hey fellas i just got a brand new 7 week old female chocolate lab. i took the advice of all of you. she is very friendly and active. she likes chasing birds and squirrles. she went crazy when i showed her a pheasant feather. she will be a great dog. i just have one question. how old should she be when we start training for real? what is the first step i should take in training her in retrieving? how do i keep her from going down the wrong road and lose her interest and become a non-hunter? any help would be great. thanks. i will be posting some pics later.