Posted on: February 14th, 2015 by

WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS in Dixmont, Maine has offered professional custom retriever training programs with an unsurpassed level of care and service for the past 20 years.  Beginning in 2018, we will no longer be offering our training programs so that we can devote our time and passion of retriever training and hunting to our own dogs.  We will continue to offer training consultations and private lessons on a limited basis.

After more than 20 years of full-time training year round and developing our successful, positive, motivational training methods, we are scaling back to make more time for training and working our own retrievers.  While we will no longer be boarding and training professionally, we will be returning to the roots of Wassookeag Retrievers, living on the lake and enjoying our favorite hobbies of hunting, training, showing and performance sports with our dogs and sneaking in some time for fishing, kayaking and snowmobiling.


WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS also gave back to the retriever community that was so good to us by donating use of our property for monthly training days, hunt tests and other events of the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club.  These functions were always open to the public with a focus of getting new folks involved with the sport of Retriever Training.


Below is general information of the training programs that we have offered since 1997.


The focus of our programs:
– Basic Gun Dog Training
– AKC Hunt Test Training & Handling
– Working Certificate (WC/I/X) Training
– Pre-Season Tune-Ups for Upland and
Waterfowl Hunting
– Day Training Opportunities

* Puppy / Young Dog Head Start
* Force Fetching
* Retriever Training Classes
* Basic Obedience for the Family Pet
* Behavior Modification
* Problem Solving
* Canine Athlete Conditioning
*Antler Tracking

Unique * Specialized * Professional

Classes at WASSOOKEAG were conducted by Dave Robichaud – an avid waterfowler and Professional Retriever Trainer. The Robichauds have earned well over 100 Hunt Test and Obedience titles on Retrievers since 1991. Our unique six week long classes were kept  fun, informative and perfect for getting Retriever Puppies and Young Dogs started on their retrieving skills under professional guidance.

We designed our classes around the participants with a focus on beginner and intermediate level retrieving skills on land and water to prepare for the next hunting season or AKC hunt testing.