I've been putting ducks in the freezer for years without a retriever becauase I never had any time for a dog. Now that I do.....my wife and I just bought an Akita. My main reason for the Akita was to have a powerful, protective dog in the house, and to have a dog with a thick coat to handle the ice fishing and snow machining trips my family partake in every winter. Just out of curiosity I'm considering training him to retrieve ducks and take him on a few trips out to the blind with me just to see if he could possibly catch on. His paws are large and webbed. Does anyone think he may have potential?