Hamblin's professional background is in sales and when you meet him, it's instantly obvious that he's a people person. He's laid back, patient, and flashes a broad, consistent smile that never seems to fade. His calm demeanor, his fascination with canine behavior, and his love of working with young puppies in the field form a strong foundation for his self-taught training methods that began with Hunter, his boyhood hunting companion.
HPK operates a modern, well-appointed kennel that has served happy customers in all 50 states, as well as the Dominican Republic, Greece, the United Kingdom, south Korea, United Emirates, Canada and Mexico. With a diverse client list ranging from hardcore hunters to professional athletes, HPK prides itself on breeding healthy, versatile dogs for its discerning clientele. Several of their dogs work full-time for outfitters and guides, while others work as service dogs for veterans with post-tramatic stress disorder and other disabilities. Four of their dogs even live on Wall Street.
"When you buy a dog from us, you're buying a combined 30 years of genetic refining and training experience", says McGill. "Whether you buy a pup with no training, a started dog, or a fully trained pup, you can rest assured that we're with you every step of the way to make your experience positive and rewarding".
McGill and Hamblin work hard to preserve the integrity and versatility of the breed-which has positioned HPK as a well-respected and reconized name in the pointing Lab community. McGill and Hamblin have served for several years on the board of the American Pointing Labrador Association, and they're regularly asked to judge hunt tests.
McGill explains that there has always been a subset of Labradors that carried and held the pointing trait, but for years, breeders selected against it. It wasn't until the mid - 1980s that breeders began to select the pointing trait when breeding their Labs, and thus the pointing Lab was further developed.