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Re: Pointing Labs Thoughts and Advice Wanted
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2024, 06:34:04 PM »
I have a pointing lab and it is the best dog I have owned. They are very capable dogs that will do anything. Lineage makes a difference in drive and pointing ability. You can train any dog to do what you want but when they have the ability it is so much easier. I am getting a second dog this spring for my wife to run in hunt tests. Look into the apla ( american pointing lab association) there are some amazing dogs that run in it. I run my dog in the apla and got his certified pointer title and his advanced pointer pass to move him to masters this year. Maby attention an event and watch the dogs work, watching the dogs will only make you want one more but you can socalize with the breeders and trainers and ask them questions. I could suggest some reputable breeders if you want.
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Re: Pointing Labs Thoughts and Advice Wanted
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2024, 09:21:37 PM »
My last lab Maggie was picked for me by the breeder- a lot of 5e reason I think was I was in Iraq at the time. She asked me a bunch of questions about being outdoors, hunting & around the house. She nailed that match up. Maggie & I were soul mates f we were almost exactly alike.

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Re: Pointing Labs Thoughts and Advice Wanted
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2024, 07:05:24 AM »
Good luck with your search.  I have one that is 11 and have had zero issues with him.  Unfortunately the breeders both passed away and that line is no more.

That is where I am right now, my first lab was from an american lab breeder and the best hunter I have ever had the pleasure of working with, but I waited too long and her line was not continued. So now I'm trying my best to recreate that combination. Glad to hear you have had good luck. Do you hunt your pup as a pointer when upland bird hunting or mostly as a flusher?

First half of the day he would be a little pushy on birds, he seemed to point and hold more on sight so any runner he would push.  Second half of the day he would lock and stay that way. Great retiever, wheras my setter isn't nearly as good on the retrieve.  He would rather point a dead bird than bring it back to me. 

I think the big benefit of the pointing lab over the setter, is in the puppy stage.  1000x easier to raise around the house and kids.

Boomer is from Snake River Pointing Labs by the way. 

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Re: Pointing Labs Thoughts and Advice Wanted
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2024, 07:19:50 AM »
I have a pointing lab and it is the best dog I have owned. They are very capable dogs that will do anything. Lineage makes a difference in drive and pointing ability. You can train any dog to do what you want but when they have the ability it is so much easier. I am getting a second dog this spring for my wife to run in hunt tests. Look into the apla ( american pointing lab association) there are some amazing dogs that run in it. I run my dog in the apla and got his certified pointer title and his advanced pointer pass to move him to masters this year. Maby attention an event and watch the dogs work, watching the dogs will only make you want one more but you can socalize with the breeders and trainers and ask them questions. I could suggest some reputable breeders if you want.

Great advice! I will definitely look up some training sessions and a trial to attend! I would also be very grateful for breeder recommendations!
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Re: Pointing Labs Thoughts and Advice Wanted
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2024, 07:11:33 PM »
I would think a pointing lab could be a good choice as a versatile dog for a person that does not have easy access to significant property. I'm 20+ years into GWPs and am so thankful to own a farm. Pointing breeds need tremendous space to thrive.

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Re: Pointing Labs Thoughts and Advice Wanted
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2024, 07:26:34 PM »
Check with Jeremy and Tonja Richards at Kreiger lake Kennels in Moses lake they have been putting out some great pointing labs!
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Re: Pointing Labs Thoughts and Advice Wanted
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2024, 08:27:57 PM »
I have a pointing lab and it is the best dog I have owned. They are very capable dogs that will do anything. Lineage makes a difference in drive and pointing ability. You can train any dog to do what you want but when they have the ability it is so much easier. I am getting a second dog this spring for my wife to run in hunt tests. Look into the apla ( american pointing lab association) there are some amazing dogs that run in it. I run my dog in the apla and got his certified pointer title and his advanced pointer pass to move him to masters this year. Maby attention an event and watch the dogs work, watching the dogs will only make you want one more but you can socalize with the breeders and trainers and ask them questions. I could suggest some reputable breeders if you want.

Great advice! I will definitely look up some training sessions and a trial to attend! I would also be very grateful for breeder recommendations!

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Re: Pointing Labs Thoughts and Advice Wanted
« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2024, 08:46:01 AM »
I just picked this guy up from Colockum Gun Dogs two weeks ago. Obviously, its too soon to give an opinion on his hunting ability  but hes bold, seems to learn quickly, and is pretty affectionate when hes not going 100 mph haha. I talked with CGD, High Desert Labs and Sunny Skies retrievers when I was researching pups. After talking to the breeders, their references and a couple people who are familiar with these outfits, I decided CGD was the best fit for me and my family. With that said, they all seemed like good outfits with good dogs.




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