Ron completed requirements for his NAHRA Hunter title at the Empire Retriever Club field test on May 31, 2014. Now on to testing for his Intermediate title. By the way at not quite 2 years of age Ron tips the scales at just under 100 pounds. He is a very skinny 100 pounder.
Previous: On June 15th Ron completed the requirements for his NAHRA Started Retriever Title. On June 16th he successfully passed his first test for the NAHRA Hunter Title Previous: Ron has begun his NAHRA Field Test career. He has already achieved three passes at the Started level and should complete his Started Title in June before he is 1 year old. Ron is showing all of the traits we hoped to bring forward with the Babe/Mas breeding. He has the intelligence and drive we expected from Mas and a personality very much like his Mom. He is now approaching 90 pounds and although still puppy clumsy he is a very gentle dog. His bird handling skills are extraordinary. He is the most pleasant dog to be around and is always eager to please. He looks at you as if to say “What do you want me to do next Boss? Whatever it is, I’m in.”
PREVIOUS: This is a handsome puppy! Ron weighed in as the largest of our puppies at 6 months at just under 70 ponds. No surprise there as he has consistently been the largest from birth. He has the most delightful personality. No matter what we are doing he is just eager to go. Ron started our conditioned retrieve program on Jan 1st and he is proving to be a delight to train. When we go to the shop where the training table is kept as soon as I open the door, Ron dashes to the table, runs up the ramp, runs to the end of the table where the collar is hanging and sits there waiting to be hooked up. He clearly loves the training time. Today’s lesson focused on three commands SIT, HOLD and FETCH. I had him sitting in place (TRIPOD SIT AND NO MOVING OR NOISE ALLOWED!) for 16 minutes and then fetching and holding the training dowel for 3 – 2 minute periods. Soon we will transition to moving on the table while fetching and holding the dowel.
PREVIOUS: This puppy is remaining with us and will be trained to join our guide services. If he shows the traits we expect to be there he will be part of our next breeding generation and will be run in NAHRA Hunt Tests to be titled. Ron was the 4th puppy to be born and the first male. Although we did not intend to keep a male from this breeding Mary Kay and I knew almost instantly that this puppy would not be for sale. He is being named in honor of my best hunting buddy who passed away recently. My friend, Ron Lazur, loved Labradors and had many of them during his lifetime. In fact his White Lab “Buddy” was with him when he passed. He was our constant hunting companion and loved my dogs as much as I. We had talked about him getting a puppy when we did a Mas/Babe breeding but he didn’t live long enough to see that happen. I would have offered my friend pick of the litter and I feel confident he would have chosen this puppy. He will be a constant reminder of the great times that we shared hunting doves and grouse and I’m sure he will develop into the great hunter we expect him to be. Ron is our largest puppy at this point, although that has changed from one weigh-in to another. I suspect his most recent growth has moved him to a dominant position at the top of the weigh-in chart where he will remain. Visit this page from time to time and we will keep it updated with Ron’s progress.