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#6164786 - 02/01/16 01:48 PM Lab Trainer Recommendations
CenTex Offline
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Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 574
Loc: Waco
Will be getting a new pup soon. I personally trained my last two labs and fortunately they were both great dogs. I am strongly considering a professional trainer for this one as I am worried I will not be able to dedicate the time necessary to train him. Who do you recommend? Thanks!

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#6165877 - 02/02/16 08:28 AM Re: Lab Trainer Recommendations [Re: CenTex]
Exbellicus Offline
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Registered: 01/24/08
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#6166148 - 02/02/16 11:07 AM Re: Lab Trainer Recommendations [Re: CenTex]
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Registered: 05/07/09
Posts: 322
Loc: Plano, TX
I strongly recommend Tioga Retrievers. I can't say enough positive things about my experiences with them.

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#6166410 - 02/02/16 01:32 PM Re: Lab Trainer Recommendations [Re: CenTex]
Migillicutty Offline
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Registered: 01/28/13
Posts: 75
Loc: N. Texas
Rody Best at Best Retrievers in Paige, Tx less than 2 hours from you. -Great HT and Gundog program

Clayton Taylor at Muddy Paws Retrievers in Anderson, Tx-great young dog trainer excelling in FT (been doing very well in Derbies and Quals) and has a gun dog program. He worked for Rody and Karl and Cyndi Gunzer.



Edited by Migillicutty (02/02/16 01:36 PM)

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#6168682 - 02/03/16 07:47 PM Re: Lab Trainer Recommendations [Re: CenTex]
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Registered: 12/14/10
Posts: 58
Pm sent

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#6168696 - 02/03/16 07:58 PM Re: Lab Trainer Recommendations [Re: CenTex]
Sherpa Dog Offline
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Registered: 06/04/11
Posts: 213
Loc: NB, TX
Look up Elite Gundogs. Eric Sutton is close to you in Troy & does a great job
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#6168994 - 02/03/16 11:36 PM Re: Lab Trainer Recommendations [Re: CenTex]
Cajun Raider Offline
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Registered: 07/23/11
Posts: 486
Loc: Texas
Rocky Creek Kennels with Steve Biggers.
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#6169370 - 02/04/16 10:01 AM Re: Lab Trainer Recommendations [Re: CenTex]
Migillicutty Offline
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Registered: 01/28/13
Posts: 75
Loc: N. Texas
Might want to take a look at Entry Express before deciding and seeing when and at what level guys have competed dogs before you decide.

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#6169426 - 02/04/16 10:55 AM Re: Lab Trainer Recommendations [Re: CenTex]
CenTex Offline
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Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 574
Loc: Waco
Awesome information. Thank you all!

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#6169462 - 02/04/16 11:26 AM Re: Lab Trainer Recommendations [Re: CenTex]
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Tony on here really knows his stuff his outfit is maximum intensity retrievers
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#6169681 - 02/04/16 02:29 PM Re: Lab Trainer Recommendations [Re: CenTex]
KH12 Offline
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Registered: 06/24/08
Posts: 40
Be careful on who you choose. I know a couple of the big name trainers dont actually train your dog in the first few months they let there apprentices or helpers do it. No since paying a trainer 800 a month and they arent doing the work. Make sure also they guarantee the dog will be least worked minimal two sessions a day. For the fees they are charging now days there is no reason the dog should have days off or not get trained multiply times a day

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#6169766 - 02/04/16 03:38 PM Re: Lab Trainer Recommendations [Re: CenTex]
Migillicutty Offline
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Registered: 01/28/13
Posts: 75
Loc: N. Texas
I disagree with the above. Having assistants work with a dog is not an issue. The program and oversight is what matters the most. Also, every dog needs days off. They need time mentally and physically to not be under the stress of training. The trainer and program if they are any good will determine how many sessions and at what pace to train the dog. That is what you are paying them for and that is why you should choose wisely. There are tons of gundog trainers out there. Many that even compete in Hunt Tests, most I wouldn't let air my dog much less CC or FF or heaven forbid do pile work, casting, pattern blinds and intro to cold blinds.

If a guy has been training for years and isn't turning out MH level dogs consistently, that should tell you something.


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#6169790 - 02/04/16 04:04 PM Re: Lab Trainer Recommendations [Re: CenTex]
CenTex Offline
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Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 574
Loc: Waco
Thanks again. KH and Mcutty, do you recommend anyone you've used?

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#6169796 - 02/04/16 04:10 PM Re: Lab Trainer Recommendations [Re: CenTex]
Migillicutty Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/28/13
Posts: 75
Loc: N. Texas
My recommendations are posted above. I train my own dog, but run HT and FT, and have been around and watched the dogs run under countless pros and been to training days with many.

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#6170248 - 02/04/16 10:38 PM Re: Lab Trainer Recommendations [Re: CenTex]
jeffro3967 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/27/13
Posts: 20
Loc: Spring Branch, TX
X2 on Rody and Best Retrievers. My dog is with him now going through advanced training and I couldn't be more pleased with her results and the professionalism of everyone there. He does have other trainers work for him, but in my mind you are paying for his program, expertise, reputation, top notch facilities and incredible training grounds he has. As mentioned above, check entryexpress, do a search for trainers on Retrievertraining.net and Google, some fine names have already been listed here.

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