And so the adventure begins . . .
In several weeks, we will be picking us a female Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy and we couldn't be more excited. For months I have been lurking in the shadows of RTF and thought it was time to pop out and say a big hello! Also, a big thank you! This community has been a wonderful resource already. I hope to contribute as well as receive.
A little bit about me. I grew up in a land time forgot. Horses, cattle, chickens, dogs and cats. I spent a large part of my youth in the saddle, and even riding in rodeos when I was 15 lol
It has been more than a decade since I have been in that environment and about a decade since my last dog . . . a Dobie (the best girl ever).
I know that Chessie's are a breed apart; they have their own specialties and peculiarities. As is often cited on this website, they are not brown labs. And I plan on being ready and dedicated. I have decided on Bill Hillman's "Training a Retriever Puppy." I believe in picking a system and following it religiously. I did that with my Dobie and obedience work.
I would like to leave with a question for everyone.
What program (book or DVD series) do you recommend for Basic Obedience? That is a very important part of owning a dog, as I will only be hunting a dozen or so times a year!! The dog will be in the house and at my work 365 lol So I am really looking to focus heavily on that.
Is that covered in the Hillmann DVD series? Or is there another obedience resource for Day 1 with pup? For instance, house training, crate training, sit, stay, etc….
Thanks again so much for building a vibrant and wonderful community. Sorry for the ramble. I feel like I either don’t say enough or too much J
P.s. I am in Harford County MD