Glad you said lab. I don't start pointing dogs with much formal training befor a year to year and a half. Lab would be a different story. You need control with a lab. I'd start obedience early and stay on it till you have a very obedient dog. If you don't and your hunting upland game, flushing, an have no control, then you have a dog busting birds out of range. Worry about control control control and the hunting part later. When you bring on the game and the pup is not emotionally up to it, you can turn loose a maniac that now you'll really have to lean on to get under control.
I start them at 7 weeks or 49 days like old school does--6-7 mos not too old but get going- start with OB hen basics of marking and love of retrieving and birds-- don't over do it- 15- 20 minutes- every day--when do good on OB and basics-I'd Force fetch him -if used for upland I'd teach him quatering etc and amazingly he could be ready to hunt in fall.
I'm wondering what age is ideal to start training a dog for hunting, is 6 or 7 months too old?
training a hunting dog starts with obedience when they are a pup keep him with you as much as possible teach him the basics first sit stay etc the hunting part is bred into them labs have a hunting instinct allready installed
Wind is one of the most crucial variables in any kind of big game hunting. It helps level the playing field between a hunter with a scoped rifle and the game animals being hunted. This is not novel information. Any hunter who has consistent success in the field knows this. I have tried a couple different techniques for keeping track of the wind. Here are a couple.
The most simple and obvious is to just stay cognizant of it. It is amazing how slight of a breeze you can sense if you just pay...