Keep it simple. I started with bird wings and at first ( a week or so) just got the pup interested in the wing, let him play with it, carry it around, pulled it across the grass on some string, etc. You do want the pup to be interested in what you want it to find, first.
Then go to an open area and keep it really simple. Plant a wing in short grass that's REALLY easy to find. Start your queue words like "hunt 'em up" and get the pup in the general area. When he finds the prize - act like he just won the superbowl. Let him play with it just a bit.
Take a few more wings and distribute them under bushes, behind rocks (easy stuff) and do the same. I believe the key things are:
* ALWAYS make sure the dog is successful finding the wing.
* Make them feel like a king when they do
* Don't ry to incorporate any OB into this at a young age
* While you might have to lead a dog into the right area...try to keep the dog in front of you while he's searching
* Think about wind...try and get the dog downwind of whichever planted wing you are working on next
Just make it easy and always a success. :thumbsup: