went out for rails this afternoon with my pup and well.....he retrieved his first bird!
He did amazingly well! I decided to hunt the hard marsh top with him upland style as he was being a bit restless in the boat. he's been having shoulder issues so I kept it short. About 30 minutes in he got half birdy, half confused lol but he eventually lock on hard and pointed for about 7-10 seconds before the bird busted. I dropped it 30 yards away and he held on the bank! I sent him and he did great retrieving in a mild current. After a few victory laps he came to heal and dropped it at my feet.
Overall, I'm stoked.
**And just as I previewed this I realized how "excited" he was about it lol