I've got an 11 month old yellow lab . Mine and every other young dog I've seen does the same stuff with wings.
Want to lay down, throw a paw over it and chew it apart.
Regardless of what "they " say, I think they all do it. It gets frustrating, but I think it's because we want to
See results and are afraid we're somehow going to instantly ruin our dogs by not doing the right thing from the start.
I'm definitely not a pro at all and have basically no experience other then my one dog,
But I say just relax and let your puppy be a puppy. When it turns 6 months old and gets its adult teeth
Your dog will start changing for the better almost over night.
I never threw bumpers more them 2 or 3 times a session.
Everybody always says "don't burn them out, stop while they're still wanting to do it".
I taped wings to bumpers and threw them and only them until she realized that they were what she was supposed to be retrieving . Took weeks for her to do it without feather issues.
Threw her a dead dove one day. She ran over to it, stopped and started licking .
From then on I threw Only real birds until she built up the confidence to grab it up
And bring it back. Took her wood duck hunting last week and she did well.
Still a little insecure about grabbing cripples but I feel confident she'll be ready for late season.
So , in short, don't worry too much about that stuff. Keep your training sessions short, and don't freak out too bad when your dog drops a dummy half way back to you and starts rolling on a dead toad ! Ha..
They are just young and need patience , reassurance and frequency .
- but like I said... I'm no pro at all, just know what has worked for me
Shoulda tried em that last swing...