Submitted by: Mike Jarske on May 02, 2012
In early 2011 I was searching for a Lab to have ready for the '11-'12 waterfowl season. I wanted a pup, but knew i would not have the time,(Knowledge or patience) to train a pup on my own. I called many trainers/breaders before I met Jared Rocha.
Most trainers/breaders I spoke with were very helpfull,some were refered to me by dog owners, some I knew by reputation only.
I wanted an awsome bird dog that would be a well behaved Family dog as well.
Jared had a litter just the right age to be ready for the comming season, and after speaking with him I was impressed by his attitude and style.
We decided "Tule" would be the type of pup I was looking for, a hardy hunting dog that would fit in well as a family dog with my wife and young kids.
With Jared's help we decided on "Tule", a four month old black pup.
I was out of town working so I spoke with Jared on the phone regarding the type of dog I was looking for, and my wife went to look at the pups.
Guys, allowing your wife to have input can be a huge advantage down the road!
By October Tule had completed basic training and was ready in time for the early Klamath Basin season.
His fist hunt was in the space blind fields and when the first goose fell cripled, that 10 month old pup charged after that goose, grabed him by the neck in a slide, popped up and ran straight back to me, tail going like crazy and dragging that goose! it has been so much fun watching him figure out the "game".
My hunting buddies were sceptical of such a young pup in the blind in the early in the season, but after a few hunts, I was getting calls asking where was,and could I "come to their pond and make sure you bring Tule with you!". They had crippled birds down, sure enough when we showed up Tule found every bird, what a nose!
Tule is calm at home around the kids and thier friends, but when the bumpers come out, or we head out to the blind, its like turning on a light switch, Game On!
Tule and I are back at Rocha Retrievers this spring for Advanced Gundog training. He marked birds and lined really well his first season but with advanced training I look forward to him taking direction so i can handle better to birds he did not mark.
I think he will be the envy of duck camp this year!
When you see Jared work with the dogs, he reads each dogs personality and style and seems to know how to get the most from each dog.
I am very happy to have found Rocha Retrievers.