Training retrievers and gun dogs is as much a science as an art. Several breeds of dogs are particularly suited to this work.
Jim's approach is simple: He keeps the dog's well-being and needs in mind. Using a rewards-based system, he is able to get outstanding results.
The techniques that Jim uses for hunting dogs can also be applied to pets to give owners obedient and pleasant companions.
Jim started training dogs as an assistant to Tom Sorenson in April of 1966. He later worked for Floyd Hayes. Each taught him a great deal about training and running a kennel. From Floyd’s, the Swans moved to East Tennessee to manage Ripshin Kennel.
Jim and his wife Marsha moved to the Dallas area in 1970 and started Swan Kennel. The retriever sport has been very good to the Swan’s. They have had their share of fine dogs, great owners and many friends from all over the United States and Australia. Jim was the first American Retriever Trainer to give a training seminar in Australia. He has qualified and run in numerous Open Nationals and has titled many field Champions.
Jim’s most memorable experience was at the Tallahassee Field Trial in 1968. He qualified for his first Open National and on the same weekend took all four places in the Derby with littermates. That had never been done before.
Work with Jim
Jim trains at Swan Kennels in Sanger, Texas.
Please contact us if you would like Jim to help with your hunting dogs, pets, or puppies.