I recently got into a conversation with some friends about buying puppies...We ended up debating at what age would you expect that some training has been started on the pup. For example if you didn't buy the pup at 8 or 10 weeks old. For example if you bought a 14 week old pup would you expect that some house/potty training has been started? Or would you not expect that till a little older or not at all? I know some breeders keep outside kennels and the pups don't go into the house so if you got an older pup would it be hard training it for the house?
So splat, are these breeder dogs field tested, do they have field titles, preferably Field Champion or Master Hunter titles, are they hunted hard every hunting season and have they proven their worth as retrieving dogs, are they temperament tested and have their hips been OFA'd, theireyes tested, their thyroids tested?
I assume these breeders know quality Labs when they see them. That they, themselves, have enough experience to know which dogs should be bred and to know genetically which dogs should carry on the line of their kennel name, right??
Puppies I have raised are not brought in the house but at birth and a very few times prior to 7/8 weeks. They have been around horses, kids, seen a few pigeons to chase, they have had kids play with them extensively, and are typically afraid of nothing by this age.