I'm going to pick up my first ever gun dog (hopefully) on Sunday. He's a 5 month old lab with a proven pedigree. I did all my research that I could and even sent the pedigree information to Rob to make sure that I wasn't overlooking anything. When I went to view the dog he had lots of natural drive to retrieve and used his nose well to "hunt" when he didn't see exactly where the dummy landed which I thought was impressive. Anyway, I'll get to the point... I have already discussed training with Rob and he has agreed to take the dog if I would like. I know Rob does a great job and I have no doubts what-so-ever that he will do great with my dog. However, I have a hunting buddy that has a dog that was trained by someone else and when the trainer gives commands he is quick to act but not so much with the owner. Being new to working dogs, how common is this? I would love to attempt to train the dog myself but with my work I never know when I will get sent out of town for extended periods of time and would hate to ruin a great dog by not spending the time needed with him in development. Any help would be greatly appreciated. And Rob, when you read this... my messages were erased last week and I didn't save your number so that's why I haven't contacted you this week. If you could message it to me on here that would be awesome! Thanks guys!