Gamekeepers Retrievers, Ltd., is a professional retriever training service, specializing in training all breeds of retrievers for AKC hunt test programs, breed club field programs and as personal hunting companions.
Mitch White – Head Field Trainer/Key Note Speaker
Mitch has been training retrievers for field work since 1988 when he got his first retriever, a Labrador named Hershey, followed by a Golden named Casey. Mitch now trains all retriever breeds and poodles professionally and he has also worked with several of the spaniel breeds and with Airedale Terriers. Over the years, his program has been developed to utilize an approach that works for all of these different breeds. Because Mitch trains many different breeds, he often has to get “outside of the box” from popular retriever training methods. One of the key ingredients of the program is fairness to the dog. Mitch believes in putting the work into teaching a solid foundation so the dog creates a skill set which aids the dog in making decisions out in the field. Poor decisions are corrected and good decisions are praised. Because of this approach, his foundation work may take a bit longer than other pros, but the resulting happy, confident worker is well worth the wait. Mitch also gets a lot of dogs in for “rehab” work. These are dogs that have been in other programs and have developed issues that have prevented them from going further in training. Mitch has had tremendous success turning these dogs around so they become confident workers again.
Since becoming a professional trainer, Mitch along with his clients and students earn countless field titles each year, at all levels, including several Master National Qualifiers/Finalists and dogs with Field Trial placements. Mitch has a loyal following of private lesson students who come from all over the country and Canada to consult with him about training and problem solving. He also conducts a variety of training seminars and workshops all across the United States and in Canada. His seminars have received accolades from many licensed judges and from other professional trainers. Mitch has published two training manuals and is currently finishing the third manual in this series which will be published in the near future. He has appeared on Outdoor television shows, as well as at major sporting show venues.
Mitch’s other credentials include:
- AKC Master/Senior/Junior Hunt Test Judge
- WC/WCI/WCX approved judge for Flat-coats, Tollers, Goldens, Labs and Airedales
- UKC Finished/Seasoned/Started Hunt Test Judge (currently inactive)
- Former Member of the FCRSA Field Committee
- Former President of the Flat-coated Retriever Club of Illinois
- Former President of the Midwest Waterways Flat-coated Retriever Club
- Former Director of the Flat-coated Retriever Society of America