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TK Hot Retrievers Hunting Dog Training - Boise, ID

TK Hot Retrievers is a family owned Boise Hunting Dog training company. We specialize in training dogs of all breeds and ages in bird, duck, waterfowl, pheasant, and shed antler hunting specialties.

Jim Closson, our head trainer, has over 25 years of professional dog training experience. He is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, graduate of the prestigous Michael Ellis School of Dog Trainers, and holds several dog training certifications. Jim's daughter, Britta, is the proud owner and trainer of the famous Boise State tee fetching Labrador, Kohl.

At TK Hot Retrievers, we focus on the scientifically proven Reward Based Training Methods as opposed to the traditional Force Based methods. Reward based training will produce a confident and happy dog with a strong desire to please its owner. Our Hunting Dog Programs follow the rules and regulations set in place by the AKC for Junior, Senior, and Master Hunter.

All our training programs are eligible for military, cash, pay in full, and multiple dog discounts. We also offer financing. Contact us today for more information!

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Hunting Dog Training

Want a gun dog that specializes in hunting duck, pheasants, and shed antlers? TK Hot Retrievers takes "The Team" approach to training. Meaning "The Team" consist of "The Dog, The Trainer & The Owner." Each member is critical in the process of a well trained Dog. We want your experience at TK Hot Retrievers reach well beyond your expectations. We schedule monthly visits and lessons to ensure your "Teams" continued success.

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As with all of our litters picks are chosen by order of deposits received. Puppies are priced at $1250 unless other wise noted on specific litter. A $250 deposit is required to be placed on the litter list. All deposit are NON-REFUNDABLE but may be moved to a future litter. We only take 3 deposits for boys and 3 deposits for girls from each litter. After that we will started a waiting list for people who are interested in a particular litter. As 90% of the time a female will give birth to more then 6 puppies. If you see a litter that you are interested in but, there are already 6 deposits free feel to call and be put on our waiting list.

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While we specialize in training Gun Dogs occasionally we will accept a dog in for just obedience training. Acceptance in the Obedience Program in limited. We are no longer taking Aggressive Dogs in for training. We will however gladly refer you to trainers who specialize in aggression rehabilitation.

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DIY Training

This course is designed to help you build a strong foundation for your new gun dog puppy. We believe that building an ACTIVE, EAGER, BOLD and CONFIDENT training partner is the first step towards having a great hunting dog.

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My wife, Stephanie, and I have 3 TK Hot Retrievers and we could not be happier with them. They excel in service and detection work. As professional trainers, we often use them and their neutral temperaments to facilitate behavior modification in reactive dogs. Our priorities for our working dogs are always social and environmental stability and these dogs have it in spades; coupled with their high drives and innate desire to work, they have made phenomenal working dogs.
Emily Kaiser
I was first introduced to TK Hot Retrievers while I was studying at the Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers. After working with one of these dogs for three months I knew that this would be where I purchased my next dog. I now own two TK Hot Retrievers and I could not be happier. Both of my dogs are highly driven, extremely trainable, sweet, and could not be more willing to please. They live for the work yet they are also Great family dogs with Great temperaments. I am training both dogs for HRC and AKC hunt test and they are excelling with each new task. You can’t do better than TK Hot Retrievers! These dogs are the unparalleled!
Sheena McNeil - Foster, RI
I can't say enough about my TK Hot Retriever! She's an absolutely incredible dog. Extremely versatile, fantastic work ethic, totally biddable and highly intelligent. I had been considering a TK Hot Retriever for a while and am so glad I finally decided to add one to the family. As a dog trainer I needed a very specific type of working ability- a dog that was super high drive for sports but also stable and friendly for client demonstrations. I'm thrilled with my dog and look to add another someday soon. I am beyond impressed at what I'm seeing from these TK Hot labs. Thank you so much Jim and family for our awesome girl!
Adrienne Mesko - Montauk, NY
We received a black lab from Jim about a year ago. Wow. What an amazing dog he has turned out to be. Be ready for the drive of a Mal but the temperament of a lab. He has a great natural retrieve that made training so easy. He is great with all my kids and hasn't ever met a stranger. No doubt, he is the highest quality dog I have ever owned.
Colby Self - Raleigh, NC

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Service Area

We service the following areas:


  •  Boise
  •  Meridian
  •  Twin Falls
  •  Pocatello
  •  Idaho Falls
  •  Sun Valley
  •  Southern Idaho


  •  Bozeman & Surrounding


  •  Salt Lake County

Don't see your area? No problem. We train dogs from all over the US. Contact us for additional info.

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TK Hot Retrievers
1347 West Syphon Road
Pocatello, ID 83204

Office: (208) 703-7149


Mon-Sat 9:00AM - 6:00PM