So a close friend of my wife texted her the other day, asking if she knew anyone looking for a dog. Her friend explained that her cousin and his wife had a purebred chocolate lab who just turned a year old, that they did not have the time for due to having a newborn baby and were looking to rehome to a good family, for free. The dog, Petey, is house/kennel trained, great with kids and is low energy. Today, we went and met with the family and was introduced to Petey. When we walked in the door, I was expected to be met by a super hyper, crazy tail whipping, lab, but that wasn’t the case. He simply walked up to us, sniffed us and gave us some kisses and went and laid down. He did not seem to mind my two boys (3 and 1.5 years old) who were playing and being loud in the house and even didn’t care when my 1.5 year old accidentally fell on him. To say I had love at first sight, was an understatement. So far, this seemed way too good to be true. We then learned that the only command Petey knows, is sit and he is stubborn about that, which they completely blaim on themselves to lack of training. I was also told that he’s not a fan of retrieving and has never been in water, apart from getting a bath. Both bummers. Well, my wife and I decide to bring him home for a “trial” day and see how he is. The whole ride home, he either sat or laid down on the floor. Once we got home, I got a bumper out for the hell of it to see how he would react. To my surprise, he completely loved it! We have to work on the whole release to hand thing, but that will come with time. This seems like a great opportunity to get a great dog, but I find myself stressed out at his lack of training, both basic obidence and hunting. I currently have a deposit down on a chocolate lab pup, planned to be born later this year and my question would be, should I ditch the deposit and go with Petey and hope he will be receptive to training, or stick with the puppy plan and start at square 1?