Our new pup arrives on Friday! and I am looking for information that might help with developing an FT/hunting dog that will most of the time be a family pet. I have owned field labs before and ran some NAHRA HTs and AKC quals in the 90's, but these dogs were more working dogs that lived in kennels rather than full-time family pets.
Thanks to all the great info on this forum and my new copy of Hillman puppy video, I feel prepared for starting the pup's yard and field work, but I don't feel prepared for the other 98% percent of the pup's time. Are there any books/videos that include info on how to approach all of the non-training time in field dog's life? I understand the importance of general concepts of socialization, exposure, stimulatuion, and just enjoying our new dog. I am just not sure how much structure is needed during non training activities so that the dog developes in a balanced manner.