Paul Botelho has been training retrievers for competition and hunting for over 30 years. He got his first retriever in 1982 because, as an avid hunter, he wanted a nice hunting dog. He was tired of swimming for ducks himself, and he wanted to learn how to train a retriever to be a good hunting companion. When Paul first started competing, his goal was to get just one ribbon in a field trial with his dog. He accomplished that goal with that dog, and with many more, and pretty soon his avocation became his passion.
Since that first dog, Paul has competed both in AKC field trials, where his dogs were very successful, and at AKC hunt tests where he has finished over 50 Master dogs as well as achieving many, many more Senior and Junior titles. He has also competed successfully at the Master National level, and continues to do so today. Paul is also a licensed AKC Hunt Test judge and believes strongly in giving back to the sport by staying involved on many levels. He teaches seminars when possible and is active in several local clubs.
Olga Lassalle photo
Olga Lassalle photo
Paul's truck and trailer are a familiar sight at AKC hunt test grounds up and down the Eastern seaboard. These days he focuses mainly on the AKC hunt tests as many of his clients are also avid hunters and use their dogs as hunting companions in the off season.
Paul has also trained many clients to handle their own dogs in hunt tests, HRC tests and field trials as well as in a hunting scenario. Some of his clients have gone on to become professional trainers and breeders as well.
In 1993 Paul attended the Canine Accelerant Detection School at the Frederick L. Warder Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, NY, where he and his canine partner Cody graduated at the top of their class. Paul went on to assist the Fall River Fire Department and departments in surrounding towns with many arson investigations before Cody retired.