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    Who are the best retriever trainers in the east?
    What do they charge per month?
    By what measure of success do you judge them by?

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden_man View Post
    Who are the best retriever trainers in the east?
    What do they charge per month?
    By what measure of success do you judge them by?
    My vote goes to Buck Shope at Swift River located in Orange, Mass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden_man View Post
    Who are the best retriever trainers in the east?
    In the east, I would say Alan Pleasant, Al Arthur, Ed Forry and Chris Ledford
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    What do they charge per month?
    Not sure off the top of my head, but about the same as everyone else.
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    By what measure of success do you judge them by?
    Success in field trials

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden_man View Post
    Who are the best retriever trainers in the east?
    What do they charge per month?
    By what measure of success do you judge them by?
    Are you interested in hunt tests or field trials?

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    Doublehaul's list is on point but I think you should add the Roberts. But it's not really about the best trainer it's really about the quality of your dog. These trainers are great but the dog they work with better have good breeding and good work ethics.

    Oh and something tells me you are a golden person by your name. If so the Robert's qualified a golden for Nationals and put the FC on the Golden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moscowitz View Post
    Doublehaul's list is on point but I think you should add the Roberts. But it's not really about the best trainer it's really about the quality of your dog. These trainers are great but the dog they work with better have good breeding and good work ethics.
    Of course you are right. It is a silly question. There are a lot of excellent trainers in the region, not even including young dog folks and folks who come down to the SE in the winter. The ones above are off the top of my head and there is some objective measure to include them. They do all get excellent dogs. There is no way to prove it but the best trainer in the east may well be a gun dog trainer who gets some pretty bad dogs and does his or her best with what little there is to work with.

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    Hands down Robert Milner- just ax him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba View Post
    Hands down Robert Milner- just ax him.

    Trying to help out in the worst way regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden_man View Post

    By what measure of success do you judge them by?
    I have no knowledge of East coast trainers, price I would assume depends on the trainers success, north of $1000 a month would be highly likely. Your last question could be a thread in itself. Certainly success in titling dogs in both Hunt tests and Field Trials but there are other considerations. Do their training methods meet your expectations? Do they have a history of washing out a lot of dogs? Definitely some thing's I would research, and I would want to see the trainer in action before sending my dog to them.
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