If you do things right, your pup will be ready for the fall bird seasons. But for now, there’s work to do. Labor of love may be a cliché, but it applies exactly in this case. When you transform this bumbling pup into your own gun dog, and take her into the field for the first time, hunting will never be the same again. The bond you form will render hunts without dogs, or even with other people’s dogs, into little more than walks in the woods or fields, without the same engagement and satisfaction you’ll feel hunting with your own four-legged partner.