I have a 6 month old Chessie who is doing pretty well. She retrieves bumpers on command and is starting to get in the water a little. Still hasn't quite gotten comfortable swimming, but she will retrieve as long as it is shallow enough to walk in at this point.
I picked up an extra duck that a friend had frozen and I want to know the best way to use it with her. She really loves grouse wings and the occasional chicken feather she finds in the yard, and she was very interested for the few minutes i threw it around for her today, so I am sure she will love the bird. My biggest concern is the size. It is too big for her to fit in her mouth, but she can pick it up by a wing. Should I let her do that or maybe do some modifications to make it smaller (like taking out the meat and bones?) so she can fit it in her mouth.
She is only about 45 pounds right now and still has a LOT of puppy in her. Everything outside is open for exploration, so while she retrieves well, it isn't like THE THING she lives for yet - she seems much more interested in the various poop droppings she can find in the woods. I am hoping as she grows up that retrieving will be her passion and the poo will not be of interest.
Also, is that about the right size for a 6 month old Chessie? This is my first one so I don't know. Photo below. Thanks for any advice.