From the beginning, it has been Jim West's goal to develop bird dogs to best suit their owner's needs. He trains all pointing breeds for a variety of competitive venues including field trials, hunt tests, bird dog challenges, NAVHDA and NSTRA, but never loses sight of the fact that most people want a hunting dog. People want a companion, first and foremost, that will help them put birds in the bag and be by their side to enjoy the great outdoors.
His teaching method is gentle, quiet and simple. Dogs quickly understand and excel in his care while maintaining happy dispositions.
Hunting dogs, hunt test titles, field champions, local, regional and national....they all lend to prove how well Jim's methods work. Many dogs have been handled by their owners to titles. Jim has made history at the AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship and has continually won on the national level in multiple breeds.
The accomplishments that Jim has made in the competitive field trial world were recognized by Purina Pro Plan with an article in their Today's Breeder magazine.
You can access the online version of the article by clicking here.
The 2013 spring field trial season started with a bang, when Belinda DeLaby won an AGD retrieving stake to finish the Field Championship requirements for her dog, High Powers Jolt to the System, "Jolee". This was our first field champion for the year. She also placed fourth in the Inaugural AKC Walking Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship! Proud to have a wire in the money.
Several of the juveniles have hit the ground running and have taken care of their puppy/derby points. Many of them are already starting the breaking process.
The GWPCA Top Ten listing is out....and what a year it was for Wild West trained dogs!! Congratulations to the owners of all of these dogs! (Look for an ad in the Wire News!!)
The AKC National Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship was held in Nebraska this year. We are pleased to announce that we won both stakes! The retrieving stake (1 Hour) was won by German Wirehaired Pointer, FC Brillows Big Wild Western "Wiley" and the retrieving (2 series) stake was won by FC/AFC I'm Maddie. Both dogs are owned by Todd Tuls, trained and handled by Jim West.
To read about the historic run at the 2010 AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship in Crawford, Nebraska, visit these links:
2010 AKC National Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship winner's article on AKC's website, or
Brace by brace coverage of the event, including the story of the "lucky" sharptail!
Over the years, some of the nation's top dogs have been developed here. FC/AFC West In Kojac's Gina, "Gina", was Jim's first nationally ranked shorthair, his first #1 Gun Dog. FC/AFC Kojac's Peggy, "Peggy" and DC/AFC SooLine's Allied Freigher, "Ansel", ran the same time as her to help Jim win 33 Gun Dog stakes in a row. It included Open and Amateur stakes. "Ansel" was the GWPCA's #2 Gun Dog as a 10 year old that same year!
NatCh/FC Showtime's Rollin Thunder,"Ricky", was one of the most winning GSP's ever and helped secure Jim's "spot on the map" among the nation's top dog trainers. His legacy continues in his offspring. FC Steel Creek's Real Windy, "Windy", won hour championships and wild bird championships....even after losing a leg to a venomous spider bite. FC/AFC MPK's Special Edition, "Sonny", and FC/AFC Erbe's Trace of Silver, "Hook", both won more than their fair share of hour championships. NFC/FC Brillow's Wild West Show, "Miss Kitty", was the first National Champion wirehair for the Brillow breeding program, GCH/NAFC/DC/AFC Ariel's Justa Gotta Go Now, "Louie", defeated more dogs...of multiple breeds...in one stake than any other wirehair ever and became the 7th Dual Champion for Justa GWPs. He is also the first dual champion/grand champion german wirehaired pointer. The list goes on and on....
Summer camp in the Sandhills of Nebraska, running on the rolling prairies and learning how to handle the hundreds of wild birds that are flushed each day, is crucial to the development of classy bird dogs. It helps prepare hunting dogs to handle the physical requirements put on them during the season and primes the competition dogs for the fall season. He also has a winter camp in the southeast that keeps dogs sharp and extends the competition season.
This site will enable you to find out as little or as much as you want about Wild West Kennels, the philosophy, the method, the successes and the current happenings at this nationally recognized training facility. Simply use the navigation at the top of the page.
Visitors are always welcome at the kennel. However, many weekends are spent competing and giving seminars, so it is best to call and schedule an appointment. Jim can evaluate your dog and discuss options, or give you the hands-on help that you need to develop your dog to it's maximum potential.
WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF HIGH CLASS BIRD DOGS!