First Gun Dog

Discussion in 'Gun Dog Forum' started by WestKyHunt, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. WestKyHunt

    WestKyHunt Refuge Member

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    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!
     
  2. Dek

    Dek Elite Refuge Member

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    Congratulations on your new buddy. Be ready for lots of fun and lots of work, but it will be worth it!
     
  3. Timber Hole

    Timber Hole Senior Refuge Member

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    Congrats. I was in the same place 1 1/2 years ago. Got a little female chocolate. We train every day. She didn't miss s single hand signal tonight. Very rewarding when both she and I are on our game.

    Make friends with the retriever folks in your area.
     
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  4. WestKyHunt

    WestKyHunt Refuge Member

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    Bonding time.
    They're cute when not chewing on everything :l
     

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    Dorkweed Elite Refuge Member

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    Sure looks chocolate to me!!!:tu
     
  6. Glades Ranger

    Glades Ranger Elite Refuge Member

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    Good deal! Enjoy! I miss mine....shucks
     
  7. WestKyHunt

    WestKyHunt Refuge Member

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    Yes she does in that picture!
    Here's some with my little cousin from today Resized_20170816_114548.jpeg Resized_20170816_114544.jpeg
     
  8. Doc E

    Doc E Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    What training program are you going to follow ?
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  9. WestKyHunt

    WestKyHunt Refuge Member

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    I have a local trainer that I will be going to once a week for one-on-one training.
    Once I find out what program he follows the most I will invest in it.
     
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    Rick Hall Elite Refuge Member

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