The words below are those which Charles Duren lived by, he lived and loved pointing dogs, his knowledge and spirit are evident in the dogs he bred and trained, we lost Charles in October, 2011, I am proud to call him my friend.
Duren Kennels is located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Known as the Gateway to the Ozarks, Poplar Bluff, Missouri is about 150 miles from St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; and Little Rock, Arkansas. The training grounds cover 400 acres adjacent to the kennel.
Since 1975 I professionally trained gun dogs and trial dogs of all breeds and bloodlines…Porkroll, Guardrail, Fiddler, the Rebel bloodline, and all the setter bloodlines—Tekoe Mountain Sunrise, Bozann Mosley to name a few. I had my hands on a lot of nice gundogs and trial dogs.
Through the 80’s and 90’s I trained many shooting dogs for the National Birdhunter trials (NBHA). Brittanys, German Shorthairs, Pointers and Setters – each breed has its own unique traits. In training you have to respect and understand each breed as well as each dog. They don’t all train the same. From training 800 to 900 dogs or more throughout the years, I
found experience is my best teacher. The bottom line is to get your training done and still leave the dog with a bouncy personality and having fun. Training actually makes a dog bolder, if done correctly. The more they learn the more they want to learn.
In force breaking and along with the other training, I like to force break all his dogs somewhere in the area of 16 months, depending on the dog. You don’t want to wait until a dog is too old and has started picking up bad habits by being hunted for a season and is set in their ways. It’s just easier on the trainer and the dog. In whoa breaking, I would teach a dog to stop where ever you asked him. I like all my dogs to stand up and look pretty on my whoa.
In retrieving I want to see an aggressive retriever. You can’t train that into them. They have to want to retrieve. It’s in their breeding. If you are not careful in training, you can take that out of them. In force retrieving, you have to work the force retrieve in with the dogs natural ability because actually what you are doing is teaching the dog how to do something correctly that he wants to do but didn’t really know how to do right. As a trainer, I can teach them how to retrieve correctly and whoa correctly. I set all my dogs up with the e-collar when I am whoa breaking but do not use it in my retrieving. That is something I am strongly against. When training is
complete you should have a bold, confident, hunting dog performing because they love what they are doing whether you are trialing or hunting.
The foundation of my successful breeding program has been a male pointer, Bayou Beau Tye. I lost Tye last winter (2009). He was 13 years old and is sorely missed. I do have frozen semen of his for future breedings. Tye was probably the nicest dog I ever put my hands on as far as field performance and personality. He was out of some of the old, good blood and was bred to several top of the line females out of CH Addition Go Boy, CH Fiddlin Rocky Boy, Shadowmark and double cross Guardrail females. These were not only brood females but outstanding dogs in the field.
His sire, Bayou Willie, was out of CH Bayou Teche Willie, a great producing male and his sire CH Pike Creek Mike, grandson to 2X National Champion Redwater Rex. Bayou Willies dam was Moonraker Crestline who was out of CH Elhew Strike. She was one of the greater producing
females of all time. Tye’s dam was High Class Jackie, a producing daughter of 13 X CH/10 X R-U-CH Quillen’s Ramona Rex. The only dog in history to win championships from NSTRA to walking shooting dogs, horseback shooting dog and prairie all age…a legend in his own time. He came from the Redwater Rex and Gunsmoke bloodlines. On Tye’s top and bottom side you have outstanding dogs going back to the great 2X National Champion, Redwater Rex.
I’ve trained around 150 of Tye’s offspring. It has been a pleasure to work with such fine animals. They stayed bold through their training enjoying it you could tell…tough but not hard headed and eager to please. Things that stand out are their drive and endurance in the field, their intelligence, and being very personable dogs. Texas clients report that they handle the toughness needed in their area. They have gone on to win in NSTRA, walking shooting dog, and horseback shooting dog trials. They are scattered throughout the country including Hawaii and South Korea.