Labs are the best and the easiest dogs I have ever worked with. I have two a black and a yellow (that is 95% white cream color) They live to please you. The basics are really easy all you have to do is work with them 15-30 minutes a day, make over and love on them when they do something right. One thing I would suggest be very careful on scolding while training do not raise your voice much just change the tone. Both of mine just melt and shy away bad if I rasie my voice much at all. I found it easier to change the tone and shorten the commands. They do not seem to be like pointers who I have found to be very hardheaded. I have a friend that trains but no where near the area you are asking about I will check with him and see if he can give me the name of someone that he he would trust for you.