People who know me have come to expect in depth knowledge, great communication skills, an abundance of patience and a desire to teach.
I've spent 20+ years in the field training retrievers both professionally and as an amateur for field trials and hunt tests. I've put Hunting Retriever Champion titles, Field Champion titles and National Retriever Champion titles on dogs. Still, one of my favorite places to be is with a dog in the duck blind.
I want you and your dog to be the best team you can be and I'll work hard to help you do that. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
Born in Toronto and raised in Northern Ontario, Canada, now living in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Kevin got his first retriever in 1996, HRCH RK’s Benjamin Mackenzie QAA; and he immediately fell in love with the sport. Fortunate enough to have great mentors from the start, he learned the basics of retriever training and competed successfully in hunt tests plus the minor stakes in field trials.
In 1999 he met accomplished and respected professional Canadian field trial trainer Jamie Balesdent. Shortly after, Kevin went to work as Jamie’s assistant at Nilak Kennels where he completed his apprenticeship. In 2002 Kevin went out on his own, starting Flint River Retrievers. His winter kennels/training was located in Boston, Georgia, with summer training/kennels in Iron Bridge, Ontario, Canada.
Kevin’s 23 years in the sport has led him to train some amazing retrievers. His resume includes having trained and or handled 5 Canadian National Champions, multiple US/Canadian National Finalists, plus many field champions and dogs that cumulatively have 1,000’s of all-age points. GRHRCH Dippomarsh Towing The Line; CNFC CNAFC FC AFC L&L’s Just A Gigolo; CNAFC FC CFC L&L’s Black Tie Affair; CNAFC AFC Limey’s Maksim Of Dogleg; CNFC The Wheeler Dealer; FC AFC B Bumble; FC AFC 3R’s Mister Cross Your T’s; FC AFC CFC CAFC Justin Time Zoe’s Nine-One-One; FC AFC CFC Alexis Pursuit Of Perfection; FC AFC CFC Sally’s South Paw;
Kevin has always loved sharing his Knowledge, Experience & Passion for Retriever Training with both Handler & Dog. In 2015 he decided to refocus his career path, instructing people how to train & handle their own personal dogs. Teaching others the art and science of retriever training is his gift. His superb ability to communicate, his patience, his knack for quickly reading a Dog & Handler make him the right person to be The Retriever Coach.
Thank You for trusting in me to help both you & your dog become the successful team you want to be. I’m truly looking forward to working with you. Kevin