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Home of Professional Retriever Trainer Rick Stawski   Originator of the Fowl Dawgs DVD Training videos                       


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 In 1990 Rick Stawski started as an assistant to Wayne Curtis of Fox Hollow Kennels. In 1992 Rick and Barb began their own kennel when they established Fine Line Retrievers at Kelly Farms property near Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. After four very successful years at their first location they began looking for their own property. In 1997 they purchased property near Milaca, Minnesota, and began developing the land for the exclusive use of training retrievers. Today the Fine Line Retrievers property is a state of the art retriever training facility.              Years of working as a professional trainer has allowed Rick to determine what truly works and as a result he has developed an extremely efficient and effective training program. The secret is, as Rick says, “ I don’t use gimmicks, just basic training fundamentals, honest evaluation, and plenty of hard work.The program is obviously successful. These proven training techniques have helped Fine Line Retrievers train over 40 FC, AFC Dogs, 150+ Qualified All Age Dogs plus numerous Master National Qualifiers. Along with the success of the Field Trial training program Rick also specializes in producing the finest hunting dogs available. (Not coincidentally Rick is a fanatic waterfowl hunter as well as a competition duck caller.)  Dogs trained at Fine Line Retrievers can be found in the blinds, pits, and flooded timber of many of the finest hunting properties in North America. Whether you are looking for a competitive field trial dog, hunt test dog or a “top flite” hunting dog Fine Line Retrievers can formulate a personalized program to help your dog reach its full potential.


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Field Trial Training

Field Trial Training

Field Trial Training


  • 165 acres of land & water groomed
  • Specializes in young dog training, puppy through transition
  • Indoor heated kennel building
  • Tailored training programs for your dog's needs
  • Winter training in Texas
  • Excellent young dog program proven to work

1993 - 2019 Winter trip dogs

  • 150+ QAA (Qualified All Age)
  • 40+ FC and AFC
  • 500+ Derby points

Gun Dog Training

Field Trial Training

Field Trial Training


  • 165 Acres of Land & Water Groomed Exclusively for Dog Training
  • Indoor Heated Kennel Building
  • Tailored Training Programs for Your Dog's Needs
  • Training home of FC Carl with a K and other canine stars of RNT-V television show
  • Winter Training in Texas

Training Programs:

  1. One-Month Basic Obedience
  2. Three-Month Gun Dog Program:

  • Intro to Ducks and Pheasants
  • Basic Obedience
  • Force Fetch
  • Collar Conditioning
  • Steady to Shot
  • Quartering





  • Training: $875 / month
  • Trial handling: $35
  • Trial travel:  $50
  • Handling + Travel:  $85
  • Birds (ducks & pheasants): $15 each
  • Heartworm / Tick protection (required):  $25 / month
  • Airport pick-up / delivery:  $75 one-way
  • Vet trip:  $25
  • Day training:  $30





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Fine Line Retrievers

12655 50th Ave, Milaca, Minnesota 56353, United States

Office: (320) 983-3084 Cell: (320) 267-3263 (call or text) Email:

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