I currently have a 3 1/2 year old YLM, he might not ever make it to the Finished/Master level but is a solid gun dog and I love hunting with him. My original thinking was when he was around 6-8 years old I would look to get another pup so I could transition the pup to hunting while my older one slowed down. However there is a planned spring breeding of a litter (Sailor breeding) that I would really like to have a pup out of, but it is definately earlier than my anticpated schedule. This litter is sound and is a repeat breeding with great success in past breedings which would help stack the odds of getting me that Master/Finished level dog I really want now (not original intent with first pup, but dog games are addictive).
My question is for those of you that have multiple dogs and hunt them both (waterfowl) how do you balance that? Do you hunt them at the same time, just alternate trips?
There are several pros/cons that I can see for having multiple dogs, but want to get some input on how folks deal with hunting both. Training isn't an issue after basics it seems almost better to run multiple dogs at least you aren't setting up a set of marks running one dog and then setting another up, you can run them with both, honor, etc.
I am just torn if I should pull the trigger and get a pump out of a litter I really like ahead of schedule or wait and find a litter later on down the road. I know there will be good litters available in the future, but have heard very good things about past pups from this breeding.
Any advice greatly appreciated.