Well like a few other forum members I too have a new chessie pup.
Terra was born in October and is a week shy of 7 months. She's in the leggy phase and about 55 lbs. Her dam is a gorgeous deep chested, muscular dog who didn't fill out until she was nearly two, so I'm hoping Terra puts on another 12-15 pounds over the next year.
Housebreaking was tough but about a month ago the light came on and no accidents since. I don't know, but I think her being a winter pup might have been a factor.
On obedience: She's good on a leash but backslides off. I go back and review my books to make sure I'm not overlooking something or reinforcing the wrong thing but at this point I'm pretty sure I just need to stick with it.
On retrieving: Like many dogs she fetches enthusiastically but is reluctant to return all the way back BUT this dog LOVES to retrieve and she has a good nose. I've thrown bumpers into the woods, not too far but out of her sight, and she casts back and forth, circles and doubles back until she finds them. Her persistence bodes well for a working retriever. Just recently she's been dropping the bumpers about 5 feet out instead of 10 to 15 feet. I've been tolerant of this because I wanted to enjoy fetching and in that regard 100% success. She gets intense when I get the bumpers out.
On water: So far so good. She's not been swimming yet but she's otherwise oblivious to water. She stomps through mud and puddles without hesitation and a few weeks ago when the big shallow melt lake formed on the building site at C St and O'Malley I took her out to see how'd she do. After a few short tosses to test her reaction I was throwing the bumbers as far as I could and she rocketed after them. The water was nearly chest deep and she was unfazed, retrieving until she was shivering (about 30-40 fetches). I knocked it off and she pouted all the way back to the truck.
She'll never be a field trialer but I would like to get her a Senior Hunter title but I have a lot more to learn.
The Mrs accompanied us yesterday and took a little video on her phone. As soon as I figure out how to post it I'll add it here for you to critique.