An update at 12 weeks:
Kennel training is going well. She even naps in it during the day.
We are getting better at potty training, but are averaging an accident a day. We're learning to be a better team about that.
She's still howling to be let out and going #1 and 2 several times at night. Is that normal? Our 6 month old human sleeps 9 hours straight.
She went from being a siren in the crate in the pickup bed to handling REALLY rocky roads on the way to puppy walks in grouse country without a peep. After the first ride, I held her in my lap for a couple trips, then moved the crate into the cab of the pickup, then finally moved the crate to the bed.
She has figured out how to get over, under, or through every obstacle in the mountains that I can get past, including belly-deep streams, high banks, and deadfall. She's struggling with swimming but I think that's because the water is really cold in the beaver ponds she's been to. She can swim but doesn't love to yet.
She has sit down with some distractions present, comes when called in the woods, and we're working on "here". I've always said "let's go" as an action command with her and she gets that she's supposed to do something when I say it- usually it's her cue to start moving on a hike. We're going to start heel next week.
Retrieving drive is present but she still tries to take the bumper past me on the way back. She also won't retrieve if she's tired so I have to throw the bumper early in our walks.
And finally, she's shown interest in birds! She flushed a grouse and then chased the flying bird to a tree. It was awesome. I have no illusions that she'll be ready for the grouse opener on Sept 1, but we're going to do a 1-day thing near the end of September with a trainer near Denver for intro to birds and guns. That'll give us a better idea if she's ready for a Nodak pheasant trip.
Searching for marmot poo at 12,000 feet...