Client Reviews

Our clients are sometimes our best advertising! The following are quotes from customers and/or people that have hunted over dogs trained at Backwater Cypress Retrievers.

  • Daryl Beldon on his dog, Duke

Boss, I have my hunting buds like wow, he went over 100 yards to get us a wounded duck!  It was unbelievable….. I said watch this next duck we kill.  I said “hold” and told buddy to hold out his hand, I said “drop” and he did!  Just thankful for your training!

  • Chase Freeman on his dog, Bonnie

Our family would definitely recommend Chris at backwater cypress retrievers. He’s made a big difference in our chocolate lab in on 3 months. She more gentle around our kids, does all the basics, and retrieves great. This is our first time using a trainer and it was a great experience. He’s a super nice guy and would love to answer any questions anyone has.

  • Faith Freeman on her dog, Bonnie

We sent our chocolate lab to him that we always found to be stubborn and if I’m being honest a little over the top when it came to her energy. I looked into several different trainers to be sure I found the right one and Chris did not disappoint. He had our Bonnie for three months and did fantastic with her. Every month we would go to visit and check her progress and were very pleased each time. She listens very well and is so much more gentle around our children and even listens to commands from our 8 year old daughter. I would definitely recommend him. My husband was extremely pleased once we got her home and he was able to take her out to see what she was capable of. If you are looking for someone look no further. Chris is your guy. He always responded in a timely manner when I asked for updates and was more than happy to answer all of my questions. Thank you Chris for the wonderful job and for taking such good care of our girl!!

  • Dusty Graves on his dog, Gator

I sent my lab, Gator, to Chris when he was just a pup. Over the next few months he was able to not only make him a great retriever, but an all around good obedient dog. I highly recommend Chris to anybody wanting a dog trained, he’s real good people and knows what he’s doing!

  • Josh Green on his dog, Drake

I could not be more pleased. At just over a year old, this is a picture of Drake’s first hunt over the holidays. He retrieved 4 birds with little assistance. Chris has done a wonderful job over the past several months preparing him for the season. His patient training methods has transformed this lab into a solid hunter. I look forward to his service in the future and highly recommend BW Cypress Retrievers

  • Jason Graves on his dog, Ruger

Let me start by saying Ruger is my first duck hunting dog! I immediately started looking for that one trainer I felt would not only train my dog, but would take care of him like he was his own dog. Like most, your pup is not just a pup, he is a member of the family. I literally looked at dozens of trainers and not just in the state. Chris came highly recommended by more than a few people. I started a convo on messenger with him and the longer we conversed the more I got the feeling that Backwater Cypress Retrievers is where I wanted to place my pup. Chris is very reasonably priced for the service you and your dog will receive. Another thing Backwater Cypress Retrievers offer is understanding. Understanding that life happens. A lot of other trainers want a deposit up front and the rest of the funds at drop off for the time your pup will be there. With Chris you get a monthly payment option and progress report if wanted. You choose when to pull your dog. Ruger spent 6 months with Chris and is performing great for me in this first season. I plan to take him back to finish him off and get him ready for field trials. I can’t tell you how much I highly recommend Backwater Cypress Retrievers and Chris Yielding. You will not regret the decision I can assure you

  • Carter Lowe on his dog, Piper

Sent my chocolate lab Piper to Chris for 2 months for obedience and basic retriever training. I recently got her back and have been extremely impressed with what my dog is able to do, especially considering how young she still is. With this being my first dog it’s definitely something I wouldn’t be able to do on my own. Chris will treat your dog like one of his own, and is great at what he does. I know without a doubt that the next dog(s) I get will be going to Chris for sure.

  • Brady Anderson on his dog, Echo

Mr. Yielding trained my father’s chocolate lab, Willow, and her obedience is great. After seeing the results, I brought my 4.5 month old pup Echo. After just 2.5 months his obedience is fantastic and he retrieves like a champ. He’s steady and holds until told so. He doesn’t run wild, he usually sticks to my side wherever I go. Overall, I’m very pleased with the results and would highly recommend others to give Backwater Cypress Retrievers a shot.

  • Bryan Teeter on his dog, Dug

I hunted with Chris and his dog on opening day of duck season this year. He and I had been invited on the same hunt. I watched his dog flawlessly retrieve 32 ducks that morning! I found out later that was her first hunt and that Chris trains dogs professionally. I soon after signed up my Golden Retriever puppy for a one month, fully-boarded obedience training. We have been more than pleased with the results. Our dog (Dug) was returned to us with full grasp of the fundamentals: Sit (Sit means STAY), Heel on a leash or with out. While heeling, whenever I stop walking, he stops and sits!. Also “Call to heel”. I call him from wherever he is and he comes and sits by my side. And finally, he was taught “drop” (self explanatory!).

Anyway, Chris did a great job and we are very happy with the results! We have since referred several friends to him.

  • Grant Pryor on his dog, Cooper

Chris is not only an excellent dog trainer, he is a top notch guy. I am extremely pleased with the training my dog received.

  • Jason Pounders on his dog, Gus

I’ve known Chris since college and he’s always been a stand up guy. When I found out that he was training dogs I was all in. I bought Gus from one of Chris’s dogs litters and it was a natural fit to have Chris train him as well. I’ve been very pleased and impressed with the obedience and retrieval training Gus received while at Backwater Cypress Retrievers!

  • Daryl Belden on his dog, Duke

I am beyond thankful for the hard work Chris put into my dog, Gunner! Gunner started out going to a dog school for basic obedience training, but unfortunately, I was not pleased with his progress. In the short two month period, Chris was able to retrain Gunner to do basic commands and basic retrieval using positive reinforcement and not treats. I am amazed by the progress!

  • Alexis Sweda on her dog, Gunner

I have hunted many times over a dog trained by Chris.  His dogs work great, handle well, and are a blast to hunt with!  His dogs are steady and solid on multiple retrieves and retrieves in thick cover.  I highly recommend Backwater Cypress Retrievers!

  • Doug Beard

Dogs trained by Chris at Backwater Cypress Retrievers are great to hunt with!  They are well trained, obedient, and hunt hard.  Chris gets the most out of your dog, hands down!

  • Brandon Scallion

Chris had my springer spaniel for 1 month.  She was exactly 1 year old when he had her.  She went from not hardly being able to be on a leash to be great on a lead and not pulling and also walking at heel without a lead on.  She will sit and stay until commanded.  I can’t speak highly enough about Chris and his training.  Our dog is exponentially better since being with him.

  • Jack Keith

I sent my dog to Chris for a 4 month period. She is a black lab. When he got her, she did not have any obedience except for “sit”. She is also the most hard-headed dog I have ever seen. By the end of the 4th month, her obedience was where it needed to be. She is solid on hand signal, retrieving, and commands. She is ready to hunt now. I am very impressed with what Chris was able to do for my dog.