Sorry, that's what I get for trying to post at nearly 1 am. I should have waited until this morning.
My dog is three. I've had him since he was five weeks. He is a full blooded lab but his parents were not used for hunting or trials or anything, to my knowledge.
He has only been trained by me, based off a few different books (Water Dog before I knew it's considered outdated by many, Dokken's book and, most recently the 10 minute retriever).
He has a lot of the basics down but would need a lot of work before I took him out in the field, the biggest being he hasn't been introduced to gunshots.
My question boils down to this: is it possible to condition a three year old dog to the sound of a gun, realizing it depends on the dog and method used and, if so, would you go about it the same way you would with a young puppy or does the age not matter?
Sorry for the confusion.