We took Franklin out looking for quail the other night. I've done some gun intro work with him, but had not yet shot a bird over him, and really haven't done any sort of formal retrieve training either. At the end of our hunt we took a detour past a pond thinking there might be some birds in the area. On approach a duck flew off the pond and I managed to down it (my first duck!). With no prompting from us, Franklin watched it fall, bolted out into the pond and grabbed the still alive duck. I expected to have to coax him back and force the bird from his jaws, but to my utter amazement he trotted back up the bank right to me and released the bird into my hand all on his own. This boy is such a natural, he is an amazing pupper.