Shawn Kinkelaar was born and raised in the town of Effingham in central Illinois. Kinkelaar grew up hunting quail and pheasant over pointing dogs with his grandfather and uncle. He began field trialing in the early 1980s and in the late 1980s he began working for and with several of the top shooting dog trainers in the country. Thus, developing a program that is an accumulation of, not only his own training methods, but also those of fellow trainers that he was fortunate enough to work with as well.
Kinkelaar is now one of only two men in the history of Open Horseback Championships to win more than 100 championships. He has also won more National Dog of the Year Awards than any other trainer, which consists of eight awards won by four different dogs. He has also won three English Setter National awards and three National Handler of the Year awards. His training and competition has allowed him to cover a span of nearly all of the United States and a large majority of Canada.
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Articles by Shawn Kinkelaar
Think Smart when it Comes to Summer Training
The list of things you can work on with your pointing dog during the summer months to prepare for the upcoming hunting season is plenty long. In addition to training and/or revisiting things from the last hunting season that need improvement, this is also a time to keep up with...
The Right Way to Cure Crowding
One of the core principles of effective dog training is that the timing of a correction is critical. A dog associates a correction with whatever it is doing at the moment. Waiting too long to make a correction can create confusion. It doesn’t matter whether the correction is verbal, a tug...
Skin Laceration Repair in the Field
There is nothing finer than being afield in autumn’s country with bird dogs. The whir of wings as a covey of scaled quail erupts from the sand sage can stir the cholesterol from the morning’s greasy-spoon-country-dinner breakfast. Gun smoke clears the air as the setter climbs through the taut five-stranded...
Other Senior Prostaff
He decided to make the leap and make training retrievers a full time occupation. Billy has successfully trained and titled dogs in all levels of HRC hunt tests, as well as trained gun dogs and taught basic obedience for companion dogs. Billy has also competed in SRS events as well...
Ed has a long history of breeding, training, and competing with his bird dogs. He has been an avid outdoorsman all his life. His focus is on training bird dogs and breeding Brittanys.
Derek’s extensive background in retriever training started with his co-ownership of War Eagle Retrievers, after which he designed and developed the first retriever training facility and lodge – The Retriever Academy, located in Miami Oklahoma. Through training and handling, Derek has achieved a multitude of the highest honors in the AKC,...