SIAP (sorry if already posted)- and it may have been answered. I have been searching and reading the forums but I am curious about how finding the right dog works in the dog world. I live in Aubrey Tx and trained reining horses professionally for several years. Competed at all our industries major events. I have seen the pitfalls of non-pros purchasing horses without the help of a competent professional. They then get attached to that horse who is not a good fit or does not have the ability to accomplish what they would like to be able to. They then have the difficult decision of being stuck with that horse or selling it. I think with dogs also being companion animals that decision would be even tougher. I get that at high levels selling and moving to the next prospect is probably common, but I would like to avoid that if possible. My wife has a hard time letting go of any animal. (Why we have three adopted dogs right now from her time volunteering at the dog rescue)
That said I am interested in getting a nice dog in the near future. I am an avid duck hunter. I have a lab I "trained" myself in college but he is retired from the field (age and arthritis he is 13). I use trained loosely as he did hunt and retrieve but knew just the very basics. Several years back I hunted with a friend who ran hunt tests and was a pretty accomplished amateur trainer. I watched his dog make a 200+ yd blind on a hard swimming cripple with him handling her and it was like the first time I saw a great reining horse. I knew right then and there that is something I'd like to experience with a dog of my own.
To the point, in the dog world do trainers help amateurs in finding and selecting a dog? Will they discuss the goals of the owner and then help them locate and identify a good started prospect like we do in the horse world for clients? I would think this would be the best way to have the best opportunity to find something that is a match and would be able to accomplish the goals of the owner. Thank you for reading and your patience if this comes off as totally naive.