Contact us about our summer training camps on the prairies of South Dakota

Professionally Training Quality Bird Dogs Since 1999

I train Pointers, Setters, Retrievers and NAVHDA dogs. I have experience with the vast majority of hunting breeds. 

About Us

Let us train your next hunting partner

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Keith has been training bird dogs professionally since 1999. But he developed his love for training dogs when he was just 15 yrs old in eastern Washington. He trained his first, and his very own,  hunting dog and he was hooked.  After graduation, he pursued a career in the Air Force but never forgot his love of dogs. Upon leaving the military, he went to work in Washington  as a retriever trainer. He decided in 1999 to step out on his own. Over the years he's trained well over a 1000 dogs, won numerous awards and championships in field trials. It doesn't matter if you want to hunt pheasants in the northern prairies, quail in West Texas, gambles in New Mexico, or you have a versatile dog that needs to pass NAVHDA, Keith can tailor a program to meet your needs .

We Have a Training Program to fit your needs

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Whether you have a young puppy just starting out or a seasoned dog that needs tuning up, one of our programs is sure to fit your needs.

Our programs include

Introduction to gunfire

Conditioning to gunfire

Steady to wing and shot

Introduction to water

Water work for retrievers

Wild bird work in the summer on the prairies of South Dakota

NAVHDA TESTING

AKC Hunt Test

Field Trials (Horseback and Walking)

Obedience

Introduction to birds  

Patterning for retrievers

Condition response retrieving


and the list goes on  

Testimonials

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April 19, 2017 · 

They are great people and super good dog trainers. They tuned up a two year old pointer that nothing have ever been done anything with. She has hunted birds in 5 different states and is wicked. They also are taking care of her while we are stationed in Germany, can't wait to take her to 5 more states when I come home in the fall !!! Y'all are the best. Ballard


 

October 30, 2015 · 

I brought Keith two GSPs for training. Both dogs did very well on an annual pheasant hunt in South Dakota. Keith knows his dogs and understands how to motivate them to work. I am especially pleased because both dogs still have their "personalities" while wanting to hunt and work...a tough thing to accomplish! I've already recommended Keith to several people, and will keep his number for future use. Thank you so much!


 

March 31, 2015 · 

It really look like he enjoys his trade whit a assortment of dogs real nice


 

Adam Kent reviewed Bootleather Gun Dogs5 star

January 10, 2015 · 

I have taken two dogs to Keith and I have referred several people to him. Absolutely pleased with what Keith has done with both of my labs. Very honest, personal guy who knows a lot about dogs!

Contact Us

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Contact us and we'll discuss what you have in mind and how we can achieve your goals

Bootleather Gun Dogs

Glencross, South Dakota 57630, United States

KEITH and DENISE HICKAM
PO Box 1084
Timber Lake, South Dakota 57656
(254) 644-1099
bootleatherllew@hotmail.com