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When I was in search of a pup this past year I was informed of this forum as a place to find what I was looking for. I just wanted a good gun dog. Wasnt interested in a firebreather or a wallflower. After talking to few trainers and breeders I thought I had an idea what breeding to look for. I ended up with a yellow male pup I found here. He is out of Gunner ( Mr. Peabody Prairiemarsh) X Ellie (Taylorlab southsidethatsmygirl). So he has some pretty good stuff on both sides I guess. Well, I couldnt be more pleased with what I got. He is almost 8 mo. old now. He has been a pleasure to train so far. He is mellow but loves to train and is very birdy. We are almost finished with his FF. right now at the force to pile stage. I was just wondering if anyone else here has one of his littermates. Just curious to know how they are doing. I would post a pic but that is beyond my computer skill level. He does look almost identical to his father though
 

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Great news with the pup. I believe I'd finish FF before going to force to pile though. GOOD LUCK! Sounds like you 2 are having fun
 

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Yes, there is another member on this list that has a pup.....
Scott - are you out there ?
I've been getting some wonderful reports on the litter....

You are welcome to contact me via my private email if you like, I'd love to see some pictures...
I'm Gunner's mom.....
 

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mjh thankyou for any advise. I can use any I get. I am using Evan Grahams FF book and the way I understand it. I have gone thru hold, ear pinch, fetch to ground, stick fetch, transitioned to e-collar FF, walking fetch, mini-pile and we are now working on 9 bumper pile. I am not sure what you mean by finishing FF before going to force to pile. I think that is part of the FF program. At least that is what I meant, But I am open to suggestions
 

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Hi jevc,

I am as novice as you can get when it comes to Hunt Tests.

I have a littermate. Black Male. I am raising for my friend/pro. They will be 7 months on Saturday.

Hitch is the first field dog I have had and am very impressed. He is a joy in the house and when you get him out to train he is all business.

One thing he is very into is kissing. He NEVER stops. Is your pup like that? Gees some times I think I have food on my face. He just loves to kiss.

Being in New Hampshire the water was already too cold for him before the snow hit. I am looking forward to the thaw to see how he takes to water. He doesn't seem to have any problems in puddles or trying to jump in the shower when I turn on the water. :lol:

Hitch is doing about 70 yard marks and can also go through an old fall to another mark. I am working on 3 handed casting and have started FF. He will spend some time with Dave (Pro/owner) on FF to be sure it is done correctly.

I am learning so much with him. I can't wait for Hunt Test season to start.

Pattie
 

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your pup has alot of the same traits. My pup will is a licker too. dont let him lick me too often as he also likes to lick other things. we have a walk-in shower and I cant keep him out of it when I am showering. I am sure once you can get in water your pup will take to it pretty well. Here in Southern California we dont have a ice problem. I intoduced him to water at about 10 weeks. He didnt want much to do with it. the neighbors have a small pond and we kept going there once a week or so and he never would want to swim. I never pushed him. just let him wade around. when he did get in over his head he would swim straight in a staight up position I thought I may have the only lab ever that cant swim. Then about a month ago I threw a bumper out and he reluctently went to fetch it and grabbed a coke bottle that was anchored to the bottom to hold the aerator in place. he as doing one of those nose high splashing paws swim but would not let go of the bottle. I really did not want to swim out there but he was goin down for for sure. he did eventually drag the whole thing in. bottle, rope and anchor. Now he swims almost daily and his water entry is full throttle. really fun to watch him going from almost drowning to being an otter. When then ice thaws I think you will have some fun
 

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Hey there..
I have a pup out of this litter that is being trained for field trials. So far, I like everything I see. He has a ton of desire to retrieve. I think he is as handsome a dog as I have seen, and well put together. I don’t like to do FF at this young age really, although he seems more than ready for it. I am delaying it to let him mature a little. In the meantime I will work on growing his level of marking experience without sacrificing the standards that he has so far, at least for 1 more month.
It’s plain to see that Gunner passes on his structure and looks to his pups.
The bitches line is tremendous and these two dogs seem to complement each other well.
I commented when he was young that it doesn’t take too many repetitions to teach this dog, and it still holds true. He’ll do anything for food, as will his owner.
His water experience is limited to a flooded field behind my house on a warm Oct day last fall. His first experience with snow was something to remember too!

I likely will not enter any events with him until late summer or fall of this year, maybe…
And if I do enter any Junior FT's, or Derby’s this year, it won’t be more than one or two at the end of the season. His level of discipline is excellent and I want to hang on to that. (Having already had the opposite).
As he approaches 2 we’ll see where he is and decide from there the approach to take as far as competition. I have high expectatations for this little guy, who’s name by the way is Sam. Allanports Canvasback Sam!

For the other owners of pups in this litter I am interested in keeping in touch to hear each-others thoughts as we go.

I’ll try to include 2 pictures. One of him at 4 mos. The other is of him, taken this week after a goose hunt. (That he stayed in the truck for.)
See you at the races.


Sam 7mos, Blue 5 yrs

 

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that is a fine looking pup. Handsome dog! I will be interested in his progress also and will keep in touch from time to time. I was thinking the same as you as far as FF goes. I was going to wait a couple more months before I started and then I ran into a local trainer and he told me he was ready to go. So I started. I think he was ready. We had a little glitch on force to ground but once he got that down he flew thru the rest of it. I am just trying not to go too fast. Since he has been FF he is on fire. He went from snoopin around for a mark to a full throttle charge. My time is limited with 3 small kids so I was just interested a good gun dog. But since he is doing so well and we are having all this fun training I may get interested in doing some hunt tests. I havent attended one before so I dont even know where to start and San Diego is not exactly gun dog central. But maybe it will happen. thanks for posting the pictures. looks real nice!
 

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Great looking Gunner pup -- I'll be looking forward to seeing him on the local FT circuit
 

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Scott,
The new one looks fine, are you able to train up there or is it too icy?. my fields are starting to clear some and we will get back out within the next couple of weeks. You should come down and bring John and Ron and we will make a training day for the youngsters.
Glynn
 

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I am going to try and post a picture of Hitch. I hope this works.
 

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Glynn,
Sent you a pm
 

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Contender's Hitchin' A Ride ***BRAG***

Just a little brag. I know it's only Junior but Hitch ran his first test yesterday and did a nice job. He just turned one August 3rd.

Land was interesting. All down hill so he slopped to the right but found his way back up the hill to the left for the bird.

Water was fun. He was the first dog and the ducks did not land were they were suppose to. One landed behind the point. It was a mini master mark.

He swam out went over the point, back in the water to the duck and came in the same way. I am so pound of my little (well not so little) man!!!

Janice give Gunner a big smooch for me. Hopefully Hitch can follow in Daddy's paw prints some day.

Pattie
 

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Congrats! Sounds like he really earned that pass! I was the at the am national this past June and Gunner caught my eye! I would really love to have a pup sired by him someday :D
 

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good to hear Hitch is doing well and good job on the jr test. Is that a picture of him on your avatar? looks like he likes the water. My Gunner pup (Boomer) is going to his first test next month. he is also going to be in the junior test. I will let you know how he does. He sure is a fun pup.. He has had some issues with whining at the line and I am trying to nip that right now. On a side note (brag) He has turned into quite a natural surfer. I do some training at the beach and after our session we ussually paddle out for a few waves. He follows me out to the surf, jumps on the board when I say "kennel" and he nose rides on my long board while I ride behind him. We havent ridden any thing over knee high yet but I know his grin is as big as mine.
 
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