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Ricky is one of the most experienced waterfowlers I know. He focuses on training dogs for the waterfowler, to give the hunter the best hunting experience with his dog. You can count on Shady Grove Kennels to provide a great dog for the true waterfowler -- they get the job done in the field, but they make great companions for the family at home, too.

David Wielicki, Executive Director, SC Waterfowl Association

Shady Grove Kennels owner, Ricky Coward, has introduced me to waterfowl and migratory bird-hunting with a dog. His expertise and professional level of training has enabled me not only to have a high-powered retriever, but a loving companion for my wife and three-year-old son. Through his honesty and commitment, Ricky provides the dog and its owner an exceptional start together. As a trainer, he is second to none.

Parker Garris, business owner and outdoorsman, Gilbert, SC

Ricky has been my hunting partner for more than 16 years and we've always used well-trained retrievers, with great results, thanks to him! Shady Grove Kennels works hard to raise and train quality hunting dogs...I know, I have one of them!

Bill Goff, waterfowl guide for SC Waterfowl Association and experienced hunter, Columbia, SC

I'm grateful to Ricky for all the great work he did with our dog, Mocha. She always seemed to be hard-headed, but now we are able to spend time with her and not worry about her not listening. We also purchased a dog from Ricky, and he could not be better. After hunting with this quality of dog, I now realize that a good dog makes the hunt.

John Bouknight, business owner and avid hunter, Columbia, SC



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