Mine will be about that age when season rolls around, she should be done forcing and working on blinds. Regardless of where she is; she will be out hunting, that's her purpose might as well get some exposure. We'll work on any issues that crop up, that's what training-off season is for, but she'll be out hunting, and retrieving. That's why I have a dog. At 10 months she will have a heck of a lot more training under her belt than her mother did, who was out retrieving dove at 4 mts of age. Everything turned out for fine with her, didn't develop any terrible un-trainable career ending habits, and gained a lot of experience. She's one of the best-most tenacious hunting and bird-finding dogs I've ran with. But hey I probably just Lucked out, don't take your hunting dog hunting; until it's about 7 or so; you'll be sure to be safe from developing bad habits and issues by then. There will be plenty of seasons, tell me that when your watching your ole pup retrieve birds during his last season, and your wondering where all those years went.