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#6008344 - 11/03/15 10:17 AM Free black lab offered to me
GoBears870 Offline
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Registered: 12/04/12
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Loc: Dallas, TX
My wife and I started researching what kind of dog we would like a few months ago. So far we've narrowed it down to black or chocolate lab or a vizsla. Looking for a good all-around retriever and family dog that won't get too big and doesn't have long hair. Ideally we'd want to get it young from an established breeder with good bird dog lines.

Flash forward to last night and my uncle calls me to say he is helping a friend find a home for a 1-year-old male black lab, and they are just giving him away for free. They tried taking him in themselves but it isn't working out with their older, more aggressive lab. He belonged to a friend of theirs who died. Apparently this man raised many good bird dogs in his lifetime and passed away before getting to this one. My uncle said this lab is on the smaller end of the scale and probably won't reach 60 pounds. He's not registered but the paperwork is all there for us to do that ourselves. Obviously we would have to check the papers before going any further. The only training he's received is potty and crate.

As I said above, originally we wanted something we can start training at an earlier age. But it's also looking like some stars are aligning for us to get a pretty good dog here for free. We've never done anything like this so wondered if anyone here would talk us out of it (because of all the unknowns) or if we should proceed further. We have just a week or so to make a decision.

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#6008348 - 11/03/15 10:20 AM Re: Free black lab offered to me [Re: GoBears870]
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Go for it.
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#6008353 - 11/03/15 10:23 AM Re: Free black lab offered to me [Re: GoBears870]
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Put in the time and effort training and you should have a good dog.
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#6008432 - 11/03/15 11:00 AM Re: Free black lab offered to me [Re: GoBears870]
Cast Offline
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Get in the truck. Get your new best friend.

Have fun.
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#6008708 - 11/03/15 01:19 PM Re: Free black lab offered to me [Re: GoBears870]
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Thanks, everyone. Taking a look at him tomorrow.

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#6008844 - 11/03/15 02:25 PM Re: Free black lab offered to me [Re: GoBears870]
triggerbowtx Offline
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Sounds like a great opportunity. It would be nice to know if the sire and dam of this dog had health clearances. He could be free today but you spend big money later on potential health problems. (however, even health clearances are not guarantees of clean health) And regardless of health clearances, it still may be a perfect fit for you and your wife and a perfect fit for the dog as well. He'd be lucky to join your family in my opinion. I hope the meeting goes well.

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#6008978 - 11/03/15 03:20 PM Re: Free black lab offered to me [Re: GoBears870]
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Originally Posted By: GoBears870
Thanks, everyone. Taking a look at him tomorrow.
Congrats! One of the best bird dogs I ever had was a gift. Hope you fit each other.
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#6009025 - 11/03/15 03:42 PM Re: Free black lab offered to me [Re: GoBears870]
GoBears870 Offline
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I'm pretty sure once we see him we're not leaving without him tomorrow. Does anyone have any video series or books they recommend for starting gun dog training at 12 months? FYI, I dove hunt 3-4 times and duck hunt 5-8 times a year. And since we don't have kids (yet) and I have a pretty normal work schedule I can commit a lot of time to training.

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#6009033 - 11/03/15 03:44 PM Re: Free black lab offered to me [Re: GoBears870]
kdub Offline
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tritronics retriever training
10 minute retriever

And have heard good things about Evan Grahams programs



btw I bet you'll be duck hunting ALOT more after you get that dog trained. A; It makes it a lot better B: You owe it to the dog


Edited by kdub (11/03/15 03:45 PM)
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#6009039 - 11/03/15 03:49 PM Re: Free black lab offered to me [Re: GoBears870]
Cast Offline
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What's his name?
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I have a short attention spa

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#6009061 - 11/03/15 04:06 PM Re: Free black lab offered to me [Re: Cast]
GoBears870 Offline
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Originally Posted By: kdub


btw I bet you'll be duck hunting ALOT more after you get that dog trained. A; It makes it a lot better B: You owe it to the dog


No doubt. Now I just need to find better water!

Originally Posted By: Cast
What's his name?


Huck

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#6009189 - 11/03/15 05:04 PM Re: Free black lab offered to me [Re: GoBears870]
Cast Offline
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Welcome to THF Huck.
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#6010287 - 11/04/15 08:58 AM Re: Free black lab offered to me [Re: GoBears870]
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Chris Atkins has some good material...Duck Dog basics. Mike Lardy has a program much like Grahams that is good too.

Good luck and enjoy the new dog.
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#6010348 - 11/04/15 09:23 AM Re: Free black lab offered to me [Re: GoBears870]
Cast Offline
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I want to see a pic of Huck on the way home in your truck.
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#6010373 - 11/04/15 09:36 AM Re: Free black lab offered to me [Re: GoBears870]
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Best dog I have ever owned was a black lab that I got for free when she was one. Passed away last July, once in a lifetime kinda dog. Miss her dearly. I am sure Huck will be a heck of a pup
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