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by Jim Beverly

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If Your Retriever Could Talk!

or "If You Could Read Their Mind!"
(A slide show of 65 pictures with captioning)

This DVD was produced for sale to raise money for two organizations that need and deserve support for the positive impact they have on people not only in WNY but throughout the entire country and abroad.  City Church of Batavia, NY has a project that has been put on hold for several years due to concentrating their resources to helping others.  Roswell Park Cancer Institute's reputation speaks for itself!  Both of these organizations save lives and souls on a daily basis.  ALL profits will go directly to City Church and Roswell Park.  Price for the DVD is $18 which includes taxes and shipping. 

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During my early days of working with retrievers, I used to wonder, "what is that dog thinking?"  That was the beginning of an attitude that has played a big part in the development of the techniques I use in training.  God Blessed me with the ability to quickly determine the dog's personality and apply whatever action needed to manipulate the animal into building up the confidence and desire to please and perform as he/she was bred to do.  As the years have passed and the memories continue to accumulate, I find myself not only wondering what the dog is thinking, but what would happen if they could talk.  The more pictures I looked at and the situations the dog was exposed to, the more I started imagining some funny remarks or thoughts that particular animal may have had at the time.  It's amazing at some of the things we demand and ask of our four legged hunting partner.

I decided to put this DVD together for the purpose of putting a smile on the face of all you retriever owners.  As you look at each picture, it will produce memories of similar situations you and your retriever have shared.  Share this with your family, hunting partners and new dog owners.  It may change the way you think of your dog and even the attitude in which you handle him.  Like I tell all my clients and friends, "the first thing you need to learn about the training and handling process with your retriever, is to smile and laugh a lot"!

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Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge

The Companion Retriever

An activity with the focus on the typical owner/handler of a sporting dog that is a family companion as well as a waterfowl hunting partner.  Designed to encourage having fun and understanding exactly what you want of your retriever and not based on obtaining the traditional hunt test/field trial titles!

A Great Event for Fundraising!



  1. No professional dog trainers allowed to handle dogs.
  2. Retriever and Sporting breeds only.
  3. Actual waterfowl hunting scenarios for both field and water hunting when the venue permits both.
  4. Test will be set up and explained by Jim Beverly.
  5. Scoring will take into consideration all phases of the hunt including the dog/handler relationship.
  6. Handlers must be at least 12 yrs old to participate and be willing to use their waterfowl calls and handle & fire popper loads in a 12 ga. Shotgun.  Primers or other means of producing the sound of the gun will be used depending on the venue.  There will be NO gunfire at the bird launch location as you would have in most hunt test or field trial.  That would not be a true hunting situation.  A short goose or duck call will be blown to simulate an incoming bird or birds.
  7. Judging will be done by Jim Beverly.
  8. Each participant will be assigned a number in each level.
  9. Registration fees (if any) and the decision on ribbons, plaques or trophies will be made by sponsoring organizations.  A drawing for prizes will be held for all participants regardless of their score or placement in the Challenge.  Prizes will be determined by the sponsoring organizations.
  10. Participants will be encouraged to treat the contest as though they were actually on a hunt.
  11. A DVD of the event will be available.