So I have a two year old lab. The first year I had her she wasnt ready to hunt, last year I had her trained but honestly was only able to take her out 2 times and she did ok. Started my own business this year and working with her was back burner material this summer. SO Saturday we get to the spot we were going to hunt and had a one come in right at shooting knocked it down, she got to the bird and it dived into the water on her so she decided to bring me a decoy back!!! I thought this is going to be a loonnnnggg season. I made her take the decoy back in the water and by then the duck surfaced and she retrieved it. Lets just say that was a fluke, by the end of the weekend she retrieved 38 birds 4 were 20 yards deep in standing corn and 8 in standing beans 30-40 yards deep. For my first dog ever I must say I am pretty pleased.