Jerzi picked up her first bird today and did a beautiful retrieve to the applause of the guns who had been admiring the patience of a 7 month old  pup! She had been watching from the lead all morning, grandma and mum working and then after lunch break waited obediently while a small cold hen bird was placed out on the meadow. With no hesitation she tore off to collect it, coming back  with her head held high, the older dogs watching her for a change!     I must keep that in my memory - and ask myself what I have done when we have problems later on!!!!