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Meet the Pro (aka 'the Boss')
product image 1   Linwood O'Briant, Jr.

Linwood is from Roxboro, North Carolina. He attended and played Rugby for East Carolina University and later for Cape Fear Rugby in Wilmington. While at ECU, his love for dogs grew, his interest for duck hunting piqued, and his passion for dog training ignited. His first gun dog, Onyx, was the spark, and his first Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Tahoe, was the inspiration.

Linwood has over Twenty Year of experience as a Retriever Trainer, with over half of those years as a Profressional. He has titled innumberable dogs in AKC Hunt Tests, AKC Field Trials and UKC Hunt Tests. He also has trained countless Personal Gun Dogs and taught Basic Obedience for all Breeds.

In addition to training and boarding, Linwood also works closely with Red Dog Farm, a non-profit Rescue Program in Greensboro, North Carolina, offering fostering, training and/or rehabilitating dogs in their program...he also cares for the 'Motley Crew', a random group of inhereted hounds whom live well under his care.

Linwood's innate ability to 'Know the Dog', to anticipate a Dog's thought process, and to figure out what makes EACH dog tick, is what has earned great respect from Clients and Colleagues. He does not have a 'Cookie-Cutter' Training Program. Every Dog receives whatever it needs to be THE BEST DOG IT CAN BE.

He resides on-site with Dice, a 10-year old retired Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Sissy, a 14-year old rescue farm Cat, Squirt, a 2-year old Jack/Daschaund rescue, who is the Truck Dog and an impressive retriever as well, and Luke, a 6-year old Beagle/Daschaund rescue.


Linwood is a member of: Ducks Unlimited; National Rifle Association; and American Chesapeake Club.