After months of training...today was the day... Benson went on his first training shoot. It was a wonderful day, misty morning, but cold and crisp. We were assigned to a gun, Benson was given the job of picking up. He sat patiently watching the gun like a hawk. Then the time came, and he was off like a shot to retrieve the shot pheasant. He hesitated for a second, slightly surprised at what he found, then picked it up and raced straight back to deliver to hand. Good boy. He had three retrieves, all great, apart from a little parade with the last one! The flushing dogs got a bit close behind a fence...and he just HAD to show them how clever he was! So proud of my show-bred chocolate lab. Now completely zonked out on the sofa.