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Thunder Ridge Kennels in Billings, MT offers all breed dog boarding and gun dog training in Billings. Read our informative dog boarding blog articles to learn more!

Dog Boarding & Training Articles

Looking for authoritative information about boarding and training dogs? Our BLOG is just the place to be. With well over 25 years of experience in training and boarding dogs, Leonard Houser is certainly an expert on the subject. We will be posting new articles about boarding and training dogs periodically, so be sure to check back for the latest expert advice from Thunder Ridge Kennels!

About the Author:

Leonard Houser, owner and operator of Thunder Ridge Kennels, has been training and boarding dogs for over 30 years. He is well known nationally for his expert training ability and getting excellent reults with all types and mannerisms of breeds, He is a well respected member of the field trial community and his success in both competition and traing dogs for others is outstanding in the field.

Dog Boarding Tips & Info

 — Published 11-11-2018 by: Leonard Houser (Thunder Ridge Kennels)

Dog boarding is getting more popular than ever. As our lives become ever busier the need to have dogs boarded either overnight or for longer durations becomes more necessary. There are numerous things to consider to make sure that both you and your pet have the best experience possible when boarding becomes necessary. This short article aims to give you a bit of useful information to help you get the most out of your dog boarding experience.

What Do I Need to Consider?

There are several areas of important things to consider for both you and your pet when boarding. Some common, if not obvious, considerations when selecting an appropriate dog boarding facility include:

  • Location. Is the facility in a convenient location relative to your travel plans? Does the location meet your pet's need? (country setting preferred?)
  • Experienced Staff. Is the boarding kennel run by experienced dog professionals or staffed by minimum wage teenagers...
  • Special Needs. Does the facility have the experience and ability to meet any special needs that your pet may have?
  • Availability. Plan ahead and make reservations in advance.
  • Cost. Cheaper is not always better, make sure to balance cost with benefits.

Useful Boarding Tips

Here are a few useful tips tpo help you select a boarding facility. You and your pet deserve the right facility:

  • Start Young. Getting your dog used to boarding from a young age makes it much less stressful on you and them both. Even just some short afternoon stays can make a big difference.
  • Bring along a familiar item such as a toy, blanket, etc... Familiar items nad smells make your pet more comfortable when in a strange environment.
  • make reservations ahead of time. Kennels are often booked up for weeks in advance. During bust travel times (such as summers or holidays) they may be booked months ahead. Plan ahead to make sure you can get your dog in the right kennel.
  • Give the kennel 'too much' information. The more they know about your dog the better they can meet their needs during the boarding stay.
  • Similarly, get too much information. You can't ask too many questions. Be informed.
  • Stay in contact with the kennel. A good kennel loves to have you call and check in on your pet. If they don't, then select a different facility!

Bird Hunting in Montana

 — Published 10-04-2018 by: Leonard Houser (Thunder Ridge Kennels)

Montana is a popular hunting destination for a wide variety of game. In addition to having such sought after species of big game such as: deer, pronghorn, elk, mountain goats, big horn sheep, and bears, the wide variety of terrain in our huge state also provides some excellent bird hunting opportunities! As long time professional bird dog trainers, we thought it appropriate to write an article about bird hunting in Montana.

Why Hunt Birds?

If you have to ask then most likely it is because you have never done it! There are few things in life that even come close to the pure joy and satisfaction that come from a day in the field with your trusty bird dog. Whether you prefer to hunt waterfowl or upland game birds, Montana has aboundant opportunities for you and your dog to get out there and have the time of your life. Even if you are only training or are unsuccessful at harvesting any birds for the day, the simple joy of watching your dog work the terrain and birds is a satisfaction that most never get to experience. If you are thinking about either getting a dog, having one trained, or simply learning more about the sport feel free to give Leonard a call at Thunder Ridge Kennels. He will be glad to talk bird dogs and can certainly help get you 'pointed' in the right direction for your next hunting adventure!

Hunting Montana Upland Game Birds

With a long upland game bird season (spanninng from September to January), there is lots of time to get you and your dog out in the field. In addition to a nice long season, Montana has a nice variety of upland game bird species to suit a wide variety of tastes and keep a good mix in the challenge of the sport. Available species here in Montana include:

  • Hungarian Partridge
  • Blue Grouse
  • Spruce Grouse
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Ringneck Pheasant
  • Sharp Tailed Grouse
  • Sage Grouse

With our abundance of wide open areas, variety of terrain, and ample bird species (not to mention healthy bird populations), Montana offers some of the best upland game bird hunting opportunities anywhere in the nation. We are also lucky to have well over 1,300 land owners cooperating the Block management Program for a whopping 7.3 million acres of private property open to upland game bird hunting! That is more acres of private land for bird hunting than 8 of the states have in total!

Hunting Montana Waterfowl

Interested in hunting ducks, geese, swans and/or coots? Montana shines in this area as well. In fact, We have had record duck populations for the last 2 years and the outlook is for populations to actually increase! While we have a lot of places to hunt waterfowl in Montana, the Bighorn River is often referred to as a bird hunter's dream come true! Canyon Ferry and the Missouri River offer lots of opportunity as well. Some of the popular waterfolw species to hunt in Montana include:

  • Mallards
  • Canada Geese
  • Pintails
  • Redheads
  • Canvasbacks
  • Scaup
  • Snow Geese
  • Blue Geese
  • Ross's Geese
  • Mergansers
  • Coots
  • Tundra Swan