Since I've had my 6.5month old Golden I have not had one successful water retrieve. I'm planning for mainly upland and some waterfowl. He takes to the water naturally and loves to swim but when it comes to going out and bringing back a bumper he won't do it. He mouths it a bit but drops it and swims after the live ducks or after the swallows flying overhead. He went after someone else's tennis ball ONCE but he let it go a few seconds after getting it in his mouth. I've been working a lot on building his desire for bumpers on land and it's going well but the water is too much of a distraction along with all the birds and just the feathers are enough to excite him. I used a pigeon once and he abandoned it and I lost that one. I try throwing bumpers and wings across the bank but he ignores it or runs after it and passes it then takes off. Have any of you had this issue? How did you get them to retrieve when in the water? Or even the bank?