Buck did fantastic on his first hunt. We killed 7 shy of a 2 man limit and he retrieved about 15 marks and retrieved about 3 or 4 blinds. I didn't let him retrieve all the birds, but I'm sure he would have. We only had one bird that he could't find. I didn't bring my gun out for the first 10 or so birds and just let my buddy shoot them and focused on instructing Buck. He caught on pretty quickly. A few were water marks that went into very thick cover in the pond. Zipper hunted with another member in our party and got a few retrieves in as well, she even brought back two birds on 1 retrieve.
Proud papa today. Both my dogs performed excellent.