Thunder Ridge Kennels in Billings, MT offers all breed dog boarding, dog daycare, hunting dog training, and obedience training for puppies.
Thunder Ridge Kennels is conveniently located 15 minutes from the Billings Airport in the country setting of Billings, Montana. Equipped with spacious dog kennels and vast exercise fields, our property provides an ideal setting for raising, training and boarding canines. Dogs are always under the watchful eye of Leonard Houser, the owner and trainer, whose home is located on the premises. We are proud to provide a fun, safe, and comfortable environment for all breeds of dogs at affordable prices.
Leonard has been successfully training and boarding cats and dogs while their owners are away for over 25 years. We offer long and short term boarding and are often recommended by veterinarians. Fill out our Pet Information Form prior to your visit!
Thunder Ridge Kennels has great boarding rates! No extra charges for temperament evaluation, administering medications, or play time.
Leonard trains retrievers for hunting, and he has also trained for and participated in field trials. He has over 25 years of experience in the hunting dog training field and intuitively knows the strengths and weaknesses of each dog he works with.
By the age of six months, puppies will know manners, understand the "kennel up" command and the differences between learning and socializing. With proper training, you will see how much your puppy/dog loves his job and what he is designed to do.
Thunder Ridge Kennels in Billings, MT is proud to offer boarding for all breeds and ages of dogs. Whether your dog needs a place to stay for the weekend, a few weeks, or seasonally, we are proud to provide a comfortable and safe environment for them.
I have been a professional guide for Cannonball Company in Regent, ND for 6 years and enjoy hunting myself. I have had the pleasure to use several started dogs from Thunder Ridge Kennels and was so impressed I purchased 2 for my own use. However, my father in-law who also is a guide, liked them so much he "borrowed" one long term for himself! The guys at Thunder Ridge are second to none and a true pleasure to work with. These are lab/short hair crosses [...] and they hunt tirelessly! It is quickly apparent that they have great genetics with loads of natural instinct and they are smart. It's vital that a dog is started right and at Thunder Ridge they are. I have been able to hunt successfully with dogs at 7 months of age. Clients love these dogs. They point, flush, retrieve and easily stay in range. They are great family dogs that take to and love the family as much as we love them.
God's Greatest Gift to a Bird Hunter and His Family
After suffering the loss of my best friend, 14 year old companion, and loyal family protector, I was a bit skeptical when the owner of the Thunder Ridge Kennels, Leonard Houser, recommended to help me fill the void in my heart from the loss of my beloved Labrador Retriever.
Leonard was excited to introduce me to this new breed "German Labradors" (1/2 German Pointer/ 1/2 Labrador Retriever). These pups had been professionally trained at the early age of 7 weeks. At the young age of six months, they were skilled enough for some serious upland game and waterfowl hunting.
I have had the privilege of hunting with one of these pups for two rewarding seasons. This new breed "German Labs" is everything that Leonard has bragged about!
Thanks, Leonard for your many words of wisdom, friendship, but mostly for my new dog "Anchor."
Ty and I wish to thank you for coming to our rescue and adopting us, Skyper last Spring after we lost our wonderful Nixxie. DeAnna was very reticent about choosing a new dog, so quickly after our loss. In retrospect, becoming Skyper's family was one of the best decisions we have ever made. He is truly an amazing dog and born to be a hunter and an athlete. He never ceases to amaze us. He lives, to point and fetch. He is like poetry in motion in the field. We were prepared to teach him the fine art, of ducking under fences, at the cattle guard, for safety, but on our first walk with him, he taught us, not to have such limited thinking. He leaps five feet in the air, like a graceful deer, in a perfect curvature arch, over the guards and floats, as softly as a balloon, to the ground, on the other side.
We were so pleased that you offered us, to adopt his half sister Karma, in early summer. When we watched them swim together in your pond, playing water fetch games we were too smitten to go home without her. They are great buddies and love each other.
She is equally as dear, poised, and athletic. Also a born hunter. They worth together in the field, as a unit. We recently took them bird hunting in the deep snow and they worked effortlessly and covered several miles, flushing and fetching with great tenacity and joy.
They are wonderful traveling companions. Karma proved herself to be an amazing companion when it was necessary for her to sit in a car with DeAnna for over 8 to 10 hour a day, one week last fall, as Ty carried out a special project. Except for potty breaks and occasional walks, she waited with Mom and was to be commended, for her patience and cheerful, appropriate manners.
We love that by your training methods, you break the dogs and not their "spirits." This is truly an amazing combo for a designer dog. it's like the best of both breeds. we have experienced both breeds in out dog owner history and while we love Labs, we were afraid of their shedding and the possibility of bad hips, with purebred dogs. These dogs are so low shedding that it is a non-issue for us. We love our pups,