Scott Carruth is the owner of Pin Oak Kennels in Ravenna, TX. His passion for animals began at a young age while spending time hunting quail with this grandfather on plantations in Georgia. While working with his grandfather’s bird dogs, Scott developed a love of the relationship between the working dog and it’s handler. He began training retrievers in 1985, starting with gun dog training. He started his professional career at Willow Run Kennels in Desoto, TX, and progressed through the different competitive levels of American Kennel Club Hunt Tests and Retriever Field Trials. In 1995, Pin Oak Kennels emerged in Ravenna, TX, and has been developed into one of the premier retriever training facilities in the country.
After many years of competing in retriever field events and providing field training services as a professional with much success, Scott’s focus shifted towards home and family life. He transitioned from a professional retriever trainer to using his many years of experience to apply an obedience training program for all breeds, as well as providing quality and unique boarding services.
Christina (Chris) Anderson grew up in Northeastern Oklahoma surrounded by pets of all types, from the typical cats and dogs, to horses, birds, turtles, fish, mice, rats, snakes, newts, and even a “pet” chicken. Chris chose a career in the military and retired in the US Virgin Islands after 24 years of service. After being without a dog during her time in the service, the first thing she did after retirement was get a puppy from the local animal shelter. She wanted to train the dog, and read everything she could get her hands on about dog behavior and training, as well as attending basic and advanced training workshops. She added another puppy in a few years, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and became a student of retriever training as well.
Chris returned to Oklahoma in 2007, and continued to improve her knowledge of training dogs and retrievers. She worked for a professional retriever trainer on the West Coast for a short time, and joined the Pin Oak Kennels Team in Dec 2010 as the Kennel Manager. Chris has competed successfully in AKC Hunt Tests, and is stepping into competition in AKC Field Trials. She believes that dogs try so hard to please us and do what we ask, that we should try just as hard to communicate to them what we want in a way they understand.