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    Stephen Durrence (Sylvania, GA) is a young trainer who reads and understands dog behavior better than any of the old pro's I know of.
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    Jason Baker, young dog trainer for the Arthurs is supposed to be very good. Don't know him, just comments I have heard....
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    Stephen Durrence is very, so is Chris Akin, Lyle Steinman, Richard Greer, Bobby Wills, J Paul Jackson etc...., all great SRS trainers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim West View Post
    Jason Baker, young dog trainer for the Arthurs is supposed to be very good. Don't know him, just comments I have heard....
    I know Jason Baker very well, he was with the Arthurs, but now is on his own.
    He still uses the Sandhill Kennels and properties but Is now Baker Retievers.
    Jason, works with young dogs from six months through Qual. Jasons record speaks for itself, he is awesome!
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    The mark of a GREAT dog is one that qualifies EVERY year for the NRCCS or NARCCS. Comenserately, the mark of a GREAT pro is one who qualifies dogs EVERY year for the NRCCS. After that choose your stage-but never forget that if over the years that pro has never or rarely qualified or run Nationals, you probably will have a "friend" who has proven themselves to be ineffective for the goal-a nice guy?perhaps. Willing to accept money for mediocracy? Yes. If you want to become a 300 hitter you study those who have done so. Why spend wasted time with a nice person who has PROVEN their ineptitude over many years? Unless you need a friend and have lots of disposable funds.

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    Good post Lanse.

    For today we will keep it simple and in real time, and use what's going on here on th East coast.

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    Out of all these posts, no costs to train are mentioned....is this a taboo question?

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    When I called around 3 years ago (I'm in eastern PA but I was looking around the east coast in general) it was:

    Gun dog hunt test pros: $500-$800. I was surprised how few had master level dogs too and were STILL asking that much.
    Field Trial trainers: $800-$1000

    Those prices did not include bird costs and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marissa E. View Post
    When I called around 3 years ago (I'm in eastern PA but I was looking around the east coast in general) it was:

    Gun dog hunt test pros: $500-$800. I was surprised how few had master level dogs too and were STILL asking that much.
    Field Trial trainers: $800-$1000

    Those prices did not include bird costs and such.
    See this is where it gets into a heated debate. At $500/month that trainer is getting $16.67/day to feed, board, train, and otherwise care for your animal. In my area if you were to board a yorkie it would cost more than that. And as far as not having very many master dogs, that all depends on the clientele. There are a lot of folks out there that may not have any desire to campaign their dogs but just want a hunting dog/family companion. On top of that those are usually the type of people that are not out buying the most high drive/high trainability type dogs, thus in a lot of cases making it much harder on that particular trainer. So, there are two ways to view it. The first, "Damn, that's a car payment!" or "Wow, that's a lot of bang for my buck."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Marshall View Post
    See this is where it gets into a heated debate. At $500/month that trainer is getting $16.67/day to feed, board, train, and otherwise care for your animal. In my area if you were to board a yorkie it would cost more than that. And as far as not having very many master dogs, that all depends on the clientele. There are a lot of folks out there that may not have any desire to campaign their dogs but just want a hunting dog/family companion. On top of that those are usually the type of people that are not out buying the most high drive/high trainability type dogs, thus in a lot of cases making it much harder on that particular trainer. So, there are two ways to view it. The first, "Damn, that's a car payment!" or "Wow, that's a lot of bang for my buck."
    I've owned labs in the past but when it comes to training, I'm a newbie. However, in my limited time preparing for a pup and eventually hunt test, I've found Tony's statements to be spot on....especially the bolded.

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