Pup is about 7 months - all teeth are in. Birdy but not CRAZY (how I would prefer) and likes to retrieve ... does not seam to LOVE to retrieve.
Drive is good heading out for a bumper ... then the usual post on RTF regarding pups occurs ... either picks it up and lays down with it or / just sniffs around it and walks away. EVEN in water - the same occurs. He will swim out witha big wake and then fiddle with the bumper and leave it out there floating.
Long line? I know ... on land and water / The slightests nudge back towards me with the rope once he has the bumper in his mouth makes him drop it. Happy encouragement - tried it of course.
My instinct is to try to build drive a bit ... more bird exposure ... fun bumpers (like puppy marks) and just making it exciting ... but ... as the weeks go on - FF is looking more and more tempting. Feel like I've gotten all I can out of him as far as desire goes. Its there - he's just not "on fire."
He is a bit better with birds naturally - but not much
- what do you think? FF time?