Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Jeff. County, NY
Klz, your family sounds like mine. My family used to be heavily involved in competition with dogs but then us kids got into competing with the horses. Both my sisters are professionals in dressage and jumping. My sister earned the golden award for winning ten S-dressages and S-jumping competition. And my other sister is a very succesful trainer whose studends were at thr regionals and nationals in youth competitions. My little sister took over my parents horse farm and runs the business now. I do realize that you cannot do both. If you are seriously involved with horses, yes there is no time outside the sport. I know that best since I have seen the transition.
Dino, however is a young dog. Like Chris said, he has a decent foundation but there is a difference of a dog being reliable on the field and a dog being reliable in every day life.
I do hope that he is the dog you are looking for. I would advise to get a trainer and to continue to train so you learn how to handle the dog. Think of it as buying a new, green horse that is somewhat broken and at an E-A level but you want to compete at an M and S level. You cannot get there without a trainer.
Now this dog will be a family dog. Since you are a competitor I understand that you don't want anything less than perfection. You wouldn't let you daughter ride into the woods with an unreliable horse. Test the dog yourself. Get a trainer, check the dog like you would check a horse and then make your decision. Buying such a dog is no less of a hassle than buying a competition horse. Put the same care of selection into it than you would with a horse.