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Fall 2010 - Goliad, Texas
Wayne and I met Jack Morris of Stellar Retrievers 10 years ago. We purchase my first competition dog from Jack. As a novice handler, Jack was very patient treating me to run Louise. One of the advantages of being a Stellar client is That Jack encourages his owners to learn to handle their dogs. He shares his knowledge of handling skills, teaches how to read the dog, understand the factors which effect the dog. We bought my first dog from Jack. However this is not the reason we have chosen him for our trainer. Jack has an incredible work ethic. He is committed to developing each individual dog to their fullest potential. Stellar retrievers state of the art kennels and trailers are always clean. Jack is committed to ensuring the dogs under his care receive the highest quality food to meet their nutritional needs. He places a high value on physical conditioning through strength and cardiovascular training. Developing the dogs into true athletes able to meet the rigorous demands of competition and hunting. Jack has trained 6 labs for us. 5 Master Hunter who have competed at the Master Nationals: 2 of whom have been inducted into the Master National Hall of Fame. Jones my personal competition dog is one of the first 13 dogs to receive the new AKC title Master Amateur Hunter and be inducted into the Master Amateur Hall of Fame. It is with great anticipation our sixth Stellar trainer lab will debut her competition career this spring. I cannot imagine stepping to the line without a Stellar trained dog. Our dogs are not just competitors. They are our beloved companions, hunting partners and teammates. Wayne and I unequivocally entrust their trading and wellbeing to Jack Morris of Stellar retriever. If you are searching for a trainer who cares deeply about developing your dog to its fullest potential, Wayne and I recommend Stellar Retrievers. Thank you Jack for all you do!
A Tribute to Jack
I have known Jack Morris for 16 years, he has trained my four retrievers. The first dog got me hooked on the retrieving game, suffering through my amateur attempts. The last three have been and are successful hunt test competitors – all three have qualified at the Master National at least once, my “Ray” was MNH4.
Jack helped me find my last three puppies. He looks for breedings where the pups should have the drive, talent, temperament and personality that work best with me – so far, so good. I send the pups to him at about 6 months of age. The basics are thoroughly instilled in the pups, each one working at their own pace. There is no rushing through any phase of training.
Jack encourages owners to come and work with their dogs to learn/improve their handling skills. In other words, he tries to train the handler as well as the dog – sometimes a formidable task. Jack explains the “why” of a dog’s reactions so that you understand how body movement, verbal intonation, terrain, bird placement, etc. affect a dog’s performance.
Jack makes this retrieving game successful and fun. He is very competitive and strives to train the best hunting and hunt test dogs possible. And, he keeps things in perspective. He reminds you that sometimes “dogs are just dogs” and that the handler can make just as many mistakes as the dog. He builds camaraderie among his clients and you watch handlers gain confidence in their skills and awkward puppies become magnificent retrievers. I guess that’s why I’m willing to send dogs from North Carolina to Texas where they can become “Stellar” companions.
When choosing a retriever trainer, I look for someone that loves the dogs, has clean up-to-date facilities, access to appropriate training grounds, coaching skills for dogs and handlers, and a solid work ethic. I also look for someone that is committed to excellence. Jack Morris and the staff at Stellar Retrievers have all of these attributes.
I bought a quality puppy and took her to another trainer at age 6 months. After a few weeks, I received a call to come pick her up. I was told she did not have the desire to become a hunting dog. Needless to say, I was devastated. A good friend of mine, recommended Jack to me. My dog is now 20 months old, and has a junior tittle. She has completed 2 passes at senior and will run for her senior tittle in 2 weeks. I have the uttermost respect for the quality training my dog has received with Jack. I will hunt with her this fall, then bring her back to obtain a master tittle. Not bad for a dog that would not make a hunting dog !!!! Thanks Jack.
I have known Jack Morris for over 30 years. When Jack landed in North Carolina and began his dog training career I was interested in getting a dog to run field trials. Jack assisted me in finding the perfect pup and she has become a high performance dog in my opinion. My dog Jazz, under Jacks training made the National Derby List with a total of 21 points.
When Jack made the decision to return to his home state Texas to continue his business he began running hunt tests bringing Jazz through Junior Hunter to a Master Hunter(MH) in minimal time frame. Jazz has qualified twice for the Master National and is now all age qualified(QAA) in field trials.
Thank you Jack for your dedication in training and the devotion you give to these athletes.
Jack Morris has trained three Labradors for me from puppy stage to seasoned field retriever. Two of the three are All Aged Qualified (QAA) and AKC Master Hunters (MH). In addition, one of these two was on the National Derby list. Both dogs have qualified for the Master National and run in this event. The third dog was my first retriever bought from show stock. Because of Jack’s patience and training, he obtained his senior title.
A truly remarkable outcome. Jack presently has another of my dogs that is an AKC Master Hunter and Master National Qualifier. I would say to anyone, there is no better trainer anywhere than Jack. His knowledge of dogs and what needs to be done is extraordinary. He gives me advice whenever I seek it, and all my success in the hunt test and field trial game I owe to Jack Morris.