JR was raised around Live Stock his whole life. He always had a special connection with animals, whether it was horses, cattle, sheep, pigs or dogs. He was on the FFA Live Stock judging team in high school and learned to read animals at an early age. He bought his first Labrador retriever "Megan" in 2000, and began gun dog training with her at 7 weeks old. He used every book, video and experienced friends to learn and build his own training program. Megan grew to be an excellent all around Gun Dog, Retrieving thousands of birds, including ducks, geese, dove, pheasant and quail. She was the stepping stone to what would eventually lead to the passion of training dogs for others. JR has trained a variety of different dogs, from Pointers, English Mastiffs, a Police Drug Finding German Shepard, to Hundreds of Labradors. Over the Last 16 years, training dogs has grown from a hobby to a passion.
Black Bayou Retrievers is owned and operated by J.R. and Lori Houchin. BBR Specializes in training Duck Dogs for the Weekend Hunter or Competing in AKC/ UKC Hunt Test. Based out of Canton, Texas, BBR trains on a 2200 acre Cattle Ranch with Beautiful Rolling Hills and over 30 lakes and ponds to choose from. At BBR we treat your dog as one of our own and they are trained, loved and handled by J.R..