Lucky us we live in Minnesota! Many people here have hunting breeds because not only do they make great pets, but they are great hunting companions. My advice to the first time gun dog owner is to call a professional gun dog trainer right away. They will usually meet with you and your puppy and describe their training programs more in depth. They will also get you on the right path to working with your dog so they will hopefully become great companions and workers for you during the hunting season. Go on the internet and check it out. We have a lot of gun dog trainers in this state to choose from!