Posted by John Ode on June 07, 1998 at 16:40:31:
In Reply to: Re: Any Pointing Labs in NE/IA posted by Stu West on June 07, 1998 at 11:24:08:
> There are a number of qualified PL trainers in the US. The supply is low in comparison to traditonal Lab trainers so be prepared to travel a bit.
> Some critical points to consider:
> 1) Is your dog tuff enuf to take collar training? (Many PLs are soft and react negatively to collars, as do many pointers/setters)
> 2) Does the trainer breed also?? (A conflict of interest for trainers)
> 3) Is the trainer TRAIL training or FAMILY-HUNTER training?
Does it really matter if the dog is going to be running field trials or hunting only? If the trainer is training the dog to do marks, even huge marks, hunt for birds and work on casts, (which trialing trainers work on) ... won't that make a better hunting dog. One that can do some big work? Unless you settle for less it doesn't
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