10 in 10: Category Manager Clay Thompson

Clay and Skeeter

Category Manager Clay Thompson with his black lab Skeeter enjoying a day of training at Clay’s home in South Dakota.

Clay Thompson started with the SportDOG team as a field representative and has been on with us full time for almost 7 years. As Training Category Manager, Clay is charged with leading innovation in all things hunting and gun dog training. Clay is an avid hunter who is committed to creating the best hunting experience possible for our consumers and their dogs.

How did you get started with SportDOG?

CT: Working retail (in-store) events and consumer tradeshows.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?

CT: Getting to develop and create products that result in a better hunting experience with my buddies and our dogs.

How did you get started hunting?

CT: My dad was a hunter and I was exposed to it at a very early age.  My first hunt was an opening day dove hunt when I was 8.  I shot a lot of shells, but finally connected with one bird late in the day.

How long have you been hunting?

CT: I’ve been carrying a gun on hunting trips since I was 8.  Before that I spent a couple of years tagging along to prove I could keep up.

What is your favorite type of hunting?

CT: Waterfowling is my biggest passion, but I’m way glad I don’t have to give up upland hunting.

How many dogs do you have (include name, breed, ages)?

CT: One, Labrador, Skeeter age 8 1/2

What is your best advice about dog training?

CT: Be patient and keep calm.  It’s amazing how smoothly our prostaffers have handled seemingly chaotic situations I’ve witnessed.

What is something about you that would surprise most people?

CT: I enjoy hitting a good kitchen/cooking store nearly as much as a hunting/fishing shop.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever had about your dog?

CT: “Listen to that dog, he just doesn’t lie when it comes to pheasants.”  Skeeter dragged out a bird, who had been buried up too deep to flush, seconds after this statement was made.  I’d been trying to call Skeeter off of that spot for 3 minutes.

What’s your favorite product and why?

I use the SD-1825 because of the way it fits in my hand.  I also like the way I can clip it onto my upland vest or waders so that it’s not hanging around my neck.

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