Robert Milner has been training dogs professionally for over twenty-five years. Over that stretch he has trained about 1,500 retrievers for hunting and field trials, drug and explosive detection, and even search-and-rescue operations. He has judged retriever trials in the both the U.S. and in England. Milner retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1995, and has been a full-time commercial real estate broker since 1987. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with his wife and yellow Lab.