So you guys were gettin' kinda scary there....Well, all I have to say is:
If you, the hunter, are not happy, something needs to change.
All I care is that my dog (7mo. black male lab, Kenai), is happy. We live on a lake. When Keke goes to the water, he loves it. We have only gotten him out to hunt once this year due to thousands of various issues. When we went, there were no ducks. So, we worked on sitting still in the blind, minding the decs, and keeping quiet (he's a whiner). To me, it was a great day. I spent hours just hangin out with Keke. He learned to sit still, and to keep quiet. He learned not to retrieve decoys. I have yet to see his first retrieve. He's a great companion. He'll probably never be a champ for the simple fact that I don't care what other people think of his "skills". Like Mike said, train 'em like they ARE champions, they should be to you anyhow.
We have two dogs, too. One, the hyper and stubborn one, is not ours. She is my b/f's brother's, and we are keeping her this school year, as he can't. Our dogs are 7mo. and 9mo. Believe me, they would be terrible together in the field. That's why we take turns with them. Keke on Sat. and Oakley on Sun. Afterall, we train them individually. When they are older and better trained, we'll try to run them together.
Rather than fighting with folks about whose dog is better, train your dog to do what YOU want it to do. If you ask questions, accept advice.
Kenai lets the kids pull his tail, ride him, and sleep on his belly. That's the best thing I could ever ask for in a dog. Maybe you want something different. That's why we all have our own dogs. Don't ya think so?
Have a good one, fellas.
On your right! Wait, wait, Take 'em!