"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
"The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin
I've never liked the idea of absolutes when it come to dogs, don't do this; never do that; it is very limiting, and dogs are individuals. Dogs are very capable of distinguishing context; they can learn to do a bunch of activities, and learn that in different situations, somethings are acceptable and others are not. That said age and experience has a lot to do with this. An older dog can distinguish things, that for a puppy not solid in a skill set could really mess them up. Ex; my older dog retrieves decoys and birds; she is 5 year old, I taught her when she was ~3; after she had a few seasons under her belt, and an MH title. She has a distinct command for it and would never pick -up a decoy over a bird. On the other hand my pup is ~1yr old; she's too young to be be allowed to pick-up decoys, she doesn't have enough age nor experience to know the difference. Different rules for different dogs, one is old enough with a solid skills that she's able to know the difference.
"They's Just DAWGS"; "I train dogs, Not papers"
"Hunting is a skill to be learned whether you do it early or late it still needs to be learned"
GMRH-I HRCH Quick MH (most importantly Duck/Upland Enthusiast) Rip. July-2014
GMHR HRCH Lakota MH (most importantly Upland/Duck Enthusiast)
MHR HR Storm SH (Beginning Upland & Waterfowl Enthusiast)