Started dog?

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Started dog?

Postby mallardchaser » Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:42 pm

My lab died 2 years ago. I don't have time to train 1. Any suggestions?

Started or field trial "washout"
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Re: Started dog?

Postby B3 » Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:33 pm

It depends. Mainly I would want to know why the dog washed out. If he washed out because of noise, steadiness issues, crack head type behavior,etc he would not make a gundog I would want to hunt with. If he washed out because he just couldn't mark well enough to win field trials then you could end up with a great dog. A dog like that usually sells for considerably less than what was spent on the early training. A 2-3 YO FT washout should run nice blinds and do multiple marks. They usually sell in the 5-8 K range from what I've seen.
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Re: Started dog?

Postby Matt S » Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:34 am

mallardchaser wrote:My lab died 2 years ago. I don't have time to train 1. Any suggestions?

Started or field trial "washout"

I was looking before duck season and ended up buying a dog that wasn't a total washout but the owner had given up on her. She was 18 months old. She had never been hunting before so it took a few hints for her to start seeing them fall like she should but after that she turned out to be very good. Glad I bought her instead of a started dog. Most started dogs I looked at wouldn't do half as good as she did and they were not all that much cheaper.
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Re: Started dog?

Postby hey_bo » Fri May 19, 2017 4:16 pm

If you are still looking PM me. I know a guy in TN who has a black male. Awesome blood line and I've seen him work in person.

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