About Scott

Scott ChaneyAt a young age I was introduced to training Labrador Retrievers for the purpose of Hunting. My father ran Field Trials and passed the passion of training on to me as a kid. After throwing birds and watching my father train for several years, I finally got the opportunity to “get my feet wet” and try training one for myself at the age of 12. With a little help, well, probably more like a lot of help, from the old man I had what I thought was the retriever of all retrievers. I can remember then him telling me that I would never own or handle a dog as nice as my first.

All through high school my father and I hunted the historic Reelfoot Lake where I became obsessed with the idea of shooting ducks and great retriever work. I was blessed with the experience of seeing an exceptional animal compliment a good day’s hunt, and also how a well trained dog could turn the hunt from a marginal hunt to a rewarding experience for all that experienced it. Oh yeah,  not to mention how a knuckle head dog can make the hunt far less rewarding than it could have been had the dog not been there.

After high school I joined the Marines and served four years learning the life lessons it had to teach, all to find myself shortly thereafter back in search of my next puppy and “duck hole”. Several years of teaching young dogs, young dog owners, and the pestering of a few friends (who I won’t name on here), I decided to begin running some hunt test. One thing led to another and after fighting a full time night shift job and training dogs during the day, I was presented with an opportunity.

I had sold some dogs to a pro trainer who was in the process of building a business which involved training IED dogs for the Marines. He asked me to train for him and help him grow the business. As a former Marine it felt more like an obligation than opportunity. The task was to train the dog to run blinds (hand signals) for the purpose of identifying road-side bombs. Over the next few years, I trained hundreds of dogs to run blinds, and not just run blinds, but run blinds for a handler who potentially had NO experience with dogs. This gave me the experience of dealing with the problem solving attitude it takes to train a retriever from a started gundog to a competitive hunt test/field trial dog.