When I was a very young boy of about 5, my dad brought home a BLM - Smokey - and tried to take him hunting. We had to give him away because we lived in an apartment, and about 8 years later, when we had a house, we rescued a "mostly lab" female - Cindy - that we also took upland hunting. No thought of how to train, she just "did it". ibought a nice Golden that had some issues about picking up birds, so I learned how to train a dog. What a joy when he finally trailed and retrieved his first pheasant and then a couple of nice drakes out of the river!! However, After some bad episodes with neighbors - he was also re-homed to a duck hunter with no children.After moveing to Colorado,
Then I went back to a BLF and now knew enough to train more that "sit, heel, come". She and the BLM I got a few years later were good hunters and my first effort into the Hunt Test world - one of my training partners was some guy named Ted Shih. Work, kids and life got in the way, so we never really got too many ribbons or titles.
about 13 yrears ago, I got back into the dogs with a YLM - Ranger - mostly for upland hunting with an occasional duck trip. Then came another YLM - Toby - and the trainer said I should try the HT scene again and we have gotten the bug back! He by far is the most accomplished dog I have had. Have high hopes for the BLM - Rio - that has more breeding than mental stabiliy and hope that one day he will mature enough to compete at the leel he is capable of.
Then on to another pup in a year or so!! Wish I didn't have that 3 dog limit!!!