I can't say Labradoodle without cringing so I'm calling Jack a Wirehaired Retriever. Why not? He has wirehair and he retrieves and if he continues to work well, Labradoodle does not describe him . I don't really want to promote F1s for people to backyard breed on purpose. But over the last few weeks Jack has shown great progress, retrieving hand thrown doubles, wagon wheel, progressive sight blinds, a drill I do pushing dogs past the last blind, but we are still having trouble in the water. He has no problem until he starts to float and we've done everything I ever did with puppies. Teased him with a bumper, teased him with another dog, got out in hip waders and guided him in but he panics as soon as his back legs come off the bottom. I've stood silent for up to 4 minutes watching him try to find a way get a bumper just 6 inches out of reach in deeper water. Someone suggested his ewe neck, his nose can reach way over his back when bent straight back, throws off his balance. Im guessing this can be overcome with practice and confidence. I've waited a few weeks for warmer water and next we'll try a float vest. Any ideas?