I've spent a lot of time on this site-it's a great resource-figured I may as well start posting.
I'll make my into as short as possible: I'm a Lardy guy, after you start with Mertens. Currently training my 3rd lab, Sadie, the other two are old spinsters (11 and 14). She spent months 5-8.5 with a pro while I was busy with work related duties. Based on what I've read, she is nearly the same age and roughly the same spot in her training as Mr. Nutt's Rowdy.
My job affords me the ability to bring/train at work, and hunt nearly as often as I'd like-50-60 days/season. On the downside, my work schedule the past 6-7yrs hasn't allowed for time off in the spring and summer to run tests and/or trials, but I'm training with hopes that that will soon change.
Biggest challenge right now is trying to secure a decent pond for Swim by. Any advice would be greatly appreciated since there is no club in my area.