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    Default Getting started........what do I need?

    I pick up my first lab in a few weeks, and I have been reading as much as possible. I bought Danny's Farmers Retriever training basics, so I have been watching that. I am going to buy the Hilman DVD as well.

    Give me a list of things I will need to train over the next 6-12 months. I want to get everything ready to go, so I can be ready. My pup will be four months when I pick him up.

    Thanks in advance for the replies.

    Trey

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    look for a training group in your area.

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    I second that my dog has made a vast improvement since joining my local HRC. It's nice to have people who know what there doing to help you and the dog out.

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    the phone numbers of at least two vets in your area and their office hours,the last thing you want to do is scramble to find one in an emergency where time and the stress of a situation are not in your favor
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    Here is a good thread about gear needed.

    https://www.retrievertraining.net/for...leather+collar

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    Patience
    Persistence
    Self-reflection
    Perception
    Time

    Not being a smart-a$$, but you need all of the above in addition to:

    Check cord,
    flat collar
    choke collar
    bumpers
    whistle
    birds
    Friends to throw birds
    crate
    dog bag to hold it all
    duck/goose call
    lanyards
    etc.. etc... etc...

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    Like stated above, birds or wings, if you need some pm me. Also, patience is a virtue. You will already be past the super needy puppy stage, but nonetheless, your patience will be tried. Take the time and if youre serious about training, do exactly that, train. Almost like practicing for a sport, train often with a plan and goal in mind. Good luck.

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    Lots and lots of money.....not just for dog stuff, because once you have a trained retriever, you will be asked by lots of friends to go hunting more. That equals to new camo ( in a vast array of colors and patterns), a duck boat, land leases, more decoys (can't have too many), trips to exotic places like South Dakota, Kansas, and Arkansas. Not to mention a really good divorce lawyer!
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    Get Rick Stawsky's three Fowldogs videos. They are only $60 and they are invaluable for the new trainer.

    In no particular order:
    Kong to chew on,
    Toys,
    Tennis balls,
    Tri Tronics collar (I prefer Flyway Special)
    A prong collar for obedience instead of a choke collar.
    One of those blinking lights for his collar so you can see him at night,
    Heeling stick,
    white and orange bumpers,
    Training bag,
    leashes,
    40 foot check cord,
    leather gloves for 40 foot check cord,
    Crate,
    Dog box,
    Shotgun,
    Poppers,
    blanks,
    at least 2 blank pistols,
    4 Radios,
    4-wheeler,
    wingers,
    electronics for wingers,
    Whistle and lanyard,
    Land to train on,
    A good veterinarian,
    Training group,
    Join a club,
    Around $1,000 in training videos
    I know I forgot something. We're only up to about $7,000.00 to get started according to this list (if you don't buy any land) and we don't have a dog yet. Doesn't include clothes, camo, hunting stuff, trips, Test/Trial entry fees, or other miscellaneous crap.

    It took me about 3 years to get all this crap.

    I feel like I should delete this to keep my wife from realizing how much money I spend.
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    Get the pup a few bumpers, the videos you listed, a creat, leashes. Find a group of people to work with and just have fun. One more thing keep the standards as hi as you can don't give in.....


    But find a group

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