Why a custom-built dog? Can’t you simply find a started dog to buy on the market?
YES — You can find dogs on the market. Started dogs come for sale at different times of year. Breeders, trainers, and traders sell dogs for many different reasons. But that IS the point; they are selling the dog for a reason. Over the years I have bought trained dogs with various maladies: Gun shyness, skilled enough to pass basic hunt tests – but not advanced, sterility issues, water shy, blinking birds, or hundreds of other frustrating maladies. etc. For illustration, let us consider the following scenario:
One beautiful fall afternoon, while sitting in your deer stand, you come across the add in the local paper, craigslist, or a hunting dog website:
Started dog for sale. 2 y/o. $1800.00. must sell. Call 555-555-5555.
Seems like a great idea, doesn’t it? Young dog, already trained. For $1800? Absolutely!! No potty training, no working with bumpers, simply plug and play. Lets do it!
However – I encourage you to stop and think about something. A PUPPY typically costs $1500 – so why in the world are they selling a stared animal for $1800? In all seriousness, your brain should immediately start wondering “what is wrong with this picture?”. The old adage applies here – what looks too good to be true, usually is.
Instead of taking a risk on an unknown dog, with the appropriate amount of time we can custom build you a trained pointing-lab. This allows you, the client, to invest time and money selecting a puppy from a litter you like. Genetics, selected for your needs, the sex, and even color are selected by you. You’re not settling for what dog is available. It is our belief that the buyer’s money is much better spent, with a smaller amount of risk.