I am training my 15 week old yellow lab, Abbey for doves and ducks. I have gone so far on Richard Wolters' books which are likely somewhat dated from what I have read on this site and others. She sits well, heals OK, comes OK, kennells a little, stays ok and is basically housebroken and crate trained. We train some at home in the yard and some in the fields/woods or on the beach (located in Myrtle Beach). She is the most laid-back lab I have ever seen, and I have had two others that were house dogs. My only real complaint is that she is not overly excited about fetching dummies. I try to make it fun and exciting but after a couple of short (10-15 feet) tosses, she is a little over it. Otherwise she seems to be progressing very well.
I would appreciate any advice on any of the following:
how to increase excitement for retrieving dummies?
when to introduce shotguns (skeet shoots, etc)?
When to introduce e-collar?
Should I introduce whistle?
How old for first "real hunt" (even if she just goes to "watch")
Thanks in advance.