Testimonials

What are our clients saying about us?

What are our clients saying about us?


Jason Baker and Robbie Knutson provide the consummate one-two punch in young dog Field Trial training. The younger dogs get thoroughly indoctrinated in yard work each morning, including obedience, force fetch, pile work, handling drills and pattern blinds. Afternoons are spent with multiple land and water marks appropriate for their age, including how to cut corners and parallel shores.

Older dogs further hone their skills with more complex land and water set-ups liberally interspersed with blinds throughout the day. When competing dogs are away, one trainer always remains to continue training, so there is no down time for remaining dogs.

Our dogs are always treated with compassion and respect. Their health and well-being is paramount and training is through teaching, repetition and attrition. Collar corrections are uncommon, but fair when warranted.

This has been and continues to be a successful formula for us as witnessed by our multiple Derby List and Qualified All Age dogs, including FC Seaside’s Gorgeous George, 75 Derby Points, and most recently, Seaside’s Pompano Jack, 41 Derby Points and QAA Win while still in Derby.

Frank & Rita Jones


Since 2013, Baker Retrievers has been the top Professional Kennel for Derby Dogs 4 out of 5 years (2nd in 2015- source: “Retriever Results”). Jason Baker’s accomplishments demonstrate his thorough knowledge of dog behaviors and an astute awareness of what it takes to be a consistent winner. Jason trained the last two National Derby Champions, Clooney and Flex. Clooney is qualified for the 2016 National Open, and my Dog, Doctor Cabernet, who finished 7th on the 2016 list placed 3rd in his first Open and has an AMAT third at just 2 ½ years of age; results that clearly demonstrate Jason’s skill to transition dogs to successfully compete in all age stakes. Competitive pride and a ferocious work ethic are the keys to Jason’s success. I know my next Derby prospect will be on Jason Baker’s truck!

Tom O’Brien


Our relationship with Jason Baker and Baker Retrievers began the Summer of 2013 when we needed to find a Pro trainer that could take our 5 month old dog, Dagger, north to train for the Summer because it is too hot in North Carolina to train during the Summer and Dagger had begun his Derby Career and we wanted to continue with his progress. Dagger spent that Summer with Jason continuing to learn and grow. Dagger finished out his derby career with 33 derby points. By the summer of 2015, FLEX was ready to go on his Summer trip with Jason. Jason Baker is a dedicated hard worker. He cares about each and every one of the dogs that are in his care. Jason’s assistant, Robbie Knutson is also dedicated and hard working. We have had the pleasure of training with both Robbie and Jason and have seen their work ethics first hand. With the help of Baker Retrievers, Dagger and Flex had very successful Derby Careers. FLEX finished his derby career with 95 derby points and Flex was also named 2016 High Point Derby Dog. We would highly recommend Baker Retrievers to anyone looking for a young dog trainer.

Kathy & Johnny Armstrong

Looking at records and statistics makes it easy to see that Jason Baker is a very successful dog trainer. One thing that is not simple to see is how gifted Jason Baker is at training handlers. When I first met Jason I had never been to a field trial and certainly had no clue how to train a field trial dog. Not to mention, I have a Golden Retriever, a “minority breed” in this competitive sport. Jason never batted an eye, standing patiently behind me and training “Proof” through me. He told me the whys and the hows. He was honest and helped me deal with my faults and my dog’s faults. He prepared me for trials and encouraged me. It really is an amazing accomplishment on Jason’s part, if you think about it…not handling or even touching a dog, yet training it completely through a clueless, fidgety, nervous new handler. Jason prepared me so I could run Proof in trials…he trained Proof so he could WIN trials. There are a lot of good dog trainers, and there are a lot of good teachers, but rarely are the two talents evident in one person. Jason Baker has built a sound foundation for Proof, but even more importantly, he has built a solid foundation for me, enabling me train my future dogs.

Shelby Songy