I have a black lab my friend gave me. He is an amazing athlete, and has good bird instincts. He retrieves spruce chickens.. with a good soft mouth.. but drops them a bit short most the time(confused about my drop command.. and when it should be done). He will not retrieve completely dead birds however.. he sure finds them, but leaves them(he can find a tennis ball in the thickest crap I can find, and always brings that back.. not sure why he leaves the dead birds. Anyway.. the big problem is his wanderlust. We have to chain him constantly. My son and I were working on the house the other day.. and were not throwing his ball for him, and off he went. He has learned that wherever he goes and finds people they will play with him.. never fails. Most take him in their house and feed him.. WHY DO PEOPLE DO THIS? Even more disturbing is when I find him, and call him, he ignores me.. or runs off in the brush.. I guess invisible fence and shock collar are the ticket eh??.,. I have never trained a bird dog.. and pretty sure I have a very good one.. just need to get him going.. the separation from his other owner at almost two probably didn't help... but this guy is worth it.. he can run 12 miles at a forced clip.. and retrieve a bird when he is done.. will jump out of the skiff a mile from the beach and swim all the way in, and be ready to retrieve.. never had a lab.. probably sounds familiar to most lab owners.. anyway need to keep this guy home.