Weight: 72 lbs
Elbows: LR- EL57729M59-VPI
CERF: LR- EYE516/59M-VPI
EIC: Clear by Parentage
CNM: Clear by Parentage
PRA Tested: Clear
RD/OSD Tested: Clear
We purchased PD in the winter of 2013 from Jeff Swackhamer of Orion Labradors. Jeff contacted us because he heard we were looking for a good black male that was an outcross to our bloodlines. The only regret is that we didn’t purchase him years ago. PD has exceeded our high expectations in every way. In 2013, PD qualified in five consecutive senior events to earn his AKC Senior title and also received his GMPR title that Fall. He qualified in six out of seven tests entered to earn his AKC Master title. This qualified PD for the AKC Master National in 2014. What makes these accomplishments unusual is PD was trained by Jeff using no traditional training methods, like force fetch or electronic collar. This takes patience, and a talented dog with tons of desire to work and please.
Jeff has done an excellent job of describing PD on his website:
P.D. was a very bright and precocious pup. He is a handsome dog who is very athletic and covers ground with ease. He is a very intense, focused retriever who would rather work than get a belly rub (and he likes his belly rubs!) P.D. received all of his training at Orion without the use of an electronic training collar and was a pleasure to work with! He is very bright, he learns his lessons quickly, and always gives great effort. P.D. has demonstrated great marking talent and is very willing to handle because he knows that is the quickest way for him to get the retrieve! He also has a superior nose and will point game birds.
P.D. went to his first HRC Started text having never smelled a duck, let alone retrieved one. In spite of this handicap he passed all phases of the test. He passed five of five Started tests to earn his SHR title and passed three straight Seasoned tests to earn the title of “Hunting Retriever”. P.D. was born to play the hunt test games. I was thrilled to place him with the Cashmans where P.D. could go on to higher hunt test levels. I know that P.D is capable of going as far as his trainer can take him.
Besides being a talented hunt test dog, PD is an outstanding hunter in both upland and waterfowl. He is calm and quiet in the duck boat but never hesitated to launch himself into Minnesota’s late season icy waters. He is a relaxed house dog pet that got along right away with the rest of our pack. PD loves attention from all people and dogs. Not a mean bone in his body.
PD has worked with three different professional trainers since we purchased him and two of the trainers bought puppies from his first litter. We like his pedigree because it is a combination of excellent British and American field trial lines. His mother is from a British FTCH. PD's father, FC Candlewood's Meet Joe Black, is from 2x NAFC Ebonstar Lean Mac and a full sister of 3x NFC "Lottie. PD will add trainability, marking and natural point to any breeding. What a exciting outcross he will add to our breeding program. Thank you Jeff for allowing us to purchase such an exceptional dog.