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#5440922 - 11/24/14 02:47 PM Looking for a Duck Dog!
Storemski89 Offline
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Registered: 08/05/13
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I have raised and trained three "backyard" labs that were great companions but not very solid hunting dogs. im ready to spend the extra money to get a good pup and perhaps get it professionally trained. But i am also contemplating training it myself. i duck hunt every chance I get but average 4 days a week so i need a pup with tons of energy. Do any of you guys know of a good breeder around college station who is known for hunting labs and perhaps not the field trial breed. My dad just bought a lab with a narley field trial pedigree and it was the most uncontrollable wild dog weve ever had. Any advice is appreciated.

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#5440927 - 11/24/14 02:53 PM Re: Looking for a Duck Dog! [Re: Storemski89]
iliketohunt Offline
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I was going to say get field trial blood for the energy you say you want until I read your last line. Lol

I really don't think it being uncontrollable had anything to do with that though but could be wrong.
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#5440960 - 11/24/14 03:13 PM Re: Looking for a Duck Dog! [Re: iliketohunt]
Storemski89 Offline
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wild wasnt perhaps the right word, I just need to learn how to make them have a more calm temperament, my dad worked that dog everyday and he still would be real whiny and fidgety in the blind and would try to take off. im not truly opposed to a field trial dog, their energy level is perfect for what I want. I just didnt know if someone knew of a good specific hunting kennel.

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#5441015 - 11/24/14 03:42 PM Re: Looking for a Duck Dog! [Re: Storemski89]
iliketohunt Offline
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Tiogas retrievers is my recommendation but not sure if they have pups coming soon.
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#5441019 - 11/24/14 03:46 PM Re: Looking for a Duck Dog! [Re: Storemski89]
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Sounds more like bad temperament than energy.
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#5441021 - 11/24/14 03:47 PM Re: Looking for a Duck Dog! [Re: Storemski89]
iliketohunt Offline
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Where is your dad's out of?
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#5441154 - 11/24/14 05:06 PM Re: Looking for a Duck Dog! [Re: Storemski89]
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I've got a couple of started dogs you can hunt this season if you'd like to go that route.
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#5441571 - 11/24/14 08:42 PM Re: Looking for a Duck Dog! [Re: Storemski89]
maximumintensityretriever Offline
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So you want a dog with tons of drive and style but with a calm temperament when you're not hunting? Should be super easy to find.
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#5442176 - 11/25/14 08:17 AM Re: Looking for a Duck Dog! [Re: Storemski89]
Birdhunter61 Offline
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Kirk Whitman in Anderson should fit your bill, I don't remember the name of his kennel.

Robby

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#5442232 - 11/25/14 08:39 AM Re: Looking for a Duck Dog! [Re: Storemski89]
kruzie96 Offline
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http://www.bestretrievers.com/home.html

http://www.redmarklabradors.com/ (they have two litters of pups on the ground now, not sure how many are still avail)

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#5442823 - 11/25/14 02:06 PM Re: Looking for a Duck Dog! [Re: Storemski89]
Storemski89 Offline
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I believe he got his from a gentleman out of caldwell but i forget the name of the kennel. I think he would work well for me but hes just to much dog for my parents.

Kbobb i am looking more towards beginning of the year to get a pup, dropped money on a new truck and engagement ring so i need to save for a lil bit!


...Maximumintensity is that sarcasm or a serious response?

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#5443440 - 11/25/14 08:09 PM Re: Looking for a Duck Dog! [Re: Storemski89]
maximumintensityretriever Offline
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Its sarcasm with a hint of truth. I can't tell you how many times a day people call me looking for what you are looking for. That is the perfect dog and what everyone in the know is looking for. Unfortunately you may go through a lot of puppies looking for this perfect mix. For that reason I would suggest going with what kbobjr said and getting a started dog. That way you can look at conformation, temperament, and skill set.

On a side note I have had way more field trial pedigrees that fit the profile that you are looking for versus not. Save your money and do your research and you will find what you are looking for but don't be in a rush.

Good luck
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#5444133 - 11/26/14 08:33 AM Re: Looking for a Duck Dog! [Re: Storemski89]
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Storemski,
Kbob and Tony have both given excellent advice. With a puppy, you know the breeding, but it's a bit of a crap shoot with what you'll end up with a few years down the road, which is why the "started dog" way is an excellent choice. And usually, the started dog is cheaper in the long run vs sending a puppy to a pro.
I truly believe that the way they're raised and the level of training you give them and the amount of accountability you hold a dog to, truly determines their behavior, both good and bad. They're just like people; if you permit things to happen, you promote things to happen. And that starts from the day you bring them home. Be constant with your standard and hold the dog accountable.
Yes, some dogs are more "driven" than others and have more energy. Yes, some are more calm. However, a well bred dog can be trained to perform and act anything that you would teach them. It simply takes time, patience, and any knowledge that you can gather from someone who has done it before.
I have a 6 month old puppy out of an NAFC/FC and FC/AFC breeding with a pretty "hot" pedigree...awesome dog, great in the house, great with kids, sleeps in the bed, on/off switch, trainable, smart, great desire...
I also have a 1.5 year old dog out of an FC/AFC and HRCH breeding...slightly less "hot" pedigree. Has the same attributes as the younger dog, but is exponentially more intense during training...

Best of luck to you and your journey. It's always a fun ride!
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#5447727 - 11/28/14 08:19 PM Re: Looking for a Duck Dog! [Re: Storemski89]
Angie B Offline
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A dog that can do the job that wouldn't be high maintenance. Calm in the house and the duck blind. This wouldn't be a Field Trial champion by any stretch of the imagination. It would be a easy to train, easy to live with, good looking all arounder.

Take a look..

Angie


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#5448803 - 11/29/14 05:35 PM Re: Looking for a Duck Dog! [Re: Storemski89]
KH12 Offline
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Make sure you go watch the sire and dam work if they got show titles in there pedigree not saying that those dogs arent very good i just havent seen to many that have alot of umph at hunt tests. Alot of people like to put a junior title on show labs to market them as hunters. Just go evaluate the dogs and be the judge. U can get a good idea from the sire and dam

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