So i just got stared in to duck hunting this year. realized i loved it and also realized that i have a 9 month lab at home with nothing to do. So i decided i wanted to train him to retrieve for me, not interested in field trials or hunt test just duck/goose hunting. I am in the military and dont make crap, so i couldnt afford to send him to a trainer. I bought the smartworks program, an E-collar, starter pistol, about 12 bumpers diff sizes and dif colors, a few goose dummies and duck dummies and a few other things. it should arrive in the mail tomorrow. I am excited to start this and know that i am way behind since he is 9 months old, but i have let him play around with the ducks and geese that i bring him and he will retrieve them everytime i toss them out in the yard. He also does not have a hard mouth and does not chew on the bird when im not looking. i have seen him lick the feathers on occasion while im cleaning another bird, but thats as far as ive seen him go. needless to say i have a long summer ahead of me, but should be fun. I hope to learn alot from this site as time progresses. i know i will have questions and you guys will be the first ones i come to.