My family has a new addition, a 3 month old chessie named Reagan. We picked her up at 8 wks. and things have been going well so far. A few bumps in the road with OB and house training but nothing out of the ordinary. I am not a breeder nor do I run field trials or hunt tests. I do hunt but not anything that I need a dog for and I am new to that as well. Iowa has been in a slump for several years on upland game, but who knows I may give ducks a go at some point.
I found this site while researching retriever training mostly for the sake of Reagan than myself, I find her to be eager and quick to learning and I was impressed greatly by her breeds heritage. It has been 10 to 15 years since my wife and I had a pup and although wonderful, I will admit we forgot exactly how much work it is. I need to get my post count up to get in contact with someone about a program I would like to purchase in the classifieds. As I am hear to learn rather than teach, I figured an intro and a Thank You for the literally 10's of hours of reading I have done so far was as good a way to get going as any.