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    I am new to retriever field trials and when I sent my first girl away to Georgia (i'm in NY), I put it in my head that it wasn't any different than when my kids packed up to go away to college. They both have a short window of opportunity to learn what they will need to be competitive in the "real" world whether it be kids and jobs or my black lab and field trials. My kids came back smarter than me........actually they left smarter than me if you ask them and I'm going to try not to ruin all my trainers hard work with my pup!! I think after I've been down visiting, my pup's trainer realizes he'll need to train both of us and I'll be the more difficult of the two!! Good luck with your new pup!!

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    Nov 2012


    Mine straight from the breeder to the trainer and into puppy head start. I would pick them up on the way to the deer camp every couple of months for a R&R weekend and then drop them back off at the trainer on the way home. It didn't seem to affect their training at all. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. After 13 months of training they came home for good. We stop by the trainer every now and then so he can see them. It's like a family reunion because they go bezerk when they see him. They just made 2 years old Wednesday.

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    Senior Member JJaxon's Avatar
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    Nov 2009


    The 1st three times I dropped my girl off at the trainer it was raining. I had the hardest time driving the 2+ hours home because I couldn't see through the tears either, so I started listening to an old favorite song by Bill Withers the next trip down.


    It kind of prepared me for the ride home. It doesn't get easier no matter what people say, but it is always worth it. Enjoy.
    HRCH UH TilHe CallsUsHome ~ Tilly

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    Senior Member metalone67's Avatar
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    Apr 2009


    So it wasn't all that bad. I know she's in good hands and can't wait to see the progression.
    The foundation to a great retriever is obedience.
    Firestorms Full Throttle Chevy aka Callie-Roo 7/5/2007 - 10/25/2013 I miss you every day
    Proud owner of Kona's Surfer Girl, aka Loki.

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    Senior Member Bob Mac's Avatar
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    Feb 2012
    Haslet, Texas


    Well thanks for the advice. I take my 8 mo old to the trainer in January.
    Chase perfection and accept excellence- Vince Lombardi

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