I have a 14 wk old GSP. I plan on hunting this dog on grouse,quail, etc.
There is a good reputable trainer in my area but I am wondering what age is best to start. Understand I don't have money to waste so I want the most bang for the buck. I don't want to take him while he's too young but would like to get a jump start also.
Just looking for advice. Thanks.
Thanks. I did talk to the trainer and he gave his suggestions which I respect. He is all for me bringing him to him but this is how he makes his living. I wouldn't expect him to tell me to wait.
My problem is I work long hours and have very little time to spend training my dog. It is especially bad during the winter months as it is dark when I leave for work and dark when I return. I am playing with him in the house during evenings and weekends when I get home as much as possible.
I don't want to waste my money at too young an age but I don't want to neglect my pups training at this age if it is critical to his development.
We take pups here for starting at 6-7 months. They are mature enough to handle the situation, IMO. But, we only "start" them at that point. They are exposed to birds, started with blanks, handling in the field, ect. It is a 4 wk program here, they then go home til around a yr old then get them back for formal training.