Ok everyone - I have an amazing lab, he is 1 years old now. How do i get him to follow scent (other than mine?) because i try to drag something then have him smell it, then tell him to "hunt it" (same thing i tell him to go get a bird i throw or anything) and he just follows me around instead... I took him out to get him on pheasant and he did jump two birds (not pheasants, i think they were quail) but i was mostly getting him excited and trying to see how he reacted if they went UP, he is a total spaz but works his ass off, so I know if I put in the work I can finish him off good, I just haven't done any training like this before. I dont really know what to do at this point. He has a soft mouth, he brings things back, sits them nicely at my feet, and lays down. He will lay down mid chase, (we practice on all sorts of critters) and will drop anything I tell him too on the way to me. Gun sounds do not scare him, and on our practice run for pheasants he ran great circles, (checking on me every single lap). He stays focused but also looks back to make sure we are in contact, and he recieves instruction well. I just dont know how to get him to scent, I have no idea how he will react when i pheasant flys so I do not know how to shoot over him yet, and I am not sure what else i should teach him. He is doing upland game, we wont be doing much waterfowl if at all.