Blank slate and high hopes.
I have posted a few times but not introduced myself. Last week I picked up my new BLF puppy out of this litter I found on this site. The Breeders were very helpful and a pleasure to deal with. http://www.retrievertraining.net/for...sonably-Priced I was first pick of 3 black females and spent an hour doing so. I took the wife and 3 boys to help decide on the pup. We had mixed opinions but ultimately I listened to subtle hints the breeders dropped and made my pick.
This will be my 3rd lab hunting partner. I will admit my first dog I had no idea what I was doing. I was tickled to death to have him return with a duck even if I had to throw a rock near the dead bird to have him head out there....
My 2nd dog(avatar) I was fortunate to find a field trialer to work with. I trained the dog every day with absolute intentions of hunt tests/trials. I covered all the bases CC, FF, etc... She turned out great, then life happened and trials/tests never happened. She was a great hunting partner that retrieved every bird, never fail.
For this pup I have high aspirations. I am fortunate to live in an area with many clubs/trials/tests within a 2 hour drive. I am hoping at least one of my 3 young sons will take an interest in this hobby and be glad to help throw bumpers. Although I am willing to make it a requirement for their allowance... I allready realize the challenges of training a pup with a 9,7,5 year old in the house. But they are adhering to my rules for the most part.
When I trained my 2nd pup Mike Lardy was the only show in town. This time, I have gotten a hold of the new TRT, Smartworks, Farmer/Aycock, Voight, and all the HIllman Videos. I plan to go 100% Hillman on this pup.
My Gun Dog Supply order came in today and my new TT Flyway is on charge. The 24 various bumpers I also bought are neatly stacked in the box. Yes I have the bug again and can't wait till she is ready for her first derby or JH test.
I look forward to meeting some Maryland hunt testers and trialers. I would like to join a training group in my area if one is available.