Just wanted to introduce myself, as I'm new to the world of Retriever training. My name is Trey, and I live in Jacksonville, Fl. I have been following the forum since I knew I was getting a pup, but I couldnt post for some reason, so I ended up creating another profile. I have learned a ton already from this site.
I purchased my first duck dog this past January. Being that I got him from Louisiana, I felt Gumbeaux was a fitting name. I am currently using a mix of DVD training programs and books, but being that he is in the final few weeks of the "Let him be a puppy" stage, they all seem to preach the same regarding basic OB and socialization. (In my opinion) he is doing really well with basic commands and retrieves. He is responding well to whistle commands. Water does not seem to be an issue but he does take to it better if he is following me in. I've done minor intro to guns (22 poppers at the training grounds) but he doesn't even acknowledge them.
I am fortunate to have a friend who is a trainer and has somewhat taken me and the pup on as a project. He gives me weekly homework, then we meet up on the weekend so he can belittle me and show me how I need to actually do it. Truth be told he is a major asset to my training.
I guess I need 5 posts prior to using a URL, so I cant post a picture. Just imagine a 17 week old black lab.
I apologize in advance for all of the questions I will probably ask when I could have simply used the search function.