hey guys i'm just curious how important it is to get your dog out in the field and get him some experience. i've taught mine alright his OB is good and he's great with a bumper (though he is definantly not perfect with either), but i'm worried hows he's going to react once we our actually hunting. i've talked to some people about this and they said get the OB right and the dogs instinct will take over. i'm not looking for a champion just a good hunting buddy. i guess what i'm asking is can training only go so far before you just got to get out there and make some mistakes in the field. my lab is going to be a year old in a little he was too young to hunt this fall and his first season is this coming fall.