FF is about so much more than force . It molds the way a dog will accept all training and how the pup will accept the trainer for the rest of it's life. It establishes attitude , compliance, and subservience and firmly establishes you as the key figure for the rest of it's life . A good FF program , the dog will learn to hold , drop , and fetch on command .
I strongly recommend when the time comes too FF your dog , you have a mentor that has done this a few times with success . You can watch all the dvd's out there , it's the small things that are not on the vid's that can bite you . The other thing is how too read the dog , they are different . FF will not in what so ever harm the natural retrieving instinct , but a new trainer can . Find a retrieving club or someone who will show you the ropes and get a program . Look at the sticky above on programs , good luck !