Figured I would start this thread as a way to document my training of a rescued BLM, Maverick an 11 month old Lab.
Here's my story: I got a YLF (Ruby) about 4 years ago and trained her to hunt ducks, it was my first time training and I made some mistakes but overall she turned out to be a great dog. I'm in the Air Force and I ended up deploying, so Ruby had to go live with my parents for 4 months. While deployed, my step-father passed away, and my mom has grown extremely attached to Ruby. When I go home she gets to hunt but beyond that she's now more of a house dog and companion for my mom.
When I got back from deployment I decided I would be a foster parent for the Las Vegas Lab Rescue. I've fostered about 10 dogs and only 2 have really impressed me with their attitude, temperament, and drive to retrieve and please their owner. Maverick is one of those dogs.
I picked him up at the Sevier Valley Animal Shelter in Utah about 2 weeks ago. He went to the vet and was out of there by Friday night. Saturday I took a huge risk and hunted quail with him, a buddy and his dog. Maverick did great! he did well off lead, was good with the other dog, and was not gun shy (this was my biggest concern). I don't know if it was dumb luck or if he's had previous experience, but on the way back to the truck he flushed 5 quail. Over the last 2 weeks we have worked on sit, down, heel, and kennel. He is picking up well on these commands and I think he has a bright future. One mistake I made with my previous lab Ruby was I feel like I rushed the training. This time I'm planning on taking my time and not rushing into things.
The goal of this thread is to show folks what rescue dogs are made of and also so the RTF community can see what Maverick is doing and let you all tell me how I can do better/handle specific challenges.
Hopefully I can keep this up to date on a weekly basis at a minimum. Thanks for the help in advance and I hope you enjoy the thread.