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Jim VanEngen
Right Start Kennel Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin (920) 467-3413
Welcome to Right Start Kennel ...  training quality working retrievers since 1990.
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Right Start Your Retriever A new training video from Jim Van Engen 
With over 36-years of experience, Jim Van Engen focuses solely on giving your retriever the “Right Start Advantage”.  With nearly 2-hours of instruction, this DVD specializes in taking young dogs and progressing them from seven weeks to seven months.  Whether your goals are to win field trials, excel in hunt tests or have a polished, reliable gun dog, your training needs to begin the day your puppy comes home.  Jim takes you through a step-by-step training process explaining everything from the type of equipment you will need, to what happens when your puppy won’t come back.  This DVD shows the mistakes that most puppies will make and helps you understand ways to solve and overcome each obstacle.
Established in 1990, Right Start Kennels focuses solely on giving young retrievers the "Right Start Advantage". We specialize in taking young dogs and progressing them from the basics through transition, ideally prepared to go on to advanced training. We provide individualized training based on the needs of the student within the parameters of a well-designed, step-by-step, progressive program. Jim got his start training dogs at the early age of 17 when he became the proud owner of a Labrador Retriever. His first entry in a local field trial won him a ribbon which planted the seeds for his eventual career. Jim’s college education was funded by his talent as a dog trainer where he graduated with an education degree in 1984, after which he went on to become a high school teacher. With experience as an educator and with his intuitive dog training skill, Right Start Kennel was born in 1990. Since then, RSK has provided the foundation for eleven national field titles and 157 field champions. The headquarters for RSK is Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin with winter grounds in Cairo, Georgia affording the young students optimum learning opportunities year round. While Jim does not run many trials himself, preferring to stay home and train, he and his students usually run several derby stakes each year. Jim’s training philosophy is to develop a dog to its full potential by teaching within a structured, progressive training program.
2015 NAFC FC-AFC Hardscrabble Roxie McBunn 2012 NAFC Paddle Creek’s Pack Your Grip “Traveler” 2011 NAFC-AFC Cody Cut A Lean Grade 2004 NAFC Chickamauga Choo Choo 2003 NFC Five Star General Patton 2002 NAFC Candlewoods Ramblin Man 2001 NAFC Candlewoods Ramblin Man 1999 NAFC Candlewoods Bit O Bunny 1996 NFC Storm's Riptide Star 1996 NAFC Candlewoods Bit O Bunny 1992 NFC Candlewood's Super Tanker 1990 NAFC Candlewood's Super Tanker and 157 Field Champions