My name is Dan Hendrickson, co-owner of Phantom
Kennels in Abilene , Texas
have always had a passion for training bird dogs and I
am proud to be a full-time bird dog trainer.
I trained my first dog, Sport, when I was just
14 years old. Everyone
that knew Sport was amazed by all of the things that he
was trained to do.
I competed in my first field trial at age 18 and
won my first field trial when I was 22 years old.
That was 30 years ago, and I am still amazed by
one of the most remarkable animals in the world—the bird
I train all pointing breeds and all
retriever breeds of bird dogs here at Phantom Kennels.
I personally develop a training program for every
student that we accept.
Every bird dog is different, just like humans.
In that respect, some training methods work better
on some dogs than they do on others.
Your dog will be trained using some of the same methods
that I used to train National Amateur Derby Champion
Phantom’s Wizard and National Open Pheasant Champion
Phantom’s Last Dime.
Folks, over the past 35 + years, I have developed a
bird dog training technique that works for all breeds
and all temperaments of bird dogs.
I train the way your dog learns!
In our obedience program (Level 2), your dog
will learn “Heel”, “Up”, “Here”, and “Whoa”.
Retrievers are taught to “Sit” and “Stay”, rather
than “Whoa”. I
teach all of these commands to your dog without
using the e-collar. The training tools that I use are
tools that I have developed over the years and they
are rather unique.
Once your dog has these commands down well, he
will be introduced to the e-collar, using very light,
This program is the foundation for all of the
other training programs that we offer.
To train your dog on birds, I begin by working him on
released quail utilizing the Phantom Quail Kennel©
that I designed with the help of W.L. Jaggars.
for more information.
While your dog is in our training
program at our facility, he will be housed in our very
clean, concrete run kennels and fed the highest quality
commercial dog food available, Purina Pro Plan.
I personally develop a feeding program for every
Except for my trip to S. Dakota
each year, I train right here in the heart of some of
the best wild quail country in the
. In August
and part of September, I train in the wonderful state of
where there is an abundance of wild pheasant, sharp-tail
grouse, and prairie chickens.
I highly recommend that your dog spend a couple
of months in our training programs in
before you send him with me to
. Your dog
will have all of my commands down well, be started well
on quail, and be prepared for hunting the upland game in
. All of
this is done in the off season when your dog doesn’t
usually get a lot of “action”. Dogs
that are in my program in the spring and early summer
are ensured a spot for my
program. Click on the links below for more information
about our different levels of training.
Level 2 - Obedience
Level 3 - Field
Level 4 - Summer
Level 5 - Retriever
Level 6 - Fall
Tune Up Training