Hello all. I am a new member and wanted to get some feedback on a question I've been contemplating. I have a 2.5 year old lab that I trained and he's been hunting with me since he was 10 months old (dove and waterfowl). He is my first dog and it has been as much of a learning process for me as it has for him. He does pretty good in the field and any shortcomings he does show are definitely due to my lack of knowledge and inexperience as a trainer. He marks very well and does pretty decent on hand signals to blinds, but we're still working on that. Anyway, I've recently been contemplating upon the idea of possibly joining a retriever club and maybe even entering him into some hunt tests. I guess my question is whether or not 2.5 years old is too late to begin? Realistically I know I don't have the time nor the means to turn him into any of the higher level field/hunt trial champions, but I figured he could at least pass the SHR or maybe even to a HR. I just kind of feel like he would be starting way behind the curve as far as experience. If nothing else, I thought maybe the retriever club would be a good way to work him and help me to gain some experience/knowledge. Thanks for the input, and if I made any newbie mistakes in my post please don't torch me too bad haha.