And you can look at pros success at events. My advice Ho visit a few pros and look a t there grounds there kennel there help 'bird boys' and most important THERE SUCCESS.
Our club's website is at www.newgdc.itgo.com/
Our training grounds are at www.burlingtonranch.com/
Sounds like a great area for HT and Trials! Very excited.
I second RTF sponsor Dan Hosford. Great guy, great trainer, great with people...and training people to train their own dogs. His line of DVDs is very thorough and good (6-7 hours each for obedience and FF; broken down into segments and using green dogs) ... plus, you can come out and train with him, go home with "homework" and then come back a week or two later and continue to move forward with help.
He's in Spokane and has been at it for like 40 years.
I will 2nd the vote for Ryan and Longhollow Retrievers. I have a pup from him as well and she is coming along great. I had her with him for 3mths for the beginning of his training program and she came out exceeding my expectations. He is a great guy and will help you with anything you need along the way. Being that you are already in Central WA it would real easy follow your dogs progress and not to mention the chance to get your dog out in some great training situations on a consistent basis. I wish I lived closer.
Coug, from one Coug to another, Thanks! Very helpful information. Best of luck with your pup.
I second Andy Fontenot.
Go Cougs!!!! Yes very tough game, it's real tough being a Coug Fan sometimes.
I think going to Ryan is a great choice man, he knows his stuff. Yes I'm from WA I live in Lake Tapps on the Westside, I try and head over there as much as I can but the drive gets to be a bit much sometimes. Good luck with your pup and I'm sure we will run in to each other over at Ryan's at some point.