Hi. My beautiful lab boy is 9 months old and is responding well to basic training. I am a novice dog owner and Total Recall and the Puppy Handbook have been my bibles. Paddie is essentially our pet but I would like to take his training further as he is clearly very smart and it would be beneficial to us both. I cannot decide what direction to go in. He is from working stock with field trial champions in his ancestry which would suggest gun dog training. We live in a rural area with plenty of shoots around us - but I know nothing about the shooting world and to be honest I am not really interested in killing game (sorry!). Do people do gun dog training just for the fun of it and with no intention of going on a shoot? I would hate to turn up to a training club and be a laughing stock or worse cause offense. I have thought about other activities - flyball, obedience, agility etc. But I don't know the pros and cons of these either. For instance I worry that agility could put excess strain on his joints. I would appreciate hearing any thoughts on this. Thanks.