After watching some hunt tests in the early 1980’s Jerry Moore decided to buy his first Labrador Retriever which he named Honcho. Jerry wanted to see if he could train his own dog. Like everything else in his life, Jerry gave 100% to training Honcho.
Honcho ended up doing well in UKC Hunt Test. Life took a big turn for Jerry. He fell on a construction job busting his knee and leaving his family with little to no income. A man came to him and offered to buy his dog, Honcho.
Jerry had no other choice than to part with his beloved dog. Shortly after, his uncle came to Jerry knowing his family was in the need of money since he could no longer work in construction.
His uncle told Jerry his calling was dog training and if he built 10 kennels he would have people fill them by the end of the weekend and that was the start of Circle J Kennels.
In the early 90’s the Sheriff of Webster Parish came to Jerry after hearing about his dog training skills and asked if he would go to the academy so he could train and handle all their K-9’s.
This was the start of 29 years with the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office. Jerry ran K-9’s for 5 years and taught DARE classes for 25 years.
Jerry’s wife Pauline was hired on with McMahen’s Vet where she went to school to learn how to be a dog groomer.
As the years went by, Jerry’s reputation for training dogs for obedience, duck hunting and Hunt Test began to spread and they out grew their location.
In 1999, Jerry and his family moved to a new location and built a 30 dog kennel.
Jerry’s daughter Kristal followed in her dad's footsteps and joined the family calling by training with him and running the UKC/AKC Hunt Test. Pauline, Jerry's wife moved her grooming business to Circle J Kennels.
In 2000 Jerry expanded the kennel again by adding 10 more pens to the facility.
In 2001, Dana joined the Circle J Kennels family. She began helping out with the overall tasks required around the kennel each day. Dana then began to learn the trade of training dogs.
In 2002 Jerry invented a dog food. His goal was to create a food that was good for dogs, and good for the owner’s pocket book.
The dog food ended up doing well, and can still be found in stores to this day. Jerry sold the dog food in 2008 so that he could spend more time training dogs and with his family.
For the next 10 years Jerry, Kristal and Dana continued training obedience and hunting dogs.
They also added blood tracking for deer to their training skills and Kristal trained a few service dogs. However, their training skills weren't the only things expanding, Kristal and Dana both got married and added kids to the kennel crew.
In 2018 we decided it was time for us to improve again. This time we made a slight move over to Shongaloo, La. In November of 2019 we moved to our new state-of-the-art dog training facility.
It sits on a beautiful, hilly 40 acres with a 3 acre pond.
The kennel has 40 indoor, climate controlled kennels that are like small little rooms to give your dog privacy while it stays with us. When you send your dog to stay with us, it not only learns but feels like it is on a vacation.
We are very blessed to be where we are today and are so very thankful for each person that has trusted us with their beloved family pet or favorite hunting dog.
This is our calling, and we believe the good Lord has blessed us with this talent.
We look forward to meeting new friends through this while helping you with your dog along the way.