HPK Signature Started Dog — A.K.A. Trained Pointing Labs
Do you want a trained pointing lab that is ready to go now instead of 6 months to a year later?
Do you want a great hunting and family dog, but don’t have the time to work with it properly?
Do you want to remove the some of the risk in training a dog?
Do you want a dog, but don’t want to deal with the puppy stage?
Are you just not sure where begin when training a top-notch hunting dog?
If you answered YES to any of these questions a HPK Signature Started Dog or trained pointing labs could be the route for you.
Why a custom-built dog? Can’t you simply find a started dog to buy on the market?
YES — You can find dogs on the market. Started dogs come for sale at different times of year. Breeders, trainers, and traders sell dogs for many different reasons. But that IS the point. They are selling the dog for a reason. Over the years I have bought trained dogs various maladies: Gun shyness, good enough to pass basic hunt tests – but not advanced, sterility issues, water shy, blinking birds, or hundreds of other frustrating maladies. etc. For illustration, let us consider the following scenario:
One beautiful fall afternoon, while sitting in your deer stand, you come across the add in the local paper, craigslist, or a hunting dog website:
Started dog for sale. 2 y/o. $1800.00. must sell. Call 555-555-5555.
Seems like a great idea, doesn’t it? Young dog, already trained. For $1800? Absolutely!! No potty training, no working with bumpers, simply plug and play. Lets do it!
However – I encourage you to stop and think about something. A PUPPY typically costs $1500 – so why in the world are they selling a stared animal for $1800. In all seriousness, your brain should immediately start wondering “what is wrong with this picture?”. The old adage applies here – what looks to good to be true, usually is.
Instead of taking a risk on an unknown dog, with the appropriate amount of time we can custom build you a trained pointing-lab. This allows the client to invest the time in money in selecting a puppy from a litter you like. Genetics fit to your needs. The color and sex are selected by you. You’re not settling for what dog is available. It is our belief that the buyer’s money is much better spent, with a smaller amount of risk.
How does the process work?
- The client (you) and HPK, pick out a puppy whose genetic package fits your specific needs.
- HPK and our partners train the puppy to the level that (you) the customer chooses.
- The customer (you) picks up the dog.
- The customer spends some time learning how to use their dog (this process can take some time).
- You and your new trained pointing lab live happily ever after.
What is a HPK Signature Started dog – A.K.A Trained Pointing Lab
Answer: Either a puppy or a young dog, that has had some training completed at the time the dog goes home.
How much training?
Answer: That is up to the buyer and the seller. Frankly the only consistent thing we have learned dealing with started dogs is that every single started dog is unique.