Bourbon Bay Kennels



I had purchased a 4 month old Chesapeake and was looking for a trainer. Through talking with numerous trainers, Bourbon Bay Kennels was the voicing name that was being referred to me with Matt Duncan. My self being on the Avery Pro-staff and knowing some fellow Pro-staffers that knowingly new Matt, I got in contact with them and they all re-assured me that Matt was more than capable and new what he was doing. After talking with everyone I knew that I would be willing to make the 6 hour drive from Michigan one way to have Remi trained from Bourbon Bay Kennels. Matt went over the whole training procedure that would take place from start to finish. Matt was very good with communication as he would give you weekly updates by phone or text messaging on how Remi was progressing or any set backs that occurred. If I did not hear from Matt I would text him and he would immediately call me and let me know the progress and how things were going. I recently just got her back home (3/22) and am very pleased of the dog she has become, from obedience, learning how to count, and retrieving her marks and this is just two day later at home. I would highly recommend Bourbon Bay Kennels to anyone and if I ever need another dog trained this is the place I will be taking mine in the near future!! Thank you again Bourbon Bay Kennels (Matt Duncan) for everything you have done!! Great trainer and people.

San Sasse Midland, MI (Owner of Remi)

 "Me and my dog Reddy have trained with Matt for 3 years now and the things that he has done for me and my dog are amazing. The level of obedience and drive that he brings out of dogs is unbelievable. He just has a gift when it comes to dogs. I have witnessed it in not only in training with him and client dogs but in hunting with him and his dog Koda as well. He treats all the dogs he works with like they are his own and part of the family."

- Josh Fike (Owner of "Reddy")



I wanted to let you know that I appreciate all the time and care you have taken with my dog and best hunting buddy. I can tell by the skills he possesses that you are truly a master in the trade of training retrievers. I know that my Limit wouldn't be the retriever he is today if it hadn't been for you. Thanks Matt and Bourbon Bay Kennels for everything!"

- Brian McGriff  (Owner of HRCH Limit)


We first became involved with Bourbon Bay Kennels through a hunting buddy that was having his duck dog trained by Matt Duncan. We had recently had a litter of Labrador puppies bred from hunting stock and wanted to keep one for myself. I called Matt and asked if he would look at the litter and recommend a pick. Matt came over and put each puppy through a handling and observation process and Wabash Ricochet "Ash" joined the puppy head start program at Bourbon Bay Kennels a few weeks later. Now a year later I have had three dogs at Bourbon Bay Kennels and we are working on our dream of titling truly great working retrievers for the field and hunt tests. I couldn't be happier and I trust Bourbon Bay with our considerable investment and the health and care of our 4 footed loved ones. You may have had experience with professional trainers in the past. I have and it's not always been the best. With Matt Duncan your dog will get a solid day of quality work everyday, in many different environments. Expect an honest assessment of their potential and what it will take to achieve it. You will hear from Matt often as your dog progresses and Jennifer's great photos of your dog working. Ash, Nyx and Yeti are doing great, we will see you at some upcoming tests.

Jon and Tina Winters (Owners of HR Ash, SHR Nyx and HRCH Yeti)