Here in the mighty MO, we have gotten hammered with the snow. Have more than a foot on the ground. Kinda hinders training, at least where I am at with my 8 month BLF. So for the last few days, we've taken a break from the daily grind of training per say.. I'm currently in the middle of FTP with her and she's doing great, always has a great attitude and loves to work. With all the snow, it makes FTP a little tough. Sooo, myself and my bumper boy (5 year old son) have been throwing thawed ducks for her to pass the time and have a little fun. Honestly, it's been a nice little break for both of us. Obviously the duck disappears into the great white sea of snow, I send her, she gets to the area and "hunts" for it, roots it out and brings it back with great excitement. However, sometimes this "hunt" takes 10 seconds, the longest was probably a minute or so. Up to this point, she's definitely demonstrated she is much more nose oriented than sight oriented when "searching" for objects and really does have an impressive sniffer. Sooo, I began to wonder, by doing this and having her "search" on her own for these ducks, will this make it tougher on the both of us down the road as far as the handling aspect in her training goes? Is it teaching her that if she "hunts" long enough, she will not need guidance from me? I don't want to put her at a disadvantage later down the road by doing this. Curious as to thoughts? If this is a dumb question, feel free to tell me that too! I'm following Fowl Dawgs if anyone is curious as well.