Potential clients are invited to schedule a Free Evaluation Appointment. During the evaluation, one of our professional trainers will assess your dog’s innate desires and abilities. Dogs considered for our formal training should weigh more than 20 pounds. If approved, your dog will become a new member of the distinguished Team Hendricks program.

Hendricks Kennels limits the number of dogs in our care, ensuring your dog will receive the individual attention he needs. Each dog is a unique individual with special talents and characteristics therefore we will only train your dog to his/her learning ability. Our proven training program will build on these abilities to accelerate learning and help advance your dog into an elite hunting companion, retriever champion, or wonderfully-behaved family member.

When you enroll your dog in our curriculum, we will discuss the goals you have for your dog and explain the specially-designed program he will follow to help your dog meet and exceed those goals and grow to its maximum potential.

Every time a dog is handled at our facility, we work to bring out the best in that dog while teaching him how to learn. Various factors contribute to how long a dog should remain in training, most critically a client’s goals for the dog.

Following are the primary categories of dog training at Hendricks Kennels:

Training a dog is easy, it’s what we do for a living” explains Steve Hendricks. “now training the owner can be a much more difficult task.”

Our clients are invited and encouraged to learn how to handle their professionally-trained dog during private once a week sessions. We ask that you and your family schedule visits with us following your dog’s second week of training so he can adapt to our environment and our staff.

If you are interested in enrolling your dog at Hendricks Kennels, please contact us immediately as there is a dog training wait list.

Most dogs are accepted for formal training at Hendricks Kennels at 6 months of age.  “From 6 months to a year and a half is prime time to train your dog,” explains Pro Trainer Steve Hendricks. “At this stage in a retriever’s life, he will implore anyone who will listen, ‘teach me; show me the way.’ Dogs don’t want to be bad; they just want to be taught how to learn and to learn each day. They actually like to show what they’ve learned and know. This is what makes them such amazing performance animals.”