while this is a bit late, i picked up a pointing lab at the end of november and hes 6.5mo's old now.
my breeder recommended i just be easy with the pup and dont do much formal training til he was around 6 months old. hes had a good amount of bird exposure and ive been in the field with him at least 6 days a week every week since bringing him home. recently though hes beginning to disobey me, not recalling well when i toss bumpers/etc. so i started some basic obedience stuff and have been doing it about a week and a half.
the thing is... the more i think about it, the more i want to just skip the whoa work and abandon the whole pointing endeavor in lieu of maximizing his retrieving potential. im going to be doing a lot of waterfowling next year and honestly pointing would just be an added bonus as opposed to a necessity.
ive been following much of julie knutsons book "training the pointing labrador" but since the decision to shift my focus a bit ive been wanting to pick up something purely retriever oriented.
any suggestions for a beginner friendly program that would cover the majority of what i need to build an exceptional retriever in the field/blind? would prefer dvd's since im a simpleton and would rather watch video demonstrations but im open to books/etc as well.
been looking at fowl dawg's, smartworks, and mike lardy's TRT stuff.
from what ive read lardy's material is hard to understand for someone without a backround in training.
smartworks ive read great stuff about but its a pretty good investment for the DVD/books $$$ wise, and seems a little daunting for a beginner like myself since there is so much material.
fowl dawg's i havent heard much about but is appealing.
i'm open to any and all suggestions. i really just want to train the best hunting companion i possibly can. one that i can be proud to take my friends/family out hunting with. at the moment i have no intentions of trying my hand at field trials but i wouldnt say the door's closed depending on how things go.
a pic of my partner in crime "tucker" taken a few days ago.