[quote="ten lb test"He starts with a dead duck, which the dog is familiar with & then goes to a dead goose.[/quote]
Guiding has put me on hand for quite a few first birds, ducks and geese, and that's worked for us. I tell the owners not to fuss Pup (and make the bird seem a negative thing) and we make the retrieve ourselves, then put Pup in the familiar position of retrieving from heel with a bumper or bird it's been retrieving for a couple retrieves to prime the pump before substituting the unfamiliar bird into that familiar scenario. Can't say it will work for all dogs, but will say it's worked with all we've tried it with.
If you think I'm wrong, you might be right.