Hey all, I've been poking around this site quite a bit lately and figured it was time that I signed up and introduced myself at least.
I've been coming on this site because I'm a brand new owner of Manistee (YLM). I've had a few dogs over the years but this is my first experience with a lab and will be my first attempt at formally training a retriever. My only other retriever "training" experience was with one of my hunting partner's chessie who's getting up there in age and her hips are starting to be a problem for her. So this time around, it's my turn to do the work with the dog!
Me, even though I've had hunting dogs before that were well behaved and hunted well, they really weren't "trained" at all in any formal capacity (whistles, hand signals, etc) so that's all completely new to me and I've been trying to absorb as much info as possible and have ordered a couple books and DVD's as well.
About lil Manistee (AKA Manny), he's been a handful so far! I've only had him since last Saturday but from what I can tell, he's experienceing some separation anxiety. I've never had a pup that was so worried about being left alone, so much so that it's impacting his house training. But I've seen quite a few posts on here about that issue so at least I have a few things to try and help him get over it.
Anyhow, I'm sure I'll have numerous questions as we progress but I just wanted to say hi and thanks to all for posting up all the great information on here!