Here is my situation... I have a 8 month male lab who has been through basic obedience and collar conditioning. I have been working with him on "hold" for sometime now and he finally is pretty reliable, but not perfect. I can see his anxiety issues with retrieving, and know that it is time to get force fetch started. I had a local pro that had him for a month at the age of 5 months that did a really nice job with him in his obedience..."Sit" "Here" "Heal" plus collar conditioning. I really don't have the money to send him back to the pro right now but I want to keep the training progressing. To give a little background this is my second lab, my first is a 10 year old now who I never forced but has been a good meat dog. The new pup is a totally different animal who has a ton of go and comes from high power breeding. My ultimate goal is to enter the hunt test arena with him and to have a polished, finished retriever that handles.
The big question is... Do I wait till I can afford the help of a pro with force fetch or do I jump in head first and give it a go. Again I have never actually done it before, but I feel that the pro I have a relationship with would make him self available to help answer questions along they way. I would appreciate your insight and expertise.