I have a 10 month old lab and took her duck hunting for the first time today. I shot a duck and she didn't see it fall so I didn't expect her to fetch it. I sent her after the bird and she wasn't trying to hard to find it. I finally walked over and pointed at the bird and she sniffed it a few times and looked at me, she had no interest in the bird. I threw it a few times, but she wouldn't fetch it. She would sniff it and walk away. I tried throwing a rubber bumper a few times and she wouldn't fetch that. Usually she does a great job fetching the bumper either on grass or in the water. Tried throwing a stick and no dice. Was odd. Had the same thing happen 2 months ago ptarmigan hunting. Seems like she has no desire to fetch a bird. What was really strange was after she had the experience with the bird she wouldn't fetch at all. I'll admit I haven't done any training with bird wings/feathers and this might be part of it. Is it possible that she doesn't have the drive to hunt and retrieve? When we got home I threw the bumper down the driveway and she retrieved it fine. Any advice on how to get the dog fetching birds? The breeder I bought the dog from admitted her dogs weren't the best hunting dogs, but they are great companions. I didn't plan to use the dog for hunting when I bought her, but thought I'd give it a try. This dog is an awesome pet, super smart, and a great all around dog. I'm 100% happy with this dog in all other aspects. What I'm left wondering is should I devote more time to training this dog or should I start thinking about a puppy from a breeder that focus on great hunting genetics.