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#5963657 - 10/06/15 09:52 AM I put a deposit down today!!
BradyBuck Online   content
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Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5122
Loc: Abilene, TX
I'm sending a deposit today to Black Water Creek Retrievers for a Chocolate female. I spoke in Mike Hudman this morning and he was very informative and helpful.

I'm very excited to be getting our new pup in December. I've been thinking about this for a long time but just never pulled the trigger. Can't wait to get started!

Might not be the most impressive pedigree but after talking to mike about these dogs I think she will be perfect for me and my family
http://huntinglabpedigree.com/testbreedpedigree.asp?id=8495


Edited by BradyBuck (10/06/15 10:01 AM)

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#5963707 - 10/06/15 10:21 AM Re: I put a deposit down today!! [Re: BradyBuck]
bill oxner Online   content
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Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 32618
Loc: Richmond
Don't let your little girl play with it. It's a hunting machine.
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#5963734 - 10/06/15 10:32 AM Re: I put a deposit down today!! [Re: bill oxner]
BradyBuck Online   content
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Registered: 10/18/07
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Loc: Abilene, TX
Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Don't let your little girl play with it. It's a hunting machine.


Yeah, I'll have good luck with that

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#5963739 - 10/06/15 10:35 AM Re: I put a deposit down today!! [Re: BradyBuck]
bill oxner Online   content
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Originally Posted By: BradyBuck
Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Don't let your little girl play with it. It's a hunting machine.


Yeah, I'll have good luck with that


It was tongue in cheek.
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#5964003 - 10/06/15 12:56 PM Re: I put a deposit down today!! [Re: BradyBuck]
BradyBuck Online   content
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Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5122
Loc: Abilene, TX
Now that I've put down the deposit what should I look for when I go to pick her up. Tips on picking a pup out of a litter?

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#5964013 - 10/06/15 01:04 PM Re: I put a deposit down today!! [Re: BradyBuck]
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Registered: 03/15/05
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Loc: Royse City, TX
let the pups pick you, then go from there. When I have picked from a litter I like the pups to come to me 1st, then look at retrieving drive, then looks...That is just me though

Good looking pedigree, all should do the work.
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#5964019 - 10/06/15 01:11 PM Re: I put a deposit down today!! [Re: BradyBuck]
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Registered: 01/27/08
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The breeder should know the pups and should be able to best match you.
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I'll take a Black Female every time.


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#5964032 - 10/06/15 01:17 PM Re: I put a deposit down today!! [Re: BradyBuck]
JEmberson Offline
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Registered: 08/02/15
Posts: 394
Take a look at my post titled "Moose" he's sired from one of Mikes pups two years ago. I think. I'd have to check his paperwork, I'm always getting confused. Nearly sent him back to Mike for training but cash flow didn't allow in the end. Fantastic dogs. Good, solid, loyal family dogs and mine was retrieving sticks from the red river in June when it was flowing hard as a young pup. The retrieve instinct in these dogs can't be stopped. The softest mouthed dog I have ever worked. He will retrieve balloons without popping them.
Congrats on the purchase and good luck with them.

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#5964212 - 10/06/15 02:52 PM Re: I put a deposit down today!! [Re: BradyBuck]
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Registered: 02/28/10
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Loc: Southlake, TX, Billy Bob Ranch...
You'll love the breed...they are somewhat high strung at first then settle down. I took the first one that came to me and she had huge feet. She's now 9 months, 74 lbs and 24" high. Leave her with the litter as long as possible so she knows the reaction to biting and getting bit. Had a bit of a problem with that. I am old school in terms of training...no shock and no treats for being a bad pup. A swift smack with a plastic flyswatter or a few pages of rolled newspaper works. That was after spending $200 with a dog whisperer that didn't work. She is fine with the grandkids. Don't force her into doing anything like going into water, retrieving and listening to gun noise. The water and reteiving will come naturally. Gun noise...I started by lighting firecrackers while she was a little ways away..she came running back to me. Since then... I shoot skeet on my ranch and she'll run after the ones I miss and bring them back.
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#5964315 - 10/06/15 03:41 PM Re: I put a deposit down today!! [Re: BradyBuck]
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Registered: 12/01/09
Posts: 95
Just reading through the forum today and had a small heart attack. While some dogs probably don't care about fireworks and it clearly worked for Billybob, I would say he was lucky. Please for the love of God don't shoot firecrackers to get your dog used to gun noise. Maybe Angie or Kevin or other pros can chime in here but please don't go that route. Just look at this recent thread on RTF...

http://www.retrievertraining.net/forums/showthread.php?118218-Can-fireworks-cause-gun-shyness


As far as picking out a pup...most experienced people I know say it's mostly a crap shoot. They just find a good litter, close their eyes and pick a pup. With that said, it's nice to have one that makes natural eye contact at such a young age as well.

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#5964318 - 10/06/15 03:46 PM Re: I put a deposit down today!! [Re: BradyBuck]
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Registered: 01/03/08
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Loc: Wise County
I like to tell the breeder what I am looking for in a dog. Most of the time the pup I have received ended up being a good fit. However I have picked my fair share of pups and it truly depends on what you are looking for in a dog. Calm laid back pups typically turn into calm laid back older dogs. Most of them can still do the work but just depends on what you are looking for regarding style. I personally prefer the hard charging high energy dogs.

I also believe size ends up having a lot to do with drive and personality. Obviously not an exact science but I correlate it to people. Most huge people don't have huge amounts of energy but it doesn't mean they can't work hard. There are also small lazy people and high energy big people but it can be a trend if you ask me.

I like watching the litter play for a bit, then take the dogs aside and see if they will chase a dead duck around or a sock or anything. I think chase is a huge part. Most of the rest can be taught.

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#5964449 - 10/06/15 04:44 PM Re: I put a deposit down today!! [Re: BradyBuck]
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Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5122
Loc: Abilene, TX
No worries Trigger, I'll be using Hillman's and TRT2

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#5964494 - 10/06/15 04:58 PM Re: I put a deposit down today!! [Re: MS1454]
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Originally Posted By: MS1454
The breeder should know the pups and should be able to best match you.


I agree w/this 100%. Congrats, enjoy the ride and post plenty of pics please.
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#5964712 - 10/06/15 07:00 PM Re: I put a deposit down today!! [Re: BradyBuck]
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Registered: 07/03/15
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Loc: North Texas
Congrats on your future new puppy. Fun times are ahead for sure.
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#5966571 - 10/07/15 07:02 PM Re: I put a deposit down today!! [Re: BradyBuck]
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Loc: Saginaw, Tx
Mine came over, laid down between my feet and fell asleep. She knew who would eventually take her home.
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