Mr. Bill Autrey will also tell you that it took him forever to teach the dog to run a blind (a couple years), and the only reason he spent so much time with it was because it was his daughters. He also says he wouldn't do it again. I have trained one to be a gun dog. Almost no prey drive and it takes three times longer to teach than a Lab or Chessie. Cool lookin dogs and as lovable as can be, but if you wanna play the game I would look into other breeds.