Hey everyone! I just returned to the Labrador Forum after some absent time and noticed that the Gundog training Forum is kind of dead (Last post in December 2018). Aren't there any members left that work their dogs on hunts, WTs and Trials? If there are any left, I’d love to hear what kind of level you guys have atm and what you are working on or struggling with in your training routine. I got 2 black lab boys. One 6 years (Odin) and one 2,5 years (Brösel) and they couldn't be more different when it comes to dummy work! Odin has been my wife’s dog for the first 4 years but somehow, they didn't really connect when working together (they are the best team ever in everyday life though, just the hunting thing didn't really work for them) so I took over and we are now starting in Intermediate Class (last step before Open class). He's not the keenest of all retrievers tbh and his drive isn't really that high. That’s why we haven’t advanced to Open class yet and I don't know if we ever will hahaha. BUT he is very steady and reliable so that’s what makes working with him easy. Brösel is a completely different story! He’s pure power and speed and his drive is not from this earth! Other than Odin who has to be constantly motivated in training you got to be very careful not to overshoot him in training. It's very easy to get him overexcited and bouncing all over the place if you're not careful. So we are mostly working on steadiness and being calm while working out of a line atm. He's great at every aspect of dummy work (lining, directions, stop whistle etc.) already so keeping his power under control is pretty much the last thing we need to manage. We'll try to compete in Intermediate class too at our next WT.