I am new to this forum and have been researching getting a bird dog and training it myself. My father in law recently purchased a pup from reputable breeder in Houston. Well I have a chance of getting a 1year old black lab male from that same breeder for free. These dogs come from Master hunter bloodlines. I don't know how trained the dog is currently. I was wandering if a 1 year old dog is too old to train. Forgive my ignorance I have no clue. I can't afford to train the dog professional like my father in law did. 550 a month is a little much for me. I know there are tons of books out there and probably everyone has there opinions. I don't plan on my dog to compete and just want a simple bird dog that minds, marks, stays on its spot, and is a great companion. I probably need a basic obedience dvd and beginner hunter. What do you recommend and how should I go about this.
Thanks in advanced sorry for the long post and rambling no coffee this morning.