Who We Are


About Travis

 

The Retriever Resource is a full service retriever training facility specializing in training Labrador Retrievers for waterfowl hunting.  The Retriever Resource is owned and operated by Travis Wright in Edom Texas

 

Travis is first and foremost passionate about his relationship with Jesus Christ and knows that his life is provided only to give Him glory.  Travis is the Pastor of Growth and Outreach at Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Tyler Texas where he is excited about knowing God and making Him known.   He is happily married to Brittany who also loves animals (especially puppies).  Our lives were blessed with Houston Joel Wright, our son, in February of 2012 and again in February of 2014 with our twins Hudson Bridges and Lucy Michelle.

 

Travis grew up going fishing and quail and squirrel hunting with his ‘Pop’ but did not discover duck hunting until high school; it was love at first quack.  He has maintained a passion for the outdoors, especially waterfowl and enjoys providing serious duck hunters with well trained retrievers.

 

How The Retriever Resource Got Started

 

Travis has been involved with retrievers for about 15 years.  Looking for simply a ‘Meat Dog’, Travis bought his first puppy ‘HRCH Gauge’ in the Spring of 2001. He soon realized that these dogs were capable of much more than simple retrieves and began to surround himself with knowledgeable trainers to help him pursue a higher level of retriever training.  Travis trained Gauge to the Finished Level and was awarded his Hunting Retriever Championship Title through the Hunting Retriever Club.  Gauge has gone on to be a fantastic gun dog and a joy to hunt over.

 

Travis has trained several gun dogs and hunt test dogs for friends and family over the last decade while finishing his degree at the University of Texas at Tyler and working other full time jobs in construction and the oil field.  In September of 2008, Travis was hired by Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Tyler as their Student Minister.  Training retrievers on the side was the perfect addition to his ministry position and just seemed to make sense.  Travis began to accept client dogs in the Fall of 2008.

 

Travis’ job at the church is first priority and keeps him busy teaching, preaching, organizing events, leading music, arena/rodeo ministry and dreaming up ways to share the good news of Jesus Christ.  But there is no doubt that the dogs at The Retriever Resource get exceptional training and achieve amazing results.  By keeping only a limited number of dogs and having access to thousands of acres for training close to home; The Retriever Resource is able to effectively develop each dog in his kennel into a well-trained, ready to hunt retriever.

 

Travis is so proud to have worked with some of the best dogs and some of the most devoted waterfowl hunters in the nation as he has been training dogs for the duck blind and goose field.  Travis no longer runs Hunt Tests due to his job at the church, but simply loves training dogs and their owners.

 

Training Philosophy

 

The training philosophy at The Retriever Resource is to Build Momentum while Instilling Discipline and Developing Precision.  The Retriever Resource implements the Force Method of training that was developed by Rex Carr and made famous through training programs by Mike Lardy, Evan Graham and Others. Knowing that each dog is an individual, The Retriever Resource refused to push dogs through a ‘cookie cutter’ program; but instead, treats each dog as an individual and creates a training format that will maximize that particular dog's potential.  


We utilize the electronic collar to reinforce obedience and gun dog commands.  The 'E-Collar' is such an incredible tool for the dog trainer, not using it would simply leave you and your dog at an unfair advantage.  The use of an E-Collar is something that the dog, and the owner have to learn how to react to and use.  We do recommend that all of our clients get an e-collar for their dog and we want to take the time to teach you when and how to use the collar on your dog.  

 

The Retriever Resource focuses solely on Gun Dog Training; we do not run Hunt Tests or Field Trials.  However, we are not at all against Field Trials and/or Hunt Tests and on the contrary, have the utmost respect for any trainer and dog that participates in Hunt Tests or competes in Field Trials.  Due to Travis’ Schedule at the church, he cannot run Hunt Tests with Client Dogs.  He does however encourage clients to run their own dogs in Hunt Tests and gives them all the help he can to ensure success in pursuing titles on their dogs.

 

Time Frames are tricky when it comes to dog training.  We all want results and we all want them fast, but the dog truly determines the speed at which he/she can be trained.  Although there are some Time Frames outlined in the ‘Programs and Prices’ Section of this website, those are only loose guidelines that most dogs fall into.  Some dogs make it through Obedience Training in three weeks, some can take six.  Force Fetch usually takes a month to complete, but we have seen it take as long as 60 days.  It all depends on the dog, its previous socialization, its natural abilities and its attitude during training.

 

We cannot guarantee results at The Retriever Resource, but what we can guarantee is that we will do everything we can to get your dog to the highest level of training possible and that we will be honest about your dog’s progress and abilities.