Wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I am relatively new to the sport, my first dog was a Chocolate lab that I trained for the most part, outside of some help that I received with FF. We managed through a junior title and were working towards senior title. I utilized him more for a gun dog rather than anything else. He died of cancer in 2010 at the age of 7.
I then had the opportunity to get a black lab that showed a lot more promise and had a temperament that allowed for a better working relationship between the two of us. With the willingness and desire I was seeing in the pup I decided to get a bit more serious and solicited the help of a Pro. It was well worth the money in my opinion. We grabbed a couple of Jams in the derbies in between his first and second year and passed 4 of the 5 passes needed for his Master Title this past summer. I unfortunately lost him at the young age of 30 months to what I was told was mesenteric torsion ( twist of his small intestines) it was devastating and heartbreaking for me to lose another dog so soon.
It has taken me some time, but I have started looking at a few upcoming spring litters. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with a new pup, and watch what these amazing animals can do in the field. Hope to learn and expand my understanding from this forum.