Lets try a little role reversal to stimulate some conversation.
You are a retriever puppy, wanting to hunt and do HT's or FT's.
You are looking to pick your new owner / handler.
What traits or commitment do you look for in an owner/ handler?
What type of environment would you like to move into?
Its my hopes that by answering these questions will instill some adjustments into the mindset or give those wanting to get their 1st pup or start the HT's or FT's a better understanding of what commitment you should make to your dog.