Eric Fangsrud, Professional field trial retriever trainer and owner of Mission Mountain Retrievers has been professionally training retrievers for competition for over 30 years. He has trained and titled many dogs over his career, qualifying numerous dogs for American and Canadian National competitions.  Eric specializes in the development of the full field trial retriever, from break-out to all-age. His consistent record of success has placed him at the top of the field trial sport.

Marcus Bellow is the Assistant Professional trainer for Mission Mountain Retrievers.  He comes to us from his home state of Louisiana. Marcus specializes in young dog break-out training. He is a respected trainer and competitor, achieving numerous wins and placements in both the minors and all-age stakes. Marcus’ care and attention to the development of each dog provides the foundation of his growing success. 

Mission Mountain Retriever’s training philosophy is to train every dog to its maximum potential using progressive training techniques that teach, build confidence and produce strong competitors in the field trial arena. We do this through attrition and balance of marking and drill concepts. We apply clear and consistent reinforcement of teachings that reward effort throughout concept training. This approach allows our dogs to make mistakes, while concurrently learning how to advance in training. We believe that a dog’s mental attitude is a key characteristic of their potential for success.

We encourage client handlers to participate in the on-site training and Amateur field trial competition with their dogs. Mission Mountain Retrievers, it’s clientele and the dogs they train have enjoyed many memorable and outstanding successes as a result of our training philosophy.