Picked up my first ever gun dog today. Started duck hunting 4 years ago and the first time in the field I knew I'd eventually want a retriever. The wife got herself a goldendoodle and I thought I'd give it a shot as a duck dog, 2 weeks later I realized I'd want what most on here refer to as "a real dog". Not because she doesn't show potential, but because the wife didn't want to train her like a gun dog but like a lap dog. Looked around and found a litter with parents that had the characteristics i wanted. So I went today and got a female black lab. I'm excited and ready to start training and can't wait til she brings the first duck to hand!