techniques Buck taught
us and we are so excited with her progress. We cannot recommend Buck enough for
his expertise and successful implementation. I would encourage anyone in need
of basic training to seek out Buck and his services.
It's been roughly 3 weeks since we picked Bow up
from your 30-day basic obedience class. She feels like a completely
different puppy. now! She comes on command, heels and doesn't pull my
wife on walks, all of which were worth the class in themselves.
Furthermore, she does not mind being crated at night or in the car, which is
Today I took Bow on her first upland hunt and it
was a delight to see her work! We had tough hunting conditions with
absolutely no wind and wet fields, but she was still able to help us get 15
quail and 2 pheasants. You can tell that she loves to hunt and followed
her commands perfectly in the field. Watching her locate and point at
birds she found made me, her owner, feel proud!
I already plan to take Bow into the field a few
more times this season and then sign her up for more advanced training with you
in summer 2019! I can't wait to see what else you can do with her!!
Thanks again for working with our girl and being
such a fantastic training. I really appreciated the weekly updates on her
progress. Much appreciated!
Attached to this email is a photo of her
pointing at a quail from today's hunt.
Wing and a Prayer Lady of River Bow - dog
After sending my GSP Charlie through BYTK’s Puppy
Training Program in 2017, I was so happy with the results that I signed Charlie
up for the three month Formal Training program. Charlie finished his training
with Buck in October and I couldn’t be happier with the results. One of the
best surprises I got when I picked up my dog was just how healthy he was. He
had put on a lot of muscle and it was obvious the amount of work Buck had put
into him. I gave Buck a good dog and got back an amazing animal.
Charlie has already passed his first two AKC
hunting trials and his first hunt was a complete success. In the field he runs
hard and covers ground like there is a bird behind every blade of grass. He
rarely ranges out of my comfort and when he does he is easily pulled back. He
is rock steady on point and doesn’t break whoa until commanded to do so. On the
morning of his first hunt, in very windy conditions, there were two other
parties and two brace of dogs that went out. We hunted Charlie as a solo dog
and returned with more birds than both parties. All of which he found, pointed
and retrieved to hand. Charlie turned a lot of heads and got a lot of
compliments. I was so proud of my dog and I owe it to Buck Henderson and
Backyard Training Kennels.