Labradors are cleaning up in the “awards-department” once again!
Luke, a black Labrador Retriever has been named the 2014 Purina Outstanding Derby Retriever Award Winner!
The champion Labrador follows the commands of his owner and trainer, Dan Hurst.
Using a whistle and hand signals, Hurst directs the awesome dog to the marks where objects to be retrieved are located.
“He’s really an awesome dog. He is only two and he is already making his mark in the competitive world,” Hurst said.
The Labrador dog recently won the 2014 Purina Outstanding Derby Retriever award with 86 total points in the yearlong competition. Younger dogs join the competition before they graduate and compete against the adult retrievers.
Hurst has been training dogs for more than a decade and has raised and trained two champions. Now, Luke is following their paw prints.
Luke started his training when he was only about 4 weeks old.
“Pretty much from that time you are working with them daily, because they are like a sponge and learn everything so quickly,” Hurst said.
It seems like the awesomeness runs in the blood. Luke’s father Creek Robber, and his mother Patton’s Blaze Abby, both champions, produced several champion Labradors including Luke’s brother Robber’s Stray Bullet, who was named the 2014 National Open Championship Stake winner.
According to Hurst, Luke’s awesome skills have taken him and the pup to areas of the nation he had never traveled before, such as New York –where Luke won three events in three days.
Next month, Hurst would take Luke to Colorado where he will start competing against older, more experienced dogs.
“This is something I love to do especially with such talented dogs. It’s a lot of fun and my wife really supports me doing this,” he said.
Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph