Yesterday about 8:00 pm we gave Ridge his first pigeon to retrieve. It is a dead and frozen bird. I like to use frozen birds to start out a puppy because I believe a live bird is just too much for a young puppy to handle. Similarly, a freshly killed bird is just too floppy and has too much scent. You will notice in the video that since it is Ridge’s first time he doesn’t pick it up like an experienced dog would. He has to smell and play with it a little. He does retrieve it, however, and does about like you could get your dog to at the same age and circumstance.
Here is a short video of Ridge retrieving his first pigeon.