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As you all know Meg is of the show type lab, coming of 9 months extreemly eager to please, has learnt and mastered everything to know about tricks of the trade of puppyhood so to speak, paw, sit n wait, come , down, this n that,
Anyway hubbie has been playing with her with her dummy, as a game and shes getting the grip of sit, wait and retrieve and she is loving it, also we took her to the woods today with the 3 kids and she was off lead and stayed with us, how loyal and what a good girl ai!!! were very proud!
Anyhoo what im gettin at is do we let her do a bit of fun retrieving, i mean the neighbour wants to take her out on the field but im like ooo thats abit too tecnical for me!! but do show labs have it in um to retrieve or r we wasting our time here and just resign to her bein a nutty so n so??
What im tryin to get at is can show dogs work??
 

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Yep, show dogs can work, in fact you can see it first hand here as there are quite a few people with show dogs that work on LF.
I personally think its about the training given, if you'd like to work it would be a good idea to find some good classes in your area that do gundog training.

Just a suggestion but perhaps change the thread title with retrieving in the title or ask a mod to move into the field training forum?
 

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Of course she can work, if thats the route you want to go down. How far you want to take it is up to you. Obviously you will reach the ceiling eventually, but whether the ceiling is because she has reached her limit, you have reached your limit, or you have got as far as you want is a different matter, and you will only find that by trying. :)

Regards, John
 

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Absolutely agree with Linzi and John. There are dozens and dozens of threads both in this section, in 'Training' and in 'Breeding' that can answer you a hundred times over. Yes show dogs can be worked. It would be a sad and sorry world if they could not.

Chances are a showbred labrador is not going to win the Retriever Championships anytime soon. Chances are there are not going to be any Dual Champions (so Field trial and Show Champion combined) anytime in the foreseeable future, but can a showbred dog be trained to work nicely to the gun? To run in Novice working tests? To Pass a Gundog Working Certificate? To just enjoy gundog training classes and do you proud? Absolutely, completely and definately.

IF you THEN achieve this sort of thing above, of any sort, and decide to take it one step further you MIGHT then like to venture into buying a field trial bred or mix of show and working lines dog to take yourself that step further on with a little more inbred natural talent there at your fingertips. But as a 'schoolmaster', a 'starting point' or as a lovely straightforward 'yes man' a showbred dog can excel at all the basic and 'medium' levels of working and working competition.

So never never write them off. And at 9 months old with basic manners there as it seems you have - GO FOR IT! Find a gundog training class (look at the sticky in this section) or ask for help in finding someone to train you, and never again mention the 'show bred' part as being a drawback for the forseeable future.

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Thank you so much for your replys, im sort of at a cross roads at the mo as to what route to take, do i take the k.c good citizen or gundog, now meg was slightly bored on the k.c course to say the least! but my girl is unbeliveably loyal, willing to learn and eager to please i just know shes got so much to give and potential and this needs pushing, and i also think she needs a job so to speak, so in a way megs telling me what she wants but am i daring enough to go down that route,
Food for thought i think...
 

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Take both, gundog work is all about good basic manners many many gundogs have their canine good citizen awards. Start with that or go gundog training and then just take it at a test day, you don't *need* to do a specific training course. I've always just taken it at a show or an event running a test day. If you have sit, stay, heel, a basic recall and a well socialised dog happy to be touched, its in the bag!

All complimentary stuff to your gundog training.
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No reason you shouldn`t do both that I can see, there`s usually a reasonable gap between the different KCGC`s in which you could concentrate oh Gundog work for her and once she`s reached Gold you`ll have all the time in the world.

Sounds to me as though she needs something stimulating to occupy her mind and Gundog training may just fit the bill :)
 

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Wizpop - just going to add my 2pennith!

You don't have to choose just one "discipline" you know...the skills learnt in all the activities will compliment each other as long as the commands are consistent.

I have a friend with a lab who she does obedience, competitive agility and gundog training (inc. picking up on a shoot in the winter) with... ok so her dog isn't going to make champion but its all for fun :D
 
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