Kwicklabs I can see some truth in what your saying about being anxious. I have been following Hillmans method in that I'm trying to create that balance with the dog.
When I do throw the fun bumpers I may get the pup a little too excited with talking/excitement as shes retrieving a fun bumper. Pup has alot of natural drive and I'm probably overdoing it a little.
You mentioned (Slow down, be calm and quiet.......all the time when training) - Do you recommend that even when throwing the fun bumpers for balance? This pup is pretty calm and will sit amazingly steady until told to retrieve the bumper. I read on your site about the mouthing and the focus drill. Is this drill for a pup before it is force fetched or after?