Thank you to everyone for the kind words an helpful tips. Just like most of you have said, Brooks is starting to open up quickly! Very different dog than the one we had just a week or two ago. As he opened up, we took him everywhere we went, introducing him to many situations and environments. The more confidence he gains, the more he wants to see...He still wants to be close to us and won't wonder far at all, but loves to walk the neighborhood and go to the kid's soccer and baseball games.
Tonight was fun for everyone. After returning from a weekend at the family cabin and lake, we gave Brooks a little haircut and a bath. Afterwards he was ripping around the yard like never before. We threw him three short retrieves and he exploded after each one. I thought that was a fantastic start and ended right there. He was jumping up and down looking for the bumper. Hopefully he will have the same attitude in the morning!
Thanks again for all of the support. I know we have a great begining to a wonderful family dog. Hopefully tonight was the first sign of his hunting possibilites.
Nice. Sounds like your on to something. He's a lucky dog.