My friend/roomy got this rescue dog. They called it a brittany mix; I think it's a gsp mix of some sort. Anyway, no obedience, pulls like a MULE on the leash, touch him the wrong way and he nips, he chewed up john's bible in the first week and then went on to chew anything he could reach; yes, he ATE his chew toys. Presented with quail wings; he ate them, Pheasant? ate em. Duck, yup, ate em, goose too. Shot the .22 at targets, he runs off to the truck. So, I take him to obedience school. He sits, stays, doesn't pull as much as he used to and will actually heel for about 25 steps. I took him to the field for some more target practice, starting with just a loud air gun, the the .22, then my 20ga, then a .3030. He just hung out looking at me, no more running. He still has no recall but he'll stay tight, 30-40 yards in a tree area, so I figured I'd just take him along next time I go squirrel hunting. Get there and there are a couple squirrels on the ground so I take off his leash and BAMM he's gone like I shot him out of agun: this is where I found him:
Bear in mind he was 20 feet higher into that tree. Scared the beejeezus out of me really; didn't know a dog could climb that far. Anyway, john wanted a bird dog and what he got was a squirrel dog; hehe. Oh, that dog weighs 23 pounds soaking wet and went after a coon later that day that had to be near 40 pounds. I didn't shoot the coon but he went crack dog on me when that squirrel toppled out of that tree. He jumped on it and shook it like he was killing it's ancestors.
My, long winded point is that rescue dogs come with baggage. This one was mis-treated, had zero training, and is absolutely the hardest headed dog I've ever run across BUT, BUT, I did manage to find something that he'd hunt and hunt hard. Don't know about letting him loose on coon though, he's tiny and it seems no one told him that yet.
btw, still looking for a birdy rescue dog or retriever but not a lab. Simply don't have space for a really big dog like a lab; a smaller one yah but not a 90 pounder. any help would be appreciated.
As to the rescues not giving dogs to hunters, yah, I just ran into that. I went out to look at several dogs with a couple quail wings and the young "all organic vegan", as if I cared what the heck she ate, told me "we do NOT allow dogs to hunt" and asked me to leave. To bad too, 2 of the 3 dogs went straight to point on them wings, sigh.