PepperJack Kennels Gun Dog Program

PepperJack Kennels offers an extensive gun dog training program to train your retriever to the desired level you seek for your hunting companion.

From obedience training that includes socialization and completion of basic obedience, along with becoming a good citizen to our most advanced program of master hunter, we are all inclusive. The PJK team is highly skilled and extremely dedicated to the well being of each and every dog. Our properties are designed specifically as dog training facilities with unique land training features along with outstanding water features.



Gun Dog Training Base Pay: $875 per month 

Age: We ask your dog be at least 8 weeks old to start our gun dog training programs, but will work with dogs any age after.

Required Vaccinations:

  • Distemper/Parvo/Rabies
  • Leptosporosis
  • Bordetella 

Flea & Tick Prevention Required: Seresto Collar

Obedience Training Program – Typically 2-3 Months

The training includes socialization, introduction to crate, learning limits, walks, walking on leash (two sides), heel, (two sides), here, side and front sit, sit to whistle, introduction to retrieving, introduction to birds, introduction to water, introduction to gunfire and single retrieves. 

Basic Hunter Training Program – Additional 4-5 months after obedience training

Our basic hunter training program includes after thru obedience program force fetch, E-Collar Conditioning, lead steady, delivery to hand, introduction to land and water doubles, and steady with limp lead or no lead.

Senior Hunter Training Program – Additional 4-5 months after obedience and basic hunter

This program includes after thru basic program Pile work, double tee, swim by, simple conventional de cheating, pattern blinds, blind drills, elementary cold land blinds, simple cheating singles, taught channel blinds, wagon wheel, 8 handed casting, land and water doubles

Master Hunter Training Program – Additional 4-5 months after obedience, basic and senior hunter

This program includes after thru senior program pattern blinds with diversion, cold channel blinds, complex cheating singles, complex cheating marks, simple tune ups, simple retired memory marks, increased complexity of multiples, handling for marking errors such as switching, going for old falls, and fading with factors.

A master trained dog is well polished and is doing advanced marking and blind concepts with emphasis on steadiness and willingness to handle on marks, multiple blinds, dry shots, and diversions with emphasis on hunting settings such as game calls, decoys, duck blinds, boats, handler with gun and quartering. They will be advanced in remote sits and placing on stands.

What Our Clients Say...

When I met Misty from PepperJack Kennels I was immediately impressed by her relationship with her dogs.   Misty and Marty don’t cut any corners when it comes to the training and care for their dogs.  The young dogs that I watched were very well prepared and they trained with an upbeat attitude.  PepperJack Kennels has dramatically improved their training grounds in recent years.  Misty is hungry to continue to evolve and it shows in the quality of all-age and young dogs that are coming out of the PepperJack program.

Pat Burns

Elite Retriever Training

I have had dogs with PepperJack for 2 years and I can say my dogs have been very well taken care of and got lots of work. Misty is one of the hardest working trainers I know and she respects and cares about the dogs. They have amazing grounds and a great team. It’s been a pleasure working with them.

Kim Hansen

Oakdale, California

I have had Pepper Jack Kennels training a young Labrador for me. The dog had success in the Derby and ran The National Derby Championship. I subsequently ran him in a Qualifying with a win. PJK has wonderful grounds to train on in Wisconsin. Currently my dog is in training to transition to All-Age stakes. The care PJK gives their retrievers is outstanding. I highly recommend them. 

Dr. J. R. Unbehaun

West Salem, Wisconsin

I have always attributed Willow’s early training foundation from PJK to have contributed greatly to her confidence and how well she has done in further training, hunt tests and of course as my waterfowl hunting partner.  She is spoken of highly within my group of hunting partners.  I am excited to have her daughter Gemma with Misty and Team PepperJack now and the care, attention and training is second to none just as I remember with Willow. 

Jeremy Gibbons

Chico, California

If you are looking for world-class retriever training, look no further. Whether chasing a national championship in an AKC field trial stake, or wanting a rock-solid hunting companion and good citizen by your side; PJK produces results. It all starts with the genuine care for the dogs and clients themselves. From there a proven program and tireless effort from a dedicated team of people will help get you and your retriever wherever you want to go. 

Chris Crouch

Dallas, Texas

I have had the pleasure of working for Pepperjack Kennels and am now a client. During my time working at PJK, I was absolutely baffled at the upmost attention to detail that Misty and Marty put into their entire program. Misty’s fairness, level head, sportsmanship and respect for all dogs she works with is truly inspirational. Marty always goes above and beyond to answer any questions that I have. As a previous employee, I saw first hand the cleanliness of the dogs living and travel spaces as well as the type of care you can expect your dog to have while with PJK. As a very particular dog owner, I feel good about knowing that my dogs are being cared for and loved just as they would when they are home. PepperJack Kennels is the only kennel I would consider for my competitive retriever training needs.

Jessica Rockwell

Whitehall, Wisconsin

I have been with PJK since its infancy. All aspects of the program are top-notch - from the ultimate care and feeding of the dogs, to the first class grounds, to the thoughtful and thorough training that meets the needs of each individual dog.  Whether you're developing your next hunting companion, or field trial champion, Misty and the crew at PJK will work tirelessly to help you and your dog reach that goal.

Kerry Lavin

Anderson, California 

Misty, Marty, and the rest of the PJK family sets the standards for Retriever Training. From grounds and facilities, to the compassion they have for your dogs, you will not find a better team. I'm proud to be a part of such awesome camp!

Tyler Yarbrough 

Highland Village, Texas

I have relied on PJK for both training and breeding for many years. An incredibly talented trainer, Misty Melo will custom train my gun dogs for my style of hunting. Misty’s success in field trials speaks for itself. Honest and reliable. You can’t go wrong with this remarkable company. 

Ben Williams
FishDog Outdoors 

Willows, California

PepperJack Kennels has trained my Labrador retrievers for at least the past ten years. When I send a well bred lab to them, I know I will get back a fully trained, obedient, house broken retriever who can perform in the field. And there is no one who takes better care of dogs!! Plus PJK is honest and trustworthy with your future lifetime hunting companion. 

Kate Macartney

Portland, Oregon

I have yet to see another trainer that puts the time and care into every dog on in their program, top notch property’s and top notch employees, there is nothing better than knowing your new hunting partner is in great hands 

Tim Wallinger

Elgranada, California

Misty trained my dog Trucker. Couldn’t be happier with the results. Highly recommend her. She takes really good care of the dogs while under her care.

Darin Quigley

Weed, California

PepperJack Kennels is as good as it gets. The staff is outstanding and their facility is second to none. Misty will give you and your dog the best opportunity to be successful. 

Chris Halverson

Hager City, Wisconsin

I was in need of a new duck hunting dog, and a good friend of mine recommended Pepper Jack Kennels, which is owned and run by Misty & Marty Melo. I had Misty train one of her female pups for me, that I named Moxie. I've never owned a better dog in my entire life. She also trained my son's dog, named Kisa. Like Moxy, Kisa is a pure pleasure to hunt over.  Misty is without a doubt the finest trainer I've ever known and dealt with. If you are looking for a top quality hunting and family dog, I would highly recommend you give Pepper Jack Kennels a call. You will not be disappointed.

Mike Sorsky

Fresno, California


Our Properties

PepperJack Kennels utilizes two properties specifically designed as dog training facilities. Located in Texas and Wisconsin, these properties provide ideal training weather, land features, and distinctive water attributes.



Our Properties

PepperJack Kennels utilizes two properties specifically designed as dog training facilities. Located in Texas and Wisconsin, these properties provide ideal training weather, land features, and distinctive water attributes.